You may remember our article about the Coronet Theatre in South-East London a while back and their new series of live PAs and gigs. Together - Season One got off to a great start with a huge launch party in March. One month on and the biggest names in soul, dubstep and grime have all signed up to be part of an envious line-up. Ticket linkage below!
Holy moly Batman, May looks the mutt's nuts with the 7th witnessing the coming of the man who helped pioneer the hip-hop sound of the early 80s and without whom, much of what constitutes so-called 'urban' music (grime, electro, dubstep, garage etc) , new music wouldn't be as varied or as creative as it is (or isn't, it could be argued). Afrika Bambaataa took Kraftwerk and pumped it right up nearly 30 years ago - Tinchy, I hope you pay respect to the man who was part of the movement pushing rap music onto the dance floor. Tinchy Stryder will also perform along with Roska and Hot City.
Kelis features on 14th May, bringing the boys and girls to the yard with her rumpshake and new direction seen and heard on her single 'Acapella', produced by David Guetta. It's all a far cry from her potty-mouthed rap output and collaborations with Neptunes and gets a physical release on 26th April. She also plays Big Chill this year. Also appearing is grime-star Joker plus Deadly Rhythm Soundsystem.
The 21st May is all about blissful beats and gritty soundtracks courtesy of the two headliners tonight - Switch and Aeroplane. Switch has primarily been remixing since 2003 - Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Les Rhythmes Digitales, Coldcut and Santigold are just some of his customers. Think Simian Mobile Disco with an itch and you are someway there. Tonight he is joined by a set of tight yet melodic minimal electronic from Belgium's Aeroplane plus live sets from French Horn Rebellion and Jack Beats. And that's where May currently ends - watch this space for possible 28th shenanigans.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
UK beat-poet and rapper Scroobius Pip and his Sacmeister are the darlings of the music press at the moment which makes this a pretty hot ticket on 4th June. A new album 'The Logic Of Chance' has just been released and a book from the Pipster ('Poetry In (E)Motion') is due soon [review to follow - watch this space! - Ed], so be sure to catch the Essex beard, er I mean, bard and his cohort perform live with support from cut-n-paste master of the 80s DJ Yoda and those 'Connected' funksters Stereo MCs.
Electro-funk star from Dijon, Vitalic, gets to spread his disco-mustard all over the Coronet with a performance on 11th June. Recent club-banger 'Flashmob' has appeared in various remixes but his original mix is the killer and you'll no doubt get to hear it tonight, along with brand-new classic 'Second Lives'. Quirky Twickenham band Mystery Jets play a varied DJ set on the same night with live sets from Spieltrieb and Caulfield Beats also on the bill.
Tough electro-sleaze comes to Bermondsey on the 18th in the form of Fischerspooner, this being their first UK date for some time and the 25th sees dubstep's Kode 9 and Warp's funk-master Hudson Mohawke hit the decks. More names are due to be added to these evenings - we'll update you with more from the land of the Coronet later this month.
Earlybird prices start at £10 (but that's if you're quick and click on the links now) - £15 for Bambaataa. We'll have more on the Coronet later this month.
As a reminder, April tickets are also a tenner for a very limited period only - details of this month's specials are below - be quick though - £10 prices are Early Birds only (£15 for the Outlook Festival launch on 2nd April).
Tomorrow (2nd April) sees the Outlook Festival launch party, featuring Ms Dynamite, Macka B, Hatcha, Plastician, Joker, Channel One, Newham General, Taskforce, Jakes, Quest, Silkie, DJ Semtex (BBC Radio 1 Xtra), Seb Chew, KROMESTAR, RSD, Stenchman, Cyrus, Oneman, Truth, Funtcase, Sgt Pokes, Crazy D, Badness - that's a whole lotta grime! [where's Aggie and Kim? - Ed]
Love Music Hate Racism
On the 9th April, a live set from UK grime-rapper Kano and DJ-slots from Radio One's Rob da Bank, Mala from dubstep-warriors Digital Mystikz and Rox head up an impressive night sponsored and organized by Love Music Hate Racism. The evening is designed to raise awareness for the cause as well as other LMHR events (including an all-dayer in Barking on 17th April) - their website is at www.lovemusichaterascism.com . Roni Size is NOT appearing at this event after all (despite previous reports).
Grime-specialist Toddla T, US garage-legend Todd Edwards and live sets from Daisy Dares You and Wild Palms forms part of the incredible roster on April 16th. Edwards is the real catch here - during the UK Speed Garage scene in the late 90s, his remixes were all over the place on mainstream club tunes. Using house as his base, he fuses spliced vocals and quick beats to step up the pace. He also appeared on Daft Punk's excellent 'Face To Face' track in 2003. Other performers include Boy 8-Bit, Sinden and D.I.M.
Cassius, Holy Ghost!, the legendary house and cut-n-splice Hacienda DJ Greg Wilson gather on the 23rd along with live sets from media-darlings and electro-pop outfit 'Ou Est Le Swimming Pool', French-electro rapper Uffie and sleazy-disco posters Fenech-Soler. You may remember Cassius being bandied around the music-press in the late 90s, due in part to their connection with Mo Wax (as La Funk Mob) and their comparable sound with Daft Punk (as well as being French). Expect big beats and some sirens as per their recent single 'Youth, Speed, Trouble, Cigarettes'.
Felix Da Housecat
April comes to a close with a pumping set from Chicago house and minimal techno stalwart Felix Da Housecat on the 30th. He has been making, producing, remixing and playing powerful and infectious music as Aphrohead and Thee Housecatt since the early 90s, as well as working with glam-funkster Miss Kittin and running his own Radikal Fear label. He worked with P Diddy on the top-notch 'Jack U' single in 2005. Allez Allez and Digitalism provide DJ support throughout the night.