Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: All Points East; Soho Music Month; Hoping For Palestine
01 June, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Courtney Barnett plays the Roundhouse on June 6
JAMES Murphy led Victoria Park into a stunning headline LCD Soundsystem set on the opening night of Victoria Park’s new All Points East Festival. Attracting a crowd for which a mermaid-legging, sequinned-jacket and glitter-strewn faces were the norm, the band worked through their complex back catalogue, with a flurry of more recent material in the latter half, playing hits such as I Can Change, Tribulations, All My Friends and Call The Police. As ever with Victoria Park festivals, the limited mobile phone service meant several who got separated from their groups were left to party alone – although for some euphoric twirling figures, this didn’t look like such a bad thing. The new festival has won a positive reaction for the calibre of its line-up, with The XX bringing a serene feeling to the park on Saturday and Bjork playing an expectedly surreal set on Sunday. Earlier on Friday, Young Fathers held their own with a progressive set and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs woke the crowd with a killer comeback set, their first in five years. An entirely welcome addition to the London festival calendar, if only slightly marred by the two-hour journey home. This weekend All Points East closes with three standalone gigs, each with a busy line-up of worthy supports. Headliners are Catfish and the Bottlemen (June 1), The National and Public Service Broadcasting (June 2), while Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds plus Patti Smith lead a sold-out closing show on Sunday (June 3).
• Soho Music Month takes place through June, highlighting some of London’s exceptional established and emerging talent with a hot line-up of free live music, workshops and live broadcasting. Seek out free events at Soho Music Month hub and exhibition space PLATFORM LDN at 3 Carnaby Street, including a Reprezent Radio residency with live broadcasts, a panel event with GRM Daily, and book signings with DJ Jumping Jack Frost and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s DJ Target. Head to Newburgh Quarter Sessions on Foubert’s Place on Thursday evenings for free outdoor gigs or take a free guided walking tour exclusively for Soho Music Month. Find Bring Your Own Vinyl’s listening parties at Shinola on June 21 and 28, Campfire Music Sessions with folk and soul artists at Folsom on June 14 and 28, hip-hop rap battles at G-Shock on June 15 followed by a first birthday celebration on June 21 and live music at Paul Smith with DJ sets on June 2 and 9.
• Camden Assembly and Ticketmaster present The Emergence Series in aid of War Child UK , with a series of gigs from June 25 to July 30 showcasing rising talent. The first gig on June 25 features Laughta and C Cane.
Bill Murray and Jan Vogler. Photo: Peter Rigaud
• Actor Bill Murray performs the UK premiere of his debut album, New Worlds, on June 4 accompanied by an all-star classical chamber trio, in a one-off show at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
• Hoping For Palestine takes place on June 4 featuring The Libertines, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Loyle Carner and more at the Roundhouse.
• The Dublin Castle’s Rock n Roll Book Club on June 6 features Rock And Roll Is Life – The True Story Of The Helium Kids By One Who Was There, the new novel from writer D. J. Taylor who will be in conversation with writer and DC RNR Book Club hostess Tony Gleed, followed by tunes from Julie Hamill. The novel tells of publicist Nick Du Pont, who represented the Helium Kids in their late ’60s and early ’70s heyday.
• Notable gigs this week: The Milk, Islington Assembly Hall (June 2); Newton Faulkner, Borderline; Nouvelle Vague, Union Chapel (June 5); Lionel Richie, Hampton Court Palace (June 5-6); Courtney Barnett + Loose Tooth, Roundhouse; The Blinders, Borderline (June 6).