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The Dancing Misanthrope’s December Disco Missive: a guide to the best club nights in east London this month

Posted on: November 30, 2012

Alright folks: here comes another slice of recommended club life in east London. There are a lot of special parties happening this month, especially if you want to party hard for Christmas, whether at a super-gay disco or a heavy industrial noise bash. And, for a guide to the best new sounds this festive season, check out my December mix at the bottom, which features the likes of Daniel Avery, Matthew Dear, Tiga and Daphni. Want to see your event here? Email the information to

Read the full round-up after the jump.


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The Dancing Misanthrope’s Disco Missive: an in-depth guide to the best dance music events this week

Posted on: November 23, 2012

Morning kids! The weekend’s just about to touch down. It’s getting darker and colder. And, you know what, this Misanthrope loves it. There’s no excuse to stay in, so get stuck into this lot.

And if you want to know where The Dancing Misanthrope is dancing, whether that’s east, south or occasionally beyond the Big Smoke, or what I’ve been listening to, like my Facebook page:


TONIGHT (Nov 23), Birthdays

Dalston’s Birthdays is certainly turning its basement into a hotspot for all kind of eclectic parties and this Friday sees the return of the very ace Snap, Crackle & Pop! The night is as much about fresh and quality live bands as they are about DJs keeping the groove going on and on. For this party, they have dirty disco duo In Flagranti to sex up the dancefloor, while the main live support is Figures, a production duo who, much like Simian Mobile Disco, appreciate the subtle beauty of analogue sounds. You can have all the flashy lights and hand-waving you want, but if you want to experience of live electronica as it should be, as the likes of SMD and KiNK have shown in the capital recently, you’ll want to make sure you get down for Figures too. And on top of that, no forward-thinking club night is complete without also showcasing new talent, so for the early birds, there’ll be also be live performances from bands Mens Adventures and Crows.
£3/£5, 9pm-3am. Facebook page.


This Friday is also record store and label Phonica’s Ninth Birthday and you can’t fault the brilliant line-up they have for their big bash at XOYO. They’ve only gone and picked their acts straight from the legendary sources of underground dance music, from Detroit, France and, um, Belfast? (wait, it’s not that much of an anomaly, considering it’s also the hometown of Optimo’s JG Wilkes). Detroit is synonymous with the underground techno sound so it’s only fitting to have Detroit-based producer Omar-S headlining, no doubt bringing his own distinct, deep and dark flavour to the mix. Also on the bill is French DJ legend Ivan Smagghe, last seen playing alongside favourite partner-in-crime Andrew Weatherall at Bugged Out’s Halloween Party and before that the special guest at Daniel Avery and Matt Walsh’s Movement Club. Then of course, there’s the Belfast connection – no, it’s not actually Optimo (who are Glasgow-based anyway) or Johnnie on his own, but just as exciting a duo, Bicep, who’ve been rightfully rising in attention this year for their ‘Vision of Love’ 12-inch. This is one pumping line-up for sure, where we’re betting the DJs will be feeding the brand spanking new XOYO sound system with gorgeous vinyl.  Well, you wouldn’t expect less from Phonica, would you?
£12.50 adv, 9pm-3am. Event page


TUESDAY (Nov 27), Rough Trade East

Monday November 26 will be an important day for Throbbing Gristle fans with the release of double-album project ‘Desertshore / The Final Report’, a final memoriam to one of the most influential underground bands ever. Completed by former members Chris and Cosey in memory of Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, the first project ‘Desertshore’ is essentially a re-worked cover of Nico’s seminal 1970 album of the same title, which Sleazy had originally conceived the idea of before his untimely passing. It features an imaginative array of guest vocalists, including Antony Hegarty, Marc Almond, Sasha Grey and Gaspar Noe; ‘The Final Report’ is something like a document, made up of hours of the last recording and experimenting sessions between Chris and Cosey and Sleazy. To celebrate this release, Chris and Cosey will be appearing at Rough Trade East for a special evening hosted by The Quietus‘ Luke Turner to discuss ‘Desertshore / The Final Report’ and no doubt sharing as much as possible their rich history of pushing boundaries in the art of noise.
FREE, from 7pm.


WEDNESDAY (Nov 28), Plastic People
In case you don’t make it down to Friday’s R&S Warehouse Party – and didn’t get on it fast enough to get a ticket to an intimate gig with James Blake early in December – you might want to try out this mid-week night James and his label mates Dan Foat, Airhead, Klaus and drummer Ben Assiter have been running at Plastic People since the summer. Despite the name, 1-800-DINOSAUR doesn’t have any relation with TEED, rather these residents just take turns each playing the records they love, which could actually turn out to be anything (but by anything we don’t mean just any old discriminate crowd-pleasing fodder). Much like the aforementioned Movement Club, this party aims to offer an intimate setting for eclectic tastes, especially digging out the records you may otherwise not get to listen and dance to. With Dinosaurs, it could well be a UK garage night, or old-school Chicago house, or dub – you just won’t know until you get there. But if you trust these guys at R&S then get yourself down on Wednesday and try it out. And these parties should be happening about every fortnight.
£5/£3, 9pm-2am.

