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
Flocking to Holloway Road on one of the many Sundays that we’ve spent at the Nag’s Head Car Boot Sale, we spotted a new Vietnamese place called Pho Hot getting ready to open up their doors. Being the nosy folks we are, we peeked inside and spotted a menu. Banh Mi was on it. It's a baguette, but not as you know it. Glory of all glories! It’s been far too long since I last consumed this distinctive sarnie and I'm happy as Larry that there's a new Banh Mi joint on my doorstep.
Baby, it’s getting cold outside, and what better way to aide our frostbitten noses than a chat to a professional skin person? We’re talking to Lee Garrett, founder of The Garrett Clinic, accomplished skincare specialist and heralded by many as the UK’s leading Skin Guru. Read on to find out his insider tips for surviving this winter season with your skin looking as radiant as the moon that breaks a stormy night.
Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.
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.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
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.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
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!
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.