What’s on in Brixton: bars, gigs and clubs around town, Fri 6th – 8th January, 2017

What’s on in Brixton: bars, gigs and clubs around town, Fri 6th - 8th January, 2016

With the festive season now over and troubling vows of a ‘dry January’ ringing around many a household, January is usually a quiet time for clubbers, but Brixton looks set for a busy weekend as fans come to commemorate the anniversary of David Bowie’s death.

Brixton is hosting a slew of Bowie-themed events (including our own sold-out night), but if you’re not a fan of The Thin White Duke, there’s loads more going on – scroll down to see our selection.

As ever, to see ALL the events happening around town, check out our massive guide here.

Friday 6th January, SW9
Offline presents a Bowie tribute at the Prince Albert
418 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 9pm-2am, £5

David Bowie - Let's Dance! A celebration of David Bowie in Brixton, Fri 6th Jan - SOLD OUT!

On the tragic news of Bowie’s death last year, Brixton’s Offline Club was the first to announce a tribute night which swiftly caught the attention of the national media. End result: queues stretching for hundreds of metres outside. This time they’re making it an all ticket event, with all profits going to local music charities. DJs will once again be playing Bowie’s hits, album tracks, obscurities and more – plus songs from his musical influences and the artists he inspired, backed by video projections.  Fans are invited to dress up in the Bowie look of their choice, with free shots dished out to the best efforts. SOLD OUT.

See all Brixton-themed events this weekend here.


Friday 6th January, SE27
Stick it On at Book & Record Exchange
20 Norwood High St, SE27 9NR, 8pm-1am, Free

Friday 6th January, SE27 Stick it On at Book & Record Exchange

This friendly, fully licensed, record and book shop kicks back the record racks and hosts a party every other week, and this time they’re inviting folks to bring in their records and stick ‘em on the turntables. We love this place.


Friday 6th January, SW2
Sleaze at The Windmill
22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ, 8pm, £3

Friday 6th January, SW2 Sleaze at The Windmill

Bubbling up from South London’s bubbling scene, Sleaze “capture the sound of frustration every man, woman and child feels towards our country’s repulsive politicians, imploding economy and bacterial gastro-pubs.”


Friday 6th January, SW2
Live Jazz at the Effra Hall Tavern
Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2, 8pm-midnight, Free

Friday 6th January, SW2 Live Jazz at the Effra Hall Tavern

Hidden away from the hipster-infused streets of central Brixton, this backstreet boozer has been hosting live music nights for donkey’s years and remains hugely popular with a diverse mix of locals and regulars. The music ranges from jazz and ska to blues, and if you don’t mind the occasional long wait to get served at the bar, it’s a ruddy grand way to spend a Friday night.


Friday 6th January, SW9
Hackney Colliery Band at JAMM

261 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 6LH, 11pm-4am, £12
Future Funk Airlines bring the trouser-flapping funk, soul and disco parping glory of the Hackney Colliery Band to the recently upgraded Jamm, backed by DJ Format and resident DJs making the noise through their formidable Funktion One sound system.


Saturday 7th January, SW16
Move On Up at White Lion

234 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB, 8pm-1an, Free
Resident DJs Stevie Dundee and Tony Rodriguez bring the groove to this unique community arts and music hub in uptown Streatham.


Saturday 7th January, SW8
Dysfunctional at Fire

Arch 39 – 43 Parry Street, Vauxhall, SW8 1RT, 11pm-6am, £15+
Dysfunctional’s Beginning of Year Party wheels in a shedload of top tunesmiths, with the beats accentuated by CO2 cannons, confetti, lasers & visuals across three rooms. Taking turns on the sliders will be German Brigante, My Cat Snoop, George Smeddles & Kid Loco, Anton Morales and more.


Saturday 7th January, SW4
Saturday Sessions at Gigalum
8 Cavendish Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DW,  8pm, Free

Billed as a night of “pure fist pumping, heart pumping glory” (ooooer!), resident knob twiddlers Hilton Caswell and Ben Yong helm an evening of classic soulful house music in this free bar/club that loves a bit of hyperbole.


Saturday 7th January, SE1
Bashment Party at The Coronet Theatre
28 New Kent Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6TJ, 11pm-5am, £10/20
There’s bashment, soca, reggae, dancehall, whistles and horns a-plenty at this Coronet all-nighter. There’ll be a live performance by K More and a veritable onslaught of mad-for-it DJs including DJ Nate, Invasion Crew, Doops Squad, English Fire, DJ Coolie and more. Sartorially speaking, they’re very picky on the door, insisting that patrons “Dress Smart & Stylish.” Happily, “Fresh Trainers” get the seal of approval, but the ban on sportswear, hoods and hats is total so don’t even think of jogging to the venue.


Saturday 7th January, SW4
Northern Soul DJs at Bread & Roses
68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, SW4 6DZ, 9pm-11.30pm, Free
The Shakeup gang don their widest flares and pack ample supplies of talc as they prepare to sprinkle the finest Rare & Northern Soul all over the dancefloor at the last Trade Union owned pub in England.


Saturday 7th January, SW9
Cohesion at Club 414
414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 11pm-8am, £10

Saturday 7th January, SW9 Cohesion at Club 414

Strap on your brightest fluoro clobber, break out the glo-sticks and bounce down Coldharbour Lane for a full on psychedelic trance party featuring Melodic Noise, Digital Noise and Her Indoors spinning sweat-inducing tunes in this friendly, laser-laden, two-room venue that keeps on going till 8am. Photo ID needed for entry.


Saturday 7th January, SW9
HAAi at Phonox

418 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 7AY, 10pm, £10
HAAi (pronounced ‘Hi’ if you’re interested) serves up an eclectic selection of house, disco and rarities in the former Plan B/Wimpey Bar in Brixton.  Bring photo ID or the security will be saying ‘Bye.’


Saturday 7th January, SW2
Brassroots at Blues Kitchen
40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 10pm-2.30am, £8
Coming straight aaht of East Laaaandahn you slaaags, booty-shaking seven-piece, Brassroots seek to get you bouncing around like a Phil Mitchell punchbag with their ferocious blend of funk-rock. After midnight, resident band The Beerkays shimmy on to the stage to blast out a heady mix of classic funk and soul, backed by DJs playing vintage dance sounds. Last entry for ticket holders is as early as 10.30pm so don’t procrastinate in the pub or you’ll be facing an embarrassing rebuff on t’door.


Sunday 8th January, SW16
Live Jazz at the Trio Pizzeria
19 The High Parade, Streatham, SW16 1EX, 8pm-midnight, Free
Slather your way into tasty slices of pizza and grind your pepper mill in time to top notch live jazz at this intimate restaurant, a mere five minutes perambulation from Streatham Hill train station.

Sunday 8th January, SW9
Grass Roots Live Music at Club 414
414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 6pm-1am, Free

Sunday's don't-miss free Brixton show: Grassroots at Club 414, Sunday 7th August 2016

Already a big hit with locals, this new regular night looks to encourage and inspire grassroots talent, with an experienced house band led by UB40 trumpeter Patrick Anthony hosting an open stage for new acts.

All the weekend listings

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