London Lite Tuesday, 18 August 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Rappedupinthe powerofSpeech Speech Debelle The rapper plays Artival festival at The Queen Of Hoxton on Saturday. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyStephanieHirschmiller COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC Grizzly bear THIS Brooklyn quartet, right, named their new album, Veckatimest, after the island off Cape Cod where it was recorded. KoKo, 1a Camden High St NW1 (0870 432 5527), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Mornington Crescent Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out purim anD moreira THE Brazilian percussion- vocal duo, right, have played with Miles Davis and The Grateful Dead. Until Sat, Ronnie Scotts, 47 Frith St W1 (020 7439 0747), 6pm, 20-40. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd laDyhawke BECKS beer hosts an invite- only show to celebrate the design for its bottles by the multitalented singer, right. 25 Aug, secret venue (register at ladyhawke tickets), 8pm, free. Tube: Old St collaboration DAVID HOROVITCH, right, stars in Ronald Harwoods companion piece to his play Taking Sides, which asks whether you can separate art and politics Until Sat, Duchess Theatre, Catherine St WC2 (0870 890 0149), 8pm, 21-46. Tube: Covent Gdn Coming SoonTomorrowToday the 39 StepS THIS comic adaptation of Buchans thrilling adventure, right, sees four actors playing a minimum of 139 roles as they recreate Hitchcocks film version. Until 13 Feb 2010, Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus WC2 (0870 534 4444), Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Tue 3pm & Sat 4pm, 12.50-40. Tube: Piccadilly Circus an inSpector callS JB PRIESTLEYS inquisitive inspector, right, returns to the West End in Stephen Daldrys acclaimed version. 22 Sep14 Nov, Novello, Aldwych WC2 (0844 482 5170), Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Thu 2.30pm, Sat 4pm, 12.50- 47.50. Tube: Charing Cross tony law TONY LAW, left, is a specialist in the surreal, so if its jokes about sausage dogs and a Viking called Tholag that do it for you, youll have a whale of a time. 1920 & 23 Aug, Camden Head, 100 Camden High St W1 (08444 771000, camdenfringe. org), 8.45pm, 7.50. Tube: Camden Town Coming SoonTomorrowToday the comeDy Store playerS ENJOY a night with the most famous comedy improv team in London, including Steve Steen, left. Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon St SW1 (0870 060 2340,, 8pm, 15. Tube: Piccadilly Circus richarD herrinG WARNING: some may find this comedian, left, offensive but most of you will find his experiential gags extremely funny. 12 Oct-12 Dec, Leicester Square Theatre, 5 Leicester Place WC2 (0844 847 2475, leicester, 8pm 10. Tube: Leicester Sq Get wanteD & rival SchoolS EXPECT party riffs and floor- fillers at this frat party in the heart of Hoxton. Venice Ahoy, left, Chaos Days, Hildamay and Being King are guests. Mother Bar, 333 Old St EC1 (020 7739 5949,, 7.30pm, 5, concs 3.50, free after 10.30pm. Tube: Old St Coming SoonTomorrowToday Shut your pretty mouth SHUT up and dance with the beautiful and damned to the Sohodolls, left, who describe their sound as decaying glamour, savagery and sex. Punk, 14 Soho St W1 (020 7734 4004, uk), 8pm, 5. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd creamfielDS THE great and good of dance eschew Ibiza for a bank holiday in Cheshire. Expect chart-topping acts including Tisto, left, David Guetta, Erick Morillo and Mylo. 29-30 Aug, Creamfields, Daresbury Estate, Warrington, Cheshire (0844 888 4401, 2pm, 53.50-175. Rail: Runcorn IN THE month since south London spoken-word rapper Speech Debelles debut album, Speech Therapy, made this years Mercury Prize shortlist, her profile has exploded. No other nominee has been as much in demand -- and none ever, probably, invited to describe their journey from unknown to contender for the Channel 4 news, as Debelle was last week. The interest stems from the four years Debelle spent living in hostels, a subject that seeps through her forthright, but breezily delivered lyrics. On Saturday, the singer headlines Hoxtons Artival festival, a one-day event featuring paint- ers, performance poets, comedians and musicians, which aims to empower the homeless through the arts. A match made in marketing heaven, you would think. Except Debelle claims to know nothing about Artival. Didnt even know I was playing there, she says. On her Mercury success, she is only a touch more chatty: No, Im not sur- prised I made the shortlist. My album deserves the attention. Has she put a bet on herself ? No, I dont gamble. I smoke. Its not good to have too many vices. She softens on the subject of clothes -- her idol is her dressmaker gran, whose surname, Deeble, inspired her stage name (she grew up Corynne Elliot). My gran doesnt make my stage clothes. She makes proper evening dresses. Id love her to make me a dress for the Mercury awards, but Im not sure theres time. Besides, I get sent free clothes now. Not enough though. I want loads more! Having played seven gigs at Glastonbury and gone down a storm at Secret Garden Party, Debelle is round- ing off the summer at Bestival, where this years dressing-up theme is Out Of Space, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. Im not dressing up! she says. Why would I? They didnt really land on the moon anyway. Sometimes, its best not to argue. LISA VERRICO Mark my words: rapper Speech Debelle 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