What’s on in and around Brixton 25 April – 1 May

    Tuesday 25

    Pop Brixton

    First public appearance of an exciting new food venture (no, really). Constance, Florrie and Alice, aka the Brixton Food Assembly, will be delivering their first orders. The idea is simple. You go online and order from one or more than 18 suppliers of food that is good in every sense and pick up your order at Pop, saving money and CO2. It’s due to happen every Tuesday 5.30 – 7.30pm.

    The Windmill

    Four band line-up with: Alaskalaska – Elements of shoegaze, funk, jazz and alternative are all apparent in their sets. Sunken – combining Cocteau Twins style guitars, breezy beats and a laid back vocal drawl. Cellar Door – jazz-inspired guitar melodies to get your feet moving. Freddie Freeloader – Freddie’s first show with a live band after a steady flow of lo-key bangers over the past year. 8pm. £4.


    Wednesday 26


    This month’s Sleeping Trees Comedy Banquet has Alexander Kealy, Gabby Best and Top Joe, plus headliner two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns. 8pm. £5.


    Brockwell Park

    It’s the first day of the Wednesday evening Brockwell Park mixed tag rugby league. Teams should consist of four men and three women and contact is minimal. There are six teams in the league and three matches with kick-offs from 18.45 pm to 19.30pm.

    Goldsmiths, New Cross

    Head to New Cross and Goldsmiths, University of London for a free screening of Jus Soli and Blood Ah Go Run. The university’s sociology department is screening the films that document the aftermath of the New Cross fire of 1981 which took place nearby. Followed by Q&A. The films are shown in conjunction with the 13 Dead, Nothing Said free exhibition in the Richard Hoggart Building at Goldsmiths. It is on until 27 May and displays Vron Ware’s photographs documenting the 1981 Black People’s Day of Action which followed the fire in the early hours of 18 January 1981 at 439 New Cross Road in which 13 young black Londoners died. In response to public indifference, negative media coverage, and apparent police inaction, thousands of people came together to protest against racist violence with an historic march on 2 March 1981. Ware’s pictures of it will be on public display for the first time in this exhibition. The main entrance of Goldsmiths is at 8 Lewisham Way SE14 6NW. 5pm – 8pm.



    Thursday 27

    Brixton Jamm

    Brixton’s own long-established and successful music charity Raw Material hosts a fundraiser for Help4Refugee Children. It will showcase the best up-and-coming music with support from Raw Material performers. The line-up will include Sparton Season, WULU, Lil Trubz, Shallise, Faith, Joash, Ayesha Izzie, Dj Billski, T Soulz, Parado, Sinead, Siobhan, Tasha, Karlos, Nick Taba and Sacha D and feature special international guests Anouck Andre, Bernand Margarit, JC Ballarini and Andreas Todesco. With DJ Lalya Pars and hosted by Tagz and TSoulz. 7pm – 11pm. Free entry.

    Effra Hall Tavern

    Jamaica Jazz. 9pm. Free.



    Friday 28


    Known for its excellent Chinese food, Coldharbour Lane’s Courtesan will use the bank holiday weekend to launch its additional offer of late-night sessions with avant-garde performers; live music; and DJs. It gets under way at 9pm on Friday when cabaret queen Vicky Butterfly will host proceedings alongside musical magician Kay Suzuki, for a journey through Japanese music, jazz, funk, soul, disco and more.
    Saturday will see Brixton’s own Wu-Lu (Touching Bass) serve up an all-nighter of deep, soulful and mesmerising music.
    Sunday (7 to 11pm) has songbird Leyley performs live sweet tones and poetic soul from Trinidad and Tobago.
    Better still, it’s free entry.

    Effra Hall Tavern

    Kodjovi Kush and The Afrospot All Stars with dance music from Togo, Ghana, Benin – Afrobeat, highlife, rumba, reggae, makossa, soukouss, kamou, abgadga and more … 9pm. Free.

    The Sultan

    Summer nights at the Sultan (check the thermometer before you get your shorts out of storage) kick off with local favourites the No Frills Band (at the Sultan in the video above). 8pm. Free.
    The Sultan, 37 New Park Road, SW2 4DU

    Club 414

    Bank Holiday Special with HDM – hard dance, hard house, hard trance with Tara Banks; Skol; Latex Zebra; Barry Harding; and Miles Gorfy. £5 11pm – 7am. before 12, £10 after … and … if you’re up for it, Elevated State after party with trance and techno from 7am to noon on Saturday. £5.



    Saturday 29


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    Afro Cluster from Cardiff mix Afro-funk, hip hop and politically conscious lyrics. Kororoko, a London-based Afrobeat seven-piece inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen with an all-female horn section and hotly tipped jazz/soul artist Oscar Jerome on guitar. Hot Border Special play hard instrumental Afro funk, featuring Noisettes co-founder Dan Smith. Plus Japan’s Kay Suzuki on the decks all night playing a mixture of African and electronic styles. His recent remix of King Sunny Ade on Rhythm Section sold out before it even came out. 9pm – 3am. Free before 10pm, £6 after.



