February events @ Hackney Attic
The Hackney Attic – FEBRUARY 2012 LISTINGS
WED 1st FEB. Workshop: 6pm-8pm – £15 / Jam + Party: 8pm – 11pm – FREE
KHALIFA’S BIRTHDAY BASH + SENEGALESE DRUMMING WORKSHOPCome and celebrate with Senegalese master drummer Khalifa Conte at his drum workshop (6-8pm) followed by West African party/jam session (8-10.30pm) with kora djembe bougarabou sabar tama and dance. Cost: workshop £15 at the door; party is free!
THURS 2nd FEB. 7.30pm. £4 / £3 Concs / £2 Members
THE BUS DRIVER’S PRAYER Feat THE KING’S WILL + GARY FROM LEEDS + OPEN MIC
The bone-dry sarcasm of Gary From Leeds and the soaring electronic poetic splendour of Musa Okwonga’s The King’s Will can be found at Hackney’s most fun music and spoken word night. With your hosts singer-songwriter Jamie Smart and spoken word strumpet Richard Purnell. Open mic sign-up on the night.
FRI 3rd FEB. 8pm – 1am. FREE ENTRY!
SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHER!You wanted more Sixties Soul Motown Northern Soul Stax 60’s Girl Groups so we’ve brought it back!… Delving deep into the archives DJ Juggy Jones will bring you more classic soul hits rarer sounds from the vaults and Casino classics.
Marvin Gaye Aretha Franklin Stevie Wonder The Four Tops The Temptations Edwin Starr Shirley Ellis Martha Reeves Isley Brothers Fontella Bass The Shangri-Las… It’s what’s in the grooves that counts!
SAT 4th FEB. 6pm. £5
TEEN WASTELAND: TEEN CONFESSIONS
Join a host of comedians writers and poets as they relive the horrors of their teen years as part of Teenage Wasteland. Expect embarrassing diary entries bizarre adolescent creations and all manner of awkward haircuts. Confirmed acts include Tom Rosenthal Joe Dunthorne Kat Brown David Elms Rose Heiney and Charlie Lyons.
TEEN WASTELAND FRAT PARTY! 10pm – FREE ENTRY
Teen film festival Teenage Wasteland comes to a drunken stumbling conclusion in the Hackney Attic with Popjustice DJs playing the best in teen-themed pop from 10 til late. Crusty old deans are not allowed
WED 8th FEB. 8pm. £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members
RUBY & THE VINES + BUMI THOMAS
Fronted by vocalist/bassist Binisa Bonner RATV fuse influences as diverse as Jazz Rock Afro-beat and Reggae. The line-up is completed by guitarist Greg Sanders and drummer Ben Assiter who complement Binisa’s soulful frank vocal delivery and deftly melodic bass lines with a meticulous groove. They released their debut EP ‘Red Storm’ in June 2011 achieving national airplay on BBC Radio by Gilles Peterson Don Letts and Tom Robinson and were hotly tipped by Max Reinhardt (BBC) as a ”wild hot and about to happen new trio”. BUMI is a dynamic contemporary African acoustic Jazz-Folk-Soul singer-songwriter whose style is inspired by her multicultural heritage. Her music explores identity sensuality spirituality retrospective and cross-culturism. In 2011 Bumi received the Womatt Best of British (BOB) Award for Best Solo Newcomer 2011 and was nominated for two BEFFTA awards “Best Female Act” and “Best Female Uk Based Afro-Caribbean Act”. Both powerful ladies both playing with full band and both ready to blow your music-seeking mind.
THURS 9th FEB. 8.00 £8 / £7 Concs / £6 MembersHACKNEY COLLIERY BAND
Formed in 2008 out of a desire to play music that appealed to the feet as much as to the ears the Hackney Colliery Band is east London’s unique take on the brass band. Featuring trumpets trombones saxes sousaphone and marching percussion the band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room. Hackney Colliery Band’s members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds ranging from work with cutting edge jazz groups to the Bollywood Brass Band and from Jarvis Cocker to major orchestras. This is clearly on display in their eclectic repertoire. Mining nuggets of Funk Hip-Hop and Rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass Ska and contemporary Jazz for good measure the Hackney Colliery Band’s setlist is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. With DJ Volta45 with the ultimate brass collection on the decks plus more special guests just firming up and lining up to be on the bill…
FRI 10th FEB. 8pm – 1am. £4.! BOMBO TROPICAL ! MEET ME IN…..AFRICA
Bombo Tropical is a monthly night exploring new and old sounds from the Tropics. From the Bombo drum in Cumbia to the synthesised kick drum of South African shangan electro…. This month we take you on a journey to Africa from Ghanian Highlife to South African Kwaito be prepared for some heavy heavy tunes.Featuring Dj CrashandBurn Dj Silky Boys Extra special Live Band TBC. Live Precussion & Guests plus Mighty I slide & video show
SAT 11th FEB. 8.00 – 1.00 £6 / £5 Concs / £4 Members
AUTUMN SESSIONS Feat. A BAND OF BURIERS YOU ARE WOLF & Guests
It’s the 3rd Autumn Session at the Hackney Attic and we’re going all left-field on you! Esoteric songster You Are Wolf will be throwing words and loops at you to see what sticks before the forceful Band of Buriers will be providing some wonderful ghostly alt-folk-anti-rap if we’re allowed to say that. Also on the bill are fantastically accomplished folkers One Man Book and enchanting poet & punster Fran Isherwood. AND (as if you needed more encouragement) we’re hosting the awesome Grandmaster Faff who’ll set you spinning with his swingy twisty dancefloor numbers!
