The month ahead in Brixton

Our pick of events coming up this month…

October 29: Get ready for the actual night of Halloween with a craft evening at Upstairs at the Ritzy. Learn how to slime glaze your own ceramic tiles, make jack-o-lanterns and creepy prints. All free, 7-11pm.

October 30: Local author Stella Duffy is hosting a night of book readings, discussion and drinks at Whirled Arts in Loughborough Junction. Very much not a stuffy ‘literary salon’ but relaxed and fun. This month’s theme is, of course, ‘Thriller Night’

October 31 and November 1: Calling all budding female DJs! The wonderful Baytree Centre is running £2 DJ classes for girls aged 14-19. Learn how to mix, scratch and beat match with the best of them. Call or text 07944 532 096 or add BBM pin: 295065C7 to register.

November 2: A little-known cinema club in Brixton is hosted by the Minet Library on Knatchbull Rd. – and it’s free. Today is their Afternoon Club and they’ll be showing Hitchcock’s 1945 movie, Spellbound, from 2pm.

Also November 2: Fireworks! Noise! Ooh! Aaah! From 7.30pm in Brockwell Park, there’ll be a fireworks display (a few days early, of course). The makers of Chucklehead Cider, best known from the Lambeth Country Show, will be on hand to provide mulled cider.

Also on November 2: South Londoner Four Tet is curating a night at the Brixton Academy, which looks set to be a stonker. James Holden, Caribou and Ben UFO all playing.

November 3: Creatures of the Night are hosting a charity club night tonight at the Dogstar. All in aid of Dyslexia action, local DJ Eddy Temple-Morris will be headlining, 9pm until late.

November 12: Young Ohio-born singer Lydia Loveless plays at Windmill Brixton from 8pm.

November 13: Brixton singer Jessie Ware plays to a home crowd at Electric Brixton.

November 17: Brixton Retro and Vintage Market returns to Brixton Station Rd. Grab some jerk chicken from Jeff the Chef and look at the trendy stalls.

November 18: Brixton Topcats basketball team will be playing at home in the Brixton Rec. Bring a loud voice and enthusiasm.

November 23: Feeder at the Brixton Academy.

November 26: Check out the Comfort Sundays at Cafe Cairo – reggae and cinema every week at this cool bar/restaurant at 88 Landor Rd.

Throughout the month:

Every Thursday at 7.15pm, Michelle Carrier teaches flamenco to interested beginners in unit 11 at the Eurolink Centre, Effra Rd. £10 per session

Brixton Book Group meetings every three weeks at Mango Landin’. The next is on Nov 1 and the group will be discussing Just Kids by Patti Smith. For more info, go to

If you need some motivation to exercise, get along to one of the aerobiking sessions at the Brixton Rec. Cheap with fun music and enthusiastic teachers – we find that this is not an exclusive, offputting place to try out new sports. Sessions are daily, so check the Brixton Recreation Centre website for more details or ring 02070965100.