As the New Year settles in, The Forum in London has announced its first events that will be taking us through to the end of May, featuring a plethora of stars from across the musical spectrum. Here we have given you a lowdown on what is coming up over the next few months, with a few words on what to expect at each.
Saturday 7th February – Tru Thoughts Label Night
Tru Thoughts is an independent British music label that was formed in Brighton and has won many awards throughout its years in action, including ‘Label Of The Year’, which was awarded to them by Gilles Peterson’s prestigeous Worldwide Awards. Fronting many of todays most eclectic bands and solo artists such as Bonobo, Chris Clark and Chroma to name just a few, this will be a showcase of Tru Thoughts vast spectrum of musical taste and will welcome a mix of DJs and live performers, including Quantic - pictured above - (DJ Set), Hidden Orchestra, Wrong Tom & The Ragga Twins, Rodney P, Skitz Feat Harleighblu, Nostalgia 77, Werkha, Ghost Writerz and a number of special guests.
Friday 13th February – Matt Berry
Star of The IT Crowd and accomplished musician Matt Berry will be performing an exclusive one off concert at The Forum in February, joined by his fathomed band The Maypoles. During the show Berry will be drawing songs from his two newest albums Witchazel and Kill The Wolf, both of which received high critical acclaim. As well as his musical classics there will likely be the odd surprise, as last time Matt performed at a concert of this type David Arnold ended up on stage conducting a 25-piece rendition of Live And Let Die! This concert promises to be a dark and eerie yet uplifting and of course unforgettable.
Saturday 14th February – The Valentines Party
For an alternative valentines celebration, a collection of the best old school garage and drum & bass DJs have been called upon to play at London’s The Forum for the Pure Old Skool Valentines Party. The line up will consist of the likes of The Wideboys, Matt Jam Lamont, The Rat Pack, Nicky Blackmarket and many more, with a live PA featuring Dennis G, Kele La Rock and Richie Dan. Expect explosions of kick drums, bass lines and old school anthems.
Saturday 14th March – DJ Yoda – Breakfast Of Champions Album Launch
DJ Yoda has been a well-known name on the urban block for a lengthy period, since the hip-hop DJ come audio visual extraordinaire has been putting on hugely entertaining shows since the 90’s. Recently, DJ Yoda has been integrating video into his shows that have made them all the more exciting, having now toured his audio-visual extravaganza around the UK and beyond. Expect the unexpected as you’ll hear classic and modern hip-hop cuts, sandwiched with leftfield picks and completed by the most bizarre video show you will ever see.
Friday 20th March – The Irrepressibles: Nude
Jamie McDermott’s arty pop music collective have been playing and releasing music since 2003, with 2 albums and a handful of EPs under their belt, with more to come. The five-piece band will be dropping in at The Forum to perform singles from their second studio album Nude, which was described as “remarkably varied and unpredictable”, as well as being given 4 out of 5 stars by The Independent. Having collaborated with and been remixed by artists such as Röyksopp, Hercules And Love Affair and Iamamiwhoami, The Irrepressibles have matured their musical style, incorporating influences from electronic and classical music amongst others, combining them into something that is staggeringly brave yet perfectly executed.
Thursday 26th March – Stiff Little Fingers
From Belfast, Northern Ireland, Stiff Little Fingers have been exerting their punk rock flavour since they discovered the genre after initially forming during their high school lives in 1977. Since then there have been several changes to the line up, however last year they released their 10th studio album. Later in the bands life, lifelong lead singer Jake Burns later began to write songs all about the members experiences of the nationalist troubles that were current in Ireland around the time Stiff Little Fingers originally formed as Highway Star. After recording the single Suspect Device, which was packaged in what was depicted to be a cassette bomb, the band went on to release a platter of EPs and albums, many of which has chart success. Expect energy and expletives from the band that brought us the singles At The Edge and Nobody’s Hero.
Saturday 4th April – Steel Pulse
Grammy Award winning roots reggae group Steel Pulse will be calling all dancers to put on their dancing shoes and take to the dance floor in April as they perform a collection of their songs, new and old. Their Grammy winning album Babylon The Bandit was released in 1986 and contained singles such as Not King James Version and Blessed Is The Man, however this was only one of 11 studio albums Steel Pulse have released.
Saturday 9th May – Chinese Man
French trip-hop trio will be coming to London in May, bringing with them their imaginative blend of funk, hip-hop, reggae, jazz and dub. The band gained momentum after their track I’ve Got That Tune was selected by Mercedes Benz to be used in an ad campaign, whilst also being used as the theme to the French Film Festival. Having released 7 studio albums and a number of vinyl EPs and singles they are an exciting, different perspective on music that is lit up by an attitude to keep modern music as fresh as can be.
Saturday 30th May – Mudhoney
Finally we have Mudhoney, the American grunge band hailing from Seattle who have been massively influential on their cities music scene, putting out music with the heavily distorted, dirty sound that eventually became the genre they are now reckoned with. Since forming in 1988 Mudhoney have released 9 studio albums, 3 of which have charted here in the UK. Their most recent LP, Vanishing Point, received critical acclaim, staying true to their home style with a slight maturity, not so much however that depletes the subtle micky takes that will likely get you grinning.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of typosthes, Festival Number 6, The Irrepressibles and Stiff Little Fingers