Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Independent Label fair; Neil Young; A Flock Of Seagulls; Belinda Kempster and Fran Foote
11 July, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
IT seems like there is something on every week over at Granary Square. This week is one for the musos as the Independent Label fair rocks up at Coal Drops Yard, bringing the world’s independent record labels to sell their vinyl to those who still have record players (and some who don’t – I know someone with an extensive untouched record collection and no inclination to buy a player). With DJ sets, live music, an appearance from DJ Yoda, plus after-parties at Spiritland and Supermax, this Saturday looks set to be a great day out. Go bond over some black plastic in the blazing sunlight, then sizzle with a beer from London Brewers’ Market – weekend sorted! You’re welcome.
• Along the same vein, and at The Dublin Castle, a venue that has a long tradition of supporting musicians, The Bands Of Summer All Dayer festival (July 13) will showcase and promote independent music, musicians, unsigned acts and bands that work to release their own material. The line-up includes AYER, Dubvocaliza, Midnight Stokers, Hypnotic/Saphire Notion, Travelling Souls, Jojo O The Woods, Denziety, Jahtime International, Yesterdays Muddle Goodbyes and El Tel.
• Completing the axis of the roots-of-everything music, the plight of small venues is in the sights of punk band RocknRoll Suicidez at the 100 Club tomorrow (Friday). The band, which has performed at the 100 Club for many years, are dedicating the takings from their sold-out annual show to the venue, to help ease the pressure of spiralling rents in Oxford Street. Penetration and The Vibrators are among the other acts joining the bill.
• Bob Dylan and Neil Young play Hyde Park tomorrow (Friday) – NOT as part of BST. Then its back to British Summer Time Festival on Saturday for Florence and the Machine, Blood Orange, Aldous Harding, The National and more, before Robbie Williams closes this year’s festival on Sunday.
• One of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era, Pakistani artist Abida Parveen makes a long-awaited return to the Barbican tomorrow (Friday) with a performance of traditional Sufi music (sufiana kalaam) alongside her ensemble.
• New Wave 80s synth-pop band A Flock Of Seagulls play Dingwalls on July 12-13.
• Malian husband and wife Afro-pop superstar duo Amadou & Mariam and multi Grammy Award-winning gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama have teamed up to combine contemporary African sounds and African-American roots music in From Bamako to Birmingham, coming to Barbican on July 13.
• North Carolina-based folk-Americana-Gypsy jazz quartet The Resonant Rogues play The Green Note on July 13.
• Award-winning quartet Tell Tale Tusk play The Slaughtered Lamb on July 16.
• Essex-based mother and daughter folk duo Belinda Kempster and Fran Foote launch their debut album at The Green Note on July 17.
• Notable gigs this week: Blue Orchids + Cult Figures + Vukovar, The Water Rats (July 12); Dawn Penn, Jazz Cafe (July 13); Stella Chiweshe + Amira Kheir, Jazz Cafe (July 14); Rachael Sage, The Green Note; Jared James Nichols, Boston Music Rooms (July 18).