SUN 12th FEB. 4pm. £6 / £5 Concs / £4 Members
BAD PHYSICS: SUNDAY EXPERIMENTSJoin Bad Physics in the beautiful new Attic space at Hackney Picturehouse for a playful Sunday afternoon of live interactive theatre music and more. Bad Physics will be presenting a brand new piece of work by BAFTA and Olivier nominated actor Jessica Hynes with more theatre from special guests nabokov and live music from Bluegrass trio Harriet Starling and the Good Honeys and Beatbox-Blues outfit Hey Moonshaker. www.badphysics.co.uk TUES 14th FEB. Doors 8pm. Film 9.00. £5 Beauties / £4 Beasts & unemployed. Manager’s discretion…STANLEY SCHTINTER PICTURESHOW: ALTERNATIVE VALENTINES EVE… BEAUTY & THE BEASTHave a go at V day alone or alone together with one of films most stunning celebrations of stockholm syndrome; Juraj Herz’s 1978 Czech adaptation of Mme. Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Panna a netvor). Followed by romantic DJs and white roses. ">http://sspictureshow.com/ WED 15th FEB. Doors 7pm. Film 7.30. Music 9pm. £6 / £5 Concs / £4 MembersAXIS OF AFRO PRESENTS … AFRICAN SCREEN CONTESTDJ Africathy is back once again with her new music & film night. Weaving together the powerful rhythms and inspiring sounds that are the backbone of the continent with screenings of feature films documentaries and music clips that speak of the people behind the music and give a voice to the giants of visual and aural storytelling. February’s screening is of Coupé directed by Osita Aneke a feature-length documentary about Coupé Decalé music which flies between Ivory-Coast and Paris like a ping-pong ball. The music in the film is about joy unity and brotherhood rising from the ashes of civil war.
THURS 16th FEB. 8pm. £4 / £3 Concs / £2 MembersCOOL AS FOLK Feat SAM LEE (Magpie’s Nest) + GWENDOLEN CHATFIELD + ZUZANA NOVAK
Sam Lee is hailed as “The rising star of traditional English folksong” and we wouldn’t argue with that. His timeless sound is utterly enthralling and guaranteed to put shivers down your spine. Sam will be joined on the bill by a couple of musical gems from his Nest Collective starting with Zuzana Novak Anglo-Czech mbira queen whose atmospheric music from Zimbabwe is as hypnotic as it is beautiful. Nest up is Gwendolen Chatfield; an accordion wielding folktress armed with an enchanting voice and dark powerful songs backed up by fiddle dobro and mandolin.
SAT 18th FEB. 8pm. £6 /£5 Concs / £4 Members
ALOMO! CHIEF COMMANDER YAABA + KOBO TOWN
London’s new Afro-esque monthly event curated by CHIEF COMMANDER YAABA (YAABA FUNK) bringing you the freshest musical talents of the World. With the Chief & his merry bunch of special guest deejays taking to the decks after the live music magic…..and we’re spreading our loving wings to the sweet sweet Caribbean…All the way from Canada on their World tour we introduce… KOBO TOWN: Merging Calypso Roots Reggae acoustic performance Dub studio techniques and Trinidadian/Jamaican cultures Kobo Town is a unique stylistic transnational composite of rhythm poetry and activist journalism. Taking cues from Jamaican Mento Reggae and Calypso Independence is packed with traditional instrumentation and a joyous vibe. An uplifting party with some of the world’s leading musicians… Nuf said!
TUE 21st FEB. 7.30pm. £3.50
YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT FILM QUIZ 1990’S SPECIAL
It’s cold out there today so come up to the Attic for a 90’s themed Film Quiz special. Get there early for food; the early bird gathers no moss. Although we can’t guarantee liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti on the menu we do a mean Royale with Cheese. Get busy quizzing or get busy dying You betcha! If your answers frighten us then we should cease asking scary questions. Smart phones are not allowed! This is not ‘Nam. This is quizzing. There are rules. There are prizes for the winning team but for the losing teams there is no spoon. It’s been emotional. Tickets are released at 6pm on the day.
