Words by Ian Pennington
Good morning pop pickers, and a happy Monday to you.
Monday’s exactly where we’ll begin and why not start the week with a smile? The Happy Soul should be, at least. Grinning from ear to ear while performing at The Castle Hotel, supported by local strummers Oh Howl.
Similarly upbeat jives will follow on Tuesday 11th at Band on the Wall. Esteemed Malian bluesman Bassekou Kouyate will be joined, as ever, by his backing band Ngoni Ba. As with the Apollo Brown gig last week, there’s still time to win tickets for that one via local arts and culture magazine Now Then.
Skip a day and head out again on Thursday 13th, when uncompromising rockers Then Thickens will crank it up to eleven for the Night & Day Café patrons. If you’re in the mood for something less boisterous then let Marika Hackman tickle your eardrums with her delicate ditties. The introspectively mumbling former model is booked in at Soup Kitchen.
If your curiosity gets the better of you on Friday 14th, you might find yourself genre bending at Satan’s Hollow for a night featuring The Bee Gees’ hits (and misses) performed in the style of heavy metal by Tragedy. Or play it safe at The Ritz, where you’ll find the synth-poppers Metronomy.
Pack your tie dye tee and your Woodstock picnic for an all dayer at Antwerp Mansion on Saturday 15th. The folks behind the Remake Remodel club night have decided tune selecting just isn’t enough, moving instead to band selecting under the Cosmosis banner. They’ve gone all-out for psychedelic soundwave conjurors to forge a bill topped by The Warlocks. Groovy.
For less reverb in your wraps, there are other options for Saturday evening: dive back into the 80s with Heaven 17 and Blancmange at Academy 2, put a folky pop skip in your step with Ellen and the Escapades at The Castle Hotel or head to Deaf Institute for the driven indie guitars of The Notwist.