What’s on in and around Brixton 14 – 20 March

Tuesday 14


David Bowie stamps

You have until midnight today to get your “first day cover” David Bowie special stamps with an SW9 hand stamp. You can order online.

Brixton Art Space

Kids Breaking ClassRegular Tuesday kids break dancing class (age 8-11) organised by Olympic choreographer Sunanda ‘sunsun’ Biswas in the main studio. Taught by  Sunanda and legendary b’boy Lil’Tim – A fun movement class using old school and new school music to put youngsters through their paces with fun warm up games to get them to remember different shapes, exercises to learn new moves, and routines to keep rhythm and to stimulate the memory. 5.30 – 6.30pm. £5.
More information: sunsun@hotmail.co.uk.
Brixton Art Space, 130 Brixton Hill, SW2 1RS

Wednesday 15


It’s a big night at the Windmill with Frontier Ruckus from Detroit. The long-established US indie four-piece will perform their lyric-based folk rock, with their fifth album Enter The Kingdom just out. It takes listeners into stained American living rooms where dads search for work on Craigslist, drunken ex-spouses return with dubious motives and megachurch rec rooms are marked by lust and disrepair. Songwriter Matthew Milia says the album is a rather literal depiction of his father losing his job and relying on disability cheques to retain a fragile grasp on his childhood home. It’s harrowing, but with a dark and balancing sense of humour, he says.
Support from Moon Panda. 8pm. £9.

Brixton Tube

Nick Stephenson
Nick Stephenson

The Tube station is the starting point for the “Original David Bowie Musical Walking Tour”, led by musician Nick Stephenson – he won’t be hard to spot as he plans to be wearing a guitar. The 1.3-mile stroll will feature classic Bowie songs performed en route as well as stories and anecdotes from the great man’s life. Walks are due to run regularly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm, plus Sundays at 2pm to 4pm. £10. Advance tickets £11.21.

Thursday 16


Roots rock reggae special with JayJayBorn2Sing birthday show, featuring Brixton’s own Frederica Tibbs, Kitty Corbin and Audrey Scott, with The Foundation Band. 9pm – 2am. £3.


After a sell-out launch at Phonox, the collaboration of SALT and PLTFRM are back for Vol 002. The first night with Illyus & Barrientos was a big success. Vol 002 has the acclaimed NVOY as headliners – London-based DJs with a reputation for bringing the energy and a record of standout shows at Glastonbury 2017, The Warehouse Project and Amnesia. Expect underground house, techno, tech house, disco and bass. Supporting acts Iagö, Guy Metter and Duomo (Deubel). 10pm – 3.30am. £10.

Friday 17 – St Patrick’s Day


Dog in Irish hatThe Windmill will be decked out lurid green and transformed into Paddy’s Pub from sitcom It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. There’ll be a talent show featuring live covers of Irish artists, with members of London bands Dead Pretties, Fish and HMLTD putting on their best Irish accents, as well as a freeform Irish dancing competition and other shenanigans. Dresscode: Green. 8pm til late. £5.

Pop Brixton

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Down the road at Pop, they claim that their Paddy’s Day event will be “the closest you’ll get to the authentic Irish experience this side of the Irish Sea”. Check it for free – an evening of live music, Irish dancing, Guinness punch and food specials. Line-up includes The Thumpng Tommys (above) and Fiddle Paradiddle. 7pm – midnight. Free.

The Grand, Clapham Junction

The Grand throws political correctness out of the door and onto its arse with a “lovely girls” competition and prizes for the best nun/priest competition as the venue screens selected episodes of Father Ted. Plus  live performances from Westlife and Boyzone tribute acts, backed up by 90s and noughties party classics. 10pm – 3am. £5.
The Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT.

The Swan, Stockwell

The Swan offers harmonising duo Morrissey and Marshall as well as resident Irish DJs, plus free entry before 11pm. 6pm – late. The fun continues on Saturday with live Ireland v England rugby on the big screen from 4pm and live music later from Life of Riley.
The Swan, 2a Stockwell Road, SW9 9BF.


If Guinness is not to your taste, but mescal is, head to the Dogstar for a charity concert to help build a library – no, not in Lambeth – but the El Rosario community library in Oaxaca, Mexico. Salsa from the Son Collective, an African-Cuban and Latin ensemble. Plus reggaeton and bachata. £10 advance. £15 on the door.


Saturday 18

Cavendish Arms, South Lambeth

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Go the extra mile to South Lambeth and a launch party for Marco Mestichella – a London-based Italian musician and his studio EP Tales of Falling Walls. Billed as an intimate concert. 7pm. Tickets £9.

Windrush Square

Rebel Dykes of Brixton banner

You wait months for a walking tour of Brixton and then two of them come along almost at the same time (See Wednesday 15). Two tours this Saturday as part of a series of fundraising events for Rebel Dykes – a film set in the 80s. Working with Queer Tours of London the event brings you Brixton Dykes on the Rampage. Participants are invited to join the walk, tell their stories and listen to the organisers’, as part of the fundraising vanguard for their unique DIY lesbian/queer documentary re-telling stories from the 1980s, and creating links with the lesbians/queer activists of today. You will walk in the footsteps of a bunch of Rebel Dykes who lived in squats around Brixton during the 1980s, creating dyke DIY spaces, zines and parties, while being active in many campaigns. Meet outside the Ritzy. Pay as you feel; but limited spaces so book ASAP at contact@rebeldykes1980s.com. 10am and 2pm.

Café Cairo

Don Kipper

An intimate session with Don Kipper, offering music to make your brain dance and your feet think. Don Kipper interpret and transform a range of traditional musics – Turkish and Greek, Klezmer and Balkan. 8pm – 10pm. £5 on the door.



Sunday 19

Off the Cuff

Lit FM and And What? bring you disco, soul, dub, Latin and jazz-hop from 6pm.

Brixton East

Yoga Brunch Club and Soph Gordon, founder of Dust Granola join up to bring a healthy start to your Sunday. Begin with a relaxing vinyasa flow yoga session suitable for all levels. Then tuck into a healthy feast of seasonal food prepared by Soph Gordon. 1pm – 4pm. £35.


If that’s a bit much try the vinyasa flow yoga at the Dogstar with two Sunday sessions starting at 2.15 pm and 4pm. First class £5, £7 after. Book online at brixtonyoga.co.uk.


Monday 20

Brixton library

Come and make a mess in the library with the weekly kids arts and crafts session. 4 to 5pm. Free.

Pop Brixton

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More Monday craftiness – this time, a screen printing at Pop with Nicole Line. An up-cycling workshop  to transform your unwanted or unused items. Nicole will take you through the equipment and provide a demonstration. You will then begin to draw and design your stencils ready for printing. Bring items from home to print onto such as t-shirts, napkins, note books or canvases. 7 – 9pm. £25.

Coming up …

Dogstar, 6 April

We’re in the post-truth world, but don’t despair quite yet, because Emily and Ben Schiffer are putting to good use our increasing tendency and ability to lie with ease. At their Dogstar event, four special guests will tell you their craziest, most outlandish and unbelievable anecdote. But one of them will be lying. And all you have to do is figure out who it is. A thrilling evening of the unexpected, the unbelievable and the partly untrue. And all proceeds will go to Crisis, the charity that fights homelessness. Book now by getting your tickets from Pants On Fire Brixton. 7.30pm. £10.