    Sunday 30

    Blues Kitchen

    Not as young as you once were? Feeling nostalgic? Then maybe the Blues Kitchen is the place for you. It promises to try to do justice to the Fleetwood Mac story with some of London’s finest musicians from 10.30pm. Resident band the Beekays come on at 1am to perform classic funk, soul & Motown with resident DJs filling the gaps with vintage dance sounds until 2am.



    Monday 1 May

    Windmill Gardens

    Friends of Windmill Gardens are organising Brixton’s second Beer and Bread Festival from 1pm and 5pm. Bask in the bank holiday sun and, as you listen to live music, sample the products of Brixton Brewery, Herne Hill’s Canopy Beer Company and Loughborough Junction’s London Beer Lab. The Old Post Office Bakery and Parissi will be back with a wide selection of breads and pastries. They are joined this year by F. Monday’s Café from Brixton Hill serving cakes, teas and coffees. The music will be from the No Frills Band and CLIVE. A performance from the Hammersmith Morris Men could be another draw. Volunteer millers will be operating electric-powered millstones and bagging up freshly milled flour to sell on the day.
    More at brixtonwindmill.org.uk.

    St Michael’s Church Hall

    Ever asked yourself: Is there anything musical that Brixton is missing? … and couldn’t think of it. Well there is. But Matthew O’Keefe is putting things right by getting together a prototype Brixton Chamber Orchestra. Not only will its first performance be suitable for people who normally find classical music “a bit boring”, he promises, it will also be child friendly. The one-hour concert will take in highlights from “summery upbeat symphonies”, including some well-known pieces, as well as concerto excerpts to show off some of the instruments. 5 – 6pm. Free with collection.
    St Michael’s Church Hall, Stockwell Park Rd, SW9 0DA


    Coming up …

    Piano House

    2 May

    Planning a trip to Japan? Then you’re in luck. Brixton-based travel experts Intrepid Travel are hosting a one-hour expert panel discussion, moderated by Maria Pieri, editorial director of National Geographic Traveller,  on tips, advice and things you need to know. 6pm. £10 entry includes a beer/wine/soft drink and nibbles.


    Prince of Wales

    5 May

    The legend that is Mike Skinner plays a DJ set at Brixton’s favourite rooftop venue supported by Theon Bower and Ollie Rant. Lovers of nineties and noughties hip hop ‘n’ R&B should head to room to for Cherelle (BECAUSE WE CAN), J Rust and Usher Lavelle. 6pm – 4am. Up to £16.90 for late bookers.


    Saturday 6 May

    Omnibus Theatre

    Clapham Book Festival with five themed events, including the chance to meet local authors in the bar from 6.30pm. BBC journalist Kate Adie will headline. Tickets £10/£8 concessions. Programme. Tickets from the theatre – box office 020 7498 4699.
    Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW.


    Edmundsbury Community Hall

    8 May

    From 8 May 2017, the Edmundsbury Court Estate Tenants and Residents Association will be run lunchtime language courses on its community hall.

    Courses in Arabic, European Portuguese, German, French and Spanish will be oriented to local professionals and unwaged residents who would like to learn a new language –  but will be open to all who would like to participate.

    Each language level will be divided into three 12-week terms designed by native teachers and language professionals to follow smoothly on from each other. Users will learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and even cultural notes, which will lay out context as well as dos and don’ts, with the emphasis on spoken communication and interaction.

    The one-hour classes will run weekly on the following days:

    Arabic and European Portuguese on Mondays from 12.30pm

    German from beginners on Wednesdays at 12pm and intermediate level at 1pm

    French and Spanish on Fridays at 12pm for beginners and 1pm for intermediate level.

    Each course will £90 per term for professionals, £30 per term for unwaged residents and a £10 discount is offered to all Lambeth Council employees.

    More information.

    Edmundsbury Community Hall, 171 Ferndale Road, SW9 8FQ.


    For your diary …


    Friday 19, 7pm

    Brixton Baptist Church

    The wonderful Marhabtayn Syrian Supper Club and the Baytree Family are organising another night of delicious Syrian food, music and culture on 19 May. It will celebrate Syrian hospitality and provide an opportunity to learn more about UK initiatives in the UK to welcome and support  Syrian refugees. It will be a “pay as you feel” event. All the money raised will go to supporting Syrians in Syria and as refugees. Tickets.
    Brixton Baptist Church, Corrance Road entrance, SW2 5UX

    Saturday 20 and Sunday 28

    Craft Beer on Brixton Station Road

    Citydash in Welsh with subtitles

    Craft Beer will be the HQ for Citydash, which its organisers Fire Hazard – describe as “a high-energy urban adventure” involving solving clues, hide-and-seek and racing around Brixton on foot. What could possibly go wrong? All for just £20. The first event kicks off at 2pm.