The Hackney Attic APRIL 2012 MUSIC LISTINGS

No fooling around here. Just pure unpasturised, un-hydrogenated entertainment deliciousness, that’s what April is. I know the United States want to name itJazz Appreciation Month, National Poetry Month and even Sex Month (scandalous!), but for us it’s straight up ‘Springtime-big window-musical-eventy all-round-goodness’ month. Yeah, that’s what we are naming it. Musicians / artists / event enthusiasts: If you’d like to play here or get involved in anyway. Send us some links, CDs, pictures or ideas… we love hearing from creative folk. (Also use for mailing list request & private hires)


THURS 5th APRILTHE BUS DRIVER’S PRAYER Feat. Simon Mole + Dane Etteridge + Jharda + Sean Mahoney

We have an extraordinary line-up for this month’s Bus Driver’s Prayer – our lovely monthly night of music and spoken word at Hackney Attic.

Featuring in April are Simon Mole an emcee who is now one of the UK’s leading storytellers and poets; Dane Etteridge guitarist for Lonsdale Boys Club East Arbor 19 and The Ordinary Boys; poet and comedian Sean Mahoney; and Jharda the remarkable singing harpist.

Do come down have a drink and enjoy a varied and brilliant night of entertainment with Richard Purnell and Jamie Smart.

Limited open mic sign-up on the night.

FRI 6th APRIL. 8.00. £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members


Cowbell are a band of few words. A no frills straight to the point Garage Soul RocknRoll drums and guitar duo. Brashy music with the punchy loveable aspects of well crafted Pop Rock like The Kinks but melodies and harmonies more like those found on Motown Records. Pissinboy have been perfectly described by Spoonfed as “sounding like all of Wes Anderson’s soundtracks filtered through one fuzzy pop band” they are absolutely one of London’s favourite new bands and are gathering momentum swiftly. Adrian Roye kick starts this really very good Friday with his really very very good vocal and songwriting skills. He manages to blend Afrobeat Reggae and Calypso rhythms into his Folk Jazz style with not so much as a stitch let alone a seam. Come. As this Friday will be very good.

SAT 7th APRIL. 8.00 – 1.00. £4


Donna Sasà / DJ Itz [From Mexico!] [Nueva Cumbia] Crashandburn Kalina b2b Molly + LIVE BAND tbaThis month we meet you in Colombia to shake our collective legs….The Bombo drum is often heard in drum choirs playing a roots cumbia…so look out for its deep sound but also the modern synthesised drums on the new Cuuumbia tracks…. We’ll be playing our normal eclectic tropical mix around the Colombian theme too …and inviting two special ladies to mix it up for you ‘pon the dancefloor. Mighty I slide&video show will provide you with visual treats as well of course. Get ready to be hypnotised by hot drums and rhythms!

SUN 8th APRIL. 7.00 – 11.00. £7


TUPPENCE FILMS present… a rather awesome night of music & comedy actually. Including East London’s very own Daytona Lights fresh from airplay on Radio 1 Radio 2 XFM and BBC6 Music. Plus in amongst this rather fun-packed night you’ll also have the privilege of a sneaky peak of the teaser for their very own film ‘SMOKE’ set in East London. Admission gives you entry into a free prize draw with the chance to win some great prizes including free tickets to Let’s Keep It Short and more importantly handmade Easter Cupcakes from ‘The Cupcake Pixie’. All funds raised go to the making of the short film ‘Smoke’.

WEDS 11th APRIL. 8.00. £5/ £4 Concs / £3 Members


Public Service Broadcasting present ‘The War Room’ – Live Premiere

Given unique access to propaganda films from WWII-era Britain by the BFI and setting them to new music PSB unveil their new material for the very first time. Expect breathtaking visuals brooding synth lines pounding drums Krautrock guitars and poignant piano as J. Willgoose Esq and his drumming companion Wrigglesworth teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future.

YAOAY are a post-punk indie electro funk band from Hackney Wick. They have been credited with having both ‘the most beautiful name in Electro Pop’ and ‘the longest name in electro Pop’. Abbreviated to YAOAY it sounds even more joyous. YAOAY are Dan Robinski – vocals guitar and drum programming Layla Kim – Synths backing vocals and Ed Ross on another guitar vocally backing too.

You Are Wolf blends traditional folk leftfield originals and spoken word into haunting experimental songs with the help of a loop station melodica glockenspiel and bass. Go to to vote for your favourite British bird for her new project. Of course.

