London Lite Friday, 28 August 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Bandwithlots of sax appealLED BIB Led Bib play The Luminaire tonight. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyStephanieHirschmiller COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC Noah aND thE WhaLE The indie-folk band, right, named after their favourite movie The Squid And The Whale, will be previewing material from new album The First Days Of Spring. The Fly, 36-38 New Oxford Street WC1 (0844 847 2424,, 7.30pm, 8. Tube: Tottenham Ct Rd Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out South WESt 4 A LOT more than just a postcode, this all-dayer on Clapham Common features a line-up of greats from Sasha, right, and John Digweed to David Guetta and eric Prydz. Clapham Common SW4 (, noon, returns only. Tube: Clapham Common LILy aLLEN WiTh her album its Not Me, its You reaching No1 and a proper world tour under her belt, its a great year so far for Lily, right. 27 & 28 Nov, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100,, 7pm, returns only. Tube: Brixton a StrEEtcar NamED DESIrE RACheL WeiSz, right, gives a top performance as Blanche, whose delusions of grandeur are shattered in New Orleans. Until 3 Oct, Donmar Warehouse, 41 earlham St WC2 (0844 871 7624), 7.30pm, 15-29, mats Thurs & Sat 2.30pm. Tube: Covent Garden Coming SoonTomorrowToday othELLo CARPe Diem Theatre Company brings Shakespeares tragedy, right, smack-bang into Thatchers eighties. Until tomorrow, Rose Theatre, 56 Park Street Se1 (020 7261 9565,, 7.30pm, 10, concs 8. Tube: London Bridge SpEakINg IN toNguES ANDReW BOveLS new play in which a detective (John Simm, right) investigates the disappearance of a leading psychiatrist. 18 Sep-12 Dec, Duke Of Yorks Theatre, St Martins Lane WC2 (0870 060 6623), 10-48.50, Mon-Sat, 7.30pm, mats Wed & Sat, 2.30pm. Tube: Leicester Sq BaNaNa caBarEt DAviD viCkeRS comedy club has called The Bedford home for 25 years. Tonight see funnymen ian Cognito, left, Geoff Boyz, Pierre hollins and Adam Crower, then dance till 2am. The Bedford, 77 Bedford hill SW12 (020 8682 8940,, 7.30pm, 13. Tube: Balham Coming SoonTomorrowToday moNkEy BuSINESS iNDeR MANOChA, left, headlines, drawing on his Asian background for laughs. When hes not being funny, he has a career as a Tv actor. The Sir Richard Steele, 97 haverstock hill NW3 (monkeybusinesscomedy, 7.30pm, 10.50. Tube: Chalk Farm amBEr topaz DReSS up burlesque-style for naughty fun with this performer, left, who has re-enacted a saucy version of The Three Graces from Greek mythology. Sun, Beach Blanket Babylon, 1923 Bethnal Green Road e1 (020 7749 3540,, 7pm, free. Tube: Old Street Why Not? SCALA is hosting a dubstep carnival set to rival Notting hill. The line- up includes over 30 of the genres finest from Asbo to Benga and DJ Tubby, left. Scala, 275-277 Pentonville Rd N1 (0870 060 0100), 10pm, 12. Tube: kings Cross Coming SoonTomorrowToday EaStErN ELEctrIcS kiCk off a two-day extravaganza and celebrate the best of underground electronica with Trailer Trash, Nuke Them All, left, and Neon Noise Project. Union Car Park, 29 Great Suffolk St Se1 (, 10pm, 20. Tube: Waterloo cELEBrIparty The club night where the celebs do the work. First up is Big Brother, so youll find ex-housemates, including Aisleyne, left, on the door and serving drinks. 5 Sep, indig02, Gate 3A, Millennium Way, Greenwich Se10 (0844 844 0002), 10pm, 15. Tube: North Greenwich Among the predicted rash of chicks with synthesizers nominated for this years nationwide mercury Prize, there was one name that had pundits googling furiously: Led Bib? Yes, it transpires, they are a band. And yes, they are this years jazz one. The quintet formed in 2003 at middlesex University, where drummer mark Holub was studying a masters in music. The band was part of my mA project, he explains. Weve since done three records, but in my mind, its still my mA project, so for it to get a mercury nomination is amazing. Though Holub admits jazz isnt seen as cool these days, Led Bib is one of an exciting crop of young jazz groups in London, including Portico Quartet and Polar Bear (both, coincidentally or not, previous mercury nominees). When people hear the word jazz, they think of miles Davis, John Coltrane. That music was fantastic, but thats jazz from 50 or 60 years ago. But in some ways, rock has stagnated even more, Holub says. Led Bib, ironically, are brimming with rock energy. Sensible Shoes, their nominated album, showcases their unusual line-up of two sax players, an electric bassist, a pianist and Holubs frantic drumming, which often pushes the group to the extremes of a punk band. Plus, of course, the name seems to refer to a certain Seventies rock act with bad spelling. We thought it was a way of saying that were doing some- thing different, Holub says. Indeed, they have a song called Squirrel Carnage, which you wouldnt get off Wynton marsalis. Still, are they worried about being branded as the mercurys token jazzers? That would be slightly mean, Holub says. You could just as easily say La Roux is the token major label record. Do we have a chance? Its a cheesy thing to say, but we already have won. Were getting to play to people who havent heard us before. now, the challenge is to try to reel them in. ANDREW PERRY Mercury Prize marvels: Chris Williams of Led Bib 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html