7 Night Out Ideas This February in North London
Written by: Claire Holly Davies
Staring across a sweaty pub, your line of vision shaking from the inhumane amount of vodka/lager/jager bombs you’ve poured into your body, trying to catch the gaze of a friendly face. Queuing at a bar three people deep, attempting to elbow your way to the frontline before stuttering out an almost incoherent order at the obviously unimpressed bartender in front of you. Clutching your phone with sticky fingers, stabbing at it in an attempt to summon the magic carpet ride that is an uber taxi. This is the average Great British night out, right? A depressing mix of ill gotten gains, turbo shandies and Whigfield lyrics. Well fear not, good people of North London! We have 7 great night out ideas lined up for you this February, all within comfortable reach of your bed. Uber…what uber?
1) Life on Mars? David Bowie Night at Ally Pally Ice Rink
5th Feb – Alexandra Palace.
What better way to pay homage to a genius than through the strange earthling ritual of putting on bladed shoes and cruising around a sheet of ice. Am I right? If Bowie were to look down on us mere earthlings from his new planet, I imagine he’d be delighted to see a bunch of North Londoners ice skating to his music. This event, curated by appropriately named promoters ‘Feeling Gloomy’, is taking place tonight in the beautiful surroundings of a local landmark and 50% of the profits will be donated to Cancer Research. So grab your thermals, limber up and prepare for a collision course of a night. We’ll see you down there.
2) Lucky Voice Music Quiz at Lucky Voice Islington
Every Thursday – Islington.
We do love a quiz. We especially love boozy quizzes that include air guitar, limbo and hula hooping rounds. Surprisingly enough the quiz is music focused (didn’t see that one coming), with favourite topics such as ‘Name That Tune’ and ‘Next Lines’ featuring in the fun. They also serve pizzas…which we’d recommend eating directly before the limbo-ing and hula hooping, just for the funsies! Winners win cash money. Get there by 7:30pm to reserve a seat.
3) Tame Impala at Ally Pally
12th& 13th Feb – Alexandra Palace.
Oh hey there again Ally Pally, you sexy beast. Get you with all your fun activities and nights out! Australian rockers Tame Impala will be gracing the stage at this iconic North London venue this month, with Jagwar Ma confirmed as support. The ‘festival village’ at the venue will be filled with award-winning street food and entertainment (and presumably beer), so it’s advisable to arrive early in order to experience the pre-show gluttony.
4) NME Awards Show ft. Suede at The Forum.
12th Feb – Kentish Town.
Winners of the NME ‘Godlike Genius’ Award (yup, these guys are practically Zeus-like by NME standards) Suede are playing a very highly anticipated show at one of our favourite venues. Once described as ‘too tacky and trashy to fit in with the London indie darlings…’ (cheers The Guardian), Suede have had more than 20 years of success, including a Mercury prize (the band donated the entire wad of prize money to Cancer Research. Good eggs.) This special North London gig will see Suede play their critically-acclaimed ‘Night Thoughts’ live set, where the band perform the full album behind a projection of the accompanying feature film. They will follow this with a storming second set of classics, fan favourites and rarities.
5) Anti Valentines Day Fiesta at Barrio North
13th Feb – Islington.
As veritable Valentines Grinches, it won’t come as much suprise that the mere mention of the V word brings us out in hives. Traditionally our favourite Valentines activity is laughing at 100 ‘happy couples’ crammed into a 50 seater restaurant, staring angrily at one another over a lit candle and vase of wilted flowers, elbow-to-elbow with a identical couples either side. This all happening whilst we skip merrily past the window, clutching our M&S meal-for-one avec bottle of wine. This year, however, we’ll be partaking in a spot of debauchery to mark the occasion. Barrio North’s anti-Val party is based upon a legendary event in 1929, during which a mob of singletons associated with the Hips Don’t Lie gang of southside Mexico City, caused mayhem – leaving a wake of empty tequila and mezcal bottles. At this North London based event you can start your night with a tequila and mezcal taster menu, followed by a night of musical bootlegging and mobster monkey business. Whatever that may be.
6) Friendly Fires DJ set at The Old Queens Head
19th Feb – Islington.
Signed to XL Records, Friendly Fires have been nominated for a Mercury prize (we love them Mercury prize winner types up this end of London) and achieved ‘single of the week’ on both NME and Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show for their single ‘Paris’. With an emphasis on groove and funk, Friendly Fires have been remixed by the likes of Tensnake and Aeroplane. They’ve also had their music featured in Gossip Girl. Oh Chuck Bass, how we love your nostrils. Friendly Fires will be partaking in a spot of DJing this month at the Essex Road gaff they call The Old Queens Head.
7) Desert Island Top Five at Drink, Shop, Do
26th Feb – Kings Cross.
If we were to take anything to a desert island, it probably wouldn’t be old Daniel Bedingfield records. We’d rather bring the essentials, you know? Like a George Foreman Grill, an iPhone and a Kindle. Well on this desert island you’re only allowed to bring yo’ fine selves (and presumably some cash for the bar.) Luke, Liam and Andrew from Early Doors Disco invite you down to Desert Island Top Five, the club where everything is played in top fives – from ‘top five white boy Hip-Hop from the 90s’ to ‘top five bands that are mad at their dads’ and even ‘top five songs by Craig David that you wish you didn’t know the words to.’ But, if you don’t like their choices, you can submit your own on the night and they’ll slot it in. The Greatest Hits of Daniel Bedingfield here we come!
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