THURS 12th APRIL. 8.00 – Late.  £4 / £3 Concs / £2 Members


A Vital Sound’s More Fire night settles into it’s new nest with their regular top class More Fire DJ’s – Turna JBT Lady Law plus Olly Double D will be joined by the Dub plate specialist Foundation Sound alongside Section Sound and Darren Judge from Clubb Rock. The host for the evening is the extra special Seanie T. The sweet good vibes music policy will cover all styles of Reggae; from Rocksteady to Roots and Dub to Dancehall.

FRI 13th APRIL. 8pm – 1am. £3 / £2 Concs / £1 MembersWALTER BENJAMIN ALBUM LAUNCH Walter Benjamin songwriter obsessed with The Beatles and The Beach Boys is releasing The Imaginary Life of Rosemary and Me. Music blogs and press compare Benjamin’s vocals to those of Leonard Cohen but his universe includes tropical psychedelic beaches airports and a southern accent. The album is being released through the Lisbon-based independent label Pataca Discos home of bands such as You Can’t Win Charlie Brown (playing SXSW 2012).

SAT 14th APRIL. 8.00 – 1.00 £6/ £5 Concs / £4 Members


Back to bring the best festival vibes to the heart of Hackney with a diverse and surprising line up including music from the raw and soulful Phil Cosby poetry from the ultra sharp Raymond Antrobus and comedy from the data-loving Gareth Morinan. We’re delighted to welcome back the incredible AlicebanD as one of our headline acts along with the Punk-Folk stylings of Smokey Bastard. More stuff to be announced so keep an ear to the ground and check our facebook and website. 15th APRIL. 4.30 (For 5.00 start)

FRINGE! SHORTS: Fringe! Film Fest presents a eclectic selection of queer short films. For more details on the programme see

SUN 15th APRIL 7.00. £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members & Fringe Tkt Holders


Wotever is moving up in the world up and right a bit. In conjunction with the fabulous London Gay Film Festival Fringe! Wotever World are set to put on an equally fabulous extravagant and naturally outrageous Cabaret Wotever night involving everything you curious wonders could possibly desire of a night’s entertainment. As always using humour and hint of confrontation to challenge people’s ideas about sexuality gender and perception. See our website for updates or visit

WED 18th APRIL. Doors 7.00. Film 7.30/8. £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members

AXIS OF AFRO: AFRICAN SCREEN CONTEST + Mozambiquan Fusion Quartet We’re shining the light onto Mozambique on the southeastern side of the continent for our third African Screen Contest excursion with another musically themed film. Karen Boswall’s “Marrabentando: The stories my guitar sings” (2005 52mins) follows two old Mozambican Marrabenta musicians on a South African tour with the well-known hip-hop fusion band Mabulu. They tell fascinating tales of their lives through their music and so cover key parts of Mozambican history from the 1930s to the present day. An accompanying 12min short then tells of a very special road trip on an old Ford flatbed truck converted into a mobile cinema and stage taking the film on a tour of southern Mozambique to bring live music and cinema to the rural population in the region for the first time.

Plus AoA present a traditional Mozambiquan quartet who have grown to fuse their roots with the diverse styles the world has to offer set to perform as part of this special evening. As always DJ Africathy has handpicked the sweetest tunes this time from Mozambique and the Southern African regions so come prepared to watch listen and dance!

THURS 19th APRIL. 8.00. £4 / £3 Concs / £2 Members


Old folk hits a new groove as the troubadours of Bard collide in a rich harmony and relentless rhythm; with songs that speak and voices that ring. Home is their Woodburner nights deep in Hackney’s underground but it’s a sound that resonates far beyond. Fronted by somewhat of a folk Lord in East London Theo Bard his new band are brimming with reams of endless praise for their new album; BBC Radio Scotland proclaiming them to be the “best thing to happen to contemporary English folk song in a very long time!”. Hannah Curwood is newly beached from the shores of her New Zealand home where she had been making some rather impressive waves but as with nearly every ambitious musician could not resist the call of London’s melting pot. A dynamic musical force she writes lyrical pop with a dark edge weaving a balance between dulcet melodies and twisted imagery. John Blood plays folk with a groove. Music to take you far away without taking you anywhere…Music to fill you with happiness sweetness and movement. Trinidadian influenced Folk. That’s not something you hear every day.

