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Stoke Newington Music Festival @ various venues around Stoke Newington / until Sunday 23rd October 2016


Doors: various

@ Various venues around Stoke Newington

Free entry


Three days of World Class Music from well over a hundred bands and performers in venues right across Stoke Newington.

The vast majority of the gigs are free and there’s a no ticket policy throughout the festival.

With everything from Top Rock Bands to Inspired Classical Spotlight’s and some truly irreverent Spoken Word thrown into the mix, there’s nothing stopping you from checking out all the venues and seeing some of the most talented musicians and wordsmiths playing in London today.

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Yuri Pattison @ Chisenhale Gallery / until 28th August 2016


Wednesday-Sunday 12–6pm
First Thursday of the month until 9pm

@ Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ


New commission by London-based artist Yuri Pattison. The exhibition comprises an entirely new body of work, including digital and sculptural elements that Pattison has developed over the past 18 months as part of his Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2014 -16), which is produced in partnership with Create.

For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Pattison imagines a speculative live/work environment drawing influence from Modernist architecture and science fiction, both of which imagine the future as a utopian space of fantastic social and political potential. Pattison is interested in ideas of transparency – from the open communication of data, to the transparent architectures of new models for shared live/work space, symptomatic of the increasingly flexible and permeable boundaries between life and work. Pattison draws on histories of architectural design and exemplary live/work spaces to examine the origins of these contemporary models.

The exhibition comprises an immersive installation occupying the entire gallery. A wall of industrial racking, often used in large global distribution warehouses, acts as a support structure for the installation. The racking system houses a bank of networked computers that control LED and natural light to create an artificially accelerated loop of a standard working day. The computers also synchronise and control playback across multiple device-sized screens, which display a series of new video works in which Pattison contrasts abstracted views of contemporary workspaces, with the interiors of experimental living spaces.

Throughout his residency, Pattison has been working within the evolving ecology of East London’s Tech City; a technology cluster also referred to as Silicon Roundabout, where new initiatives have emerged as popular sites of shared workspace for growing tech and creative start-up companies. Pattison has also been working within London Hackspace – a community run space for skill sharing and workshops – as a means to explore the politics of shared workspace representative of wider global trends in alternative hackerspace communities, the ethos of which is echoed in contemporary start-up companies and increased mobile working.

A series of new sculptures, which Pattison has installed at sites across east London including, Second Home, a workhub for creative companies; Campus London, a Google space for London’s start-up community; and London Hackspace, are incorporated into the installation at Chisenhale. Each sculpture contains active elements, such as a bitcoin mining rig that monitors online transactions and accumulates small amounts of capital.

Through this major new body of work Pattison examines the pervasive nature of new technologies, which increasingly influence both how, and where, we live and work. Contemporary start-up companies, particularly in the tech industry, often draw on the aesthetics of historical speculative environments and the values of progress and transparency are employed for enhanced productivity. Pattison questions the impact of transparency and how the blurring of lines between leisure, work and domestic space shapes an increasingly abstracted sense of time. In this work Pattison considers the failed potential of science fiction, as a means to critique the present by speculating on a utopian future, while we live within the reality of a future we’ve imagined.

A fictional text by Nora N. Khan, Contributing Editor at Rhizome, has been commissioned in response to Pattison’s new work. Commons centers on a fictional co-working space and reflects a current economic moment, in which digital labour and cognitive work are potentially endless. The text is available here and in the exhibition handout.

Birdies Crazy Golf Club @ Roof East / open all summer 2016


Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm
Sat 12pm-11pm
Sun 12pm-10.30pm

@ Roof East,
Level 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Stratford, London E15 1XE

Tickets: £9 book online


London’s sell-out subterranean golf experience, Birdies – visited by more than 15,000 budding putter-punks in November and December last year – will make a triumphant return to the lofty greens of Roof East, high above the streets of Stratford this Summer.

Birdies Rooftop Crazy Golf, from the kings of pop-up cinema Rooftop Film Club, promises a Summer season of crazy golf with altitude, delectable cocktails from mixology masters Spirited Mixers, a new lip-smacking menu of RockaDollar Dogs from Hawksmoor Knightsbridge Head Chef Richard Sandiford and a swinging schedule of resident DJs, all whilst enjoying London’s sun-drenched skyline.

A challenge for even the most confident of swingers, the bespoke nine-hole course, serves up loops, half-pipes, hidden putt-off prizes and an elevated 5ft drop onto the sixth hole.

