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.
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Friday 17th March, SW2
Beatles Special at Blues Kitchen
40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 9pm-2am, £5
This trendy foodie/bar/venue will be celebrating the music of the Beatles, with their house band churning through the Fab Four’s liveliest tunes. Fab gear, say we. At 1am, house band the Atlantic Soul Orchestra will be plugging in and delivering a crowd pleasing slice of soul music, with resident DJs rocking the floor till close at 2am.
Friday 17th March, SW9
St Patrick’s Night at the Prince Albert
418 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 10pm-2am, Free
Don your brand-boosting Guinness promotional hats and shuffle about to Billy O’Dwayer on the decks at the much-loved Albert. Many locals are still reeling from its opinion-dividing ‘beach shack’ makeover, but it’s still the friendliest boozer in town.
Friday 17th March, SW9
May Day Psytrance Special at Club 414
414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 11pm-7am, £10
Brixton’s legendary all-night dance club is setting the controls for the heart of the PsyUniverse as Psyrhythmix whisks up a psytrance special featuring a bouncy bonus pack of Psy types. Presiding over a laser-buffetted UV bedecked club will be DJs Etcetera, Dual Perception, Libra9, Maverick and Lorenzo Barrero playing nowt but springy music for pys-types.
Friday 17th March, SW11
Fridays at the Clapham Grand
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT, 10pm-3am, £10
Get ready to sweep, strut and sashay in the direction of the dancefloor and bust out your finest hip-thrusts to an uncomplicated amalgam of crowd-pleasing party classics, with house DJs spinning Hip-Hop to House, Disco to R&B. Although most venues would rather drink a cocktail of someone else’s sick than let in herds of hen parties, the Grand positively welcomes such folks, so strap on your L-plates, find the cheapest drink promotion at the bar and get ready to party!
Friday 17th March, SW4
Under The Arches at Fu Manchu
15 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, SW4 7UX, 10pm-3am, £10
Lurking under railway arches, Fu Manchu goes for the upmarket crowd, dispensing “carefully crafted” cocktails to the Cla’am massive. Expect to hear silky smooth disco, funk, Latino and soul all night.
Friday 17th March, SE11
DJ Night at the Brown Derby
336 Kennington Park Road, Oval, SE11 4PP, 10pm-1am, Free
With an alarming plenitude of spirits at the bar (along with some decent real ales), this vintage-styled bar hosts DJs slapping on selections of ska, northern soul, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll. Be sure to check out the curious animated pufferfish behind the bar.
Friday 17th March, SE27
St Patrick’s Ceilidh at Portico Gallery
23A Knight’s Hill, London, SE27 0HS, 7pm – 11pm, £12
Apparently “London’s funnest alt ceilidh night” (we suspect there’s not much competition for that accolade), the Folk Of The Wood crew have assembled a St Patrick’s extravaganza to make Norwood proud. Hosts Ceilidh Tree will be providing three sets of rollicking folk dance merriment with foot-stomping fiddle, melodeon and an expert caller teaching the dances, with the wittily named folk choir Shotley Crue also taking to the stage.
Saturday 18th March, SW9
Club Night at Cafe Cairo
88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE, Free/£3
It’s nowhere to be seen on the bored Brixton hipsters’ thrill-seeking radar, and that’s a blooming good thing because this intimate, Eastern themed, multi-room bar/club has long been one of the area’s hidden gems. Quirky, offbeat and always hosting interesting bands, performances and DJs , it’s always worth the modest walk from the tube.
Saturday 18th March, SW16
Jigs at the White Lion
234 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB, 7pm-1am, Free
Mi Soul Radio’s Jigs returns to the White Lion to deliver a shedload of funk backed by resident DJ Stevie ‘No Cake’ Dundee.
Saturday 18th March, SW2
Congo Faith Healers at the Blues Kitchen
40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 10.30pm-2.30am, £6
An evening of ‘dirty savage swamp infested gypsy blues’ is firmly pledged by the Congo Faith Healers, who conjure up a mélange of voodoo vocals, trumpet grooves and rockabilly swing. Taking over at midnight is resident band The Beekays, who stick to a more conventional diet of punter-pleasing classic rock and roll.
Saturday 18th March, SE27
Soul Night at Book & Record Exchange
20 Norwood High St, SE27 9NR, 8pm-2am, £3
This fully-licensed vinyl record store and book exchange hoofs back the record racks for their monthly soul night with Luke P, Michael Johnson and Pete W spinning heavy soul, funk, reggae and freestyle tunes. Intimate, agreeable and fun, it’s a bit like an old fashioned pub lock-in.
Saturday 18th March, SE11
Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern
372 Kennington Lane, SE11, 9pm-2am, £6
Hosted by the New Jersey-born Amy Lamé (now the London Night Tsar), Duckie remains one of the most provocative and funny cabaret nights in London, with unexpected burlesque and musical acts playing to a packed gay/mixed crowd. Personning the decks is the Readers Wives DJs, who can be relied on to whisk up a wondrous, retro-loving selection of tunes, covering anything from Kate Bush, Joy Division, the Cure, Rapture and the Smiths. And that’s all fine by us.
Saturday 18th March, SW9
Wonderland at the Prince of Wales
469 Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH, 10pm-6am, £15
The fabulous Wonderland all-night festival returns to Brixton, this time with an ambitious event themed around the wonders of the universe. The charity event takes place on two floors plus the snazzy roof terrace, and features a feast of live bands, DJs, performances, industrial supplies of glitter, cakes and oodles of fun. The flyer cordially implores folks to dress up in ‘spacey, cosmo-tastic, intergenic, out of this world costumes’ and promises a night full o’fun. Keeping the beats coming faster than a amphetamine infused jack hammer will be DMC world champion ON1ST, who’ll be wowing punters with his breathtaking technical skills, plus Brummie DJ/producer Space Jump Salute. Also busying themselves with the platters that matter will be a galaxy of DJs including Tim Parker, Nice Recordings, Casual Salmon, D. Viant and Louie Snacks. Looking to get the floor shaking like a supernova blast of Afro/Latin Funk will be ten piece band the 7Suns, backed by resident DJs. Wonderland is entirely in aid of charity and run by volunteers, with all profits going to the Wonder Years Charity which works in The Gambia to bring education, skills training, healthcare and self-sustainability to those in need.
Saturday 18th March, SW9
Audio Sushi at the Dogstar
389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LQ, 10pm-4am, £5
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 March, SE17
Mr Scruff at Corsica Studios
5 Farrell Court, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1LB, 10pm-5am, £15
Festival perennial Mr. Scruff decamps to the rather more intimate environs of Corsica Studios for a one off, all-night show. It’s going to be busier than the Dulwich Hamlet terraces, with all advance tickets sold out – so you’ll need to get down early to bag one of the fifty tickets reserved on the door on the night.
Sunday 19th March, SW2
Future Pop at The Windmill
22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ, 8pm, £3
Experimental popsters Milk Disco headline this ‘sweet, sweet line of future pop for a Sunday evening,’ backed by the Beatles-esque Jovis and the Bedwetters and electronic types Glows
Sunday 19th March, SW4
Sunday Sessions at Gigalum
8 Cavendish Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DW, 3pm-11pm, Free
Shuffle and jig your way hangover away at this housey club right by the Common.
Sunday 19th March, SW2
Live Jazz at the Effra Hall Tavern
Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2, 8pm, Free
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 March, 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 March, SW9
Grass Roots Live Music at Club 414
414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 10pm-2am, Free
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 2am, it’s a great way to wrap up the week.
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