We hope you all had a buzzing NYE here at Brixton Buzz and now the hangovers are dissolving in the dawn of 2017, here are our picks of the best gigs, club nights and parties going on in and around Brixton throughout the first week of 2017…have fun and Happy New Year!
Monday 2nd January: Big Joe Louis live at Brixton Blues Kitchen
The first Monday of 2017 needs a good blast of rockin’ blues to blow the cobwebs of 2016 in to dust. Luckily, Big Joe Louis will be delivering just that at the Blues Kitchen this evening as he takes to the stage with his traditional Blues band… and best of all, entry is free.
Tuesday 3rd January: Olas Boss Upsetter Revival Night at Hootananny
Cecil Reuben continues his ska assault on The Hootananny with this Upsetter Olas Boss Revival night. Expect a skankin’ great free night of Reggae, Rocksteady and Ska with Hoots residents Jahrevelationmuzik for the first Tuesday night of 2017.
Wednesday 4th January: Midweek Magic at The Illusioneer Theatre
This intimate monthly magic show has begun to attract some attention recently due to its eclectic mix of cabaret, stand-up, and close-up magic. If anything it’s a fantastic night out on the first Wednesday of every month in Herne Hill’s very own little theatre. Best of all, you can bring your own drinks along (glasses supplied) to help enjoy a midweek mix of magic and comedy.
Thursday 5th January: The Thursday Showcase (LGBT Fundraiser) at B45
For B45 London’s second Showcase the B45 (Veg Bar on Tulse Hill) will be hosting an evening comprised of LGBTQ performers on Thursday night. Entry will be free but they do encourage a donation to the charity that they will be fundraising for, London Friend, to go towards supporting the UK’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans charity. They support the health and mental well-being of the LGB&T community in and around London. Expect campness, dragness and 100% realness.
Friday 6th January: Let’s Dance – A Celebration of David Bowie at The Prince Albert
So begins a weekend of parties and gigs celebrating the life and times of Brixton’s favourite son, the magnificent David Bowie, on the first anniversary of his death. We’re teaming up with Brixton’s Offline Club to put on a special Bowie night at the Prince Albert in the heart of Brixton this Friday with all profits going to charity. On the tragic news of his death last year we were the first venue in Britain to announce a free tribute night, and we drank, danced and celebrated Brixton’s finest with a night of Bowie music to a jam-packed house. Once again, we’ll have DJs playing Bowie’s hits, album tracks, obscurities and more – plus songs from his musical influences and the artists he inspired – and we’ll screen videos and photos of the great man. Unfortunately this party has already sold out but we look forward to seeing you on the dance floor if you were quick enough to get a ticket.
Saturday 7th January: Cats From Japan – David Bowie Tribute Party at Cafe Cairo
They’re also celebrating the life and music of David Bowie at Cafe Cairo on Saturday with a live set from celebrate David Bowie tribute band ‘Cats From Japan’ we’ve seen these guys in action before and they sound great. DJ Sheila Stocking will kick things off with a election of punk, new wave, indie from 6pm and DJ Chico will follow the band with a mash up of Acid House and Rave choonz to dance the night away to its logical conclusion.
Sunday 8th January: Celebrating David Bowie at O2 Academy Brixton
The first week of 2017 in Brixton closes with a massive live show at the Academy on Sunday. ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ unites the icon’s friends and collaborators as part of a worldwide series of concerts, this one-time only event will honour the iconic artist on what would have been his 70th birthday. Bowie’s close friend Gary Oldman, who delivered an emotional speech about David at the BRIT Awards, will be joined by former Bowie band members Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell, along with many other special guests to be announced and proceeds from the show will benefit Children & the Arts.
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