Upcoming shows @ Hackney Attic – March

Come and visit us, we’re on top of the Hackney Picturehouse! And we’re packed to the rafters with great stuff this and every month!

THURS 1st MARCH. 7.30pm. £4 / £3 Concs / £2 Members

THE BUS DRIVER’S PRAYER featuring Kristy Clark + Grassy Noel & Ape + Sh’Maya

Apocalyptic improv honey-voiced soul and free-flowing romantic poetry is on the roster at Hackney’s finest and friendliest music and spoken word night. With your hosts Richard Purnell and Jamie Smart. Limited open mic sign-up on the night. “A vibrant and eclectic gig. Thoroughly recommended.” Mel Jones

FRI 2nd MARCH. 8pm – 1am. £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members

THE JOKER & THE THIEF + THE KINDLING + LUKE RITCHIEExpect the unexpected. What at first may walk in line may soon meander down routes that lead you to places of joy and exuberance. Expansive lyrics cover the mutilated mundane to the gleefully abstract on a backdrop of gritty guitars soulful sax and jazz-beat percussion. “There?s an obvious Blues influence in a lot of our stuff but we listen to Gospel R?n?R Psychedelia Folk new stuff old stuff weird stuff spoken word vaudeville …” They have stunned audiences with their musical bravado and performance. The lyrics get under your skin rewriting the love songs of the past with a modern and individual twist and the music grabs you by the collar with its incessant passion dripping out of every note. The Kindling “sound like they’ve just emerged from Bon Iver’s cellar after a night on the lash with David Bowie” – A place for cinematic songs some banjo late night drinks and TV static dreams. Luke Richie is a straight up moon-howler with touches of Bonnie Prince Billie and heartbreak; his old world songs become stark and otherworldly fresh in from completing the recording of his debut album produced by Paul Savage (Mogwai Arab Strap).

SAT 3rd MARCH. 8pm – 1am. £4

! BOMBO TROPICAL ! Meet me by… The Caribbean Sea

Bringing you new and old tropical flavours this month we arrive by the Caribbean sea for a musical trip from Reggae to Cumbia and many points in between. DJs: Dr Barnardo and Sue Ryder (Glastonbury Festival HMS Sweet Charity) + Crashandburn + Tom Gato. Live Band tbc.

WED 7th MARCH. 8pmRISING TIDE PRESENTS…Free Monthly Jam session for young people.

THURS 8th  MARCH. 8pm – 1am  £4 / £3 Concs / £2 Members

MORE FIRE: Reggae Vibes Hosted by SEANIE T

The More Fire crew touch down in their new Hackney home and bring sweet Reggae vibes back to E8. With a musical selection that covers all styles of Reggae from Rocksteady to Roots and from Dub to Dancehall you can be sure there will be big tunes playing all night. Keeping it nice and mellow to start and turning up the pressure as the night goes on this is the perfect way to start your weekend early. DJs: More Fire Crew Vital Sound Section Sound Foundation Sound Clubb Rock

FRI 9th MARCH. 8pm – 1am. £5 / £4 Concs / £3 MembersSOUNDSPECIES: VERSUS…

VERSUS brings together two complimentary artists/acts on the night each will first perform a set of their own material followed by a one-off unrehearsed collaboration performance live in-front of the audience. Soundspecies have played and DJ’d at numerous venues and festivals around the world over the past five years and have various releases to their name the most recent being ‘The Bamana Project’ (Round In Motion records June 2011) an intoxicating Afro/Funk/Dub/Psychadelic brew with recent live shows and festival performances exploring in this vein. They like to keep their guest secret but they never fail to pick a true gem… ready yourselves!

SAT 10th MARCH. 8pm – 1am £8/ £7 Concs / £6 Members

TILT-SHIFT CINEMA: THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMEDAutumn Shift’s Tilt-Shift Cinema presents an extraordinary night of film dance and music: Lotte Reiniger’s THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (1926) is the earliest surviving animated feature film set to an innovative live composition by the Prinz Achmed Orchestra. A re-imagining of the Arabian Nights Tales though beautiful hand-cut silhouettes it’s a mind-blowing feat of early cinema. Come and enjoy this immersive infusion of magic mystery and monsters also featuring the entrancing tribal bellydance group La Zingara a programme of animated shorts and a DJ (for kicks and dancing!). Film starts at 9pm.

