What’s on in Brixton: bars, gigs and clubs around town, Fri 17th – Sun 19th February 2017

What’s on in Brixton: bars, gigs and clubs around town, Fri 10th - Sun 12th February 2017

Here’s our hand-picked selection of gigs, clubs and bars happening in and around Brixton this weekend, as featured in the weekly ‘what’s on’ guide for the Lambeth Weekender print magazine.

To see ALL the events happening around town, check out our massive guide here. Have a great weekend!

Friday 17th February, SW2
Riot Jazz at Blues Kitchen
40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 9pm-2am, £5

Friday 17th February, SW2 Riot Jazz at Blues Kitchen

Mancunian Balkan-to-Brooklyn brass-boosted bouncers Riot Jazz bring the heavy parping to the Blues Kitchen. Serving up a twisted mix of funk, soul, hip hop and aggressive jazz, this nine-headed brass-wielding beast has traversed festivals all over Europe and look to get the diners rocking at this newish Brixton foodie venue. Taking over the stage at 1am will be house band the Atlantic Soul Orchestra, chomping their way through the best of Stax and Atlantic Soul, while DJs thrust down dance tunes till close at 2am.


Friday 17th February, SW2
DJ Marky meets LTJ Buken at Electric Brixton
Town Hall Parade, Brixton, SW2 1RJ, 10pm-6am, £19
Soundcrash brings some of the biggest names in drum and bass to the Electric for a night of floorboard-troubling low frequencies. Brazilian DJ Marky showcases his phenomenal technical skills including his trademark upside-down vinyl scratching, while legendary LTJ Bukem and Metalheadz co-founder DJ Storm will keep the waves of jungle/drum & bass cascading over the dancefloor.


Friday 17th February, SW9
Paigey Cakey at JAMM
261 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 6LH, 7pm-10pm, £10
East London-based rapper Paigey Cakey is a multi-talented live performer who has featured onscreen in Attack The Block and Waterloo Road, and picked up plaudits from Radio One for songs such as ‘Hood Swag.’


Friday 17th February, SW9
Bloodstains Across Brixton at The Windmill
22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ, 8pm, £5

This filthy new garage/rock’n’roll/punk night throws together a steaming pile of some of the best rock and roll bands making a noise around town. Taking to the Windmill’s well-worn stage will be New Zealand racket creators, The Cavemen, plus Buzz favourites Atomic Suplex, the feedback-drenched trash punk outfit headed by a distortion loving, Flying V guitar wielding singer who plays with a crash helmet on his noggin. Their songs rarely get pass two minutes, usually ponder the fate of rock and roll and often come with a healthy slice of humour. We love them. Also playing is the cheery sounding Suicide Generation, plus Moto Vamp, fronted by Los Angeles blues punk siren, Lily Marlene. Spinning tunes betwixt bands will be General Echo, who hails from the wrong end of the Victoria Line (that’s Walthamstow, obviously).


Friday 17th February, SW9
Pomba Passion party at Cafe Cairo
88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE, 8pm-1.30am, £3/5

Saturday 21st January, SW9 Club Night at Cafe Cairo

In honour of Valentine’s Day, the Pomba Girls are uniting with DJ Cal Jader for a night of immersive, passion-fuelled performance in this quirky, Eastern themed venue, happily located off the beaten track of the thrill-desperate Brixton hipster brigade


Friday 17th February, SE27
Blues & Ceilidh Night at Portico Gallery
23A Knight’s Hill, London SE27 0HS, 7pm, £12

Folk Of The Wood present their Blues & Ceilidh night which has Time Out insisting that it’s “Well worth travelling to West Norwood for.” Expect a heady mix of folk dancing with Ceilidh Tree providing stomping fiddles and a caller to coordinate the moves. Ace blues duo Simon Prager with harmonica maestro Kevin “Doc” Stenson will also be performing ragtime, rock’n’roll and blues from the Wandle delta, backed by a full bar with local ale, scrumpy and wine. Yeeehi!


Friday 17th February, SE27
Offline Party Night at the Railway Tavern
7 Station Rise, Tulse Hill, SE27 9BW, 10pm-1am, Free

DJ night on Friday 18th November2016 at Offline Club at the Railway, Station Rise, Tulse Hill, London SE27, with DJs playing ska, electro, indie, punk, rock'n'roll, big band, rockabilly and skiffle

The Offline gang are back in Tulse Hill’s finest boozer and they’ll be bringing another bulging bag full of floor-filling tunes. Never ones to take themselves too seriously, expect an alcohol infused evening of ska, disco, dancehall, new wave, drum’n’bass and anything else that amuses, entertains and gets random body parts oscillating in an excitable fashion.
Friday 17th February, SW2
House Night at Gremio de Brixton
St. Matthew’s Church, Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1JF, 10pm-3am, Free
Get shaking, quivering and convulsing to an evening of disco, classic and upbeat house, courtesy of DJs Alex Georgiou and Lee Harris.


