Announcement Of The Week
Visions festival returns for the fourth year on 6 August, and its line-up is getting better every year. They’ve just added a feast of extra names to the bill, including JD Samson, ESG Bleached, Let’s Eat Grandma and Dream Wife. They’ll join Anna Calvi, Young Fathers, Mykki Blanco and Lindstrom, among others, at venues around London Fields.
Gigs Of The Week
Joana Serrat stops off at The Slaughtered Lamb during a short UK tour this week. Her new, third album Cross The Verge saw Serrat up sticks from her home, near Barcelona, to Montreal, where she teamed up with Arcade Fire producer Howard Bilerman. It features appearances for some seriously cool musicians, including a duet with Neil Halstead, on an album which nods toward Joanna Newsom; a sort of cut glass, alt-country sound which feels like a perfect summer soundtrack. See her on Monday 9 May.
The Barbican hosts Kronos Quartet on Monday 9 May. The San Francisco-based Grammy Award-winning group are set to be joined by Martin Green, of Lau, to perform the world premiere of his new piece, Seiche. Expect lots of other new surprises throughout the night.
Composer Yann Tiersen will play stripped back arrangements of his soundtrack work, along with new songs from his forthcoming book of sheet music, during a mini-residency at the Barbican this week. Best known for sound tracking the likes of Amelie and Goodbye Lenin, he’s also worked with orchestras, folk singers and bands – collaborating with the likes of Stuart A Staples, Elizabeth Frazer and Efterklang. These gigs, however, will offer a chance to see a more personal performance.