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Gig: Cinematic Orchestra

The sweeping, genre-stradling, complex-yet-accessible oeuvre of Jason Swincoe’s ‘orchestra project’ is a beguiling proposition on record, as they blend jazz, indie and dance, with soundtrack accompaniment and, as the name suggests, movie images. Live, though, they are quite another thing altogether.

Sat, June 30. 7.30pm £24.50+
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Tube | Barbican 
barbican.org.uk


Club: Guilty Pleasures Summer Garden Party

This summer party sees Koko transformed into a picture of English traditionalism – floppy hats, cricket whites – with a host of pop pleasures to guide you through the night, including DJs Sean Rowley and Anna Greenwood, live music from The Lipsinkers, cabaret and burlesque troupe The Dreamboats, and more.

Sat, June 30. 10pm-3am £10

Koko, NW1 7JE
Tube | Mornington Crescent
guiltypleasures.co.uk


Gig: Back 2 Black Fest

This travelling fest celebrating music of African roots moves to London from Rio, with an all-star line-up. I Try soul singer Macy Gray, who returned this year with Covered (featuring takes on tracks by the likes of Radiohead and Metallica), headlines the Friday, Roots Manuva the Saturday and Gilberto Gill the Sunday.

June 29-July 1. 6pm(Fri), 1pm (Sat & Sun) £35
Old Billingsgate
Old Billingsgate Walk, EC3R 6DX
Tube | Monument 
oldbillingsgate.co.uk


Club: Electric Minds Summer Session

This 16-hour party on the banks of the River Lea in east London boasts the best in UK and German house, featuring Amé, Sven Weisemann (above), BNJMN (Live), Kowton and more. There’s no noise restrictions for the outdoor section of the bash, which moves indoors at 11pm, so expect mental mash-up madness. Will you be able to keep up?

Sat, June 30. 2pm-6am £10+
A secret London location
electricminds.co.uk

Band to watch: Said The Whale

The buzz so far: In the five years since ‘The Whale began, they have made a handful of albums of infectious pop-rock brilliance, been the subject of a documentary and won last year’s Canadian Juno Award for Band of the Year. Upcoming long player Little Mountain sees them unveil 15 new tracks that veer from sweet pop and jagged-rhythm indie, to rocking-out jams, with the harmonious thrust of dual vocalists Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester. Canada’s biggest export are, rightly, about to make waves.
The Critics say: “Said The Whale’s strength is their ability to marry catchy hooks with a roots-music tradition. ” MusicEmissions.com
The plug: Little Mountains is out July 2 through Hidden Pony Records.

 

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