I have to admit there is some very good stuff on this upcoming week, and makes me wish I had teleporting capabilities… alas, a gal can only dream! Enjoy having a read, and even if you don’t get to go, you might find someone new to listen to.
O2 APOLLO – MAC DEMARCO
Mac Demarco and his band have returned to the UK not long after their prestigious performance at Glastonbury and his own all-day event, ‘Mac Demarco Will See You Now’. The Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer sure knows how to put on a show and will be taking over Manchester O2 Apollo supported by Los Bitchos. Performing tracks from his latest album release Here Comes The Cowboy, Mac is sure you’ll have a good time (and might even play his guitar on his back if you’re lucky!).
Do you fancy a night of pure disco fun and also a beautiful setting to enjoy it in? Of course you do! So celebrate La Discotheque’s third birthday with them this Saturday, since their first show in November 2016. They’ll be providing the best disco you could ever dream of, and here’s what you can expect. Alicia Myers – AKA disco legend – will be performing in the UK for the first time in probably a decade? Insane! Chicago House legend Derrick Carter, Rob Da Bank and Norman Jay MBE will be sidling up next to her with other special guests! And let’s not forget La Piscotheque, the aptly named toilet rave, Bad Fun!
KOKOKO! are a DIY collective that are pioneering an inspiring and alternative scene. They come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and perfectly highlight when a creative collision goes well, as they fused a bunch of different artists together at a block party. The collective are best known for their contemporary aesthetic, as they re-wire and up-cycle materials and turn them into instruments! Using items such as metal, cans, engine parts and plastic containers that are found in their native streets that get turned into dance music that you really can’t stop listening to. Their music is infectious and will without doubt make you want to dance – if you can’t make it to the gig then at least have a little boogie to them this evening.
Boiler Room find themselves back in London for a heavyweight Brixton roadblock, and featuring all the Boiler Room favourites. 6 Figure Gang – SHERELLE, Jossy Mitsu, FAUZIA, L U C Y, Yazzus, Dobby – put forth a break-neck function and invite over D&B veteran DJ Storm along with dubstep duo Sicaria Sound. There won’t be a livestream for this one, so you’ll have to make sure you get yourself a ticket and get down there! It’s going to be an electric night… get it?
THE CURTAIN – PJ HARVEY’S A DOG CALLED MONEY (SCREENING)
Not quite a gig, but an important name in music nonetheless. A Dog Called Money is a unique and intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record. Having wanted to write about certain countries, and seeking first-hand experience, she accompanied award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy on some of his worldwide trips, and joined him in Kosovo, Washington DC and Afghanistan. By capturing the immediacy of their encounters with the different people and places that they visited, the true heart of what was seen and experienced is shown in an almost forensic vision, transforming beautifully into cinema.
Is it really a DJ set if Gilles Peterson isn’t there? I mean, probably, but maybe not a good one! Excluding the residents at Phonox, Gilles has played their booth more than any other artist/DJ, so he’s got to like it there. This particular Sunday will be his 10th appearance. Starting at 4pm and finishing at 10pm, it’s the perfect way to extend your weekend, but still have a relatively early night. A DJ that celebrates diversity in global dance music, you’re sure to have a lovely Sunday if you get on down to this.
Deeper Into Movies takes a dive into the world of Aphex Twin with music writer David Stubbs as he takes on some lectures and screenings. Richard James is the most well-known artist to have emerged from the UK rave and techno scene, and is by far amongst the most enigmatic. Drawing on numerous interviews, David Stubbs will be examining the work, the myth and the reality that is Aphex Twin. Lectures will be followed by rare screenings, and is everything you need to know about not just Aphex Twin, but music.
WIRE CLUB – BROTHERHOOD X IDWT W/ CHAOS IN THE CBD & JOHN SABLE
The Wire Club welcomes a one-off special by bringing Peckham based Chaos In The CBD and In Dust We Trust co-founder John Sable. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, brothers Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales form Chaos In The CBD. The brothers, though their success is palpable right now, still stick to their homespun vibes. After the fortuitous meeting of Bradley Zero on a train the week they arrived in Peckham, it grew the regular slot at Rhythm Section and the pair just grew and grew. Catch these guys while you can, sell out pretty much all their shows – and with good reason.
If you want an evening on chill music, then watching Omar Apollo is where to you need to be. His music mixes soulful psychedelia with funk, RnB and jazz which allows for a creation of something entirely unique. He cites James Blake’s minimalism and The Internet’s modern RnB, so if you’re into either of those (which I think everyone is) then this is the gig for you. Apollo’s music stands out through the rawness of his lyrics mixed with an equally vulnerable performance.
A group that take their main influences from the likes of D’Angelo, Hiatus Kayote and J-Dilla, this Brighton based four piece are cutting new shapes and making a name for themselves in British music. Although another group that mix emotive lyrics with deep grooves and jazz-infused progressions, their sound is unparalleled. Their music has been featured on BBC Radio 6 and has been hailed as a “brilliant” by Gilles Peterson. You’re going to want to catch these guys as soon as you can.
Tonight is the night! Catch Bat For Lashes at Birmingham Town Hall and prepare yourself for beautifully intimate music. Natasha Khan, the woman behind the machine, has recently released her fifth album – a beautiful masterpiece titled Lost Girls on AWAL. Her live show, as always, will be intimate and vocal with electronic synth and piano sets. The euphoric atmosphere won’t be lost as there will be never performed previous Bat For Lashes material as well as new songs from the latest album.
Ah, Björk – what is not to love about the ethereal angel that she is? The Cornucopia tour has been described as Björk’s most elaborate stage concert yet, and features several digital visuals created by media artist Tobias Gremmler and has stage design made to resemble fungi, which has been done by Chiara Stephenson. It features The Hamrahlid Choir – an Icelandic 50-piece choir – as well as a 7-piece flute ensemble, harps, percussions, electronics and bespoke instruments along with a reverb chamber. The costumers for the tour have been designed by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and Iris van Herpen. This is going to be a performance that I don’t think anyone will ever forget about. What a way to bring a bit of sparkle to a Monday, huh?