Brixton music news – October 2015

Arts Editor Barney Evison rounds up the latest music news from our corner of South London.

The Happy Mondays are playing at Brixton Academy
The Happy Mondays are playing at Brixton Academy

Bez is back!

Madchester ravers Happy Mondays are touring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic album ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ and are playing Brixton Academy on 3 December. Check out our interview with frontman Shaun Ryder.

Misty Miller outside her favourite venue Windmill Brixton
Misty Miller outside her favourite venue Windmill Brixton

Misty Miller goes on tour

Brixton singer-songwriter Misty Miller unveiled a UK-wide tour for next month, including a date at 100 Club in London on 11 November. If you missed her at the Windmill recently, or can’t wait to see her again just head to for more info.

Phonox DJ Jasper James birthday special

Brixton’s new nightclub Phonox is gaining momentum, with sets from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and DJ Sneak lined up for October. Resident DJ is also celebrating his birthday on 10 October – and a little bird tells me he has some very special guests in store…

Blues legend Barrence Whitfield to play Blues Kitchen

American R&B star Barrence Whitfield and his band The Savages are coming to London off the back of their latest critically acclaimed album Under the Savage Sky. You can catch them at the Blues Kitchen in Brixton on 9 October.

Barrence Whitfield. Photo by Drew Reynolds
Barrence Whitfield. Photo by Drew Reynolds

A celebration of hip-hop in Brixton

DJs, MCs, graffiti artists and dancers gathered at multiple venues in Brixton last month for a 3-day street-dance festival featuring dance-offs, street-dance workshops and a panel discussion. It was all for the Pioneers History Dance Festival, an annual event to celebrate the history and evolution of hip-hop culture.

Brixton Academy to host acclaimed show by experimental choreographer

Brixton Academy is hosting critically-acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s piece Political Mother on 7 and 8 October – part of #HOFEST, a four week long season of work taking place across London.

The Thirst hit the streets of London

Local funk rockers The Thirst have been delighting their fans around London, busking at Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and of course in central Brixton. They’re drumming up interest for their gig at the O2 Academy Islington on 10 December.

Brixton charity ‘expelling misconceptions’

On 21 October Brixton-based charity Communities Empowerment Network and Island Records are taking over The Camden Roundhouse to raise money in support of children who have been permanently excluded from school. Artists include Jermain Jackman, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, The British Collective and a soon-to-be-confirmed global artist.