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What’s On, London? 16th – 18th June 2017

| Clubs, Comedy, Dance, Kids, Music | 16/06/2017


Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

It’s been another tragic week for London with the full consequences of the Grenfell Tower fire still emerging.  One thing’s clear: never again can people be exposed to such danger.  Londoners must do all we can to ensure our politicians act quickly to help those affected and prevent any repeat.  The only silver lining to this awful cloud has been the response: money donated, items provided and fundraising efforts set in motion.  So while again we have no choice but to try to carry on with our lives, making the most of the positive things happening in our city (listed below), we include a special section highlighting the events coming up to raise funds for the victims and their families.

Dance magic dance

725179There are some huge international acts performing in London tonight, from Guns N’ Roses at the London Stadium to alt-J at The O2.  If you’ve not managed to beg, steal or borrow tickets to these shows, don’t despair.  Just grab some friends, knock back some drinks and party into the early hours at one of these superb dance nights.

The top choice has to be Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club at Brixton Jamm (SW9), kicking off at 11pm.  The former Red Dwarf star and BBC Radio 6 DJ can usually be relied on to deliver an excellent set, tonight supported by Uncle Frank (lead by Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Frank Benbini) and two of Bristol’s best current music acts, The Allergies and DJ Cheeba.  Get tickets here.

Further east, Mungo’s HiFi and The Busy Twist are treating crowds at Shak Out (SE15) to an orgy of global sounds from 10pm – the former blending reggae, dub and dancehall, and the latter laying down house tracks littered with African vocals.  Buy the last few tickets here.

If you don’t fancy heading south, your best option might be The Doctor’s Orders Hip-Hop vs RnB, a well-established Jazz Cafe night now hosted at The Hoxton Pony (EC2).  Tracks will be mixed by a solid line-up of DJs including BBC 1 Xtra’s CJ Beatz and Kiss FM’s Shortee Blitz.  The decks start turning at 9pm, so buy your tickets here.

Side-splitting Saturday

After exercising your arms, legs and livers on Friday night, it’s only fair to give your sides a bit of attention tomorrow by catching some of the excellent comedy on display across the capital this weekend.

Tom Green 2For strong, idiosyncratic solo shows, look no further than big hitters Al Murray at Underbelly (9.15pm) or Tom Green (left) at O2 Academy Islington (6pm or 8pm).  Murray’s 90-minute set – which he’s also delivering tonight at 9.30pm – turns the stage into a raucous saloon, serving up his usual tankards of comedy, music and variety.  Ask the landlord for tickets here.

Across town, former ‘wild child’ of MTV Green’s ending his UK tour with two final shows of his offbeat, high-octane stand-up, which he describes as “silly but substantive at the same time”.  See our preview for more details.

A fresh alternative would be Kiwi comedian Rose Matafeo, who’s performing Rose Matafeo Is Finally Dead at Soho Theatre tonight and tomorrow from 9.15pm.  This is the last chance to see her acclaimed mix of stand-up and sketches before Matafeo moves onto new material.  As mentioned in our preview, the 25-year-old’s fast gaining an impressive reputation for her energy and charisma.

Or if you’d prefer a mix of professional and amateur stand-ups comics, look no further than Quantum Leopard at The Nursery (SE1) from 7.30pm.  Headlined by the excellent Sarah Kendall (mentioned here last week), tomorrow’s line-up also includes Alex Kealy and Quantum Leopard founder James Ross, as well six ‘open mic’ spots.  The night is pay-what-you-like and BYOB, and Ross – one of comedy’s good guys – insists on gender-balance and a no-picking-on-the-audience policy.  You can reserve seats here.

Fathers’ Day Fun DMC

917854With the sun expected to shine this Fathers’ Day, chuck on a snapback and head over to Fun DMC’s Daytime Block Party for both kids and parents at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (N1).

Between 1.30 and 4.30pm on Sunday, the legendary DJ Yoda (right) will be pumping out track after track of his unique, family-friendly take on a traditional hip-hop mix.  And whenever DJ Yoda wilts in the warm weather, Fun DMC’s founder Spin Doctor will take over on the decks with more of the same great – but ‘clean’ – tunes.

For the kids, there’ll be space to dance, practice their graffiti and mess about in a range of hip-hop fancy dress.  Mums and dads can do the same, or simply chill out with some food and drink.  Go on, Dad deserves it.  Grab tickets here.

Grenfell Tower Fundraisers

Following the tragic scenes at Grenfell Tower this week, countless funds have been set up to raise money for those affected by the fire.  We can’t endorse any specific fund, but encourage readers to give what they can to help rebuild residents’ lives.

The entertainment world has quickly mobilised.  As with Manchester, musicians have been to the fore, with Adele and Rita Ora heading to the scene to support to local residents.  And today, Simon Cowell announced a charity single to raise money for the victims.  Details will follow on Twitter @SimonCowell.

Comedians have also moved fast to organise the following fundraising events:

Grenfell Tower Fundraiser on 19th June 2017 at Battersea Arts Centre from 7.30pm, hosted by Daniel Kitson.  The event features a number of political stand-ups, including Josie Long and Mark Thomas.  Tickets are priced at £25 and can be bought here, although most have already gone.

A Night of Comedy on 27th June 2017 at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo from 6.30pm.  This gala night has an impressive line-up including Micky Flanagan, Michael McIntrye and Katherine Ryan.  Tickets cost £50 plus booking fee and are also selling very quickly here.

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