Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Proud Camden; Field Day Festival; Mangoseed
08 February, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
PROUD Camden has been the scene of many a memorable moment. From the time at its previous location by Cyberdog when Johnny Borrell was outshone by the pale redhead in a white nightdress, who came from a little-known band at the time – Florence and the Machine – to its later home at the Stables, where we saw Sting play an acoustic set, heard Glen Matlock’s stories as he played Camden Rocks, witnessed Amy Winehouse clamber onstage to join various artists, and took in countless rock photography exhibitions…the memories go on…and on. So the news that this venue is leaving the heart of the market will leave its mark. There’s a month of farewell parties planned and promises of a new venue on Camden High Street, so there is more to come.
Tame Impala will headline Citadel Festival
• It makes sense that things need to be shaken up every now and then. So, while we knew Field Day was looking for a new home after giving way to new – and super-hot – festival All Points East in Victoria Park, we’ve only just learned of its new location. This year’s Field Day Festival takes place in Brockwell Park – that’s south London, a potential culture shock to the festival’s general east London crowd. The line-up includes Erykah Badu, Ezra Collective, Gilles Peterson, Loyle Carner, Madlib, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet and Thundercat. Then, moving out west, Lovebox and Citadel Festivals are setting up home in Gunnersbury Park. Time to rejig the festival diary and get familiar with London Transport routes you may never have tested before.
• There’s a foursome of wild bands getting ready to play The Fiddler’s Elbow tonight (Thursday). Mangoseed play a fusion of global sounds, mashing up ska and soca, jungle and funk, rock and punk. They will be supported by Adam K’s Unholy Trinity, Fuzzwalker, and Bad Sidekick.
• Mignon’s album launch at The Black Heart on Feb 9 promises an instriguing spookish assortment of searing rock ‘n’ roll, garage, blues and ‘60s pop-psychedelica – all executed with an old-school punk attitude. Joined by Mathias Brendel (Peaches’ band) and LA import Corwin Hambrick (Christian Death 1334/Astrovamps). Mignon switches between instruments – from cigar box guitar to keyboards and theremin – as much as she does colourfully crazy costumes. Expect to be entertained. Support from British two-piece Emperors of Rome.
• Rag ‘n’ Bone Man plays Islington Assembly Hall on Feb 13.
• Down With Dating returns to The Albany on Feb 14 – the ultimate Anti-Valentines night, with Speed Hating, Blind Hate and much more.
• Massaoke returns to The Phoenix for a one-off tomorrow (Friday) night pop rock sing-along extravaganza.
• Notable gigs this week: Meat Wave (above), The Lexington (Feb 9); Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly, Ronnie Scott’s (Feb 10); Mica Paris, Islington Assembly Hall (Feb 11); $uicideboy$, The Forum; Natalia Lafourcade, Koko (Feb 12); Jen Cloher, The Dome; Dermot Kennedy, Scala; British Sea Power, Koko (Feb 13); Galantis, Roundhouse (Feb 14); Sad Song Co, Thousand Island; Superorganism, Jazz Café; Simple Minds, Roundhouse (Feb 15).
• See our interview with Sandra Bernhard (above) in next week’s paper.