Charli Fudge: Get Your Lockdown Arts Fix This Weekend
Well. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer but that optimism didn’t last long did it. We’re back to grey skies, cancelled festivals and the same reluctant, brisk walk round the block you’ve been doing for the last 6 months. But don’t worry my virtual friends, I won’t ever let you down, and neither will the cultural collective of artists around the world just waiting to blast white hot art right into your consciousness.
This week we’re going for quality over quantity. Mainly because I’ve dragged my heels so much with this week’s round up, our Thursday artists start in an hour or so (my bad). So without further ado, let’s sit down, crack a can and welcome in yet another weekend in our front rooms, because everything is better with music.
More poet than songwriter although she’s outstanding at both, Arlo Parks is a breath of fresh air and a bright spark on the English lo-fi indie pop scene. Check her out here ARLO PARKS | DICE
Emmy The Great
Another great lyricist, Emmy The Great plays her own distinctive brand of pop-folk from a gothic church for £10 at 7:30 tonight here: Emmy The Great: Jukebox Livestream Live Stream Online, 4th Mar 2021 | Ents24
Rock ‘n’ Relief
Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, Deadmau5, Carly Simon, Macy Grey and Juliette Lewis are just a few of the names playing this 2 days benefit concert, live from a big car park in LA which usually plays host to the biggest Covid testing site in America. Proceeds go towards getting the Covid vaccine to people who can’t make it to vaccination sites. A noble cause indeed. Starts at 8pm over on the Rolling Stones YouTube here: ROCK-N-RELIEF | A Virtual Concert Benefiting CORE | Day 1 - YouTube
Tokyo Police Club
These noughties indie rock faves who continue to blast out upbeat and catchy tunes play at 2am Friday night/Saturday morning. Put on your best polo shirt and pogo round your living room, you haven’t got anything better to do anyway. Champ 10th Anniversary - Full Album Livestream | Tokyo Police Club (bandcamp.com)
My ultimate girl crush shares her iconic and innovative art pop live for Amazon music over on Twitch for free at 2am here AmazonMusic - Twitch
Geriatric Scottish punks settle down for an acoustic night of songs from the Skids and Big Country. Tartan compulsory. The Skids Live Stream Online, 7th Mar 2021 | Ents24
The Hold Steady
Brooklyn dad rockers celebrate their latest album Open Door Policy live from the Brooklyn Bowl half 1 in the morning UK time for free over on Twitch TheRelixChannel - Twitch
Black Country New Road
One of the best bands of last year with so much more in the year to come, BCNR celebrate the release of their triumphant first album live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Stream starts at 8pm via DICE and you can find out more here: Black Country, New Road (southbankcentre.co.uk) Don’t miss this one.
Another band plucked from pages of NME when it was still relevant, this Geordie indie powerhouse are playing live from the Riverside venue for a tenner from 8:30 Live from the Riverside in Newcastle Live Stream on Maximo Park Official Online Store (tmstor.es)
Charli Fudge is an honorary Barrovian having shacked up a few years ago with one of the West Coast’s finest’s - very own Mark Pratt. Has previously written for Itchy City Guides and Vice but has since settled down for the understated life of a public sector worker/forever unfinished novelist.