Those living in or near London are in for a treat this month, as event organisers have a host of great music nights in store. All the fun kicks off on June 6th with ‘Meeting Of Styles’ a live graffiti art and music event. End Of The Line are the hosts for this event, which will feature some of the best freehand painters in the world, who will descend on a Bacon and Slater street near Brick Lane for a large scale painting session. The organisers will also create a festival style atmosphere in a warehouse in nearby Clifton Street for the after party. Along with some indoor painting and food and drink, music will play a big part in the event. A series of DJ sets and live performances have been scheduled, not to be missed if you’re a fan of Drum & Bass, Ska, Hip Hop, or Dubstep. Among those appearing are No 1 Station, The Lazy Habits, local rapper Goldie Locks, and DJ/MC Danny Breaks.
This date is fast approaching so be quick and book your tickets at www.gigantic.com or check out the festival blog at http://endofthelinepresentsmeetingofstyles.blogspot.com
Following hot on the heels of ‘Meeting Of Styles’ is the latest Showcase: Live event at 229 Great Portland Street on June 8th. This multi genre music showcase has attracted some of the best new talent in the U.K, and even been on a successful U.K tour. Their event on June 8th will feature the brilliant Babysteps (think The Feeling and Maroon 5), Mark Read (formerly of boyband A1, now a folk/acoustic/rock singer), the debut of new boyband Chapter One, and finally a set by pop/rock singer J Marie Cooper.
Tickets and further information on all the acts available from www.wegottickets.com
The team at Rhythm Factory have also been busy organising dates for June, with some great nights in store. On Monday June 8th they have a song-writers night with open mic slots. Following on from that on Tuesday 9th, promoters Let Them Eat Gak host their regular alternative night with Girl Mountain, The Perry Lane Sect, and We Rock Like Girls Don’t. Next up is Goldmine’s Rock and Roll night on June 11th with London Black Market, and Legs Eleven in the lineup. Finally on the 15th is Obama Play Pop, a music art and open mic night. Some of these nights are free to attend, others are pay on the door, but all are guaranteed to be great fun! All these promoters have further nights booked throughout June and July, with acts like Itmar, Akira, Dirty Money, Damo Suzuki (who I’m told shouldn’t be missed) and Pirate Radio all booked up to play.
Visit http://www.rhythmfactory.co.uk/ for more details.
Finally we’ve received details of the interestingly titled OOXXOO happening in The Albany, Deptford on June 18th. This event is sure to be one of June’s most original with a market bazaar, zine-swap, and an art collective in the café areaselling their products. Raid your money jar for all the latest music-zines, fashion, cakes, and craft products, then head to the main area of the venue for some great live music and DJ sets. Acts appearing include:
• Alex Taylor from Hot Chip (DJ Set).
• Laetitia from Stereo Lab (DJ Set).
• Marie from Lisbonne (DJ Set).
• Monade a joint project from Laetitia and Marie.
• The Invisible, a talented band from East London.
• DJ’s from the No Pain In Pop record label.
• David Jay (spoken word artist).
Tickets costing £6 are available in advance from http://www.thealbany.org.uk, where you’ll also find full details of the line-up for this event. The official website for the event is http://www.ooxxoo.co.uk . This is just a selection of events happening in London this month; no doubt there are many more just waiting to be discovered, London is after all one of major hubs for music culture.
Come back soon for more gig and festival news from across the U.K.