21 North London Gigs You Can't Miss This March
Written by: Violet Myers
Wembley thinks it’s so bloody big. Oh look at me I have a 90,000 person capacity! Oooh! Beyonce is going to play here, ooh aren’t I just God’s gift to music?
Well you know what we think? Wembley’s has too many seats, is too far away and it plays way too much Coldplay. Join us in our mass snubbing of the ‘getting-way-too-big-for-their-damm-boots’ venue and get excited for the hottest gigs this March right on your North London doorstep.
2nd of March 2016, doors 7pm
Australian garage pop trio headline The Garage with help from a few special guests.
4th of March 2016, doors 7pm
English rapper returns to headline The Electric Ballroom. Witness the fitness.
4th March 2016, doors 7pm
Grammy winning singer song-writer headlines The Roundhouse.
6th March 2016, doors 7pm
American poet and performer headlines The Garage.
9th March 2015, doors 7.30pm
Brooklyn pop duo, who have collaborated with our mate Beyonce on a track, headline the Scala.
Gentlemen’s Dub Club
10th March 2016, doors 7pm
British dub / ska band headline KoKo.
£16.87 (very specific pricing there…)
10th March 2016, doors 7pm
British heavy metal band headlines The Electric Ballroom .
10th March 2016, doors 7pm
American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Kurt Vile will headline the Roundhouse, following the release of his sixth studio album.
The Jesus and Mary Chain
11th March 2016, doors 7pm
Scottish alternative rock band headline The Kentish Town Forum. Praise be.
12th March, doors 6.30pm
Austrian musician, producer and DJ headlines one night at London’s Alexandra Palace.
15th March 2016, doors 7.30pm
Brit Award nominee’s headline the Scala. We’ve got a good feeling about this one.
17th March 2016, doors 7pm
Our mate Natty headlines The Islington Academy.
17th March 2016, doors 7pm
Savages headline The Roundhouse, following the release of their forthcoming album ‘Adore Life’.
19th March 2016, doors 10pm
Veteran Manchester DJ returns to London to headline KOKO.
Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet
19th March 2016, doors 7pm
Try saying that three times in a row. Polish jazz band headline The Garage.
19th March 2016, doors 8.15pm
Afrikan Boy headlines The Roundhouse, presenting his unique sound, coined as ‘Afro-grime’.
Emmy The Great
24th March 2016, doors 7pm
London based folk soloist headlines The Islington Assembly Hall .
24th March, doors 8pm
English producer and DJ headlines Alexander Palace.
26th – 29th March, doors 7pm
North London grunge pop foursome headline The Forum, Kentish Town. #represent.
Puddle of Mud
29th March 2016, doors 7pm
American post-grunge band headline The O2 Academy Islington.
31st March 2016, doors 7pm
British rapper / hip hop artist headlines The O2 Academy Islington.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.
Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.
Recent times have seen an unnerving surge in right-wing politics. President Trump’s campaign to ‘make America great again’ saw him make the audacious promise to ‘build a wall’. France saw the uneasy ascent of Marine Le Pen’s National Front in its general elections and Germany’s AfD, (the first openly nationalist party in almost six decades) celebrated an unprecedented third place victory in its recent elections.
Summer is officially over. We're not sure it ever began in the first place. I guess that's one of the few downsides of living in London (other than crippling debt, tube strikes and Boris Johnson), but I digress... Magic Roundabout Old Street is raising the bar for winter, transforming the site into a tented, heated, 'Decades' inspired wonderland.
Guess who’s back, back again. Fat Macy’s back, tell a friend. No, really. Tell everyone about it. Fat Macy's supper club came back into our lives and this time around they had their Middle Eastern Feast on at the cute as a button Luminary Bakery in Stoke Newington, with a menu inspired by Ottolenghi and the #CookForSyria campaign.
Getting shouted at by a burly prison guard with a buzz cut and an offensively loud American accent isn't usually the way one wishes to begin one's night. Nevertheless, as I clamber into a very large (cheers guys) orange jumpsuit, the guard shoves a bottle of Conkers Gin wrapped in a thin towel (no fluffy Egyptian cotton here lads), into my now somewhat clammy hands. Whispering hastily at me to not get caught by the warden I'm ushered off in single file into the depths of Alcotraz.
If you haven’t heard the news yet, the world’s first black bookshop is back. Yes, after months of campaigning for funding and volunteers, New Beacon Books has reopened after threat of closure with a brand new refurb to boot. Established in 1966 by John La Rose and Sarah White, New Beacon Books is the UKs longest running independent bookshop specialising in African-Caribbean literature, cards and artwork.
London cocktail week is upon us. To be honest I can think of nothing worse than strapping on a wristband, carrying around a guidebook and queuing up for something that just needs to be brought to my sorry, tired old lips immediately. Apparently this year however, Drink Up London have released an app that eliminates all of the above nonsense. Get your ticket, download the app and get enjoying your £6 cocktails all week long. Just remember to flash your digital pass to the bartender first.
Garage and psych rock fans rejoice - The Psychotic Monks are stopping off in Camden tonight as part of their European tour. Roughly translated from French (GCSE stylee merci very much), the psych rockers describe themselves as “noise, fury, music impregnated .. with life impulses” finding a balance between “neurotic madness and contemplative melancholy”.
A bubble tea place in Finsbury Park? That also does a bangin’ teriyaki chicken rice box? Uh, hell yeah. This little gem quietly opened up last March on Wells Terrace. Y’know the spot where folks bumble off the most crowded bus in the entirety of London and damn near break a hip scampering for the tube round the corner? Yeah, that little pocket of Finsbury Park.
According to a recent Provident Personal Credit survey Londoners still remain at the bottom of the friendliness scale scoring just 6.44 out of 10. Begging the question, how could anyone be possibly proud to be a Londoner? A city where its inhabitants revel in their ability to remain as cynical and isolated from the outside world as possible. A shallow group of people who are far more interested in Instagramming their brunch then saving money to buy houses or giving back to the community.
A series of talks taking place this November shines a necessary light on mental illness in boys and young men. Speakers will gather at Finsbury Park’s Arts and Media School to raise awareness and help advise on a variety of topics including substance misuse, eating disorders and suicide.
Staying in a hotel one mile from where you actually live feels strange enough, but doing it on your own is even stranger. These photos are a visual record of me wandering the lonely corridors of a new boutique hotel between the hours of 10-12pm. I would describe the decor as handmade but not cheap, minimal but not clinical. It has the feeling that money has been spent on the things that matter.
The rumours are true: a cheese festival exists and it’s coming to North London. This Sunday. Be there or be … cheese-less I suppose. But you’ve gouda get there early: If you’re as keen as brie and one of the first fifty fromage fondlers to show, you’re in the running for a free bottle of Black Cow’s pure milk vodka. Traders will be setting up stalls along Islington’s Chapel Market: from the Raclette Brothers and Mac to the Future to La Fromagerie and The Cheese Truck.
Dream Talk. It’s like Dream Phone, but not at all. Artist Emma Alonze and musician Andy Becker have joined forces to collaborate on a (possibly prophetic) new sound art project. Londoners are invited to take a moment out of their daily commute, routine or journey and immerse themselves in a narrated collection of dreams. Taking three years worth of forty winks, Alonze has gathered and narrated a chosen few to be set to an ambient soundtrack by Becker.