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What’s Happening Hackney #3: London Fields Radio’s essential guide to the best of east London

Posted on: November 22, 2012


Hello old bean, and welcome to the LFR guide to what’s going down in this glorious part of London that remains neither a museum or a suburb. We’re firmly in that time of the year where any element of sunlight whatsoever packs its bags off to Australia and leaves most of us longing for little more than a day in bed with an HBO boxset. But with a tug of the socks and a Lemsip for breakfast, there are a warm plethora of things out east to get and see this week…


Tonight (November 22), The Shoreditch Butchery.
Excuse the touch of nepotism here but our very own London Fields Radio is hosting the second of its monthly boozy bashes at Shoreditch’s hot dog and cocktail hangpad, The Shoreditch Butchery. The theme is Brooklyn Block Party, so expect a soundtrack of dive bar stormers and hip hop bangers from the days when MCs would rap about their name in a friendly “C’mown get down to it people” way right through to the present. Plus, it’s a unique opportunity to see some of the faces behind your favourite podcasts.
FREE, 10PM-3AM. Facebook event.


Friday (November 23), a secret London warehouse
I grew up seeing the R&S logo poking out of many a ’90s DJ’s record bag, but since its resurrection a few years ago the label has eschewed its ‘ardcore origins for a succession of quality, forward-thinking electronic releases, somewhat akin to a more bass-affiliated 4AD. This proper all-night warehouse party features DJing from James (not Blunt) Blake, proper live band sets from Vondelpark and Egyptian Hip Hop mixed in with DJs and visuals till late.
10pm – 6am. Tickets:


Sunday (November 25), Hackney Wick
I love a good Sunday market, particularly at this time of the year, when you can wrap up warm, munch on something that is both roasted and in a bun and have and have a good rummage through some vintage bric-a-brac. Hackney Wick these days is looking less and less like the set of some existential sci-fi movie in an abandoned Detroit town, and the Hackney Cut’s Market is the latest attempt to bring some vibrancy to the area, focusing on vintage goods every Sunday. Dig in and grab yourself a bargain.
FREE, 11am-5pm. Corner of Beachy and Roach Roads, Hackney Wick, E3 2NT.


Monday (November 26), The Sebright Arms
Tuesday (November 27), The Shacklewell Arms
Alt.mega-brand ATP brings you two opportunities to see Californian duo Foxygen in east London this week. Their glorious new single ‘Shuggie’ bridges a gap between the ‘Rocky Horror’ histrionics of MGMT’s underrated second album with a gorgeously clammy Sly Stone funk, all wrapped up in a kind of grubby Francophile kitsch pop sensibility. See them with a Lucky Chip burger greasing down your hand at converted old-man boozers The Sebright Arms on Monday or The Shacklewell Arms on Tuesday.
FREE. 7pm.


As you’re no doubt aware, there is a full-scale Burger Revolution going on, with more and more pubs, restaurant, bars, vans and pop-ups boasting of how their beef comes from cows bred on a diet of wheatgrass shakes and early Eno albums. I even have an app on my phone that tells me my proximity to the nearest gourmet burger, like a sort of Grindr for meat.

A real gem, though, which is off the app-map, is Stephen Fry’s Burger at The Three Compasses. These burgers opt less for a tower-stack approach and more for a sweet-bunned take on the American-style fast food burger. The chips are seasoned with pepper and washed down on a Sunday with a Bloody Mary, combined with some of the friendliest bar service in the whole of Hackney. For around a tenner, its a multiple win.
Burger and chips: under £10. Address: Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH.


Paul runs the blog and presents Imaginary Soundtracks on LFR.

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What’s Happening Hackney #2: Happy Halloween!

Posted on: October 31, 2012


Welcome back! It’s time for round two of our guide to the best events, happenings, parties and launches in Hackney and beyond. This week, we couldn’t very well ignore the enormous number of Halloween and Day of the Dead-themed parties on our doorstep. We’ve never seen London go so mad for the freaky stuff. Our Halloween warm-up at The Shoreditch Butchery last Thursday got the weekend off to a flying start too. Click HERE to see the full photo album from the night.