Birdies buddies #tigerwould

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The Spoils play @ Trafalgar Theatre / 27th May 2016 – Saturday 13th August 2016


Doors: 7:30 and 2:30

@ Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

Tickets: from £35 book online


Nobody likes Ben (Jesse Eisenberg). Ben doesn’t even like Ben.

He’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan (Kunal Nayyar, The Big Bang Theory), an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.

Theatre Menu @ STK London, ME London Hotel / just launched


Mon-Wed 5pm-12am
Thu-Sat 5pm–1am
Sun 5pm–10:30pm
Theatre menu 5-7pm through the week

@ ME London Hotel, 336-337 The Strand London, WC2R 1HA

£Three courses for £30 book online


Just launched, STK London has a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Perfect to sample the unique selection and trendy restaurant before heading to a show or enjoy the delights of the Capital and West End scene.

Start the evening with a drink at the bar before moving through to the dining room to enjoy an magnificent dining atmosphere.

Award-winning productions including War Horse, The Lion King and Matilda are in the area.

The pre-theatre menu offers:

  • Lil’ Brgs, delightful bite size burgers made from prime Japanese Wagyu beef, topped with STK’s special sauce, black truffles and a sesame seed bun or the Swordfish Ceviche, served with young coconut and a citrus pepper sauce.
  • For mains choose from the 28-day aged USDA Prime Rump Steak, Roast Black Leg Chicken served with black pudding and sage & onion pudding or Crispy Seabass with gnocchi, greens and pancetta.
  • For dessert, try the classic Sticky Toffee Pudding served with vanilla ice cream and salted malt caramel or the Mango Cream accompanied by passion fruit sorbet, mango caviar and a passion fruit biscuit.

To compliment the food there is an extensive wine list that covers a wide range of American and French classics. For those interested in cocktails, Bar Manager Sam Coretz has created a cocktail menu that combines classic American drinks with unique creations such as the STK Martini, blending citrus flavours of grapefruit, passion fruit and bitter orange, and the Twisted Bellini, a refreshing mixture of champagne, vodka and orange blossom water.

Avedon Warhol @ Gagosian / until 23rd April 2016


Doors: Tue–Sat 10-6

@ Gagosian 6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD

Free entry


First major exhibition to pair works by Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol. Both artists rose to prominence in postwar America with parallel artistic output that occasionally overlapped. Their most memorable images, produced in response to changing cultural mores, are icons of the twentieth century.

Portraiture was a shared focus of both artists, and they made use of repetition and serialization: Avedon through the reproducible medium of photography, and in his group photographs, for which he meticulously positioned, collaged, and reordered images; Warhol in his method of stacked screenprinting, which enabled the consistent reproduction of an image. Avedon’s distinctive gelatin-silver prints and Warhol’s boldly colored silkscreens variously depict many of the same recognizable faces, including Marella Agnelli, Bianca Jagger, Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Rudolf Nureyev.

Both Avedon and Warhol originated from modest beginnings and had tremendous commercial success working for major magazines in New York, beginning in the 1940s. The 1960s marked artistic turning points for both artists as they moved away increasingly from strictly commercial work towards their mature independent styles. The works in the exhibition, which date from the 1950s through the 1990s, emphasize such common themes as social and political power; the evolving acceptance of cultural differences; the inevitability of mortality; and the glamour and despair of celebrity.

Each gallery will juxtapose works that underscore these themes, beginning with The Family (1976), Avedon’s ambitious conceptual portrayal of sixty-nine individuals at the epicenter of American politics at that time, together with Warhol’s monumental portrait of the revolutionary Mao Tse-tung, Mao (1972). In both works, little emotion or expression is revealed in the sitters’ faces or postures. Such deadpan was a mark of Pop art ambivalence, more commonly associated with Warhol, but equally applicable in this instance to Avedon.

Both artists sought out individuals who were outside, as well as inside, the mainstream. For Avedon, this resulted in the larger-than-lifesize mural of Andy Warhol and members of The Factory (1969), who represented the heart of New York subculture and incarnated the sexual and cultural revolution. Meanwhile, Warhol memorialized the beauty of drag queens—who he once described as “ambulatory archives of ideal moviestar womanhood”—in his pioneering series of silkscreens, Ladies and Gentlemen (1975).

The third gallery contains an extended meditation on the darker side of human existence, as well as its potential salvation: Warhol’s Skull and Guns paintings are juxtaposed with photographs from Avedon’s Brandenburg Gate portfolio, taken during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Finally, celebrity was a topic that was equally explored by both artists: Avedon in his iconic images of Brigitte Bardot (1959) and Audrey Hepburn (1967); and Warhol in his dramatically rendered superstars, such as Double Elvis (1963) and Four Marilyns (Reversal Series) (1986). Driven by their cosmopolitan awareness and mindfulness of the potential for their work to stir change, as well as their diverse cast of modern muses, Avedon and Warhol harnessed the power of images to reflect the revolutionary social attitudes of their time.