FRI 20th APRIL. 8.00 – 1.00. FREE.

SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHER Yet another retro-tastic night of Sixties Soul Motown 60’s Girl Groups & Northern Soul. DJ Juggy Jones will have you stomping spinning flipping hula-hooping (don’t ask!) and maybe doing a few backdrops to the sounds of Marvin Gaye Aretha Franklin Stevie Wonder The Four Tops The Temptations Edwin Starr Shirley Ellis Martha Reeves The Isley Brothers Fontella Bass The Shangri-Las… It’s what’s in the grooves that counts!

SAT 21st APRIL. 8.00. £6 /£5 Concs / £4 Members

ALOMO! Feat. DIABEL CISSOKHO + DJ CHIEF COMMANDER YAABA We at the Attic (and Yaaba Funk head quarters) are extremely excited and proud to present this outstanding Senegalese musician…  Diabel’s musical pedigree is exceptional. International tours with his family’s band Bannaya led to a long stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player as well as with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate Pee Wee Ellis Nuru Kane Daby Balde Omar Pene and Abdou Diop. Now well established in the UK Diabel’s virtuosic talent his “resonant voice and rocking kora style” (Songlines) have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican where he performed alongside Femi Kuti Cheikh Lo and Manu Dibango. Diabel’s upcoming album marks a return to his roots. Recorded in the UK and Dakar and featuring members of his own family the album draws on Diabel’s rich musical heritage blending beautiful Mandinkan melodies with an upbeat West African groove.

Sun 22nd APRIL. Doors/Food 6.30-7.30pm. Film: 7.50pm.

£9 / £8 Concs / £7 Members

With a main meal* & glass of wine: £20 / £19 Concs / £18 Members.


New monthly live score and audio visual night up in Hackney Attic. To celebrate the incredible relationship between live music and the moving image.

*From select menu & daily specials board (Please email with any pressing food-related questions)


This 1920 silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene is one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and is often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era.The film used stylized sets with abstract jagged buildings painted on canvas backdrops and flats. These unique sets gave off somewhat of a theatrical sense. To add to this strange style the actors used an unrealistic technique that exhibited jerky and dancelike movements. This movie is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema.


“One of the spring’s coolest events…they capture the film’s disturbing mood perfectly” (The Daily Telegraph)“Acclaimed soundscapers Minima provide a superlative soundtrack…recommended.” (Time Out)Minima’s music is an audacious 21st-Century interpretation of the images of silent and avant-garde film. Formed in 2006 specifically designed to compose and perform live accompaniment soundtracks to silent film. Using electric guitar bass cello and drums the band performs totally live to capture and enhance the true dynamics of the screenplay bringing the silver screen to life.

FRI 27th APRIL 8.00 – FREE!


This months vinyl party see’s resident DJ LYLEY (Wax Off/Scratch) team up with long time vinyl aficionado MARTIN LEFTERI. Back in the day Martin was an enthusiastic participant in the heady acid house explosion these days his sound has got wider taking in anything from the last 40 years of leftfield music with a worthy groove. He also produces and plays instruments in his band The Carthaginians and runs bespoke edits label ‘Retouched Records’.  Wax Off is all about letting your hair down (which Martin has plenty of!) and getting loose to some dynamite Soul Funk Disco Reggae…and all on lovely warm sounding black plastic platters!

SAT 28th APRIL 8.00. £6 /£5 Concs / £4 Members

IN IT TO SWING IT! Feat. SHIRT TAIL STOMPERSThe most spacious luxurious and shuffle-friendly dancefoor awaits…. for a flappin’ swanky prohibition fun time! Don your finest get up (or don’t… no pressure here) as THE SHIRT TAIL STOMPERS are in the rafters. Old school Jazz for the new school vintage! Heavily influenced by the great American band-leaders and musicians of the 20s 30s and 40s. The London based band are bringing swing music back into the mainstream with their own suave and raucous stamp. There will be gin cocktails there will be dancing and there will be bunting… oh yes there will be bunting.

SUN 29th APRIL. 7.00. £3


Returning for another night at the Hackney Attic Let’s Keep it Short are once again offering you the chance to witness the best short films music videos & trailers from the UK & beyond. We are dedicated to providing the most exciting platform for the best emerging film-makers to screen their work and this month’s event comes with a special Sci-Fi twist… £3 (Early booking advised)