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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. www.slagbox.com.
CAKEWALK CAFE HALLOWEEN BALL
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.
NIGHT WORKS PRESENTS THE SCREAMING TIME
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. www.sebrightarms.co.uk.
DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL
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.
DEATH BY BURRITO’S DAY OF THE DEAD
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. www.deathbyburrito.com.
SEVENTY NINE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
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.
FIREWORKS NIGHT IN EAST LONDON
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: http://netil360.eventbrite.co.uk.