What’s on in Brixton: bars, gigs and clubs around town, Fri 7th Apr – Sun 9th Apr 2017

What’s on in Brixton: bars, gigs and clubs around town, Fri 31st Mar – Sun 2nd Apr 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 7th April, SW2
Sleaze in the South at The Windmill
22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ, 8pm, £3
Post punk club Sleaze in the South slithers back into the Windmill for a budget priced night of entertainment. Headlining the event is veterans The Homosexuals, backed by Hotgothic, Dennis and Sleaze.


Friday 7th April, SE11
DJ Night at the Brown Derby
336 Kennington Park Road, Oval, SE11 4PP, 10pm-1am, Free

Friday 6th May, SE11 DJ night at the Brown Derby

Packing a liver-troubling selection of spirits and ales, this vintage-styled bar hosts DJs slapping on selections of ska, northern soul, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll.


Friday 7th April, 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 7th April, SW2
Surf City at Effra Social
89 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pm-1am, Free
The stage will be groaning under the combined weight of Messrs DJs Frank Jones, Big Bad Bal and multiple boxes of lovely vinyl 45s as the Brixton Surf City gang mash up rock and roll, punk, new wave and 60s garage classics.


Friday 7th April, SW9
Offline Club at the Prince Albert
418 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 10pm-2am, Free

Friday 7th April, SW9 Offline Club at the Prince Albert

The hard drinking Offline crew are bringing the Brixton party back to the Albert, with a team of DJs throwing down a no-nonsense, fun packed night of dancefloor bangers in this affordable boozer on Coldharbour Lane. Expect an unpretentious, night of drinking and dancing powered by ska, punk, drum’n’bass, pop, indie and anything else that makes your flappy bits oscillate in an agreeable manner.


Saturday 8th April, SW9
Club Night at Cafe Cairo
88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE, Free/£5

Saturday 21st January, SW9 Club Night at Cafe Cairo

It’s nowhere to be seen on the Brixton hipsters’ 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 interesting, it’s always worth a look.


Saturday 8th April, SW2
The Beekays at the Blues Kitchen
40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP, 10pm-2.30am, £11.50
Resident band The Beekays headline this outrageously pricey night, with a set of classic rock and roll designed to shake one’s tailfeather in a highly agitated kind of manner.


Saturday 8th April, 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 8th April, SE1
Bashment Party at The Coronet Theatre
28 New Kent Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6TJ, 11pm-5am, £15
There’s a night of bashment, dancehall, soca and reggae in store, with a fleet of DJs on the decks including DJ Nate, Younger Melody, Invasion Crew, DJ Larni and Supa Nytro, plus live performances by Mr Pattern and Lil Keish. They’re a bit particular in the sartorial department, insisting that punters dress “smart and stylish,” keep their noggins hat-free and only wear “Fresh Trainers.”


Sunday 9th April, SW2
Rootmaster at Hootananny
95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF, 9pm-midnight, Free
Gambia’s premier percussionist Musa M’Boob also sings and plays the sabar, djembe, dun dun, snare, and tama and is joined for this freebie gig by backing band XamXam. Expect a night of Gambian language jazzy modern Afro-pop.


Sunday 9th 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 9th April, 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 9th 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 9th April, SW9
Grass Roots Live Music at Club 414
414 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF, 10pm-2am, Free

Live music Sundays at Club 414: the best late bar in Brixton

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.

All the weekend listings

For more gigs and clubs this weekend, check out our huge Brixton listings

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All nighter’s guide – clubs and bars that stay open after 3am on the weekend
If it’s late and you’re not quite ready for bed, there’s usually plenty of options for more fun to be found. To help you keep on going, we’ve compiled a list of late, late bars around Brixton.

Sunday drinking in Brixton
If you’re keen to keep the weekend party going or just want to find some lively bars on a Sunday night, here’s our listing of what can be found around Brixton – including the bars that stay open the latest.

Getting aroundcheck out our comprehensive Brixton travel guide.