A fully illustrated publication accompanying the exhibition will include essays by Michael Bracewell and Ara H. Merjian, as well as a chronology documenting the artists’ careers and points of intersection.

Richard Avedon was born in New York City in 1923 and died while on assignment for The New Yorker in San Antonio, Texas, in 2004. His work is included in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with countless other institutions worldwide. Avedon’s first museum retrospective was held at the Smithsonian Institution in 1962. Many major museum exhibitions have followed, including those at the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts (1970), Museum of Modern Art (1974), Whitney Museum of American Art (1994), and two at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1978 and 2002). A 2007 retrospective exhibition organized by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark traveled to Milan, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and San Francisco. “Richard Avedon: People” was presented at National Portrait Gallery, Canberra in 2013, and traveled to Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth in 2014, and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne from 2014–15.

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928 and died in New York City in 1987. His work is included in public collections worldwide. His first major exhibition was at Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1962. Since then, his work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world, including retrospectives at Pasadena Art Museum (1970, traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; Tate Gallery, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1989, traveled to Art Institute of Chicago; Hayward Gallery, London; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Palazzo Reale, Milan; and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris); and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2001–02, traveled to Tate Modern, London; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). Recent exhibitions include “Warhol: Headlines,” Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2011–12); “Andy Warhol: Shadows,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2014–15); “Transmitting Andy Warhol,” Tate Liverpool (2014–15); and “Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015).

J. G. Ballard Afternoon @ Rio Cinema / Sunday 13th March 2016


Doors: various

@ Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB

Tickets: £11 (£9 concessions)


Celebrate J.G. Ballard’s cinematic classics with an afternoon of cinema. Discounts available for multiple films!

Part 1:

Thirteen to Centaurus at 12:00
Donald Houston, James Hunter, John Abineri, Noel Johnson, Robert James.
A television adaptation of one of the Ballard short stories in which he takes a psychological problem and explores the minds of the subjects who are part of the testing process. Among the crew of a space station hurtling through space towards Alpha Centauri is 16-year-old wunderkind, Abel, a boy given to questioning every facet of his existence. Abel is aware that there is something beyond the limits of his perception, some vital key of knowledge that will explode the received worldview controlling life on the station but like the rest of the crew he is subjected to ‘subsonic’ instruction – brainwashing – which keeps their minds preoccupied solely with day to day existence… But there’s a twist in the tale of this disquieting and prescient piece of science-fiction.

Empire of the Sun at 13.15
Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson.
A rare occurrence indeed, but J. G. Ballard welcomed Steven Spielberg’s visualisation of the author’s autobiographical novel which was based on his life as a boy in Shanghai during the Second World War, his internment by the Japanese and the search for his parents. He once described the director as ‘an intelligent and thoughtful man’ and the film as one that ‘seems more truthful as the years pass, while ‘brilliant child actor Chrisian Bale uncannily resembled my younger self’ Ballard wrote in 2006. Indeed EMPIRE OF THE SUN, with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard is no simple hijacking of childhood memories, but a deeply moving and compelling tale of hope and survival against all the odds.

Part 2:

Fleshed Out at 16.00
An intense combination of sound and images from Gazelle Twin – composer, producer and performance artist Elizabeth Bernholz – whose live performance personas and electronic musical work have continued to gather critical acclaim since her 2014 album Unflesh. She has also declared a lifelong fascination with the work of J.G. Ballard. In FLESHED OUT, a collaboration with film-maker Esther Springett, even the most familiar of views trigger a threatening unease.

B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica) at 16.15
One of electro-pop’s original pioneers, provides most of the soundtrack for this cut-up movie by Foxx and artist/designer John Karborn featuring typography design & animation by Jon Barnbrook. Inspired by the themes, influence and text of writer J. G. Ballard, it is described as ‘a film and sound seance manifesting J. G. Ballard neurones. Mobilised by ultracolour and inframusic, anatomised hallucinogenetics and proximity psychopathagens.’ Look out for bits of VERTIGO and THE THIRD MAN.

