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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Start of BST; Kele Okereke at Proud Camden; Low Lily at The Green Note

29 June, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Dig It Sound System at Parliament Hill bandstand

IF you read these pages regularly, you may well know that Dig It Sound System have earned their reputation for throwing legendary parties. Generally to be found peddling their hand-built tricycle sound system around street parties in Camden and elsewhere and, when the urge arises, joining the odd march on Westminster, the Dig It DJs (our very own Dan Carrier, along with Colin, Matty G and Cazza) pull in the crowds and the smiles with their happy vibes. So, don’t miss their annual Heath party tomorrow (June 30) where they will bring their free-range dance music – playing everything from funk and reggae and hip-hop mash-ups, to house and drum and bass – to Parliament Hill bandstand for a massive free party as part of the City of London’s Heath summer music concerts. Starts at 5pm.

• Hyde Park’s British Summer Time concerts begin tomorrow (Friday), with Phil Collins, Blondie, Mike & the Mechanics and more, followed by Green Day, Gogol Bordello, The Stranglers, the Damned and others on Saturday, and Justin Bieber bringing the teen screams on Sunday supported by a packed line-up of pop acts, then Kings of Leon, Pixies and much more next Thursday. We’ll be bringing you reviews of this and next week’s shows once we’ve recovered.

• The Middle East could do with some decent PR every now and then. So it’s good to see Barbican hosting my country-people, Egyptian band Cairokee on July 1. The Cairo band mixes rock, rap and traditional Egyptian sounds in optimistic odes to a better future. Also on the bill is Lebanese songwriter and visual artist Tania Saleh. The show is part of Shubbak Festival – A Window on Contemporary Arab culture, with both acts reflecting on the social and political turmoil of the Middle East and worldwide.

Proud Camden hosts a special Pride festival-style event on July 5. Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke headlines Penguin Pride @ Proud, a celebration of LGBT equality and diversity, with music, poetry and books to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England. There will also be live readings from Matthew Todd and Paul Flynn and performance poetry from Toby Campion, Keith Jarrett and MC Angel.

• Don’t forget Community Festival, a brand-new London festival featuring the best of British and Irish bands, takes place at Finsbury Park on July 1. Catfish and the Bottlemen, Slaves and Nothing But Thieves are on the line-up.

Spiritland’s inspired programme of Q&As continues on July 2 with Madness in conversation with Miranda Sawyer.

• Carol Laula (above), who won over Glasgow back in 1990 when her song Standing Proud was chosen as the anthem for its year as European City of Culture, brings her soulful folk-pop songwriting, interwoven with strands of country and blues, to Alley Cat on July 4, then Boho, in Inverness Street on July 5.

Elan Mehler (above) plays an exclusive show at Soho’s Pizza Express on July 4.

• Vermont folk group Low Lily (above) play The Green Note on July 5. The band compose and arrange traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian.

The Salford Symphonia Choir present the sounds of Joy Division with a full live band and string trio at Camden Assembly on July 6. The choir will be offering a completely unique take on the English indie band’s seminal compositions.

• Mavis Staples plays Union Chapel on July 6.


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