Summer in Granary Square; Karaoke goes simply red?; Kiefer Sutherland at the Assembly Hall
16 June, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
GRANARY Square’s summer programme continues to entice. This week, super-cool bar Spiritland, which has made the shiny King’s Cross location home, is hosting Bagelys, a witty take on the renowned superclub Bagleys. The weekend-long free outdoor celebration of house music, featuring original top DJ names – and bagels – takes place on June 17 and 18 (12pm-8pm).
It will be two days, 20 DJs and 20,000 bagels. Here’s the programme: JUNE 17: 12pm Dominic Moir (Shoom); 1pm Piers Harrison (Soft Rocks); 2pm Trevor Jackson (Playgroup Old Skool Party set); 3pm Mike Pickering (Hacienda); 4pm Dan Beaumont (Chapter 10); 5pm Nadia Ksaiba (Rhythm Connection); 6pm Leo Zero (Faith); 7pm Adventures In Paradise. JUNE 18: 12pm Jimmy K-Tel (Sancho Panza); 1pm Elle Andrews (Souvenir); 2pm Toby Tobias (Rekids/ESP); 3pm Frank Tope (Rooty); 4pm Jolyon Green (Low Life); 5pm Bill Brewster (Low Life); 6pm Severino (Mantova Club); 7pm Jeremy Healy (Fantazia).
• Female grunge-pop duo Honeyblood (above) play Koko on June 16.
• Did you manage to get a ticket for Kiefer Sutherland’s sold-out Islington Assembly Hall show on June 22?
• Is karaoke company Lucky Voice on to something, or is this just a case of marketing wishful-thinking/straw-clutching? Apparently the branch just across from Islington Town Hall – down the road from Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency and even closer to Emily Thornberry’s office – has reported a spike in Labour Party-themed songs. D:Ream’s dreaded Blairite Cool Britannia anthem, Things Can Only Get Better, was played four times more frequently on election night, while plays of Billy Bragg’s There is Power in a Union were up 72 per cent compared to the previous week. Here’s where things become sketchy… UB40’s Red, Red Wine was played 27 per cent more frequently than the week before, while Chris de Burgh’s Lady In Red and Pearl Jam’s Jeremy also proved popular. In response, Lucky Voice Islington is planning to add Jim Connell’s The Red Flag to its playlist. Is this a case of overzealous, partisan council staff tripping over the road in a fever of claret or, more likely, the karaoke bar’s PRs going into overdrive to find a rose-tinted election link?
• Tindersticks apply their brooding guitar approach to a special cine-event at Barbican on June 17. Minute Bodies: The Intimate World Of F. Percy Smith, directed by Tindersticks’ Stuart A Staples combines naturalist and filmmaker Smith’s original footage with a new contemporary score. This will be followed by a set of the band’s back-catalogue.
• House Of Pain celebrate their 25th Anniversary at The Forum on June 17.
• Scottish punk band The Skids bring their 40th anniversary tour to the Roundhouse on June 16 with support from The Vapors.
• We’re looking forward to seeing what Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile (above) come up with after they announced they have completed a collaboration LP, to be released later this year. The duo will lead all-star band The Sea Lice – a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts), around the US in support of the release – and hopefully head over here when they’re done.