Top Six “Have You Heard Them Live Though” Music Nights
Written by: Sophie Taylor
The last time I checked it was March 18th and I was watching someone drink green beer in a big hat and wondering whatever happened to Boxing Day. But someone has informed me that it is August and we need some kind of plan for the month because all logic has flown out the window and nobody knows what anything means anymore and I can’t remember if I had breakfast yesterday no but thanks for asking.
Time for some live music to zone out to and tap along blankly while we gather our thoughts. Let’s start with a chilled one.
1 The chilled one
The most chilled of Sunday sessions happen at Nambucca, Finsbury Park. They have a bit of a history with ‘legendary Sunday acoustic sessions’. Apparently Etonian boy, Frank Turner cut his teeth with Sensible Sundays gigs there, presumably in the good ol days before he spent his free time defending his political leanings on Twitter. Laura Marling is a regular performer at Nambucca if that’s more your bag. Since last month Nambucca have been hosting acoustic sessions every Sunday. With free drinks for performers, it’s also worth considering yourself for a slot if you’ve ever had the urge to get up and get unplugged. Alternatively, it’s free entry for everyone else with some mighty reasonable drinks prices and great food. Each act plays three songs with a featured headliner from 6 – 11pm.
Sunday Sessions at Nambucca, 596 Holloway Road, N7 6LB
6th August, 6 – 11pm
2 The community one
Outside The Crypt in De Beauvoir Town, festival fever is alive and well this Sunday August 6th. Artists, musicians and street food purveyors will take up residence from 2 – 8pm with happy hours, acoustic showcases and home brews.
This is one community minded festival, entirely kid friendly and run by a team of volunteers providing a platform for new talent and creative opportunities. Pop up street foodies, 2 Fingers will be serving up fish finger sandwiches, Soft Shell Crab Burger with napa-slaw & Sriracha-miso aioli, and King Prawn Katsu Burger with wasabi tartare sauce, shredded hakusai & pickled ginger.
Follow 2 Fingers on Twitter @eat2fingers for their latest locations, news, events and secret offers.
Summer Sessions, The Crypt, St Peter’s Church, Northchurch Terrace, N1 4DA
6th August, 2 – 8pm (Happy hour 4-5pm)
3 The shoegaze-y one
Get ready for a garage/punk trio down at The Lock Tavern, Camden this August. From “Cramps creepiness to Commanches riffs.” – Raw Meat
Supporting Abjects are those luxury hair flickers, Purs who’ll be gracing the stage with their skin tight PVC trousers and loop pedals in tow on the 11th. If you’re into Sonic Youth, Pavement or just talented new outfits, get down to Camden in your best pair of shiners and gaze at them through your lovely floppy hair.
Read our interview with lead guitarist, Andy and get the scoop on who Puts really are. Spoiler: Serra’s all about the big muff. Entry is free but get there early for the top notch support acts.
Abjects at The Lock Tavern, 35 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town NW1 8AJ
4 The souly one
This month at The Finsbury, Big House Music Ltd. are back with Folk This, a monthly showcase night presenting “the best Folk, Blues & Soul artists London has to offer”. It’s a bold statement, but we think they might just have the juice to back it up. Their August instalment features the full band, smooth folk and soul offerings of Callum Gardener from West London, hip hop from Eerf Evil and liquid gold from the captivating soulful Rayon Nelson. Tickets are free but get registered here before they all disappear. If you fancy booking someone in for the next one, get in touch at email@example.com
Folk This singles launch at The Finsbury
Sunday 13th August, Doors at 7pm
5 The artsy one
If you’re into contemporary jazz, spoken word and dance, you’ll be all over Driftglass: a two date collaborative concert series. Bringing together a group of new musical talent and the next generation of boundary pushing artists, Driftglass is led by alto-saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi (NERIJA, KOKOROKO). Read more about ten piece ensemble, SEED over at their Kickstarter page.
Tickets are very reasonable and available here.
Driftglass concert series
Total Refreshment Centre
2 Foulden Road
18th August, 8 – 11pm
6 The rocker one
New indie rock band, The Vone are looking forward to bringing their Brazilian Portuguese music scene to London. But that’s not all. Vone’s lead singer and musician Marcelo Cervone has set up this initiative to give musicians the chance to “play their own music, test new songs, stretch their abilities and build their audience”.
All ticket sales are split evenly between each musician playing on the night and hoping to build a new music scene that takes care of the players. On the first edition of this recurring rock night they will be joined by Jenna Lesley, The Luna Roots and The Mighty Orchid King. Find tickets here.
The Vone at Ryan’s, 118 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 OUI
25th August, 7pm – 11:30pm
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.
Holy smoke, her nipples are on fire! Somebody pass the woman an extinguisher. Wait, why is she climbing into that giant margarita glass - does she not know it's highly flammable? She's going to need to be doused with a sizable portion of aloe vera gel at this rate, the poor lamb.