Grooves: Sunday Papers Live; The Amadeus; Placebo; Sophie Ellis-Bexter

Friday, 25th March — By Róisín Gadelrab

Ed Harcourt

Ed Harcourt plays The Amadeus on April 1

NEWSHOUNDS, hipsters and culture lovers gather round… after more than two years away, Sunday Papers Live returns to Cecil Sharp House on April 3. Grab a cushion, squeeze onto a sofa, bring your slippers and join in the fun as the broadsheets are brought to life with a panel discussion on Ukraine, spoken word performances from Apples & Snakes, comedian and broadcaster Viv Groksopp taking on business, international chess grandmaster and philosopher Jonathan Rowson musing on chess and the meaning of life, travel with explorer Ed Caesar, music from Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie and plenty of other exciting speakers and performances covering culture, crosswords, health and more. Sunday roast and brunch will keep you in home comforts while the bar is ready with the Bloody Marys – what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

• Gus Robertson’s Live at The Amadeus series continues with musicians’ musician, songwriter and former Mercury Music Prize nominee Ed Harcourt. Harcourt, who has written songs for and worked with the likes of Paloma Faith and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, plays The Amadeus in Little Venice on April 1.

• One of my faves from the 90s, Placebo celebrate the launch of their new album Never Let Me Go with an intimate show at Islington Assembly Hall on March 31. Also at the Assembly Hall, Grammy award-winning artist Billy Strings plays two headline sets on March 26-27 following the release of album Renewal.

• Highbury IT expert Kabir Khan, who had no previous music knowledge, passed the hours in lockdown studying music theory. He has since produced a number of techno-dance songs, and releases his first recording Sepoia, on Redwave Records, on March 24. Next month another label will be releasing more of his tunes.

• Test out your pop knowledge at The Lexington’s Pop Quiz with Paul Guided Missile on March 28. Before that, The Lexington hosts Amsterdam alt-rock trio Klangstof introducing their EP Ocean View (March 26); and neo-folk musicians The Magpies with support from Quarterman + Hannah Scott (March 27).

• Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s family Kitchen Discos became a beloved cult family dancefest during lockdown. Now, Sophie brings these shows to the stage, stopping off at London Palladium on March 30. Expect fun times and pop frivolity.

• Father John Misty makes his only European appearance at Barbican on April 7, backed by the full orchestra of Britten Sinfonia.

Critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Eric Gales plays songs from his recently released album Crown and songs from his back catalogue at Islington Academy on March 25 with support from British blues rock guitarist Danny Bryant. Then, on Saturday, former Pele frontman Ian Prowse brings his five-piece band Amsterdam to the Academy and on April 4, former The X-Factor: Celebrity runners-up twins Max & Harvey play the same venue.

• There’s a diverse selection over at Roundhouse in the next fortnight including Aussie psychedelic surf-rockers Ocean Alley in support of their third album Lonely Diamond (March 25); an evening of conversation, sound selection and food with Diaspora Dialogues presented by singer writer and sonic poet DemiMa and honouring London’s diaspora featuring Jamz Supernova, Emmavie and Black Cactus; Stiff Little Fingers + The Professionals + TVSM!TH + Neville Staple Band (March 26); Nitin Sawhney + Natty (March 27); Influential Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs (April 30); and Texas folk rock musicians Midlake (April 6).

• Cornish blues-rock three-piece Willie & The Bandits play their rescheduled show at 100 Club on March 25.

• Classically trained in Japan, Hidè Takemoto’s magic fingers blend Indian, Spanish, Celtic, Japanese, blues, pop and rock influences on his metal guitar. Experience his incredible guitar playing at Green Note on March 27.

Singer, accordionist and dancer Hannah James and French cellist Toby Kuhn create soulful music taking their audiences through original compositions exploring the natural world and folk traditions across Europe. See them at St Pancras Church on March 28.

• Ghanaian keyboard wizard Kwame Yeboah has toured and recorded alongside Stevie Wonder, Cat Steven, Craig Davis and Hugh Maskela among others. He plays Jazz Café on March 26. Then, taking over the venue for two nights, Trinidadian-US rapper Theophilus London brings his Never Too Late tour in advance of the release of his latest album (March 28-29); and, on April 3, UK dub pioneer Mad Professor pays tribute to Lee “Scratch” Perry joined by Sister Aisha and Earl 16.

More upcoming gigs:

Levitation Orchestra, Jazz Café (March 25);
Gentleman’s Dub Club, The Forum (March 26);
JPEGMAFIA, The Forum (March 28);
Joan As A Policewoman, Union Chapel;
The Let Go, Camden Assembly (March 29);
Bloc Party, The Garage; Sam Carter, Green Note;
Magnum, Islington Assembly Hall;
Dream Wife + Lucia and The Best Boys, Electric Ballroom (March 30);
Omar + QCBA, Jazz Café (March 31);
DRS Live Orchestra, Jazz Café;
An Evening with Noah Gundersen, Union Chapel;
The Mysterines + Coach Party + Fräulein, Electric Ballroom
The KTNA + Charles, Victoria Jane, Tee, Camden Assembly (April 1);
Vashti Bunyan, Barbican; Open Mike Eagle, Jazz Café;
Me And That Man, Islington Assembly Hall (April 2);
10CC, Palladium (April 3);
Agnes Nunes, Jazz Café;
Nneka, Islington Assembly Hall (April 4)
Mario Biondi, Union Chapel (April 4-5);
Pink Pantheress, Scala (April 4-6);
The Fratellis, The Forum (April 5);
Luciano, Jazz Café (April 5-6);
James Morrison, Palladium (April 6);
The Hara, The Garage; Sunflower Bean, Electric Ballroom;
Katy Kirby, St Pancras Old Church (April 7).

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