It’s finally happening. After almost half a year of slumber, London’s gig venues are slowly starting to come back to life. First among them is the brilliant Jazz Cafe. The north London venue is opening its doors for the first time since lockdown on September 18 with a gig by funk and soul covers act Sierra Band, with Afrobeat maestro Dele Sosimi following on September 19. Other planned gigs include Etta Bond, Balcony, Loathe and a celebration of the amazing Fela Kuti’s birthday.
In the months since the venue last welcomed gig-goers it’s had a facelift, too. Now, the Jazz Cafe is all seated and will accommodate a smaller number of people. No more dancing shoulder to shoulder getting sweaty to neo-soul jams, but hey, it’s live music, in 2020. Let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth, eh?
The venue will be open seven days a week, with double shows on Saturdays and Sundays, so everyone should have a chance to get their live music fix.
It’s the same old Jazz Cafe, just socially distanced. Can’t say fairer than that, daddy-o.
Check out The Jazz Cafe website for a full schedule and to buy tickets.
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