Monthly Archives: May 2010

Underbelly Comedy

The Purple Cow

The Udderbelly comes alive

The Underbelly started in Edinburgh  at the Edinburgh Fringe – and it’s back for its second year in London on the Southbank.

Music, comedy and theatre, including shows from the likes of Alexei Sayle, Brendan Burns and smaller but equally as good comedians like Carl Donnelly and Andrew Maxwell’s Full Mooners – and a beatboxing show – are all on offer throughout the festival.

I went there last week to hang in the beer garden.  Drinks are reasonably priced and the garden is a nice place to catch the sun (if it’s out!).  You don’t need tickets to sit in the garden.

Shows are on right now and  run til July 18.

Ticket prices depend on the show –  for more information go to the Underbelly website.

Nearest Tube: Waterloo

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See Divine Comedy and The Bluetones for Free

Rough Trade is hosting some free in-stores soon.

Divine Comedy

Monday 31, 7pm.

The new album, Bang Goes The Knighthood, will be available to buy from 11am.  You can pick up your wristband for the performance at the same time.

Otherwise, wristbands will be given out an hour before the performance, first come first serve.

The Bluetones

Wednesday June 2, 7pm.

As above, the new album A New Athens will be available from 11am.  The wristband system is the same.

We Are Scientists and Kele

These guys are also playing in a few weeks.

We Are Scientists will be playing on Wednesday June 16.

Kele (Bloc Party) will be playing on Tuesday June 21.

Rough Trade is located on Dray Walk in The Old Truman Brewery between Hanbury Street and Quaker Street just off Brick Lane.

Nearest Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool Street

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Bank Holiday Fun

It’s the second Bank Holiday of the month – what’s not to like about that?!

Here are a few ideas for the next couple of days to keep you occupied….

Spitalfields City Farm Fayre

Check out sheep shearing demonstrations and try your hand at knitting and weaving, amongst other things.  There’ll also be live music and theatre, and you can see some rare breeds of sheep too!

The farm’s located on Weaver Street (off Brick Lane) and is open until 5pm today.

Free entry.

Nearest Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool Street

Friendly Footy

Our very own world cup is taking place in Charlton Park with the finals taking place this afternoon.  The players are ex-pats and second generation competitors taking part in the Inner City World Cup.

The competition includes youth and women’s teams, and there’s music and food from the various countries.

Free entry.  The event finishes at 6pm, with the final being played at 4pm.

Nearest Train: Charlton Rail Station

Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus

We all know I love The Blues Kitchen – I’ve mentioned it numerous times on the radio show and on the site.  So imagine my delight when I found out they were putting on a themed night tonight.

Rock ‘n’ roll bands bands will take to the stage whilst other entertainment comes in the form of a razor-blade eating magician and a fire eater, as well as a contortionist and the world’s strongest man.

The Blues Kitchen is on Camden High Street, and the event kicks off at 5pm tonight.  No cover charge.

Nearest Tube: Camden Town

It’s Hot Hot Hot!

Bank Holiday Monday sees the culmination of Brick Lane Curry Festival, which has been running for the last couple of weeks.

Head to Vibe Bar and you can try out the 5 best curries, and vote for your favourite, whilst watching Bollywood dancing and live music.

Vibe Bar is located on Brick Lane, and the event is running from 12pm-11:30pm.  The curry tasting will take place between 1pm-3pm.

Nearest Tube: Aldgate East

Ally Pally Picnic Fun

If the weather’s nice, why not head to Alexandra Palace on Monday, to take part in their Bumper Picnic.  The event’s being run in conjunction with National Family Week, and there’ll be face-painting, a funfair and live music – as well as a BBQ.

The event’s happening from 11am-5pm. Entry is free.

Nearest Tube: Wood Green (then take the W3 bus to the Palace)

Pop-up Rockabilly

It’s the launch weekend for this pop-up club which is only here for 6 months before moving on to a new venue.

The Silver Bullet is playing host to rock ‘n’ roll and rock-a-billy bands, as well as having DJs and a jukebox.

Entry is free at the club, which is at Station Place in North London.  Doors open at 6pm.

Nearest Tube: Finsbury Park

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Celebrate Spring!

Two fun things to have a gander at this weekend if you’re ignoring the rain and embracing Spring!

Covent Garden May Fayre

Punch and Judy, clowning and dancing happening at this festival.  It starts at 11:30am and is at St. Paul’s Church on Bedford Street in Covent Garden on Sunday.

Nearest Tube: Covent Garden

Morris Men Day of Dance

Celebrate tradition and head down to Trafalgar Square on Saturday – 200 Morris Dancers are coming together at to show off their merrimient from 10am.  There’ll be groups around the area, including Westminster Abbey and Chinatown, but everyone’s meeting up again at 5pm in Trafalgar for a mass dance off.

A sight to be seen, I’m sure!

Nearest Tube: Charing Cross

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Fairtrade Festival Fun

We’ve all seen Fairtrade bananas, coffee…even soft drinks.

Now there’s a festival to promote all of the Fairtrade good available – and it includes music, films, football-themed goods – and of course food!

Over the weekend you’ll get the chance to try your hand at chocolate tasting, wine tasting as well as watch film screenings, all for free.

It’s all happening at Potter’s Field, on the South Bank next to Tower Bridge, and finishes on Sunday.

Nearest Tube: Tower Hill/London Bridge

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Real Food Festival

The Real Food Festival is running over the weekend, giving you the opportunity to check out  lots of local produce, recipes, food demonstrations and the like.

The festival focuses on smaller producers and there’s the chance to get involved in cooking workshops too.

It’s on 11am-6pm tomorrow,  and 11-5pm on Sunday.

Tickets are £15 and it’s on at Earl’s Court

Nearest Tube: Earl’s Court

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Free Futureheads!

The Futureheads are doing a FREE instore performance at Pure Groove this Thursday, May 6.

Head down there for 1:15pm to be in with a chance of seeing them. They’ll be doing lots of new stuff, including new single Hearbeat Song, as well as a few classics.

Nearest Tube: Farringdon/Barbican

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