What’s on in and around Brixton 2 – 8 May

    Tuesday 2

    Elmgreen school

    Demain (tomorrow)

    The month-long Herne Hill free film festival is already up and running. Tonight’s offering is the cult French eco-film Demain (Tomorrow) at Elmgreen school near Tulse Hill station. 7pm.
    Elmgreen school, Elmcourt Rd, SE27 9BZ.

    Brixton library

    Brixton library’s fiction reading group is a way to meet fellow book lovers, discuss interesting books and make friends. 6.30 – 8pm. Free.

    Wednesday 3


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    Music glue presents headliners Nervous Conditions from Cambridge who use twin drummers, insistent sax, relentless bass lines and howling vocals to present a challenging noise that rails against the tedium of being a provincial youth. Plus local-ish bands: synth infused country honky-tonk Honkies; five-piece Blue Bendy; artpunk Promordial Soup; and Rainham Sheds, Post-punk all female maximum art-core outfit whose oeuvre includes Sex with Furniture and Shit Jobs.

    Impact Hub Brixton

    Err … um … you know … it’s … like … hard to speak in public. But don’t despair, Love Public Speaking is putting on a one-day workshop – Overcoming Fear Of Public Speaking And Nailing Your Elevator Pitch – at Impact Hib in Pop Brixton. Tickets are just over £300. Probably best to stay tongue-tied.



    Thursday 4


    The Dandadda
    Brixton-based culture clash The Dandadda celebrate the release of their new single Last Man Standing with a live show featuring jungle/DnB legends The Ragga Twins (Skrillex/Benny Page). Support from Eddy Temple-Morris (XFM/Soho Radio), Dylan Williams and Iyamah. Expect a “see-it-to-believe-it” experience with projected psychedelic visuals created by Nick Savy (Gorillaz/David Guetta) combining Jamaican artists and new UK talent with dancers throughout. 7.30 – 11pm. Tickets £7.70.


    Roots rock reggae session with Wicked Dub Division plus Jah Revelation Muzik.


    Effra Hall Tavern

    Jamaica Jazz. 9.30pm. Free.


    Friday 5


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    House legend Tony Humphries is in the booth at Phonox for a full night. From New Jersey’s legendary Zanzibar club to KISS FM, his influence is enormous. 9pm – 4am. DJs from 10pm. Last entry 11.30pm. £11.30.

    Prince of Wales

    Mike Skinner plays a DJ set on the terrace/main room plus Theon Bower and Ollie Rant with Cherelle (BECAUSE WE CAN), J Rust and Usher Lavelle offering nineties and noughties hip hop and RnB in room 2. Doors 6pm for the Barbie to 4am. Down to the last 100 tickets when we looked. £15.

    Portico Gallery

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    Head south to West Norwood for your monthly salsa fix followed up by live Congolese rumba with Kongo Dia Ntotila at Mambista, plus DJ Gerry Lyseight. 7pm – 1am. Salsa class with Luis from 7pm to 8pm. Advance £8; door £10 (both include dance class).
    Portico Gallery, 23a Knights Hill, SE27 0HS.
    You can catch up with Gerry Lyseight’s current and past radio shows for phonic.fm on Mixcloud.


    Bowie fan with a lot of stamina? This is your night. The Dogstar has nine hours of Bowie-only music in the upstairs bar with Adam Crawford on solo guitar, DJ Jason Dupuy and tribute performer Paul Anthony from Pop Up Bowie. Plus raffle with three commissioned paintings and other prizes. 6pm – 3am. £20. PayPal only  – tonyallen08@gmail.com – select “friends and family” option.



    Saturday 6

    Club 414

    Cohesion PsyTrance Adventure – Psychedelic trance with a live guitar set from Etcetera. Plus Shane Gobi; Libra9; Thallom; Digital Stone; Breadsauce; and C.K. 11pm – 8am. £5 before midnight, £10 after.

    Effra Social

    It’s Strictly Vinyl for Soul Output’s DJs night of boogie tunes. They promise absolute classics and hidden gems at their first Saturday of every month residency. 9pm – 1am. Free.

    Effra Hall Tavern

    Alan Weeks Quartet. 9.30pm. Free.

    South London Soul TrainCLF Art Café (Bussey Building, Peckham)

    Four floors of soul from the South London Soul Train with Jenna & The Gs eight-piece band and Ashley Beedle – one of the UK’s most celebrated house producers in the late 90s as Black Science Orchestra – with a Strictly Disco set. Plus Snowboy and Perry Louis with the finest in funk on 45, the Northern Soul Room and the Basement Super Soul Bowl. 10pm – 5am. £14.60. Get there early for the 500 on-the-door tickets.



    Sunday 7


    Music from the Andes with UK-based Kausary, playing styles typical of the Andean highlands, coastal lowlands – tropical and Latin vibes played with emotion. Kausary in the Andean language Quechua means “to revive”.

    Vida Walsh Centre

    Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous open meeting to help people trying to deal with addictive sexual and emotional behaviour. Anyone may attend, whether or not they have a problem with sex and love addiction. 6.30 – 8pm.

    Effra Hall Tavern

    SoFF Music Jam. 8.30pm. Free.



    Monday 8

    Effra Social
    Duck Duck Goose is the Social’s regular Monday night comedy improvisation spot. Take part or just enjoy the show. 8 – 11pm. Free.

    Society For Co-operation In Russian and Soviet Studies

    Talk entitled The Violation of Palestinian Rights: A Necessary Condition for the Creation of a “Jewish State” in Palestine by Salma Karmi-Ayyoub, a barrister and legal consultant for the Palestinian human rights organisation Al Haq. She will discuss how the policies Israel has had to enact to maintain itself as a so-called Jewish state have necessarily resulted in the denial of Palestinian human rights. Organised by Lambeth and Wandsworth Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in advance of the From Balfour to the Nakba week of action (12–18 May).
    SCRSS, 320 Brixton Road, SW9 6AB.



    Coming up …


    Friday 19 May Portico Gallery



    If you haven’t seen the amazing Stompin’ Dave yet, this month’s Folk of the Wood at the Portico Gallery in West Norwood is your chance. Dave is truly unique – channelling just about every form of US roots music in an act that makes you tired just watching it. Think of a combination of Johnny Cash, Leadbelly and Jimi Hendrix – from Dorset.


    Sunday 28 May Brockwell Park

    Organisers of this year’s Gala festival in Brockwell Park say they are confident that all tickets will have been sold “well in advance” of the day itself. We’re promised “a massive celebration of South London’s best independent music, food and drink”. The organisers also accept that last year’s event could have gone a lot better. Let’s hope for fewer queues on the day and more grass when it’s all over. There’s also an after party at Jamm.


    Saturday 14 October Academy

    Gary Numan is back at the Academy with his Savage tour. Tickets on sale now. You can see now how he’s getting on with the album he will be promoting.