Saturday 27th May

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Kenesha
Photograph by Martin Slidel

Kenesha @ Alley Cat

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I rocked up at the great Alley Cat Club about eightish when unusually for live gigs the party had already started. In retrospect unsurprising as the popular Kenesha had not one but three top-level support acts. I made it in to the soulful yet gravely voice of Alex Bay for spot-on delivery of his David Gray-esque Love Never Dies. Next up was Blues singer Winston Skerritt whose gently styled speech-singing was matched by sensitive and rhythmic guitar. Terrific changes of tempo and dynamics included the slowed-down end of the hypnotic The One That Got AwayJoe Garvey’s clever and witty ramble Long Way to Fall boasted admirable articulation of otherwise tongue-twisting lyrics. This followed with what else but a down-and-dirty version of MJ’s Beat It.

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Category: Clubs
Matthew Trusler
Matthew Trusler

1901 Arts Club: Matthew Trusler & Gordon Back

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1901 Arts Club // Waterloo

It’s worth getting to 1901 Arts Club early. I arrived about ten minutes after doors open, and the charming and elegant upstairs bar was buzzing. The first in a series of Hattori Foundation Birthday Recitals was pretty much sold out – so book your tickets soon. Erich Gruenberg, chairman of the trust that supports young and gifted musicians, commenced proceedings with an entertaining and enlightening introduction. His pleasure in sharing two of the world’s “favourite sonatas” was infectious.

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Category: Clubs
Woody at work
Woody at work on the decks

Sublime Soundcrash Scares

Soundcrash hosts a night of DJing excellence to thrill audiophiles and revellers alike.

Sitting on a side road off Shoreditch High Street, Village Underground is fronted by a bustling stream of people. Most are in a jubilant mood though some are plastered in a palette of deathly face paint which belies the general atmosphere of merriment.

It’s the night after Halloween – traditionally a time when those of a Catholic persuasion are preparing for All Souls’ Day. But Soundcrash wants to extend the spook-filled festivities of the previous night for a few more hours. They’ve commandeered the venue and have assembled three of the world’s finest DJs, Messrs Yoda, Woody, and Cheeba, to entertain, guide, and perhaps even frighten revellers until the early hours of the morning.

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Category: Clubs
Streets of Peace
From left to right, Chiu Dat, Chris Helme, Glenda Jaxson with East End Promises on the Bottom

Streets of Peace Review

The Colosseum night club is home to London’s niche culture with an array of  urban and LGBT club nights. The Streets of Peace aimed to promote peace through “art and positivity”, so this seemed like a culturally rich venue. Inside the main room was a small stage surrounded by a large dance floor. This was scattered with press, who were armed with professional cameras and access all area passes. I hoped that as the night progressed it would get busier, after all Londoners should be supporting an event that promotes peace on their streets.

The Acts

The Soul Mavericks were performing when I arrived. The best way to describe these dancers, would be a mixture of urban street funk like in You Got Served and contemporary break dancing. I don’t use contemporary lightly – there is no other way to describe these young talents as anything but urban and fresh. Throughout the performance it felt like the dancers were battling with an invisible enemy. This seemed to be a lasting metaphor throughout the event, as young people seek to be individual but face opposition from older generations. Streets of Peace aimed to unite people despite the traditional barriers of age, sex and culture. I felt that the Soul Mavericks embodied this message very well. This is street dance at it’s finest.

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Clubbing

Top clubbing areas in London town

Get on your party gear  and enjoy London’s Nightlife

So far we have touched on events and/or activities that you can enjoy during the day. All at a moderate price, you’ll be sure to to have some change left to enjoy some of the nightlife that London has to offer too! With a wide range of clubs and clubbing areas to choose from it can be hard to decide on a starting point. We have found a few areas that you should get yourself down to and dance the night away in and around the capital.

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Category: Clubs