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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Forge farewell; Eggcitement for ravers; Camden Rocks latest

07 April, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Forge in Delancey Street, Camden Town

FAREWELL to The Forge, which closed its doors for the last time on Friday, ending with a buzzing Cuban Jam that fittingly summed up the spirit of the place. The Delancey Street venue was unique in Camden, an unusual design that became a truly international hub, attracting a vibrant multi-national crowd coming to see bands from all over the world. What was most striking about it was the friendly vibe amongst visitors, where strangers of all ages struck up conversations without a second thought and unexpected acts would be given a place on the listings. We don’t know what will happen to the building but I hope whatever follows can at least in part emulate the spirit of The Forge.

• Ravers’ hearts be still – among the busy Easter line-up at Egg London over April 13 to 16, you will find Idris Elba’s name. He takes to the decks on April 13 alongside Low Steppa and Tommy Vercetti.

• Camden Market continues its busy programme with the launch of Youth Club Present – Unite and Takeover, a photography exhibition complete with talks and screenings set in a mocked-up youth club in the Provender Building, complete with tuck shop, lava lamps and vintage arcade games. The photographs on show span from the rave culture of the 90s to grime in the 2000s and will constantly evolve as the project continues to restore more than 15,000 images.

• More additions to the Camden Rocks Festival (June 3) line-up have been announced – Royal Republic, Pulled Apart By Horses, The London SS, FAERS, Before Victoria, White Room, Drama club rejects, Avalanche Party, Shea, Indigo Lo, HCBP, October Drift, Thunder On The Left, This Years Ghost, Berries, Sisteray, Tokyo Taboo, The Distorting Glass, YUNG DRUID, Death and the Penguin, Scoundrel, Overdog, Temple Lake, Rumble Fish, Black Doldrums, Our Propaganda, SERPENTYNE, Salt, Surge, The Alibi and Peter Von Toy.

• The line-up for House of Common, curated by Madness and taking place on Clapham Common on August 28, continues to grow. The bill so far includes Madness, De La Soul, David Rodigan, Hackney Colliery Band, Dawn Penn, Craig Charles, Toddla T and The Skatalites.

Our friends at cult group singalong night Massaoke, who have just returned from a huge tour of Australia, are determined to keep the momentum going with the announcement of new monthly night, La La Land, which launches at Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday). Building on the Massaoke concept, La La Land takes things a step further, making the crowd the star of the show – part gig, part club, part live gig, with DJs performing with musicians, the usual Massaoke singalong to live band, lip-sync battles, dance-offs fancy-dress theme nights and much more.

• There are two big opportunities to revel in 90s R&B nostalgia in Camden – En Vogue play Koko on April 7 and 8, and TLC play Koko on May 9.

Singer-songwriter Ben Marwood plays The Monarch on April 7.

• Six-piece band Ferocious Dog, known for their rock ’n’ roll take on traditional Celtic rock packed with fiddles, whistles, mandolins and more, count Carter USM’s Les Carter as their guitarist. They play The Garage on April 8 supported by Neck.

Chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan, who puts her entire being into every performance, brings her latest show The Carny Dream to the Union Chapel on April 8.

• The Palumbo Phunk (above), who recently featured on this page, launch their new single Freefall at The Gunners on April 9.

Expect an explosion of strings as Feast of Fiddles – an all-star cast of expert fiddlers – play Union Chapel on April 11.

• Multiple BBC Folk Award winner and nominee John McCusker performs at St James’ Church, Clerkenwell Close, on April 12.

Cameron Avery, formerly of Australian psych-rock band Pond and touring bassist for Tame Impala, plays Dingwalls on April 13.

• London International Ska Festival takes place between April 13 and 16. Visit for details of the full line-up.

Notable gigs this week: Kid Ink, The Forum; Girli, ELectrowerkz (April 11); The Real Kids, Nambucca (April 12); Goose, Camden Assembly; Melanie Pain, The 100 Club; Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Kings Place (April 13).


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