Sun 11th MARCH. 8pm FREE ENTRYSunday Indie Night: THE DAGGERS + NOT MADE IN CHINA + OUTSIDE ROOMThe Daggers + not made in china + out side roomA special free entry SUNDAY INDIE NIGHT… with 3 of the Europe’s most danceable Indie bands you can get your mits off on:  Originally formed in 2006 as a melancholy guitar/keyboard combo NOT MADE IN CHINA have since blossomed into the vibrant afro-beat tinged pop quartet we know and love today. Based around the song-writing partnership of Tiff Wheaton Green and Gavin Blackhall their intelligent lyrics slot perfectly in between bouncing bass lines uplifting rhythms and catchy Johnny Marr-esuqe guitar melodies.   OUT SIDE ROOM are a 5 piece Indie Dance band from East Sussex. Forming in February 2011 the band have already played and headlined some of London’s finest venues including Camden Barfly The Relentless Garage London Water Rats Cargo & The O2 Academy Islington.  THE DAGGERS are an Electro-Indie band from Perugia Italy. Started in June 2009 reaching 100 gigs around Italy in two years…. now on their first UK tour to show the world what they’re made of.

TUES 13th MARCH. 7.30. £3.50pp (Tickets available from 6pm on the door. Hint: arrive early!)YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT FILM QUIZWe like films we like films about films but not as much as we like quizzes about films! Here Hugo if you want to be The Player then stop Singin’ in the Rain on Sunset Boulevard; walk cycle or Mulholland Drive  to Cinema Paradiso; the Hackney Picturehouse on Mare St. There’s not 8 ½ or Nine but eleven whole rounds and so you really need your Bowfinger on the pulse. We have a Bar too and think about that Hollywood Ending or just Get Shorty a drink… Ed Would. Tickets are released at 6pm on the Day (for Night). Wednesday 14th March 8pm £4 / 3 / 2LES OCELOTS + FRIENDS

( Talented  ones )

Quirky Alt-Rock-influenced post-jazz quintet LO combine off-kilter M-Base

style Funk and global grooves behind some Wayne Shorter-style melodies.

Since their inception two years and a half years ago Les Ocelots have

played alongside acts such as Jason Yarde’s ‘Wah’ and Polar Bear.

Featuring the compositions of bassist Ruth Goller guitarist Jean de Talhouet

and saxophonist James Marsh the trio play contemporary instrumental

music with influences that include Wayne Shorter and AKA Moon.

THURS 15th MARCH.  8pm. £4 / £3 Concs / £2 Members


Once upon a time many years ago in the little village of Keston there was a man who mended shoes. He managed to save his business by buying a fiddle and gathering all the local musicians into the rickety public house on the corner and playing toe-tapping music that wore thin the shoes of anyone listening. Keston Cobblers Club maintain this tradition by embracing contemporary styles and traditional melodies promising to “heel your soles”! Mr Grey is inspired by the timeless work of Bob Dylan Leonard Cohen and Ani Difranco amongst many others he colours in his songs about love and life with guitar banjo ukulele mandolin piano double bass organ percussion toys and any other instruments he can afford and fit into his little studio. Songstress Josephine Lloyd has been writing and recording her beautifully crafted songs since her teens when she found a broken recording machine and a karaoke microphone… She creates a unique world of sound with each song. “Absolutely Sublime… Brilliant!” John Kennedy XFM

FRI 16th MARCH. 8pm – 1am. FREE ENTRY

SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHERYet 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 17th MARCH. 8pm. £6 /£5 Concs / £4 Members (for a good cause!)

ALOMO! And The LONDON WEST AFRICAN ALLSTARS Present: MAAMBENA FEST PARTY!Featuring acoustic sets by Usifu Jalloh of MAAMBENA ABDUL T-JAY YAABA FUNK JALLY KEBBA SUSSO AYO DELE-WILLIAMS ZENA EDWARDS and other special guests. Dj sets by Volta45 Africathy Chief Commander Yaaba Mr Brett and the Outlaw Clive Wales. A spectacular event featuring the best West African music artists in London to raise funds for the second Maambena Fest in Sierra Leone’.

WED 21st MARCH. Doors 7pm. Film 7.30. Music 9pm. £6 / £5 Concs / £4 Members


Maambena Fest is a cultural and literary festival celebrated in Kamakwie in the Northern province of Sierra Leone. A three- day event that is organised by the local Sella Limba people to encourage and promote literary and cultural participation and expression. To strengthen inter-and intra-community bonds while stimulating the local economy by encouraging cultural tourism in the province. This 1.5 hr documentary shows the amazing three days of cultural celebration. The dreaded and hugely respected Matoma masquerade and gbondokali rites of passage dance. Traditional bondo dance and drummers for women. All these rarely performed events are shown here to whet your appetite for visiting Sierra Leone. Complemented naturally by a live performance by Usifu Jalloh and DJ Africathy on the decks.

