What To Do This November: A 1980's Mixtape
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Make this month a mixtape of activities and create the ultimate soundtrack to November. This could be an eventful 30 days with fireworks on the 5th preempting the inevitable demise of the Western civilisation on the 8th. Can 2016 take any more drama and surrealism? Good job it’s finally time to get back on the sauce. Stoptober has come to a close and we’re going to need our music and our vices to get through now.
ROCK OUT, 1st November
Rock n Roll Tour, Camden
Starting outside the Electric Ballroom, let notorious DJ Alison Wise (anglophilic American expat) take you on a walking tour of the famous and infamous sights of Camden’s Rock n Roll history. Always wanted to know where the Clash lived and rehearsed? Ever wondered where Madness liked to sink a pint or four? How about why Prince loved Camden so much? Prance about the performance venues frequented by The Doors, Amy Winehouse and Sid Vicious and the exact location where Britpop was birthed in the nineties. I imagine it’s a boozy rock crawl so line those tummies in one of Camden’s many notorious street food eateries. Tickets available here. Questions? Email the host herself at email@example.com
SPARKLE, 5th November
Bonfire Night, Clissold Park and Alexandra Palace
The time has come to celebrate a gunpowder fetishist, burn his effigy on a pile of open flames, eat burnt gelatine on a stick and stand dangerously close to exploding missiles of fire. Remember, remember we are all eccentric tossers clinging to outmoded tradition and American sugar on sticks. So excited for Guy Fawkes Night! Clissold Park and Alexandra Palace are both holding their annual spectacles in the sky this November 5th, so dust off your thickest gloves and choose one Bonfire to stand around. *Spoiler alert* you could probably do both.
Clissold Park has a theme and this year its animals. You are encouraged to dress up as your favourite non-human mammal and let your face paint melt next to the bonfire and prance to the sights/sounds of the Clissold 2016 pyro musical. Yes, the fireworks are synchronised to music. There will be kids fun fair rides, street performers and food/drink stalls open from 5:30pm. The display is suitable for all ages, beginning at 7pm and lasting approximately 20 minutes. Book tickets here.
Ally Pally Fireworks. Technically you could go to both displays. Ally Pally are hosting two fireworks shows on Friday 4th at 9pm and Saturday 5th at 8pm. On both days you can expect over forty of London’s finest street food vendors to rock up and even more onsite bars than last year boasting the finest ales, ciders, mulled wines, winter cocktails and more. But what about the beer?
Don’t forget they have the annual and mighty German Bier Festival too, kicking off at 4pm on Friday and 3pm on Saturday. An army of Bavarian waitresses will be serving the finest German Bier accompanied by live bands and DJs as well as music from their traditional Oompah band and DJs from the legendary Club de Fromage. Tickets run out fast, so quickly go and book yourself merry.
ELECTION DAY, 8th November
Make Your Own Neon Light, Drink Shop Do
If you want to take your mind off the US elections but don’t want to stay in twiddling your thumbs, put those idle hands to use and make your own neon light! London Craft Club are throwing a workshop at Drink, Shop, Do on Tuesday 8th November where you’ll be positively encouraged to shine bright like the star that you are. Beginner friendly, this workshop uses electro-luminescent wire which is a safer alternative to the traditional glass and gas neon lights. You’ll have complete creative control from design to shape to glow style. You can choose to run your sign from the mains or a battery pack (all included) and whether you want it mounted to canvas, hung from the wall or dangling from the ceiling. Expert Becci Mai Ford will be ready to help throughout and answer all of your questions, however inane. A perfect antidote to impending election night darkness and horror. The future’s bright, the future’s neon.
Get your tickets here!
TATTOO YOU, 9th November
Temporary Tattoo Workshop, Drink, Shop, Do
Seven years ago, school friends Kirstie Bishop and Coralie Sleap decided to open a pop-up shop in a bath house in Kings Cross, December 2009. By the following August, cafe/bar/activities venue, Drink Shop Do was official. From bottomless brunches to dance classes to more quirky workshops involving lego robots and Jenga dating, Kirstie and Coralie are continuously coming up with new ideas to keep you busy and entertained.
This November, amongst an exciting list of experiences and workshops, there is a free temporary tattoo designing and creating event. So after a cocktail or two, you can finally pretend you’ve inked yourself with your bezzie’s face and post photos of it all over their Facebook like a true overbearing stalker chum.
Want to really show your love for your besty-friendy-wendy? Got the feeling they’re probably sick of you buying them tickets for stuff? Get them a Drink, Shop, Do gift voucher to use in the shop, food, drink and gift experiences. That way they can really spoil themselves and don’t feel obliged to hang out with you. When you love someone, let them go.
BEATBOX, 19th November
UK Championships, Scala Kings Cross
Does anyone remember when Piers Morgan did a beatboxing competition? Go on, have a watch here, then have a long shower and a strong cup of tea. We’ll recover from this together.
Scala are entertaining a slightly different calibre of beatbox hopefuls this November, with Too Many T’s and Natty Speaks hosting a night of beatbox competitions. 28 talented finalists are currently warming up their lips to become the new star of the UK beatbox scene.
