Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Hoping For Palestine; Nick Mason; Susanne Sundfør; The Frights
17 May, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
The Frights play The Black Heart on May 21. Photo: Rowan Daly
THE Libertines, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore and Loyle Carner will perform at Hoping For Palestine, a special benefit concert for Palestinian Refugee Children at the Roundhouse on June 4. Comedian John Bishop will host, while there will be appearances from Eric Cantona and Frankie Boyle. The concert aims to highlight the plight of the children caught up in refugee camps in the Middle East.
• Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet have teamed up to create multimedia concert, A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary, by Sam Green & Kronos Quartet. Showing at the Barbican tomorrow (Friday), the film tells the multi-decade and continent-spanning story of the ground-breaking string quartet and features interviews with such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man and Terry Riley, among others. On the night, Kronos Quartet will perform music written and arranged for them.
• Cult Japanese singer and Harajuku princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (above) brings her show, The Spooky OBAKEYSHIKI, to Koko on May 20.
• Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s new supergroup, Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets, features an all-star line-up including Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, former Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt, The Blockheads guitarist Lee Harris, and music producer and composer Dom Beken. They will perform early Pink Floyd material at Dingwalls on May 20.
• Reggae Roast’s Adam Prescott brings his chilled beats to Spiritland on May 20.
• Surf-punks The Frights play The Black Heart on May 21.
• Norwegian singer-songwriter and record producer Susanne Sundfør, who has collaborated with the likes of John Grant, M83 and Röyksopp, brings her critically acclaimed Music for People in Trouble production to the Barbican on May 21 for its first performance outside Norway. The classically-trained artist has put together an audio-visual experience and immersive show that reflects her recent album in live art form. This will be the first time it has been performed outside Norway.
• Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes (above) plays London Palladium on May 23.
• Quirky, geeky indie-rocker Car Seat Headrest plays the Roundhouse on May 23.
• Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performer Tommy Emmanuel plays Union Chapel on May 24.
• Cult hero Ben Folds takes to the Barbican stage with just a grand piano for company to play old and new tracks on May 23 and 27. Support from Matt Holubowski.
• Notable gigs this week: Chad Valley, The Lexington (May 18); Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Electric Ballroom; Amyl and The Sniffers, Lock Tavern (May 22); Amyl and The Sniffers, The Lexington; Island, Koko; INK, Camden Assembly (May 23); Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Roundhouse; Sparks, The Forum; Brenda Holloway, 229 (May 24).