Top 4 Weird Things to do This September

Written by: Claire Holly Davies

Sound baths, pit parties, fake cheese and nipples, these are a few of our favourite things, said no one ever. Bored of drinking down the pub every evening? Unlikely, but bare with me. Sometimes you just want to let down your hair, shake it off and do something down right odd of an evening… followed by a pint at the pub (we’re not savages).

Here’s our round up of 4 ever-so-slightly bonkers things to do this month:

1. Your Cells Are Alive With The Sound Of Music

Fancy participating in a meditative, immersive sound bath with a healing fusion of gongs, crystal bowls and intuitive voices? Of course you do!

Immersive Sound, one yoga london, hornsey, crouch end

Well put that Jagerbomb down, because we’ve got the perfect Saturday evening activity for you. One Yoga London are hosting an Immersive Sound Journey session this Saturday 9th September, describing the event as “A place where busy minds are stilled and hearts are opened, accessing an expansive state of deep peace and clarity. Sound resonates on a cellular level, meaning we don’t only perceive it through our ears but through our bodies, through our waters,through our bones. As the healing vibrations wash over you and into you blockages and tension are dissolved and mind, body and spirit are brought into balance.”

Our waters could do with a bit of balance tbh.

Mats and blankets are provided, but feel free to bring anything else you’d like to make your space more comfy. Restorative vodka perhaps?

Immersive Sound Journey by One Yoga London
Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, N8 9JJ
Sep 09 2017 18:00 – 19:30

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2. This Party Is The Pits

After a run of warehouse parties last year that apparently blew a hole in the UK live scene (sounds expensive), Fluffer Records return with their infamous pit parties that see bands play in the middle of the room with the crowd 360. We’ve been told to expect total chaotic bliss, which seems like a bit of an oxymoron to us but let’s not piss on their parade. September’s pit party sees the mighty SPRING KING take to the quite literal centre stage, plus some very special guests and DJs. This event looks pretty good, although I imagine that following this preview we’ll likely be barred. Official partners: Orange Amps // DIY Magazine // Pistonhead Beer

Guardian: ‘Pit Parties are taking gigs to the fans.’
Dazed And Confused: ‘Pit Parties are reinventing London Night life.’
North Four: ‘Pit Parties sound great, shame we’re not invited.’

Secret warehouse location in Hackney
Sep 15 2017 19:00 – 00:30

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3. You Gouda Brie Kidding Me

This has caused a right stink in the office. It’s been a veritable fight to the death between the vegan warriors and the carnivores as to whether vegan cheese can be edible/tasty/classed as actual cheese (it can’t, read it and weep suckers). You can find out for yourself at the Life Beyond Cheese class with Ellie Phoebe Brown later this month.

The class will include:
> Intro to ingredients used in recreating the textures and flavours of cheese
> Learn to make a selection of cheese dishes including: the perfect Mac n Cheese and Baked Rosemary Camembert
> A feast of various plant-based cheese dishes for lunch
> Recipes and samples of some of your creations to take home

Life Beyond Cheese class with Ellie Phoebe Brown
Made In Hackney – Local Food Kitchen, 3 Cazenove Rd, N16 6PA
Sep 16 2017 12:00 – 16:30

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4. Free The Nipple

Sometimes we venture south of the river, shock horror. Last time we made the pilgrimage we didn’t slowly liquefy into a puddle whilst screaming “we’re melting, we’re melting!” so we’re pretty confident about doing it again. It’ll be worth it for this gem of a burlesque cabaret extravaganza, titillatingly titled ‘Between The Sheets’ (wit woo), now showing at London’s Underbelly Festival on the Southbank. Described as a thrill-seekers paradise and a tantalising display of late-night cabaret, we’re promised comic naughtiness and gasp-inducing spectacle. We’re both exhausted and aroused even thinking about it. Starring Miss Polly Rae, she of The Hurly Burly Show and Soho Burlesque Club fame, this visually stunning, hilarious and risqué romp sounds like one wild night out.

Between The Sheets
Underbelly Festival, Southbank, London
Friday September 8th – 21:30
Friday September 29th – 21:30

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Tasting Notes From Hammerton Brewery Taproom

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MusicArt at artsdepot

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Banh Mi and Friends at Pho Hot Holloway

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Tomorrow's World at Atom Gallery

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Brave Sir Robin Opening 14th December 2017
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Local Thinking, Craft Beer Drinking: Brave Sir Robin Launches in Crouch Hill

Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.

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Body Hammer: Clubbing, but not how you know it

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Go Your Own Way at Skins' Fleetwood Mac & Cheese Night

Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.

Christmas Gift Guide by Pretty Shiny Shop in Stroud Green North London
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Three people clinking plastic glasses in the air in a tent with people in the background at Thor's Tipi Bar in Regent's Place
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Drink, Feast, Conquer, Repeat. Thor's Tipi Bar Has Arrived.

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Girl peeking through gold and pink balloons at Top Balloon in Shop Stroud Green for North Four Magazine
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Shop Stroud Green Christmas Trail 2017

Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!

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Top 4 'Christmas is just a bad excuse for a' Winter Markets

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The Vinteriors team and Mary le Comte at Moseyhome in Finsbury Park, North London for 'Style My Shop'.

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