Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Sunday School Hall; Black Futures; Fisherman’s Friends; Psychedelic Furs
10 October, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THE Union Chapel has a reputation for being one of Islington’s most magical venues, the scene of many memorable performances over the years, from the likes of Mika, Tom Jones, U2, Florence and the Machine, Richard Hawley, Arctic Monkeys and many more. Now, the opening of sister venue Sunday School Hall has been announced to open in 2021. The new 200-capacity venue will provide a space for performing arts, heritage, community activities, as well as being a beautiful events space.
• Back in the day, the likes of Humphrey Lyttleton, Wally “Trog” Fawkes and other jazz legends would play live at The Dartmouth Arms. Now, jazz is returning to the pub in a different form, with weekly Sunday jazz DJ sessions from rotating residents Marcio Martinez and Alex Lodge – playing vinyl only from 5.30pm.
• As The Dublin Castle’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Book club moves into its second year, next week’s guest author is none other than its own host Julie Hamill. Appearing on Oct 15, she will speak to Tony Bugbear about her second novel, Jackie.
• To mark the 60th anniversary of the construction of world-famous Soho jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, there will be a new exhibition of Freddy Warren’s photographs at Barbican on Oct 12. Ronnie Scott’s 1959-69, a book of photos taken by Warren, who captured iconic moments in the club’s history, is released on Oct 22. The photographer sadly died in a fire in 2010 and thousands of his photographs were retrieved by his nephew Simon Whittle.
• Islington Academy brings a little sunshine to these very wet days with its Latino Fest tomorrow (Friday) – two rooms of DJs playing reggaeton, salsa, bachata, Latin trap, merengue & baile funk.
• Black Futures have written with The Prodigy and produced Idles. Their debut album, Never Not Nothing – the title of which they tattooed on themselves in Sony Music’s boardroom – was released in August. See them at the Electric Ballroom along with Black Peaks tomorrow (Friday).
• Watford four-piece Rak-Su took a different path to winning The X Factor in 2017 by mainly playing original songs. See them at Islington Academy on Oct 16.
• Annie Mac’s latest Annie Mac Presents features Yellow Days, Alaskalaska and Nayana Iz. See them at the Jazz Cafe on Oct 17.
• Broadway actor, American Idol semi-finalist, RuPaul’s Drag Race judge and former choreographer, Todrick Hall, brings his Haus Party show to the Palladium on Oct 13.
• Having sung together on the harbour in Port Isaac for 30 years, Cornish shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends, whose story is told in the feelgood film of the same name, play Barbican tomorrow (Friday).
The Mocking Jays
• The Mocking Jays play Thousand Island tomorrow (Friday) alongside The Rupees and Kid Amelia.
• Wookie, one of UK garage’s founding fathers, plays the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday). Support from Dom Servini.
• Canadian Grammy-nominated folk roots singer-songwriter Rose Cousins plays St Pancras Old Church tomorrow (Friday).
• Veteran post-punk band The Psychedelic Furs, led by brothers Richard and Tim Butler, play the Roundhouse on Oct 12. Supporting for the entire tour are the Lene Lovich Band.
• Roots quintet Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra play The Lexington on Oct 13.
• American urban-folk artist Citizen Cope plays Islington Assembly Hall on Oct 13.
• Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg play the 100 Club on Oct 15.
• Japanese noise-rock outfit Melt Banana play Dingwalls on Oct 16.
• Notable gigs this week: Broncho, The Dome; Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, Islington Academy (Oct 11); Young States, The Water Rats (Oct 14); Pip Blom, Scala; Miles Kane, Electric Ballroom; Dylan John Thomas, Dublin Castle; Holly Herndon, Barbican; Anomalie, Islington Assembly Hall (Oct 16); Richard Hawley, Roundhouse; Man The Lifeboats, Thousand Island; Vant, The Garage; Bloxx, The Dome; She Drew The Gun, Electric Ballroom (Oct 17).
Man The Lifeboats