Here’s where you should be celebrating Halloween tonight and beyond. Want your event in the next one? Email all the info to to be considered.
Tonight (Oct 31), Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Bored of speed-dating nights? The girls at Slagbox bill their night as ‘the singles night for people that don’t like singles nights’ and combines madcap dating games with a raucous party till late thanks to DJs Tahita Bulmer (who also co-runs the event), Johnny Robb (To The Lazer Cave) and Zara Truss Giles (a dancer with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and purveyor of some of the hottest booty house records around). How does it work? Bring a single friend of the opposite sex with you and pay your fiver entry, where you’ll be given a number. Then scan the Day of the Dead-themed dancefloor and note down the number of your potential suitor. Write them a cheeky note and pop it in the ‘Slagbox’, where it will be later read out by the compére. Still with us? There’s a slow dance section at the end of the night for the shy among the suitors and a make-up artist on hand to ensure you look suitably ghoulish. Plus there’s free cocktails for the best notes.
£5, 9pm-2am.


Tonight (Oct 31), Passing Clouds
Our favourite bohemian Dalston venue is throwing a mid-week ball in honour of Halloween with a ghoulish swing-dancing special. Don a mask and get ready to cha-cha to live music from Spewan Leach & The Snakewalkers, who play ’20s and ’30s hot jazz and swing, plus Gertie and her Gaiety, Dr Jazz and his boogie-woogie piano and swing dance classes and performance from Swing Patrol. DJ Sacha Dieu (Stranger than Paradise) rounds it all off with vintage tunes on the decks, or delve into the Day of the Dead-themed face-paining, silent film screenings or Halloween food (£4 a plate) instead.
 £4, £1 to those attending the Swing Patrol dance classes earlier on. 7pm-2am. Facebook event.

Tonight (Oct 31), The Sebright Arms
Head to the gig space at Hackney Road boozer The Sebright Arms tonight for a spooktacular live show from Night Works, the new pet pop project from Gabriel Stebbing (ex-Metronomy and Your Twenties). He’ll be playing spooked-up versions of track from his forthcoming debut album, Modern European, joined by enigmatic electro-rap artist Roman – who has been known to bring, of all things, a chainsaw onstage – and DJs San Zhi and 21:AD spinning till late.
FREE, 8pm-11pm.

Nov 1-4, Mezcaleria Quiquiriqui
We reviewed this ace new bar in the first edition of What’s Happening Hackney? and now, fittingly, they’re putting on a Day of the Dead-themed festival over four nights. Thursday November 1 features blow-yer-head-off mezcal tasting with Thomas Bullock (7pm, £10) with tunes and fancy dress fun throughout the night; Friday November 2 is a fancy dress blow-out with free jugs of cocktails for the best outfits, face-painting and freaky cumbia tunes on the decks; Saturday November 3 is a Lucha Libre wrestling party, so squeeze into your Lycra onesies and get dancing; and Sunday November 5 is the bar’s “recovery session” with mezcal Bloody Marys, Mexican movies and, they say, “some crazy MexiTurkish fusion food” (though we’re not sure how much that will help your hangover!).
7pm-12midnight, prices vary. Facebook event.

Nov 1, Catch
Catch’s in-house contemporary Mexican grill, Death By Burrito, is celebrating Day of the Dead by inviting you to gorge yourself silly on their fiery wraps while launching their all-new chilli dip, Death Sauce, which they’ll be giving away bottles of for free. But they’re also launching a brand new music programme tonight, with DJs from Love Fever, Solar and Clash working the decks upstairs while Dalston Oxfam Shop’s Todd Hart shows off his eclectic party mixes in the downstairs bar. Wash it all down with 2-4-1 Dia De Los Muertos cocktails – or make the most of their tequila-only cocktail list – and get a special Death By Burrito temporary tattoo to remind you of the fun.
FREE, 10pm-4am.

Nov 2, Moustache Bar
Our boys Matt and Will from LFR show the Soul Report present a Halloween version of their monthly disco, boogie and tropical basement sesh, Seventy Nine, on Friday, with added deep, dark and twisted grooves to suit the occasion. Costumes aren’t compulsory, though they are encouraged, and you can spend an extra quid or so on tin-foil/fake blood/face paint as entry is completely free.
FREE, 9pm-3am. Facebook event

For a full list of outdoor fireworks parties in east London, see Time Out London’s list here. But for a fireworks party with a difference, head to NETIL HOUSE on Saturday where they’ll be opening up their spacious roof terrace-cum-fireworks viewing platform to non-members for a night of toffee apples, chestnuts, “hot mocktails” and a BYOB policy (the idea is that you can combine them). A non-members day pass will cost you £8, while members guests can get in for £5. NB: You will be asked to declare all booze at the Netil 360 reception and there will be a corkage fee.
Nov 3, FREE to members, otherwise £8 (guests £5), 5pm-11pm. Tickets:




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