As Christmas creeps ever closer Brixton buzzes on with the greatest gigs, parties and events anywhere in town. Here are our picks of what’s on in Brixton this week…
Monday 9th December: The weekly Brixton Folk Up at The Queen’s Head
The weekly Brixton Folk Up sticks a big noisy boot up every maudlin Monday evening at The Queen’s Head with something to offend everyone – jammin’, drinkin’ and all round acoustic anarchy awaits!
Tuesday 10th December: Pongathon Party at The Prince Of Wales
The Pongathon Party gives traditional table tennis a firm backhander with wall-to wall ping pong tables set against a backdrop of live visuals, DJ’s, creative themes, social tournament play, exhibition games, pro-tips and even ping pong robots that take on all-comers. They’ve got the bats if you’ve got the balls!
Wednesday 11th December: Crimbo Bingo Special – ‘Fairytale of Nutbush’ with special guest, the Ghost of Christmas Ike
Tina Tea Lady’s Christmas Bingo special is set to be interrupted by the dastardly ghost of Xmas Ike! Ike has come back from purgatory for one night only to show the kindly and unsuspecting patrons of Kaff his quiz of music past. However, our heroine Tina will not let down her fans, Bingo will go on and not be disrupted by problems from the past. With loads of prizes, great songs and surprise appearances get ready to play Bingo as if you were in a pantomime. Playing is free and great deals on food and drink are available all night.
Thursday 12th December: Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar Xmas Bash at Electric Brixton
From avant house DJ to the crowned king of the Balkan castle who brought us the hit song Disko Partizani to Lewis-leathered rock n’ roll rebel, Shantel’s career has taken him round the world filling dancefloors with music that is euphorically uplifting and analogically good for you. He returns to London with his amazing full big band, Bucovina Club Orkestar. Support comes from local all-girl 60’s dance troupe The Actionetess
Friday 13th December: Urban 75 Presents Offline Club: Brixton Samba Party with Barking Bateria live at The Prince Albert
We’re in for a festive feast of Bhangra, Funk and Drum ‘n’ Bass-style samba as the incredible Barking Bateria rock into Brixton to fill the venue with thundering rhythms guaranteed to get you moving at the Offline Brixton Samba Party this Friday. We’ll also have lively sets from DJs spinning top notch ska, drum and bass, reggae, rock and roll, skiffle, rockabilly, punk, dance and good time music tunes all ruddy night long. We can all bang our drums to that!
Saturday 14th December: The Dogstar’s 18th Birthday Party at The Dogstar
The old dog isn’t as old it looks! One of Brixton’s best loved and most buzzin’ boozers finally comes of age on Saturday 14th December. We’re still waiting to hear the full final details of how they’ll be celebrating their 18th birthday on the corner of Coldharbour Lane, but one thing we know for sure is that it’s bound to be one hell of a party – Woof!
Sunday 15th December: JuJuRock live at Hootananny
JuJuRock is a brand new project from Brixton. A fire starting guitar led quartet cooking up a potent concoction of vibrant African cross rhythms heavily influenced by gritty funk rock elements, including members of London’s premier afrocentric ensembles Yaaba Funk and the Spasm band. African village scenarios and a mastery of rhythm and melody collide with heavy psychedelic guitar riffs and ferocious percussion.