In the Round
23 January – 1 February 2020
John Grant and Alice Russell join In the Round line-up
The Roundhouse today announces two further acts to appear as part of 2020’s In the Round. In an exclusive, rare, stripped-back show, singer-songwriter John Grant presents music from across his career while Alice Russell will perform brand new material from her forthcoming album.
Devoted to intimate performances staged in the rarely seen fully-seated concert set up, In the Round has become known for its special, often exclusive sets from an eclectic range of artists. They will join an already exciting line up that includes Hadestown creator Anaïs Mitchell, Latin recording legend Jorge Drexler, Damon Gough, aka, Badly Drawn Boy, ground-breaking Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, London’s very own Afrobeat outfit KOKOROKO and soul diva Beverly Knight.
Monday 27 January
Alice Russell has one of the UK’s finest soul voices and so it’s little wonder that she has won accolades from such a diverse range of people as Gilles Peterson, David Byrne, Dennis Coffey, Massive Attack’s Daddy G and Lauren Laverne. She has also won over a whole host of producers – lending her strong, emotional tones to releases by Mr Scruff, Quantic, DJ Yoda and Nostalgia 77, the latter pairing producing the Seven Nation Army cover that demolished clubs for years. But following her first release, Under The Munka Moon, it’s her records with long-time producer and bandleader TM Juke for which she’s best known. From their debut album My Favourite Letters through to To Dust, they have made some of the most arresting blues soul since the glory days of Aretha. Russell is an entrancing presence whether on a big stage with her 16-piece band or in an intimate club with a stripped down six-piece band. She is currently working on a new album set for release in 2020.
Alice Russell is a singer who commands attention and for In the Round she will be showcasing her new album for the first time – music she conceived to be performed in this very set up.
“One of the greatest voices we have in this country.” Jamie Cullum
Watch To Dust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKqmdyER5bU
Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £17.50
Wednesday 29 January
It’s almost ten years sinceMichigan-born, Reykjavik-based singer songwriter John Grant released his debut solo album Queen Of Denmark lacing sumptuous soft-rock ballads with spacey synths and icy soundscapes. Since then, Grant has released a further three solo albums, each evolving so that his enduring love of synth pop now takes centre stage. What remains constant though, is his distinctive, rich baritone voice and exquisite songwriting. It’s his songs- sometimes brutal, often heartfelt, always unblinkingly honest and laced with his trademark candour – that earned him a BRIT Award nomination for International Male Solo Artist in 2014. His most recent release, 2018’s Love is Magic is his most electronic record to date. Its fast paced collection of electro synth pop confessionals and disco workouts marry sharp, witty diatribes with melancholic ballads, marking Grant as one of today’s most compellingly idiosyncratic artists.
In contrast to his current album, John Grant performs a very rare, stripped back show in a duo format playing songs from across his celebrated career. An unmissable In The Round ‘special’.
“a writer with his fingers on the pulse of what’s really magic” Drowned in Sound
Watch Love is Magic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qtTidRF2V0
Doors 8pm / Ticket Prices from £20
Members’ priority booking opens 24 October. General booking opens 25 October.
FULL In the Round LINE UP
Friday 24 January Jorge Drexler
Saturday 25 January Badly Drawn Boy
Monday 27 January Alice Russell
Tuesday 28 January KOKOROKO
Wednesday 29 January John Grant
Thursday 30 January Fatoumata Diawara
Friday 31 January Anaïs Mitchell
with support from Bonny Light Horseman
Saturday 01 February Beverley Knight
As part of the Roundhouse’s commitment to developing emerging talent, young artists who use the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios will perform as support acts for each headline artist.