TONIGHT in Hackney

A mini round up of what’s on in and around Hackney if you’re stuck for some serious amusement on this soggy evening… your weekend starts HERE!


Surreal sketch show Late Night Gimp Fight joins Doc Brown and a host of eclectic, eccentric and down right ridiculous comedy acts for Knock2Bag at RichMix tonight. Tickets are £8 in advance and £12 at the door. MORE DETAILS

“Doc Brown is an established voice on the comedy circuit. After performing at the 02 arena and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2011, this year Doc has supported Ricky Gervais at the Folketeateret in Oslo and already has numerous gigs booked for The Comedy Store this autumn/winter. Doc’s self-deprecating and hilarious routines usually centre on musical rants that are cleverly interspersed with stories about life on the road, groupies and his unravelling career”


Head down to well-on-its-way-to-getting-established mini club, BIRTHDAYS in Dalston for a exploration and celebration following a decade of “UK centric and electronic music”  by Hyponik. Its FREE ENTRY via online sign up HERE


This cute and cosy speakeasy is near to Beyond Retro on Kingsland Road, under the cinema sign… head into the unassuming entrance and find this comfy and chic bar ready for cocktail hour.  WEBSITE


Dance floor bombs to get you in the mood for a pickled weekend begin here… and probably end here too. This reliably upbeat party features “unpretentious and discerning djs as well as sporadic live performances from underground stars and unannounced special guests. One of the most dependably awesome nights in all of Dalston…” (according to our friends at Spoonfed). MORE DETAILS


Onra at Birthdays

By the wonderfully bubbly Tor Cameron…

Sitting at home on a Wednesday night playing with my new iPad toy, a friend sent me a text to let me know he had a free ticket to see Onra at Birthdays. HELLO! Five minute walk from home, can’t say no! So I wandered down to meet the gang and check this awesome French DJ out live.

He started by announcing it’s been five years since he last played London and it was clear throughout the gig he was happy to be here. The bass was cranked up to a nice level to complement the chilled out 80s disco beats accompanied by Asian influences that makes Onra’s sound so interesting. Within 10 minutes I had been sucked from the bar into a swaying disco crowd. Clearly some die hard fans in here, when Onra – The Anthem came on there were plenty of extra voices singing the tune.

Birthdays itself has come a long way since I last visited for Land of Kings ( The upstairs bar is now officially open and feels more atmospheric than the near construction site it was at that stage. The basement no longer smells of fresh paint and is quickly becoming an East London sweatbox (always a pleasure).

After an hour I was on my merry way home to bed again. Great gig, nice cheeky Wednesday night out, looking forward to future lineups at Birthdays (

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