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.

American Poet and Performer Saul Williams headlining The Garage in North London, concert, gig, spoken word, rap

Saul Williams by Tim Cochrane


2nd of March 2016, doors 7pm
Australian garage pop trio headline The Garage with help from a few special guests.

Roots Manuva
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.

Saul Williams
6th March 2016, doors 7pm
American poet and performer headlines The Garage.

American Singer Songwriter Kurt Vile headlining Roundhouse, North London, concert, music.

Kurt Vile by Amy Hope Dermont

9th March 2015, doors 7.30pm
Brooklyn pop duo, who have collaborated with our mate Beyonce on a track, headline the Scala.
£13.50 adv

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

Kurt Ville

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.

Scottish alternative rock band Jesus Mary Chain headline The Kentish Town Forum, North London

Jesus Mary Chain by The Trip Wire NYC

The Jesus and Mary Chain
11th March 2016, doors 7pm
Scottish alternative rock band headline The Kentish Town Forum. Praise be.

Parov Stelar
12th March, doors 6.30pm
Austrian musician, producer and DJ headlines one night at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The Feeling

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.

Savages headline The Roundhouse, North London, gig, concert, rock

Savages by Harry Laurisch


17th March 2016, doors 7pm
Savages headline The Roundhouse, following the release of their forthcoming album ‘Adore Life’.

Mr Scruff

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.

Afrikan Boy

19th March 2016, doors 8.15pm
Afrikan Boy headlines The Roundhouse, presenting his unique sound, coined as ‘Afro-grime’.

North London grunge pop foursome Wolf Alice headline The Forum, Kentish Town, North London, Band, Gig, Rock

Wolf Alice by Paul Hudson

Emmy The Great
24th March 2016, doors 7pm
London based folk soloist headlines The Islington Assembly Hall

Andy C

24th March, doors 8pm
English producer and DJ headlines Alexander Palace.

Wolf Alice

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.

Nick Brewer

31st March 2016, doors 7pm
British rapper / hip hop artist headlines The O2 Academy Islington.

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Market Road Gallery: Just Add Yourself

Spirited away from the hubbub of the city, sitting on the bustling boundaries of Islington and Camden, a 65 metre wide gallery resides hidden behind the Attic Self Storage building in Kings Cross. Market Road Gallery is a newly opened space for everyone to contribute to. It is London’s first bookable open air public gallery. Everyone, from the neighbourhood cat to a fancy pants established artiste, can create artwork for the space.

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Top Four Ways to Survive the London Heatwave, Solstice Style

Today Britain will relish (moan) in 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight, with the sun rising at 4:43am and setting at 9:31pm. It’s set to be a record breaking 33 degrees in London. I for one am going to need all the help I can get not to disappear like the wicked witch of the West into a sticky puddle on Stroud Green Road. Here’s our Solstice-worshipping, Pagan inspired tips for surviving the hottest and longest day of the year in London.

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Celebrate Summer with Drum n Bounce at VeloPark

It’s time. Time to bask (complain) in the sun and ask why god why when will it end?? Yes, Summer is officially here for the week, the hottest week in the last 20 years. This Friday, Drum n Bounce are coming all the way down South to help us celebrate this fact, as healthily as possible. Right in the middle section of VeloPark (link) you can take part in uplifting and limbering flow yoga with Tammy’s Yoga before 45 minutes of energising drum n bounce aerobics. This is basically getting hot and fit and dancey to your favourite tracks before you head off in to the night (or bed) with a massive sweaty smile on your mug.

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"It's Not a Party" Black Books Pub Quiz

Next Friday night, ignore your mounting list of life admin and venture outwards into the ether for a misanthropic wine a plenty. It’s the Black Books pub quiz at The Duke of Wellington as part of their couch potato themed quiz series. Entry is a meagre £2 but you can win some cold hard real cash if you’re up on your Dylan Moran / Tamsin Greig / Bill Bailey shaped references.

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Holy Crap! Who Are The Heather Brothers?

Who are the Heather Brothers? It’s a question that’s been keeping me up at night. Ever since I was asked to review their latest musical, Holy Crap, I’ve been trapped in something of a Google wormhole. To begin at the beginning: the Heather Brothers are, depending on who you ask, a musical writing duo/trio/quartet. Born in London, they grew up in Zimbabwe, where they spent their teenage years performing in a fraternal rock band. Again, depending on who you ask, they were variously known as: The Chequers, The Three People or Quiet World.

