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!
Fri 21st – Sun 23rd April, SW9
Cider Bar returns to Loughborough Junction
The Platform, 2 Ridgway Road, London SW9 7AH
Proudly claiming the undisputed title of the World’s Smallest Cider Festival, the Cider Bar team are back in Loughborough Junction this weekend and ready to dispense a fine selection of quality apple-based beverages. Read more here.
Friday 21st April, SE15
Drop Bass Not Bombs at The Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST, 10pm-5am, £10
The switched-on gateway between Chicago house, Detroit Techno and the UK dance music explosion in the late 80s, A Guy Called Gerald was the UK’s first acid house producer – and probably the first producer to have two instrumental dance tracks in the UK charts at the same. He formed 808 State with a drum machine, a 303, 2 Roland SH101s and 2 other humans and went on to enjoy collaborations with Frankie Knuckles, Goldie, Finley Quaye and Derrick May through to Herbie Hancock and shedloads more. Also on the bill at this Stop The War Coalition benefit is Jungle Drummer, IG Culture and more.
Friday 21st April, 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 21st April, SW4
Reggae DJs at Bread & Roses
68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, SW4 6DZ, 8pm-10pm, Free
Owned by the Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council, this is a great place for Tory-free socialising. Spinning 60s-80s reggae on vinyl will be Stephen T and this month’s special guest The Big Fella. It’s free to get in, and there are pub prices at the bar, so this looks like a big bag of win.
Friday 21st April, SW2
FUNKT at Effra Social
89 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pm-1am, Free
DJ Tony Thorpe from The Moody Boys slides into the retro-themed Social to sashay a selection of Funk, Boogie and Break Beats. CD spinners, smartphone selectors and anyone hoping to wave a USB stick ‘with this great song on’ in the direction of Mr Thorpe will be disappointed as it’s “all vinyl, all night.” And what’s more, they won’t take any requests, so you’re advised to keep your great dancefloor filling ideas to yourself, sunshine.
Friday 21st April, SW9
Friday Throwdown at Market House
443 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN, 10pm-4am, £5
Simply Boogie mainman Leslie Love hops on his funky scooter and pootles down to Brixton to spin oodles of soul, funk, boogie, house, disco, reggae and hip-hop.
Friday 21st April, SW2
Prince Housequake at Upstairs at the Ritzy
Brixton Oval, Brixton, SW2 1JG, 8pm-2am, £5
An all-night loving tribute to His Royal Purpleness sees live performances by ‘The Artists,’ a 100% Prince DJ set plus Prince visuals and projections, with DJ Philster on the decks. None more purple.
Friday 21st April, SW11
Fridays at the Clapham Grand
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT, 10pm-3am, £5/10
Strut down to the dancefloor and bust out your finest moves to an uncomplicated mix of crowd pleasing party classics, from Hip-Hop to House, Disco to R&B. Unlike most clubs who would rather deal with toxic radioactive waste then entertain hen and stag parties, the Grand actively encourages them.
Saturday 21st April, SE11
Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY, 9pm-2am, £6
This long running gay/mixed cabaret night has long been a Buzz favourite, with resident DJs, the Readers Wives, always on hand to throw down a diverse mix of indie, pop and dance tunes.
Saturday 22nd April, SW9
Offline Club + 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, and Brixton’s Offline DJs will be taking over the Ballroom tonight, serving up a party sized mix of genre hopping party tunes – expect anything from Beyonce to Britpop to Prince Buster. In the main room, floor-filling bangers are delivered by Audio Sushi.Note: 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 22nd April, SW9
Club Night at Cafe Cairo
88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE, Free/£5
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 22nd April, 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” (I say, matron!), resident knob twiddlers Hilton Caswell and Ben Yong helm an evening of “sheer musical nirvana” and classic soulful house music in this free bar/club right by the Common.
Saturday 22nd April, SW9
HAAi at Phonox
418 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 7AY, 9pm-4am, £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 22nd April, SE27
Northern Soul at Portico Gallery
23A Knight’s Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS, 7pm, £5
Dust down the dancefloor with talc and get ready to bust some moves to flare-flapping Soul Classics, Tamla Motown, Northern Soul, Seventies Grooves, R&B and Latin, served up by a half ton of mod/northern soul DJs.
Sunday 23rd April, 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 23rd April, 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 23rd April, 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 23rd April, 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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