Last year, all-female team BURD (Bellatrix x Grace Savage) wiped the floor with the male-dominated field to be crowned UK Team Champions. ‘Whether you are a beatbox newbie or a seasoned veteran, this is an audience experience like no other. A true celebration of the human voice and underground live music culture.’
From 6pm til 3am, expect live performances amongst the battles from the likes of The Beatbox Collective, international sensation Tom Thum as well as last year’s Looping winner and groundbreaking drum n bass producer, Alix Perez. Now cleanse your Piers Morgan riddled browser history and click on Tom Thum’s TED talk here.
Tickets available here.
ROLLER DISCO, 26th November
Fromage on Ice, Alexandra Palace
What’s more awkward than slipping about like a newly born deer on ice in front of people you barely know? Doing so to naughties cheese, of course. Alexandra Palace has teamed up with Club de Fromage to bring you the ripest of 00’s tracks under their beautiful canopy. Shuffle along the perimeter of the rink to top pop, disco, rock, indie and old skool hip-hop giggling nervously. Try to remain upbeat when you realise your arse has started to resemble that mushed up peach dying at the bottom of your bag.
If that doesn’t sound like enough musical brie for you, prise your skates off, grab a joint discount ticket and continue the pop train down to Club de Fromage, Islington. The cheese doesn’t end that easily I’m afraid. These fermented tunes are made of stronger stuff.
Book tickets here.
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.
If there's anything the new moon today has told us, it's that it's time to be our true selves. That's what my horoscope told me today anyway. But what does that mean exactly? It means that if you want to eat honey loops for lunch, you 100% can. It means if you feel like learning how to make a bouquet instead of working on your tax forms, you 100% can. It also means if you want to learn how the deep throat (singing technique) you don't have to explain yourself. You're keeping it .
Our exclusive meeting with Eroc: the Beyonce of the skateboarding dog world. Eroc the french bulldog is making waves. With fans like Tony Hawk, BBC Radio and over 30k followers on Instagram (and counting), Eroc has also become something of an online sensation. His viral status comes and goes, randomly popping up on online social media channels every now and again to generate hundreds of thousands of views and clicks via the likes of Buzzfeed, Time Out and rogue iPhone filmers.
We all have our own ways of dealing with life when things get shitty. Having a big cry and getting it all out can be incredibly therapeutic, and even more so when we find ourselves repeating the same line over and over through the tears. “He’s a dick!” or “I’m not a bad person!” These little lines of reinforcement help us push through the crappy feeling. Sometimes we might even revert to a hearty little stamp on the floor / kick of some unsuspecting object. It feels surprisingly satisfying when the rage sets in and we feel helpless.
This Friday sees the release of Malian master musicians, Trio Da Kali’s new album Ladilikan. Fusing rich, expressive vocals with traditional instruments like the balafon and bass ngoni, this is a beautiful mix of ancient Mande culture and contemporary Malian sounds. Luckily for us North Londoners, we have the opportunity to see the trio play live in the rather fitting ethereal surrounds of Stoke Newington Church next month.
Walking along Monsell Road in Finsbury Park, we spy the charming exterior of a shop looking like something out of a children’s book circa 1932. Beneath a green and white striped awning, a whimsical new world of mini animals awaits. Once inside we stumble about the store in hushed awe, reaching over a book of minuscule carpet samples/ family of miniature otters to tap a tiny bell.
Whether you’re looking for something to entertain your kids, your friends’ kids or that particularly large man child in your life, you might just have lucked out. Snug are hosting an open air screening of The Incredibles next Saturday evening. There will be tasty sourdough pizzas from Sodo Pizza (Upper Clapton) and ultimate authentic curries from Rice n Spice, Northwold Road.
Coming soon to a Tufnell Park near you is a whole new vegetable patch of delights / wheat field to run vicariously through. It’s time to get excited for Ceremony: a brand new bar/restaurant serving modern British veggie cuisine. Although the website remains tantalisingly mysterious, you can glean more info from their well stocked insta.
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.
It’s been a few months since the last instalment of Online vs Offline. I deleted Bumble, Happn and Tinder, flirted with the idea of match.com, went to a friend’s wedding, heard the vicar call my name instead of the Bride’s and reflected briefly on the crushing inevitability of my own spinsterhood before realising everyone was laughing in the pews and I should probably join them.
Gluten-free cake consumers, vegan cheese enthusiasts, craft beer connoisseurs, lovers of pies and drinkers of tea; your time is now. Buy food of a quality & variety you can’t easily find in the shops, from organic meat to vegan cheese, fish caught that morning to pickles which have been fermenting for months, at Stroud Green market.
Who’s up for free entry, free cake and free folk (except for a jaunty little hat that is passed around for donations)? Get down to The Finsbury this Wednesday eve for a little mid week hootenanny and celebrate some of the best in new live music from the ‘acoustic, singer-songwriter & indie-folk scene’. Host with the most, Zoe Konez (“Ridiculously talented, Konez handles her guitar like she was born with it” - For Folk's Sake) will be deftly introducing each act from gin soaked folk popster herself, Penniless Cove to German indie band, Kalon.
What if you could mix the joys of your local Sunday car boot and all it’s dog perving potential with your favourite vintage clothes shops and high end antique markets? Within the sparkling depths of Dalson’s former ABC cinema, you’ll find The Big London Flea: London’s largest indoor vintage market.