Brixton is well known for its great vibe, street life, eclectic markets and of course its music events. The home of famous clubs such as The Fridge and the O2 Academy, its where everyone who’s interested in modern music – from electric to rock – comes to experience the latest in experimental music. It’s also a part of London that attracts new acts, keen to perform in front of an enthusiastic audience.
Here’s a look at five cool music events you simply must not miss in the near future:
Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, South West Four Saturday is well worth a visit. Especially if you’re looking for something to do AWAY from the hustle and bustle of the Notting Hill Carnival, which can be a bit hectic to say the least. Traditionally taking place on Clapham Common on the Saturday, SW4 Saturday has also just announced the biggest ever after party in the history of the festival – called South West More. This will take place at the Electric in Brixton, and will allow those looking to party into Sunday to do just that. The line- up’s pretty impressive this year, with a range of world class DJs. They include the likes of Dubfire, who will play an extended three hour set, James Zabiela, Nicole Moudaber and Timo Maas. The after party at South West More will take you through to 7am!
Don’t be put off if you’ve never been before or if you’ve never heard of the names in the line-up. If you enjoy electric music and clubbing, SW4 Saturday (and now Sunday) is well worth a visit.
If you’re interested in discovering new music, get yourself along to Hootananny on Effra Street on the 29th of August to check out the dulcet tones of Tara Priya, an American singer-song writer. A retro-soul ‘sensation’ her music combines vintage, soul, with a dash of pop and even poetic lyrics. Newcomer Verushka George will also be there performing neo-soul, as will Josie Florence, who will be opening with her soul/jazz songs from her EP “This Time.” Later they’ll be house and hip hop to dance the night away to for those late birds among you.
Jungle is back! The beats that once captivated nineties teenagers are in fashion again, with the growing jungle resurgence attracting a whole new generation. Whatever your age, why not check out Jungle Is Massive on at Jamm on the 30th of August? This new jungle movement is about bringing people together to enjoy the best of the best DJs and MCs, including legends such as Randall, The Ragga Twins and Jumpin Jack Frost. This is going to be a serious party if you’re into this kind of thing. And if not…why not give it a go anyway?
The Windmill Brixton in Blenheim Gardens, is always a great place to check out new acts. Why not check out Day 1 of their Summer Sizzler 2014 on Friday 29th August? It’s now extended to a two-day event with a free Barbecue on Saturday! There’s a variety of music, from doom to punk to psych. Tickets are just a tenner in advance for both days, or seven pounds on the door.
If you’re looking for something really different, or if you’re a budding musician yourself, make sure you attend/apply for The Oxjam Brixton Takeover; set to take place on Saturday the 18th of October. This year’s organisers have called for local musicians; bands; rappers; poets; performers and singers to get in touch if they’re interested in playing. The event is part of a UK fundraiser, where local music lovers put on one day multi-venue music festivals in their own towns and all of the takings are donated to Oxfam.
This year the Oxjam Brixton Takeover will take place at Kaff Bar, Market House, The Windmill, Upstairs at Ritzy and Prince of Wales. Do contact the organisers by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in taking part!
There are so many music events in Brixton it’s impossible to write about all of them. SW8 is a corner of London alive with innovation, new artists and choice when it comes to music. If you go along with an open mind, you’ll surely have a whale of a time no matter where you go.