Crash at 16.45
This controversial adaptation of a 1973 novel is the perfect synthesis of the clinical imagination and warped visions of director David Cronenberg and writer J. G. Ballard. After he is involved in a car crash, a movie producer becomes strangely sexually aroused by crashes and fellow victims and discovers an entire sub-culture built around his obsession. Seen as lurid and gratuitous rather than moving and involving by reviewers and the local authorities which banned it at the time of its first release, CRASH remains a daring, challenging and courageous depiction of a psycho-sexual journey into oblivion. Ballard wrote his book to illustrate the connections between sex and technology- the ultimate postmodern melding of flesh and machine – and in Cronenberg he certainly found the one director who could take his theme to the final frontier of sexual expression.

Sonic Rebound @ The Round Chapel / Monday 29th February 2016


Doors: 19:00

@ The Round Chapel, 1d Glenarm Road, London E5 0LY

Free entry


Free audio-visual extravaganza of live music performed by the World Jazz Ensemble of England accompanied by stunning visuals and projections created in collaboration with young Hackney residents.

The concert will premiere compositions produced with young musicians during music and digital media workshops led by Hackney-born multi-instrumentalists Orphy Robinson and Rowland Sutherland, and digital media artists SDNA.

Using Hackney’s rich cultural heritage as inspiration, young people have created new music from Caribbean, Turkish, Indian, African, Balkan and Jewish musical influences, and created innovative visuals to illustrate the compositions.

The concert programme will also feature new compositions by Rowland Sutherland and Orphy Robinson that pay homage to Hackney.

The World Jazz Ensemble of England is a group of established soloists and emerging musicians including Rowland Sutherland on Flute, Orphy Robinson on Electronics, Kate Shortt on Cello, Jessica Lauren on Keyboard, Beibei Wang on Xylosynth and Percussion, Alec Dankworth on Double Bass, Cosimo Keita Cadore on Drum Kit and guest Kayman Aldis on Trumpet.

Brewing classes (for beginners and enthusiasts) @ Brew Club / year round


Tuesday–Sunday 10am-11pm
Wednesday 10am-9pm
Monday closed

@ Brew Club, Unit 9, The Tram Depot, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road, London E5 8BQ

Tickets: £100 beginners class (with 40 bottles of your own brew!!!) book online


Head over to Brew Club to create your own unique craft beer. Brew Club have the space and the equipment to make brewing easy.

The beginners classes are perfect for craft beer enthusiasts. You will spend the day learning how to brew one of the tried and tested recipes and then a few weeks later you’ll be able to share and enjoy your handmade beer with friends.

The gift packages give you the opportunity to try out the increasingly popular hobby of beer brewing, without the need to invest in expensive equipment or take over the entire kitchen for a day! And with their temperature-controlled fermentation room you avoid having buckets of beer hanging around in your flat for weeks waiting to be bottled.

German-made digital Braumeisters with a 20litre capacity. Good for around 40 bottles of beer (500ml each).

Each brew station has:

  • Large sink, with hoses for cleaning
  • Wort chiller
  • Hydrometer (s)
  • Weighing scale
  • Measuring jugs and spoons
  • Buckets
  • Beer paddle
  • Sanitising agent
  • Water additions (salts, carbonate reduction solution etc)
  • Fermentation vessel and airlocks

For bottling, the work stations also have:

  • A bottle draining tree
  • Bottling buckets and wands
  • A capper and bottle caps
  • Sanitising agent
  • Sugar

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Independent Venue Week @ various venues / until Sunday 31st January 2016


Doors: various

@ Various venues around London

Tickets: check website


Now in its third year, back bigger and still independent, featuring a series of gigs around the UK.

This year’s Ambassadors are Mercury Prize Shortlisted Artist Wolf Alice who are taking over from Frank Turner (2015) and Colin Greenwood (2014).

Artists performing over the week include Everything Everything, Matthew E. White, Mallory Knox, Childhood, Misty Miller, Beans on Toast, Eliza and the Bear, Saffron (Republica) Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Georgia, Get Inuit and Edwyn Collins who is following up his involvement last year. As well as playing live, he is also curating the week at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

Other curating partners include Rob da Bank and Sunday Best, BBC Introducing, PIAS, Domino Records and The Joe Strumner Foundation with a DJ set from Shikari Sound System. More artists will be announced across social media in the coming weeks.

London venues:
100 Club
229 The Venue
93 Feet East
Aces & Eights
The Bedford
The Blackhearts
The Dublin Castle
Elgar Room at Royal Albert Hall
The Good Ship
Half Moon Putney
The Monarch
New Cross Inn
Sebright Arms
The Silver Bullet
The Social
Village Underground
Windmill Brixton
The Workshop @ Roadtrip
World’s End Finsbury Park
Zigfrid Von Underbelly

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