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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Music Venue Trust; Ride; The Lovely Eggs

16 February, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

AT a time when so many music venues are closing or under pressure from major rent increases, the work of the Music Venue Trust is more important than ever. The organisation, which works to support grassroots venues that are the breeding ground for the next generation of musicians, has announced this year’s Fightback charity event with 100-plus shows taking place at 100-plus venues across the UK. Fightback aims to raise £100,000 from the series of gigs with money raised going directly to support MVT’s Emergency Response service, which in 2017 intervened to tackle and halt threats of closure faced by 41 Grassroots Music Venues. There’s a callout for bands to apply and venues to take part. Visit for details.

• Expect one huge club moment at the Roundhouse where Sasha: Refracted will set up home on Friday and Saturday (Feb 16 & 17).

• Here’s something to break the daily routine of being a responsible parent. Feeling Gloomy is bringing Indie Kids’ Kids to The Water Rats on Feb 18, where grown-up indie kids can bring their own children to mooch like Morrissey or strut like Jagger, while Cliff Gloom hands out balloon animals and glowsticks.

• Nineties shoegazers Ride play ULU on Feb 16.

Seal. Photo: Jan Welters

• Seal closes his Standards tour at London Palladium on Feb 22. The British soul singer has been touring his new album of jazz and sing classic covers, bringing his own interpretation to hits by the likes of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.

Vandenbergh’s Moonkings

• Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg brings his dramatically named outfit, Vandenbergh’s Moonkings MK II, to Underworld on Feb 17.

Ducking Punches

• Ducking Punches launch latest album, Alamort, at The Lexington on Feb 16. This will be the first chance to hear the darker, heaver new record live, which was produced at Crooked Rain and Sonic Iguana Studios with punk-rock production guru Mass Georgini (Anti-Flag/Rise Against) and Bob Cooper (Nai Harvest/Citizen).

• It’s been a decade since The Damned released a new album so, in preparation for the launch of Evil Spirits in April, they play Koko on Feb 16 with support from Kristeen Young.

The Lovely Eggs

• Surreal cult psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs play 100 Club on Feb 16. New album This is Eggland – a nod to Shane Meadows’ series, This Is England – is said to be a comment on the current state of the country.

•Notable gigs this week: Paul Young (above) + China Crisis, ULU (Feb 18); Rodney P + Skitz + Blak Twang, Jazz Café; Jessarae, The Borderline; The Osmonds, Union Chapel; Fara, Kings Place (Feb 19); Rex Orange County, Koko (Feb 20); The Blinders, The Lexington; Adam Barnes, St Pancras Old Church (Feb 21); Sunflower Bean, Jazz Cafe; Kelela, Roundhouse; Disciples, Koko (Feb 22).


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