Friday 17th Februay, SE19
Live Music Fridays at Westow House
79 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, SE19 1TX, 9pm-2am, Free
As ever, the venue remains coy about who’ll be onstage, but we do know there’s a fine array of real ales at the bar at this friendly boozer. And that’s always a good start.


Friday 17th February, SE15
Wholemeal at Four Quarters
187 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4TP, 9pm-2am, Free

This “Rye Lane sweat cave” hosts the Wholemeal DJ gang kneading up a rising treat of danceable records in the basement till 2am.


Saturday 18th February, SW16
Live Music at The Standard PH
78A Streatham High Road, Streatham, London SW16 1BS, 8pm, Free
Totter along in your knee high silver platform boots to enjoy an evening of Bootleg Bootsy playing Funk’n’Roll covers of Bootsy Collins hits.


Saturday 18th February, SW9
Audio Sushi at the Dogstar
389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LQ, 10pm-4am, £5

Easter Thursday at Effra Social and Dogstar - photos

This long serving Brixton institution remains one of the biggest parties in town, spawning vast queues up Coldharbour Lane, while party bangers are delivered by Audio Sushi DJs inside. Photo ID is needed to enter the portals of the Dogstar, so bring along your documents or heaven knows how miserable you will be.


Saturday 18th February, SE11
Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY, 9pm-2am, £6

A grand night out at Duckie at the RVT with The Actionettes

One of the most provocative and funny cabaret nights in London, the long running Duckie club mixes’n’mashes burlesque and musical acts in front of an appreciative and packed gay/mixed crowd with the Readers’ Wives DJs bringing a wondrous mix of The Cure, the Smiths, Le Tigre and other loveable indie pop-tastic hits.


Saturday 18th February, SE19
The Brew at the Gipsy Hill Tavern
79 Gipsy Hill, Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QH, 9pm-midnight, Free
Now hosting the Sydenham Blues Club after they were shunted from their former home at the Grape and Grain, this friendly Irish boozer should provide a great location for fans of no nonsense rock’n’roll, swing and good time music. Playing live is The Brew.


Saturday 18th February, SE27
Soul Night at Book & Record Exchange
20 Norwood High St, SE27 9NR, 8pm-2am, £3
This fully licensed, record and book shop kicks back the record racks for their regular soul night with Luke P, Michael Johnson and Pete W spinning heavy soul, funk, reggae and freestyle tunes. Small, congenial and fun, it’s like an old fashioned pub lock-in party.


Saturday 18th February, SE1
Djodje at The Coronet Theatre
28 New Kent Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6TJ, 9pm-4am, £25
The Kizomba singer makes his London debut, performing original material with support from Edgar (Afrokillaz afro beats from Portugal) and Rico & Adda (Kizomba dance show). Ensuring that sound waves are sufficiently agitated all night will be DJs Palhas Jr and Diego.


Saturday 18th February, 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 Road.  Bring photo ID or the security will be making a rhyme on the DJs name (Clue: it begins with the letter ‘b’).


Saturday 18th February, SW9
Boogie Nights at Club 414
414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 10pm-6am, £5

Friday 10th February, SW9 Dancelovehub at Club 414

Throw away your fluoro clobber and glowsticks because the 414 is going poptastic with another welcome visit from the Boogie Nights crew. Freshen up your mullet, slip into some denim, slap on the Brut 33 and dance all night to an onslaught of nothing but tasty pop from the 80s to the 00s. If the excitement gets too much for you, take a spin up the spiral staircase and grab a snack upstairs while watching the tropical fish float about like The Orb on fluffy clouds.


Sunday 19th February, SW2
Live Jazz at the Effra Hall Tavern
Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2, 8pm, Free

Effra Hall Tavern

Old school Brixtonites may lament the growing homogenisation of this traditional boozer tucked away from the main drag, but their Sunday jazz sessions are still one of the best places to wind down after a mad weekend. Grab yourself a Guinness or three and let those silky smooth horn parpings and freeform fretboard excursions banish all thoughts of the upcoming week of work.


Sunday 19th February, SW16
Live Jazz at the Trio Pizzeria
19 The High Parade, Streatham, SW16 1EX, 8pm-midnight, Free
Chomp 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 19th February, 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

This new free regular night is proving a popular attraction amongst locals, with an all-star band laying down some lively jazz, reggae and blues in Coldharbour Lane. Led by UB40 trumpet player Patrick Anthony, the razor-tight house band invites musicians new and old to come up on stage and join in. Running till 1am, it’s a great way to wrap up the week.


All the weekend listings

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