London Lite Monday, 10 August 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Laying itbarein full-frontal folkLAURA MARLING Laura Marling And Friends are at the Royal Festival Hall tomorrow. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyStephanieHirschmiller COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC LAURA WhIte THE X FACTOR finalist, right, headlines a night that showcases new talent. In support are former Liberty X member Kevin Simm, new pop act BVG and Daniel Spencer. Wandsworth Palais, 52/54 Wandsworth High St SW18 (0844 847 1648), 7pm, 10. Tube: East Putney Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out ALex Roots THIS 16-year-old star, right, who has supported McFly, combines Avril Lavigne-style punk-pop with vintage-sounding vocals. Shell be performing songs from her debut album, Adrenaline Rush. Barfly, 49 Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (020 7688 8984,, 7.30pm, 5. Tube: Chalk Farm RoUGh tRAde RotA AfteRNooN ROUGH TRADE hosts this free afternoon of bands every Saturday. Drop in to catch Sly And The Family Drone, right, who make experimental, ear- shredding music from cut-up cassette tapes. Sat, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate W11 (020 7460 4459,, 4pm, free. Tube: Notting Hill Gate heLLo doLLy! STRIKE up the band and join the parade. Samantha Spiro, right, stars as serial matchmaker Dolly Levi in this light-hearted musical. Until 12 Sep, Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regents Pk NW1 (0870 060 1811,, Mon- Sat 8pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, 20-47. Tube: Baker St Coming SoonTomorrowToday LA CAGe AUx foLLes HERMAN and Fiersteins musical about a drag queen (Roger Allam, right) who has to tone down his act to keep his stepson happy, is a delight. Until Jan 2010, The Playhouse, Northumberland Ave WC2 (0870 060 6631), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, 17.50-57.50. Tube: Embankment LIbeRACe LIve fRoM heAveN THE date is 4 February 1987 and Liberace arrives at the pearly gates. Will Saint Peter and the angels let him in, or damn him to hell? This flamboyant show stars pianist Bobby Crush, right. 15 Oct-8 Nov, Leicester Square Theatre, 5 Leicester Place WC2 (0844 847 2475), Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm & Sun 5pm, 20-25. Tube: Leicester Sq sAMANthAs hotLINe SOPHIE GATACRE, left, plays a well-to-do Chelsea lady forced to make ends meet as the recession bites. The Inn On The Green, 3 Thorpe Close W10 (07779 294 342, sophie), 8pm, 5. Tube: Ladbroke Grove Coming SoonTomorrowToday I KIssed A fRoG: the thReesoMe THIS cheeky show, in three acts, is by Anna Victoria, left, and Rob Smythson. Its half stand-up, half theatre. The Hen & Chickens, 109 St Pauls Road N1 (020 7704 2001), 7pm, 11.50, 8.50 concs. Tube: Highbury & Islington RICKy GeRvAIs: A WoRK IN PRoGRess BEG, borrow or steal a ticket for this intimate show from the Emmy, Golden Globe and Bafta award-winner, left, wholl be previewing material for his autumn tour. 17-20 Aug, Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1 (020 7388 8822), 7.30pm, returns only. Tube: Euston the oPeRA QUARteR bAR THE closing party for this pop-up venue from Douglas Ankrah, left, features Afro Groove and DJ Wiggle. The Opera Quarter Bar, 1315 Tavistock St WC2 (020 7836 7825), 2pm, free. Tube: Covent Garden Coming SoonTomorrowToday WhIte heAt THIS weekly indie and electro bash from DJs Matt, left, and Olly merits queues that snake round the block. Madame JoJos, 8-10 Brewer St W1 (020 7734 3040,, 8pm, 6. Tube: Piccadilly Circus MAtteR PReseNts A LIVE set from Does It Offend You, Yeah?, left, and a DJ set from Hercules And Love Affair -- what are you waiting for, a personal invitation? 28 Aug, Matter, The O2, Peninsula Square SE10 (020 7549 6686), 10pm, 12, 5 adv. Tube: North Greenwich HER debut last year, which made her, at 18, the youngest artist to bag a Mercury nomination, was titled Alas, I Cannot Swim but Laura Marling promises that she can, and I believe her. After all, if her laid-bare, full-frontal folk is anything to go by, this girl speaks from the heart. Tomorrow shell do just that at the Southbank -- indoors, not out, though she was once evicted from her own gig at the Soho Revue Bar for being underage; she played on the kerb. Alongside musical pals including Peggy Sue, Mumford & Sons and Johnny Flynn (Theyll play one song each, sort of like a mixtape), Marling and her band (We are Laura Marling, Im not a soloist) will play the delicately rich songs of love, loss and self-discovery from her first record, and showcase tunes from the next, expected in February. I was in quite a funny old place writing the new songs, giggles Marling from her Shepherds Bush bedroom where shes considering penning a song for the brutes refusing to read the NO JUNK MAIL sign on her door. Everything in my life has changed so dramatically, not just musically but personally. Im constantly moving around. Im not sure there is a theme to the record -- I havent yet listened to it all the way through and had an epiphany! But if there is I suppose it might be move- ment. The main difference between the albums is that Charlie [Fink, lead singer in Noah And The Whale] didnt produce this one. Hes just brilliant, so this ones probably simpler. Garnering critical adulation so young must be daunting and Marling -- who when not singing or swimming can be found knitting -- admits that pressure is mounting for her second album. But she has no regrets about early success, only about recently lopping off yards of her beloved blonde locks, and theres nowhere shed rather be. It is young and it is scary but it feels so much a part of my life now. I want to keep doing this because I love it so much. I just hope it doesnt fly away. 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