THURS 22nd MARCH. 8.30 £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members


An evening of politics twitter and beer with appearances from comedians and political speakers to kick things off.  The following things are encouraged nay insisted upon: strict adherence to the #BBCQT Drinking Game Rules panto-style cheering and booing and Dimbledancing to the theme music. @BBCQTwatchalong

FRI 23rd MARCH. 8pm £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members

GYPSY FEVER + DJ SACHA DIEU (Stranger Than Paradise)

A slightly manic 7-piece London based Ethno/Rock/Gypsy fusion band. They draw inspiration from their diverse musical backgrounds – Rock Jazz Folk Gypsy Swing and Funk to create a unique sound all of their own. Drawing from their multi-ethnic roots (Serbian Hungarian English Croatian and Italian) they mix Balkan Gypsy various traditional ethno sounds and Gypsy Jazz with Rock and Funk based grooves. With Stranger Than Paradise DJ the marvellous Sacha Dieu keeping up the tempo from all corners of the Balkan world and yonder.

Sat 24th MAR. 8pm – 1am £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members


Dajla &TWTS’s sound carries a blend of classic organic Soul music contagious grooves heavy basslines with Reggae and Blues inspired melodies.

A breath of fresh air. A claim for optimism and hope. In a world where darkness seems to be the focus of attention Dajla the White Tiger brings a message of Love and Light. Lyrically Dajla has found her balance between sign o’ the times hilarious criticism her skin-deep spirituality and her unfailing quest for justice.

MON 26th MARCH.  Talk: £2.50. 8pm / Food & Chats from 6.30pm

SKEPTICS IN THE PUB  – SPEAKER: Alok JhaIs the end of the world really nigh? The Doomsday Handbook: 50 Ways to the End of the World

From predictions of sin fire and brimstone in ancient stories to asteroids viruses and climate change in films today the human race has long speculated – and dramatized – about how it will all end. Yet no matter how creative our stories are science Alok Jha will tell us offers us even weirder possibilities.

TUES 27th MARCH. £5


A narrative presentation in which the subject of discussion transforms and multiplies in reaction to interaction with key audio-visual stimuli – a genuine evolutionary process unfolds. Featuring mystery guest speakers (keep your eyes on the website…)

WEDS 28th MARCH.  £8 / £7 Concs / £6 MembersCOMEDY LOFTThis month we’ve got a stellar and packed line-up with headliner Pippa Evans “Probably one of the most talented performers at Edinburgh this year.” – The Independent

Matt Crosby “Groucho Marx trapped in the body of Woody Allen” – The Evening Standard

Nish Kumar “Utterly brilliant” – The Scotsman

Dave Gibson “2nd funniest joke of the Edinburgh festival 2010.” – Dave (TV Channel)

And host: Tom Webb “Ingenious and fresh” – Time Out

Get your tickets soon and don’t forget to use your Loft Loyalty Cards to get your 4th show for FREE!

(Next Comedy: 25 April then every last Wednesday)

THURS 29th MAR. 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.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 30th MARCH 8.00pm – FREE EVENT

WAX OFF! Feat. Dj Lyley (Wax Off/Scratch) Tomski (Scratch)

Our March edition of WAX OFF! sees DJ Lyley team up with fellow Scratch partner the mighty Tomski. Scratch has been rocking jams since ’96 and together they have a proven track record djing across London and Europe. Their vinyl chemistry is always on track and they look forwards to digging out some rare gems in the form of funk soul reggae disco and some golden age hip hop. It’s all about letting your hair down having a good dance and listening to some great music with crackles and pops included!

SAT 31st MARCH 8.00pm £6 /£5 Concs / £4 Members


Kicking it at the top of the bill for the East’s best new Swing night Benoit Viellefon is a French crooner a la mode vintage. He created His Orchestra in London England to perform the gorgeous ballroom dance music that was played in Europe Cuba Russia and the USA during the 1920’s to the early 1950’s. The orchestra made of nothing but internationally renown musicians from France Great Britain and Jamaica is rapidly establishing a fearsome reputation for its truly amazing live performance with dancers lovers & listeners. Fancy dress not imperative… but actively encouraged. We expect the post prohibition-ers of you to swing it till we kick you out!