London Lite Tuesday, 7 July 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Fromservantto hisownmasterDAN BLACK Un is out next Monday. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC BomBAy BiCyCLe CLuB THE Eighties-inspired shoegazers, right, play songs from their debut album, I Had The Blues, But I Shook Them Loose. Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 (020 7392 7788,, 7pm, free, collect wristband from venue. Tube: Aldgate East CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out R. KeLLy THE maverick genius, right, who invented the hip hopera with 2005s epic Trapped In The Closet is believed to be flying in for a rare London date. Wembley Arena, Empire Way (0870 060 0870,, 6.30pm, 40-80. Tube: Wembley Park The Big ChiLL FesTivAL DAVID BYRNE, right, Orbital and Basement Jaxx are this years Big Chill headliners. Wellies at the ready... 6-9 Aug, Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Eastnor, Ledbury, Herts (, noon, 145, 110 concs. Rail: Great Malvern F**KiNg meN DAN FORD and Nicholas Keith, right, are among the 10 men looking for love, sex and intimacy in Joe DiPietros drama. Until 1 Aug, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St WC2 (0870 060 1742, artstheatre, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, 15, 10 concs. Tube: Covent Gdn Coming SoonTomorrowToday Time AND The CoNwAys DIRECTOR Rupert Goold helms this production of JB Priestleys time- warping play with Francesca Annis, right, as Mrs Conway. Until 16 Aug, National Theatre, South Bank SE1 (020 7452 3000), in rep, 7.30pm, other times vary, 10-30. Tube: Waterloo DReAmBoATs AND PeTTiCoATs The musiCAL ROCKNROLL to music by Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry and more at this nostalgic musical, right. 22 Jul-31 Oct, Savoy Theatre, Strand WC2 (020 7836 8888), Mon-Fri 7.30pm, Sat 8pm, mats Thu 3pm & Sat 4pm, 20- 62.50. Tube: Charing Cross This is wAR IDIOT OF ANTS, left, are guaranteed to make your shoulders shake with laughter at this Edinburgh preview. Theatre 503, Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Pk Rd SW11 (020 7978 7040), 9.15pm, 8. Rail: Clapham Junction Coming SoonTomorrowToday A BeNeFiT eveNiNg iN memoRy oF mARK BLANCo JIMMY CARR, left, hosts a fund- raising comedy event that celebrates actor Mark Blanco who fell to his death at an east London flat in 2006. Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1 (020 7388 8822,, 7.30pm, 25, 20 concs. Tube: Euston FRisKy AND mANNishs sChooL oF PoP FRISKY AND MANNISH, left, tackle the dangerous nature of pop songs in this spectacularly funny re-education. 18 Jul, BAC, 176 Lavender Hill SW11 (020 7223 2223,, 9pm, 8, 5 concs. Rail: Clapham Junction souND NuTRiTioN No. 2 MAYA HANDS, Au/Ra and Tiny Tempers play Indian- flavoured acoustic and electronically produced sounds, at a night hosted by Marc Rell, left, Micachu And The Shapes drummer. The Social, 5 Little Portland St W1 (020 7636 4992), 8pm, free. Tube: Oxford Circus Coming SoonTomorrowToday sweRve DRUM&BASS legend Fabio, left, who co-hosts a Radio 1 show with Grooverider, hosts this MC-free weekly night. Ruby Lo, 23 Orchard St W1 (020 7486 3671, ruby., 10.30pm, 6, 5 concs, 4 before 11pm. Tube: Bond St TiesTo ONE of the worlds biggest DJs, Dutch trance giant Tiesto, left, will rock Victoria Park with support from Sneaky Sound System and Calvin Harris. 31 Jul, Victoria Park, Hackney E9 (020 7364 3074,, 3pm, 36-66. Tube: Bethnal Grn IT TOOK migrating to Paris for Londoner Dan Black to find his true voice and for us to finally prick up our ears. All the success of my indie band The Servant was on the continent, explains Black, 33, from his home by the Seine. So, two years ago, when the opportu- nity came up to move here, I thought, well, lifes short. Part of it was petu- lance. The Servant wasnt doing well in London. Weirdly, in Paris, I felt free. Its that whole clich of leaving your country and finding yourself. A relatively acrimonious split from The Servant (the band always felt like a relationship youre scared to leave), led to Black holing himself up with a laptop, a bag of pop and a box of croissants. The result was Hypntz, a dreamy, sonic melange of Notorious B.I.G.s Hypnotize, Rihannas Umbrella and the theme tune from John Carpenters sci-fi flick Starman. The self-released bubble of electro-pop joy became an internet hit, particularly when gossip blogger Perez Hilton outed himself as a fan. After signing to Polydor, recording a debut album of loved-soaked, sample-heavy Eighties nostalgia called Un (As in the French for one, because theres only one of me) and playing five Glastonbury gigs -- one of which he did with only an acoustic guitar and a drum kit after a camper van of electronic machinery went awol -- Black has found his musical home. Its an imaginary township whose residents include Frankmusik, Little Boots and La Roux, though he feels his age and experience set him apart from the high-energy, twentysomething pop dynamos. Im clear about whats important to me. Im not popping pills and chasing girls around nightclubs anymore. Though sometimes I wish I was... But Blacks not going back, especially not to indie. Modern music is liberating. Guitars and bass and drums have been done for years whereas computers can have the sound of a spaceship exploding or a fly buzzing through a room. Its fresh and challenging. And its more higgledy- piggledy. MARTHA DE LACEY Hes got it taped: electro-popster Dan Black index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html