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!

DOC BROWN AT RICHMIX

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”

HYPONIK: 10 AT BIRTHDAYS

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

COSY COCKTAILS AT RUBY

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

BEACH CREEP AT SHAKLEWELL ARMS

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

Big Street Feast Comes East

Think big, eat bigger!

I can’t wait to visit Dalston (I’ve been missing you this summer) and this awesome street food festival tomorrow. I’ll report back from the street… hopefully with a belly full of delicious food.

With stalls from stone baked pizza aficionados Home Slice and Muscle Men serving salacious seafood, Street Feast offers up a tough choice of traders, but i’m planning at least two dinners… and a pudding.

As far as beer goes, I’m expecting a thorough display of the latest hipster refreshers such as London Fields Brewery and Meantime. Get stuck in!

More info… 

www.streetfeastlondon.com

THAMES HOUSE, Hartwell Street, London E8 3DU

Opposite Dalston Junction Overground Station, Next door to Dalston Eastern Curve

hello@streetfeastlondon.com

Tel +44 (0) 7716122283 (for bookings of more than 5 people)
@StreetFeastLDN

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 (https://hackneybubble.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/land-of-kings-friday-review/). 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 (http://birthdaysdalston.com/).

A Warsaw Melody – Arcola Theatre

arcolatheatre.com

Where? The Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL

Performance Times: 8.00pm. Matinees 3.00pm Saturday 14, 21, 28 April.

How Much? £16 (£12 concessions) + Pay What You Can Tuesdays (from 6.30pm on the door)

I’ve been meaning to check out this theatre for a while, so finally, I managed to roll around the corner to Dalston Junction for a preview of A Warsaw Melody. This Eastern European drama is fixed firmly in my roots. Belkin productions have had success touring all over America and Europe, finally landing in east London at The Arcola.

The play is romantic as it is funny and in parts, utterly tragic. We follow a couple through the decades from a chance Moscow meeting  to the elegance of Warsaw as it rebuilds itself  from the effects of war – the couple are as torn as the city. Stunning and sympathetic acting on a simple set within the intimate theater setting leaves you feeling melancholy and thoughtful, in a good way.

Nutshell Magazine Launch #3

Couldn’t have put it better myself! Plus, I know that ‘All the Queen’s Ravens’ are lovely.

“Nutshell 3 is out, it’s in colour, it’s 78 pages long, it’s full of nutrients and low in sugar. It’s good for you, trust us. Other things that are good for you include broccoli and pomegranate, but also live poetry, live music and live partying, which is why you should put this in your diary – in pen, not pencil – immediately!

Doors open at 8.00 and our guest DJ, B, will start playing straight away, to put us all in the mood.

9.00 – Poetry starts with a SHHHH! and a cheer. Come on time and listen: these guys have a lot of important stuff to say. Their names are Tim WellsAlex MacDonald,Tony VowlesMichael Sims and Graham Clifford, and they’re the best, we picked them especially for you.
10.00 – Time for some music and celebrations, warming up with Woodsy Plays the Hits as he…erm, plays the hits for us. Then the super wonderful All The Queens Ravens  and Felix Holt will grace us with their presence.  Finally, music to dance to until home time – perfect.

The venue is Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury Street. London, N16 8JN
Entry £3

Bring your friends, family, housemates, lovers, enemies,acquaintances and weird facebook friends. The more the messier!  See you there.”