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Film Screenings for World Refugee Day, Crouch End

“Arriving back in the UK, after a long time away, there seemed to have been a swing towards xenophobia and the dehumanizing and vilify of both migrants and refugees was happening at the highest levels. I wanted to create a short that would address this trend.” Director Daniel Mulloy

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The Emotional Lives of Cucumbers: World Cucumber Day

The gin enthusiasts down at Hendricks have decided to take these cucumber celebrations a slice further with their Cultivate the Unusual campaign. Encouraging gin fans to grow their own cucumbers over the last few months in preparation, Hendricks are asking us to bring said veggies to participating pubs and bars this Thursday 15th June. The Canonbury Tavern for example, will light up if you walk in with a cucumber and will proceed to exchange it for a free gin and tonic. Can you imagine?

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The Art of Run DMC at Hang Up Gallery, Stoke Newington

Hang Up Gallery have some pretty hush hush news. And it goes a little something like this: Darryl ‘Run’ DMC McDaniels will be popping up in the Stoke Newington gallery this month to launch his new collection of works, The Art of DMC. This is the icon’s first London exhibition, showing new and unseen collection of ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a body of signed limited edition prints showcasing his underlying passion for comics.

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Summer of Love Local by #ShopStroudGreen

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Summer of Love ’67 where freedom of expression, art and love reigned supreme. #ShopStroudGreen are celebrating the fact with a Summer of Love Local weekend festival this June. Celebrate artistic expression and support local independent traders and makers with a weekend of live art, workshops and music (with a few special discounts, tasters and freebies for good measure).

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Oh Snap! Top Five Free Election Night Covfefe

Oh snap! Another general election looms. Whether you’re hopeful for a landslide win or a surprising wild card outcome, wipe the bitter disappointment from your tastebuds with some gins, ales, burgers and strong covfefe. Because let’s face, it will be neither of those results will it really? Find the perfect place for you to receive the bad news in good company.

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London, A Bigger Picture: Film Screening with Live Music

Get a different perspective on the city you live in this June. Film London are holding a screening of archive footage of London’s outer boroughs through the decades, underscored by live music accompaniment. The best of London’s Screen Archives hugely successful project, London: A Bigger Picture will be shown, funded by Heritage Lottery three years ago.

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Off The Record: Snowy the Harringay Station Cat

We caught up with Snowy the Harringay Station cat to talk Twitter, working life and his unsavoury friendship with Gus the fox. Summer is coming and, in North London, that means it’s time to hit the train stations. So we took Snow the Haringey Station Cat and photographer Mike Barry tumbling across one of them: the undergrowth of Haringey Station. Then we sat down with Snowy for a raw conversation about how to move forward after things fall apart.

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Choppin' for Chazza at Rocket Barber Shop, Stokey

“You grow it, we mow it” might be their blasé catchphrase, but Rocket’s attitude to your haircut is far from casual. These guys are serious about hair and the person that grew it. Rocket Stoke Newington are holding a day of free beer and entertainment with your cut in aid of Men’s Mental Health Sunday this 12th June. Also known as “Chopping for Chazza”, there’ll be talks on mental health, stand up comedy and more from 12 - 5pm.

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Find The Perfect Volunteering Vacancy, Islington

Unless you’re already working for charity or regularly ‘do your bit’, that £6 monthly donation to The Dogs Trust might not be doing enough to quash your conscience / save the world. Whether you’re doing it for experience, to reset your karmic balance or generally give back and help out, there’ll be a role out there for you. On the Volunteer Centre Camden’s website for example, there’s a handy search page that lets you filter through hundreds of opportunities by location, interest and activity.

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Finding Humour in Dark Times: Performance Artist Tom Marshman   

Currently showing at Camden People’s Theatre, performance artist Tom Marshman’s play Kings Cross (Remix) is a glorious celebration of a bygone era. The show is a tightly crafted journey through the stories of some of the people who made up the 1980s Kings Cross LGBTQ scene. Bursting with warmth, charm and affection, the play is a must see for anyone interested in learning more about London’s alternative history.

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'Strong and Stable My Arse' is all of us

The Londoner behind 'Strong and Stable My Arse'. It’s a simple message. A slogan that’s straight to the point. 'Strong and Stable My Arse’ is a statement everyone can understand with a wry grin as they spot it slathered onto billboards, phone boxes and brick walls around the UK. So who could possibly be behind such a simple, cheeky, dig in the ribs campaign? Someone who knows his audience, who knows the mindset of the British like the back of his left hand.