January 2019 Preview – In the Round:
January kicks off with In the Round at Camden’s Roundhouse. The Roundhouse is already a favourite of the team for its relatively intimate size and unique shape leading to great views of the stage. In the Round is an annual series of intimate performances where the venue is transformed into a fully seated concert set up to accommodate some of the world’s leading artists. First held in 2016, previous performers include John Cale, Julian Cope, Rokia Traoré, Gaz Coombes, Marianne Faithfull, Jaga Jazzist, Martha Wainwright, Ghetts, Lambchop, Tiger Lillies, Matthew E White, and Mulatu Astatke, Beth Orton, Nadine Shah, GoGo Penguin and Oumou Sangaré.
A hub of inspiration for artists and emerging talent, The Roundhouse aims to help young people grow creatively as individuals. In The Round reinforces this ethos – every headline act is supported by young artists who use the Roundhouse’s Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios.
What is there to look forward to in 2019?
Highlights for us include
Formerly of the Super Furry Animals, a seminal 1990s Indie Rock band, Gruff is always full of surprises. It’s a brave artist that releases a solo album in Welsh! Five solo albums later he’s still winning accolades, nominations and prizes. Hearing his latest album (although now 2 years old, just as relevant) accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, you know that there is something very special about this artist. It’s going to be wonderful to experience his musical talent in this wonderful building.
Patti Smith is a rock’n roll icon. Poet, singer, visual artist and activist she burst into public consciousness with her 1975 debut album Horses, a collection of poetry, chants and rock ‘n’ roll attitude. As a spotty teenager I remember seeing her on The Old Grey Whistle Test inventing punk in the moment, a snarling Janis Joplin/Yoko Ono hybrid who was the antithesis of the quiescent hippy chicks dominating the charts. Mainstream success arrived with Because the Night, co-written with Bruce Springsteen in 1978 with 11 studio albums following and a best-selling memoir, Just Kids – written in a proto-beat style and beating out the rhythms of the 70s New York scene and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.
An Evening of Words and Music combines spoken word interwoven with music from Smith’s beloved catalogue of songs.
Ronnie Spector and the Ronnettes
Ronnie Spector’s voice cut into vinyl grooves embodied want it meant to be a teenage girl in the 1960s. With a look that is still as potent today as it ever was – I can’t imagine Amy Winehouse without Ronnie – she remains a huge influence in popular music. She formed the Ronettes while in her teens, married young tyro music producer Phil Spector and together produced hits from the early to mid 60s including Walking in the Rain, Do I Love You,Baby I Love You, (The Best Part of) Breaking Up, and the international Number One smash Be My Baby.
Their In the Round performance will be a special celebratory concert to mark 55 years since their very first UK tour. The ultimate ‘girl group’ will perform all their hits alongside cult classics and a multimedia presentation of rare and unseen photos and videos of the group.
“With her extraordinary stories and even more extraordinary voice, Spector has the audience hanging on every word.” The Guardian
Watch Be My Baby (Later with Jools 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCEUSt77AkY
Doors 7pm / Tickets £15-£35
Will you be there? Book online
FULL In the Round LINE UP
22 January Ana Moura
23 January Fatima
24 January Gruff Rhys
25 January An Evening of Words and Music with Patti Smith
26 January The Hot Sardines
27 January Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes
28 January Sam Palladio
29 January Jim James
30 January This Is The Kit
31 January Shirley Collins
Roundhouse presents In the Round from 22 January – 31 January 2019
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road,
London, NW1 8EH
Access bookings: 0300 6789 222 Booking fees apply – see website for full details