Not sure about you but when arranging my meetings these days I try and drop in “When did that happen?!” at the earliest possible moment, a little hint of irony considering we have the date firmly placed on the front of every smart device we own…
So here we are, Spring has made its positively arctic arrival and on the horizon we have the musical landscape of 2018 emerging. It’s that time of year when everything gets moving a little more; the January Blues are a world away and little old February has flitted by without a care.
Whatever tickles your fancy, from mini festivals to gigs in basements, concert halls to old banks – here at IGT Towers we’ve got you covered. Read on for our suggestions of this months Musical Midget Gems…you can almost hear the jacks being plugged into the amps and that lovely little bass buzz that tickles your senses.
Martha Reeves and The Vandellas support from Butch Leake
The Village Underground, 54 Holywell Ln, London EC2A
SUNDAY 11th MARCH
Now it’s not often I write this with such honesty, but if there’s one thing you must do this weekend, it’s get yourself down to The Village Underground to see living legends in action. Martha Reeves, Lois and
Delphine (The Vandellas) will be gracing our shores in celebration of 50 years since the release of their spectacular hit “Jimmy Mack”. For those of you that don’t know, this group not only released the good old Jimmy, but “Nowhere To Run”, “My Baby Loves Me”, “Heat Wave” and a great load more that you will certainly remember from sitting in the back of your Mum and Dad’s car with the cassette player whirring. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Mother’s Day so take your Mamma’s to see Martha and you’ll be “Dancing In The Street” all the way home.
Sandi Toksvig’s Mirth Control: Arts over Tit
Royal Festival Hall, SE1
SUNDAY 11th MARCH
In the 100th anniversary since women won the right to vote, this years WOW – Women of the World festival at London’s Southbank Centre has seen over 200 talks and debates, concerts, performances and workshops. This Sunday, an annual highlight, promises an evening of comedy and music inspired and performed by great women live on stage as part of ‘Sandi Toksvig’s Mirth Control: Arts over Tit’. Featuring Josette Bushell-Mingo, along with Alice Russell and Zara McFarlane. The WOW Orchestra is led by guest conductor Alice Farnham, Voicelab Choir led by Jessie Maryon Davies and many more surprises on the night.
Music Mondays at The Ned
The Ned, 27 Poultry, London EC2R
Whoever could have imagined the home of Midland Bank financial transactions in the heart of The City would one day be an entertainment space housing a five-star hotel with 250 rooms, ten restaurants, six private events spaces, spa, gym and a members’ club? It is advantageous that such a beautiful venue also hosts a rather favourable weekly music night, simply but effectively titled Music Mondays.
The curators change weekly and this month commences on March 12th with KZ Music & MG Management presenting Blithe, Dede, Marius Bear and Oli Rockberger; the hosts for March 19th are Talentbanq however their list of performers are TBC at time of going to press; March 26th promises to be one to watch when BBC Introducing present Rachel Foxx, Lily Moore, Melisa Whiskey and Greta Isaac. The Ned is a wonderful venue both aesthetically and acoustically, it promises a great night out for those who need their Monday music fix.
Mt Wolf at The Scala
The Scala, 275 Pentonville Rd, London N1
WEDNESDAY 28th MARCH
Kicking the back doors off two sell out shows in New York in October last year, Mt Wolf have been busy on a headline tour traversing the UK which closes at The Scala at the end of this month. Receiving critical acclaim from the likes of MTV, London Evening Standard and Clash Magazine, the band’s hallmark splicing of electronic and acoustic elements and layered sounds has earned them comparisons to the likes of Sigur Ros, Bon Iver and The National. If you like the sound of “hypnotic electronica to keep bass-heads interested” (MTV) then just like NPR were quoted, Mt Wolf are “A must see band”.
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