Opening Soon – Oslo, E8


A new music-come-dining-come-drinking venue is opening in Hackney. And it looks fancy. The seldom noticed, but historical and beautiful old train station in the heart of Hackney central is being lovingly renovated into a Nordic themed hot spot.

Oslo opens its doors in December with some great acts already announced – Dry the River included! It’ll be open day and night for feeding and quenching visitors.

The food menu is centered around nordic cuisine and they seem to have a good focus on sustainability (lotsa fish!) and sourcing good ingredients.

The venue itself looks set to be grandiose with high ceilings, dark woods and minimal metalics featuring long benches and an impressive bar.

We’re looking forward to more live music in the borough and some interesting looking décor to relax in.

For the E8 area, this new opening is an example of the rapid change in Hackney culture taking place for a sweeping generation of affluent dwellers – a far cry from a dodgy boozer! Is this Hackney moving with the times, or a gentrification too far? I’d love to hear your comments on this…

1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL [map] and twitter @oslohackney




Netil House Opens Summer

Netil House Summer Series

Rooftops and BBQs and music are usually found holding hands and smooching. When the smoke gets-a-going with salacious burger flavours, add in a sausage or two and the party really gets started!

Welcome to summer… not that we’ve seen much of it so far this year, but help is at hand to bring those summer good-time vibes to Hackney! Netil house springs into action with the ultimate 360 rooftop party to kick start the season with their Summer Series on the Roof on  Saturday 4th May.

As well as offering panoramic views of our beloved neighbourhood  some sensational foody friends are popping by, serving up authentic southern friend chicken, tasty tacos and impressive Italian. They’ve got music from Urban Nerds’ DJ Rattus Rattus and an essential array of quirky cocktails to whet your whistle.

Unfortunately, public tickets to this event have now sold out, but you can get a bargain membership for £35 for a year, which gets you free entry and a lot more besides.

Bring on the Hawaiian shirts and pina coladas! Ayayayayyyyy! 

Saturday 4th May


Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL

Netil House

St John’s of Hackney Host Little Noise Sessions

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Hackney played host to the wonderful Little Noise Sessions, aimed to raise money and awareness for Mencap. Joe Whiley hosted the events which went on for 6 days last week – her sister was born mentally handicapped so it was a charity close to her heart. The bands weren’t paid and all the ticket and drinks profits went to charity. Nice. Also nice bars courtesy of Milk & Honey, Chapel Down and Giant Robot.

I went along for two of the nights for headliners Richard Hawley and Noah and the Whale. The venue itself was beautiful and the misty atmosphere immediately struck at the senses. Looming in the background was the intimidatingly big organ pipes. The lights were incredible and added to the ambience of the amazing music.

First Aid Kit openend for Hawley – two scandinavian sisters who can bang out a delicious harmony from folk sounds with some serious headbanging attitude. These girls are humble and sweet and punk.

I’ve never managed to see Richard Hawley before, always somehow missing him at festivals, so was super excited as I waited tentatively in my pew, mulled wine in hand. His opener to the set was “I am Richard Hawley, let’s destroy you”. He aurally, he did! Soundscapes reeling around the church with a layered cake of guitar sounds, pedals and beautiful vocals.

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On the Saturday was a triptych of bands I love. Lucy Rose began the night with dreamy-cute-girly vocals fractured with well thought out time changes and loves-lost lyrics. Her band were great, adding some good percussion and backing. This girl is going to go far, her album is lovely. I’m a little bit in love with her. And I now want a fringe.

We moved downstairs for Villagers where the sound was so much clearer (I am told this is best by the sound deck). Pints of the last of the mulled wine in hand, this boy has a touching stripped back voice which is emotionally accessible and heartfelt. I really like them! I liked them more than Noah and the Whale, and this was the general consensus of the evening. I hope they can share in some of the commercial success of the ‘Whale.

Noah and the Whale ended the night. In quite a spectacular way. The duo that runs the show look like brothers. I think they’d be a bit boring without the string quartet. AND they didn’t play ‘In 5 Years Time… which is about the only song I know apart from LIFEGOESON, which the crowd lapped up in a singalong.

Great venue, great music and a proud feeling that Hackney was the choice of venue for this event.

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Villagers on stage at Little Noise Sessions.

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Noah and the Whale in the pink.

Quiquiriqui – Day of the Dead

Below a kebab shop on Hackney Road is an unlikely venue (or is it?) for a hot new bar to open in the bubble. And when I say bar, I mean a Mezcalaria; a Mexican sensation that’s spreading through America’s, and Europe’s bar scene like a prickly cactus forest.

Mezcalaria Quiquiriqui offers up an assortment of mescal (kind of tequila-ish) based drinks and Mexican beers, the outlook and décor promises an expedient den of liquid iniquity.

Last time I tried mescal, I was (fairly easily) coaxed into eating the worm. I’d advise leaving the food alone to float and head straight for some sampling.

To celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead, they’re offering five tastings of the finest Mezcals this side of the gulf from 1st-4th November, for just a tenner on the door. Throw in some music, Mezcal cocktails, ideally Mexican wrestling masks, and it’s ‘aye caramba’ all the way home.

If you do get hungry, there’s a handy kebab shop just above you.

Mezcaleria Quiquiriqui:
The Golden Grill, 184 Hackney Road E2 7QL

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

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