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.

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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

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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.

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2 Fingers Radio is run in conjunction with SoundAdviceUK – a concept created and run by a collective of local media, design and creative professionals, musicians and interns.

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)

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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

11th August 

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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 folkthispresents@gmail.com

Folk This singles launch at The Finsbury

Sunday 13th August, Doors at 7pm

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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

N16 7UR

18th August, 8 – 11pm

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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

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