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Grooves: Kenwood, StrEATlife, BST, All Points East Festivals; London Django Collective; The Linda Lindas…

The Linda Lindas will play at Islington Academy on June 7. Photo: Zac Farro

It’s been a long time, but London festivals are back and we’re in for a treat! After last year’s Kenwood concerts were disrupted – by Covid uncertainty and then bad weather – they are back this month (June 10-19).

The line-up includes James + The Charlatans + Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly + The Sherlocks + Maximo Park (June 10); Rag’N’Bone Man + Raye + Will & The People (June 11); Outlook Orchestra by David Rodigan + Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy + Bitty McLean (June 12); Culture Club + Bananarama + Lulu (June 17); Nile Rodgers + CHIC + Billy Ocean + Norman Jay MBE (June 18) High Flying Birds by Noel Gallagher + Jake Bugg + Confidence Man (June 18).

Before that, Ally Pally’s free StrEATlife festival brings the music and food (June 3-4), later the glorious Hyde Park BST concerts return with big names Elton/Adele/The Rolling Stones and more. time (June 24-July 10) and All Points East has a lineup ready to keep the cool kids happy Disclosure/Tame Impala/Nick Cave/Gorilla/Kae Tempest/Michael Kiwanuka etc (August 19-28). We barely have time to breathe!

The final show in Gus Robertson’s Live At The Amadeus series will take place on June 10 with the London Django Collective, a collective of musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Franco-Roma jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt.

• Vigilante, The Replicators, The Bad Apples and Gift of Noise will perform The Underworld on June 11 in aid of The Gift of Hope Trust which raises funds for educational projects.

• The Killers take over the Emirates Stadium (June 3-4) – some lucky Islingtonians should expect to hear them from their gardens!

• All-female LA pop punk band The Linda Lindas bring an understated level of freshness to their songs, full of catchy hooks and high-energy student party vibes. See them if you manage to get a ticket to Islington Academy on June 7.

Dublin Castle has planned a fitting way to close the Jubilee on Sunday June 5th with The Queen’s Platinum All Dayer ft The Ska Brats + Blank Generation + The Glory + From The Gut + Tear Up + Concrete Bollocks + Benefit State + Aubrey Eels.

• Alan McGee’s new signing The Gulps, who was Steve Strange’s latest discovery, will play at Camden Assembly on June 7. Support from Dirty English, Naked RA and a DJ set from Alan McGee.

Dublin Castle’s Rock’n’Roll Book Club returns for a two-day extravaganza this week – June 15 with Nick Griffiths discussing his novel dead star on late musician Garth Tyson, plus Psycho Delia’s live set. Then, on June 16, Sebastian Wocker talks about his book The joy of addictionwith Q&A and a possible musical interlude from his group Ridiculous.

• All-star The Curtom Orchestra, which includes members of Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies and Incognito, celebrates the life and music of Curtis Mayfield at Islington Assembly Hall on June 3. Then, on June 9, 23-year-old Christone, Kingfish” Ingram, the future of the blues plays the venue, followed by American Idol singer Chris Daughtry’s band Daughtry (June 13) and Ravyn Lenae (June 15).

The Hollies take their 60th anniversary tour to the London Palladium (June 3-4), then Dionne Warwick takes the stage (June 5-6), Steve Vai (June 7) and Michael Ball (June 11).

• Do you remember Iceland’s original entry into Eurovision in 2021? Musician Dadi Freyr, whose Eurovision success think about things became a worldwide hit, performing at Roundhouse on June 16 with Mickey Callisto.

• Suede has announced two dates at the Electric Ballroom in October (October 5 and 6) – register early.

• We have seen some treasured venues come and go over the years, often closing against their will due to factors beyond their control. So it’s always a pleasure to see the Music Venue Trust’s innovative Own Our Venues program, which aims to help our institutions secure their future. Investors are being encouraged to buy community shares to help raise £3.5million to place nine sites in community ownership so they are not beholden to unsympathetic landlords. Although the chosen pilot sites are not in London, if the program is successful the aim will be to expand it to other sites in the future. Investors can accrue interest on their shares but are not able to sell, exchange or transfer them. It’s an imaginative plan and I hope it succeeds. The first round ends on September 30.

Rapper Knucks surprised two fans on his Koko show last week with the gift of a Bitcoin (worth around £23,000 at the time) to share, which they can cash out or use in part to create a fund where they can invest in NFTs and crypto. Knucks was joined by Loyle Carner and Stormzy onstage at various points during the show. Koko’s other upcoming gigs this month include DJ Shadow (June 5), Nick Mulvey (June 10), and Omar Apollo (June 16).

More concerts to come:

• Ghost Note, Jazz Café (June 4);
• Overcrowded rotunda house (June 4-5, 7-8);
• JC Stewart + Ellie Dixon, Islington Academy; King Solomon Hicks + Toby Lee, Club 100 (June 7);
• Erland Cooper, Barbican (8 June);
• Loshn, The Harrison; Fatherson, Islington Assembly Hall; Crash Test Dummies + Mo Kenney, The Forum (June 10);
• Gregor Barnett, The Garage (June 11);
• Luidji, Jazz Café (June 12);
• Bikini Kill, roundhouse; Deftones + Grandson, The Forum; Dominie Hooper, The Grace (June 13);
• Blood Red Shoes, The Garage; Tiago Nacarato, Jazz Cafe; Fiona Bevan, Stone Nest (June 14);
• Interpol + Orlando Weeks, Roundhouse (June 14-15);
• Café Jazz War and Treaties; Genesis Owusu, Underworld; Cautious Clay + Tayo Sound, The Garage (June 15);
• Masta Ace, Jazz Cafe; PiL + Brix Smith, The Forum; Bob Mould, Islington Assembly Hall (June 16);
Mavis Staples, Union Chapel (June 16-17).