If you haven’t got tickets for the sold-out Emili Sandé show at the Academy, get competitive at Tommy McArdle’s pub quiz at Effra Social. Get there on time or earlier so you don’t miss out on this as well … even better, book your team in advance at 8pm – 11pm. £2.
“BeastMode” high intensity interval training (HIIT) anyone? It’s you against the clock. How many reps can you get? Can you beat your last score? Get to BeastMode to push yourself to the limit with a “world class DJ playing pumping live music to motivate you and a nightclub environment to put you in the zone”. You’re promised 45 minutes of pure sweat and that you will come out “beasted”. 6.30pm – 7.20pm. £10 – book tickets.
Salvation Army Hall, West Norwood
Bothered by Brexit? Local MP Helen Hayes (Dulwich and West Norwood), whose constituency includes large parts of Brixton and who voted against the parliamentary bill to trigger Article 50 for the UK to leave the European Union, will be talking and answering questions about the issues at stake including the challenges facing local people and businesses. 7.45 – 9pm. Free, but you can book.
Salvation Army Hall, 246 Norwood Road, SE27 9AW.
Stax Dempsey presents a night of American blues and rock ‘n’ roll, featuring the Astro Jets, a rocking blues outfit playing a selection of tunes from the golden age of American popular music and Raleigh Rye, who has been described as one of the finest storytellers in country folk and blues music, singing songs from the dance halls, bordellos and pool rooms of the pre-war South.
Londoners Shanty bring dubwise bass and rhythms with a UK twist to Jamm with frontman soulful vocalist Benjamin Willis and Grime MC Levi Gordon providing a modern twist on classic roots reggae. Doors 7.30pm. £8.56.
It’s the 2017 Brixton Design Trail launch party and the call is out for makers, creators, doers, thinkers, funders and supporters to get along to Brixton East and find out how to take party. Starts with a short presentation. Booking essential. 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
It’s drum & bass night at the Electric as SASASAS arrive with a big line-up of DJs and MCs for their “London Takeover”. Seven artists – MCs Skibadee, Shabba D, Harry Shotta, and Stormin, together with DJs Phantasy & Macky G created the project. With special guests TC & Jakes, General Levy & Lady Chann featuring Sticky, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Majistrate b2b Logan D, Mollie Collins, Blackley, The Blast DJs, together with IC3, Evil B, Azza & Grima. 10pm – 6am. £25+BF.
Prince of Wales
The Prince is hosting a tribute night to the late Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here) with DJs Rasta Roots, who was Phife’s DJ and manager, MC Pranksta – Phife’s hype man – and Spin Doctor. DJs LoK and Bobafatt will br taking care of Room 2. 10pm-4am. £6 advance. £10 on the door. Proceeds to Diabetes UK.
Now in its fourth year, Convergence is a series of events across London focusing on innovative musicians using technology in a pioneering way. It brings together an array of musicians, artists, educators and technologists over five days from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 March at several venues including the closing party at Electric Brixton. Toronto-based house and RnB DJ and producer Jacques Greene will perform live and curate a night celebrating his influences from house and techno to hip-hop, RnB and electro. He has invited musician and producer Lone – featuring leading visual artist Tom Scholefield aka Konx-om-Pax; Spain’s electronic pioneer Pional; DJ Eclair Fifi; and multi-instrumentalist Yves Tumor. DJ Revenu opens proceedings. 10pm – 6am. £17.60 – £22.
St Luke’s Church, West Norwood
Second day of this year’s first open weekend at the windmill with free guided tours and the chance to buy organic Brixton-ground flour and have a go yourself with a hand-driven stone mill. Tours of the exterior and first two floors are on a turn-up-and-go basis and you may have to queue. Tours to the top floors must be pre-booked. Floors beyond first floor level are reached by steep ladder-stairs, so there is a minimum size limit of 1.2 metres for small children.
Rootmaster presents Adedeji Adetayo, an mix of traditional African style with a progressive attitude and the modern sound of jazz and funk music, creating music that is “rhythmically sophisticated, harmonically rich, and melodically compelling”. 9pm – midnight. Free.
Comedy improvisation with Duck Duck Goose in the Churchill lounge. Have a go yourself (email@example.com to book a slot) or just listen. You’re promised guaranteed laughs. 8pm – 11pm. Free.
100 Acre Lane
Join Brixton Revival campaign creators Terry Humphrey and Alvin Kofi for an artists’ talk for the Gallery Wall exhibition in the Front Room @100 Acre Lane. The exhibition features works by Alvin Kofi, Terry Humphrey, Ken McCalla, Christine Clarke and Desilu Banton that reflect their love of drawing, painting and photomontage. The evening will include a Q & A session. 7pm – 10.30pm. Free – register.
Coming up …
Somewhere in Brixton
The wonderful Marhabtayn Syrian Supper Club is organising another fund-raiser on 1 April. Not only delicious food but also special guests Lama Khayer and Julia Katharina making fabulous Levantine music. Lama is a singer from Syria and Julia is an oud player and singer who has taught music in Palestine.
The club is a group of Londoners – Syrians and friends – working to show solidarity with people caught up in the country’s conflict and refugee crisis through music, food and fundraising for people in need. The group helps people in Syria who are stuck in some of the country’s many enormous personal tragedies.It raises money to get them urgent medical care and/or legal assistance or to cope with disability and trauma.
But members also want to remind others and ourselves here in Europe that Syria has amazing generous traditions of hospitality.
They pay for all your food and drink, they cook for you for free, and cover the costs of transferring money to people in need. So the cost of your your ticket and donations go directly to people in need.
The team is: Bashar, a Syrian activist, medic and poet; Fadi, a Syrian activist, illustrator, Baba and inspiration; Sawsan, a Syrian activist, architect and urban planner; Salam: Syrian a activist and super chef; Giulia: a teacher and former dinner guest inspired to join the team; plus Laura, Lauren, Bela, Eddie and Khairun – Londoners working on human rights in Syria and on the refugee crisis in Europe.
Hurry to get your tickets now.
Saturday 13 May
Don’t forget SOUL II SOUL