WED 22nd FEB. 8pm. £8 / £7 Concs / £6 Members
COMEDY LOFT Feat. JOSH WIDDICOMBE + JOEL DOMMETT + Host: TOM CRAINEJOSH WIDDICOMBE”Josh Widdicombe is shaping up to be the British Seinfeld. ***** ” London Is FunnyRecent star of Live At The Apollo Channels 4’s Stand Up For The Week 8 out of ten cats. Nominated for best newcomer at Edinburgh festival winner of Leicester Comedian of the year and FHM stand up hero. Very much the rising star of British Comedy.+ JOEL DOMMETTAs seen on E4s Skins BBC2?s Popatron Russell Howards Good News and every day on MTV. ???? – “Stories are told in such a compelling way with such energy the audience is totally sucked in” – BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE.With host: TOM CRAINECritics choice in The Times Guardian Observer Independent New Statesman (to name but a few) Top 5 shows Edinburgh 2010 and as seen / heard on BBC 1 Dave Radio 2 6 Music and Radio 4.
THURS 23rd FEB. 8pm. £4.
END OF THE WEAK & GLOBALFACTION present a double live extravaganza club session + VIDEO PREVIEWS.
BEATS RHYMES & REVOLUTIONS [LIVE!] featuring invited guest & open mic ‘EOW/BRR’ cipher plus exclusive music video premiers from GLOBALFACTION.END OF THE WEAK international MC CHALLENGE[5th UK season heat 2 of 4 featuring 4 top calibre MCs]Hosted by KWAKE [Live drums/samples] + DJ SNUFF [Speakers Corner] http://www.eodub.com/ http://www.globalfaction.org/ http://www.caxtonpresshiphop.com/ http://www.youtube.com/globalfaction
FRI 24th FEB. 8pm – 1am. FREE!
Feat. DJ LYLEY with special guest HOUSE OF TRAPS (Firecracker Recordings) plus a screening of the short movie VINYL SCREEN-PRINT.
Wax Off’s Dj Lyley is joined by House Of Traps from the revered Firecracker record label who release beautiful bespoke vinyl platters wrapped lovingly in hand silk-screened sleeves designed by Mr House of Traps himself. In addition to set the tone we have a screening of a short movie documenting the process of screen printing 1500 record sleeves at the Firecracker studios. Musically you can look forwards to a selection of soul funk disco boogie house with a sprinkling of reggae and hip hop all presented on a bed of crispy black vinyl! And all for FREE!!
SAT 25th FEB. 8pm – 1am. £6 / £5 Concs / £4 MembersIN IT TO SWING IT! Feat TOP SHELF JAZZIt’s not just about the bunting not just about the bow-ties and flapper dresses you can don or the gin available at the bar or the swingin visuals plentiful dance space… marvelous people and ridiculous kickin’ band!!…. oh wait… yes it is… it’s ALL about those things!Direct from Lucifer’s drinks cabinet a band whose original tunes are so distinctive and licentious that they spawned their own delectable style: ‘Filthy Swing’. Devout fans know the ‘Jazz Age’ never finished and that Gatsby lives on! Born in the dark cabaret dens of Europe the inimitable style and rakish banter of Top Shelf Jazz make them a most notorious and revered band. You will be driven to drink and dance with wild abandon. So lock up your morals break open the liquor and leave your troubles at the door! SUN 26th FEB 1pm – 6pm. FREEENTREPRENEUR DESIGNER MARKET A space for Creative Designers to showcase their handmade work and a place for the public to seek unique gift stalls art & craft workshops plus music. The workshops are being provided to teach individuals how to nurture their creative skills to become self-sufficient. To book your space on one of our taster workshops contact Nefateri on 07950 871155 or visit www.nsaanefateri.com and click ‘Workshops’ tab. They’re only £10 each!! Stall bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org. SUN 26th FEB. 7pm. £3 / £2 Concs / £1 MembersLET’S KEEP IT SHORT…A brand spanking new night dedicated to independent short film music videos & trailers. Join us on the last Sunday of each month and witness the latest work from some of the most exciting filmmakers emerging in the UK today. See website/Facebook for more details nearer the time… MON 27th FEB. Talk: £2.50. 8pm / Food & Chats from 6pmSKEPTICS IN THE PUB: The “Sharks Don’t Get Cancer” MythSPEAKER: Ben HardwidgeAccording to some nutritionists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine sharks don’t get cancer. It’s a myth that’s not only brought false hope to sufferers of one of the world’s horrific diseases who are told that consuming shark cartilage can cure cancer but it’s also had a devastating impact on the world’s shark populations. In this talk our resident marine conservation enthusiast Ben Hardwidge will explore the theories behind using medicines derived from sharks and rays and explain the devastating impact that this is having on our marine ecosystem. He will also introduce the ideas behind a new scepticism campaign in development which aims to raise awareness about medicines based on shark cartilage… “