Spoilt for Sounds Down in SW7; Dinosaur Rock: British Sea Power Play at the Natural History Museum as Part of Exhibition Road Music Day

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Spoilt for Sounds Down in SW7; Dinosaur Rock: British Sea Power Play at the Natural History Museum as Part of Exhibition Road Music Day


Byline: RICHARD GODWIN

Exhibition Road Music Day Selected venues

LONDON is supposed to be the most expensive city in the worldbut it's still astonishing what you can get for zilch. Entrance to all of ourstate museums and galleries; a glass of Thames tap water; a ride on a bendybus; and, tomorrow, any number of unique performances by some of the world'sbest musicians.

Exhibition Road Music Day has been bringing free music to SW7 for some yearsnowbut this time the stops have been pulled out for a musical jamboree worthy ofthis refined cultural quarter. Some 400 acts, encompassing German electro,Indian classics and French jazz, will be playing in 20 different venuesfrom the Institut Francais to the Natural History Museum. The event is part ofthe worldwide La Fete de la Musique, celebrating the longest day of the year,but let's not shy away from proclaiming that London has the best line-up of allthe cities involved.

The blind Malian duo Amadou & Mariam are among the biggest draws, playing a setat the Institut Francais at 9.30pmand if the phrase "blind Malian duo" sounds a little off-putting somehow, youobviously haven't heard their thrilling, sun-kissed album Dimanche - Bamako,which is as funky as a dog in shades.

British Sea Power, the eccentric Brighton quintet, uphold their tradition ofplaying in unlikely venues by dispatching a set of indie rock in front of thedinosaur skeletons in the Natural History Museum (9. …

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