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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Innervisions; Mods Mayday; Quadrophenia live

03 May, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

AS if the summer calendar wasn’t already packed enough, there are a whole lot of London festivals taking place this week. Innervisions, a brand-new festival of soul, jazz, blues, funk, reggae, hip-hop, Latin and world music, brings the likes of Jimmy Cliff (above), Black Star, The Pharcyde, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and Mavis Staples to venues across London from July 3 to 14. Starting off at Koko with Lalah Hathaway, the festival includes four nights at the Roundhouse. See for the full line-up.

• Look out for the scooters as Mods Mayday 2018 hits 229 on May 4, featuring Secret Affair + The UK Chords + The Lambrettas + Small World + Six Deep + Killer Meters + The Transmitters.

• The Mod madness continues over at the Dublin Castle tomorrow (Friday) with Quadrophenia live club night, featuring The Absolute Kinks, plus DJ set from Drew Stanstall (ex-The Specials/Prince Buster).

•Also tomorrow (Friday), Ivor Novello-winning musician Scott Matthews plays the Union Chapel on May 4.

• Underground festival Desertfest returns to Camden for its seventh year this weekend (May 4-6), taking place across six venues and featuring more than 70 bands. Bands signed up for this year include stoner-psych heroes Monster Magnet as the main headliners, the legendary Hawkwind, the reuniting Nebula and Elder, and Sweden’s Monolord.

• Love Supreme Jazz Festival brings a one-day event to the Roundhouse on May 5 and features Mr Jukes (aka Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman), multi-Grammy-winning US singer and keyboardist Cory Henry, techno-fuelled jazz outfit Moon Hooch and neo-soul singer Elli Ingram, as well as two additional stages curated by music blog EZH and contemporary jazz showcase Jazz In The Round. Running from 3pm until late, all areas of the Roundhouse complex will be utilised, incorporating talks, screenings, DJ sets and more.

• Former One Tree Hill actors Kate Voegele and Tyler Hilton play Scala on May 7.

• Everyman Music Film Festival takes place with an eclectic programme of screenings, Q&As and more. See website for details.

• Don’t forget Dig It Soundsystem will be providing the tunes at the King’s Cross Skip Garden May Day Fire Feast tomorrow (Friday).

•Notable gigs this week: Asaf Avidan, Union Chapel (May 8); Trampolene (above), Scala (May 9); Molly Tuttle, Green Note; Blossoms, The Forum (May 10).


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