In the Capital, the icy winds of winter don’t keep us inside. All the same, frolicking in the streets is approached with a little more thought than in the summer, and most of us are trying to keep our pennies warm in our pockets in anticipation of the party-packed festive season, but we’re in the best place ever to discover the wonders that occur underneath those tightly packed city streets….
Free Gig Shindig is ITJYM’s guided tour through London’s most exciting free music events – as we roll through the remainder of November, take a sneak peek and see if anything catches your ear…
Friday 21st November
The Remedy – Tooting Tram And Social, Tooting Bec (SW17)
Tube: Tooting Broadway, Tooting (National Rail)
Created and curated by Xfm’s new music DJ John Kennedy in a spacious converted tram shed, this is one of the freshest free parties in town. Previous guests have included Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, but we asked John to tell us about what to expect from November’s Remedy:
JK: “We’ve got three great bands this Friday – The Jacques, Dolomite Minor and John J Presley. Expect bluesy rock from the last two and from the openers a Libertines-esque rumble fronted by a girl. I will be DJing too, it’ll be great to have you there!”
Here’s a preview of the headline act:
Saturday 22nd November, 8pm
CLEAN presents Beverley + Neighbour + Breathe Panel – The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch (EC2A)
Tube: Old Street, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
Climb down the stairs of this musical treasure trove to experience retro indie grunge Beverly, all the way from Brooklyn, New York, supported by Britpop four-peice Neighbour with special guests Three Beam DJ’s. Hosted by CLEAN, this gig promises to be snug and enchanting.
Do your homework – here’s Beverley with their single ‘Honey Do’
Every Sunday 12pm – 12am
The Sunday Social – The Old Queen’s Head, Islington (N1)
Starting acoustically in the afternoon and stretching electronically into the evening, this weekly Sunday jam sees an exciting assortment of local acts take to the stage and play to a lounge-full of comfy Bloody Mary slurpers and roast dinner chompers. Curated by open-minded promoters Earmusic, these sessions both entertain and inspire those looking for an unpredictable, social yet chilled out Sunday afternoon.
Many of the talented artists participating in the Sunday Social are moonlighting from their regular occupations, like these medical students:
*Watch this space for more information about Sunday Love at The Old Queens Head….
Monday 24th November, 8pm
Tara Priya + Equals, Birthdays, Dalston (E)
Tara Priya plays Birthdays to mark the release of her stunning new single ‘One Foot Out’. Featuring shimmering electric guitars, booming drum, and verbed-out vocals…
Tuesday 25th November 7.30pm
BoxediN – The Box Park, Shoreditch (E1)
Tube: Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
Step in to the spoken world. BoxediN is the snappiest spoken word open mic night London, aiming to entrtain and inspire. It’s co-hosted by the talented and hilarious wordsmiths GREEdS and Sean Mahoney and has just celebrated it’s second birthday, with previous feature guests including Polarbear and Amen Noir. Sean told ITJYM:
SM: “BoxediN is like one of those fish you see in those documentaries where you are deep deep under the surface of the sea, and it’s pitch black and out of nowhere comes this light, and it’s like this skeletal, beautiful fish… it’s in this space upstairs in the Boxpark, and you come in, and sign up at 7pm, and its free… and it’s like this night that has no right to be anywhere as near as amazing as it is”
Tuesday will see the hilarious Tom Gill and compelling Sophia Thakur as the feature poets:
Friday 28th November, 7.30pm
Fever Dream + The Frankly’s + Cassels + Kid Gloves – The Finsbury, Finsbury Park ()
Tube: Manor House
It’s All Happening are taking over one of London’s most revered music pubs to present indie pop wonders Fever Dream, a local trio pumping out new wave sounds, supported by Being There, Cassels and Kid Gloves.
Enjoy a light and playful evening feeling little bit like this:
Night Tales – Hoxton, (EC1V)
Tube: Old Street, Dalston Kingsland (Overground), Dalston Junction (Overground)
This pop-up surprise dominates an otherwise empty patch between two big old buildings on Old Street. Absorb the atmosphere from cosy chalet lounges and gardens and tuck into good food, inventive cocktails and free music from DJ’s, which will include the likes of Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton and Black Butter Records. It’s there from now until mid-December but there will be no two days the same, so catch it while you can!
How will it sound? Maybe a bit like this:
Bill Brewster – Late night Tales album sample
So wrap up warm, follow the glow of the pub window lights and discover something new!
We’re interested in all sorts – from sit-down music debates to lively gypsy ho-downs… if you know of an exciting free (or virtually free) gig or event, drop us a email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sammy Brough