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July 5, 2018

Temporary Autonomous Alleyways @ Freedom

Freedom Bookshop has signed up for the First Thursdays circuit in East London for venues (mainly art) to stay open late and provide free spaces for people to gather and socialise.

This first month is presented by some artistic members of the bookshop and the decentre social space upstairs.

Members of the Bookshop & Decentre present: Temporary Autonomous Alleyway Art* featuring live music, performance, autonomy and art – plus the bookshop will be open for all your anarcho-lit needs.


WONDRWOMN – The Girl Next Door, that raps. This North London artist specialises in crafting her own unique brand of ‘Grit Pop’, blending elements of Hip Hop, Psychedelic Soul and Funk. Her EP ‘The Girl Next Door, that raps.’ is available on Apple Music, iTunes, BandCamp. FB: Wondr Womn []

ALICE KARVELI – an interdisciplinary mixed media artist whose work focuses on transformative performance, both live and on film, involving sculptural elements, hypnotic soundscapes, and a visceral kinaesthetic approach. “To drown/ To swim” is an inner dialogue between different aspects of Self, each in the process of emancipation from the clutches of their crutches.

MAD MAT VALENTINE – legendary street performer and urchin. No promotion necessary.

FREQ-SHOW – There are talented artists and then there is Freq-Show. So untalented and unsexy that it must all be an act. Kinky fire-based freak show, one not to be missed (as he’ll probably fall on top of you)

Plus tunes from INSTAMASH and artwork from Vytautas Unsane.

*Not to be confused with Temporary Autonomous Art!

Start: July 5, 2018 7:00 pm
End: July 5, 2018 10:00 pm
Venue: Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX, United Kingdom
Cost: Free

May 11, 2018

Chaos Theory/Match& fuse present: The Display Team, Magnus Loom, Ms Mercy

Genre-fluid promoters of the weird and wacky Chaos Theory join forces with promoters of avant-garde jazz, prog and all manner of genre-colliding music Match&Fuse, to present a special lineup of audio oddities.

The Display Team

Two years after Chaos Theory had the sheer giggly joy of working with this supergroup on their sold out album launch show.

Containing members of Nøught, Gong and Knifeworld, this prog-punk orchestra creates a heavy assault of surprisingly upbeat, melodic nonsense, resulting in something like a cross between The Specials and Mr Bungle.

“A beast with 24 limbs, and 6 brains fused into a sympathetic matrix of heady harmonies, ballistic brass, romping-stomping riffs and more “wonk” than a bad hedge.” – Sputnikmusic

Magnus Loom

A heady mix of almost indefinable sounds, utilising heavy electronics, light-fingered instrumentation and falsetto vocals to result in a medley of experimental pop and punk. Of sorts.

“A cornucopia of brightly burning pitches and rhythms.” – Folk and Honey

Ms Mercy (launch gig)

A new noise project of total chaos, rock, metal, noise, prog, punk and more, featuring members of WorldService Project. A brilliant FNM/SOAD/Bunglesque experience.

Start: May 11, 2018 7:30 pm
End: May 11, 2018 11:00 pm
Venue: New River Studios
Phone: 07794 450127
199 Eade Road, London, N4 1DN, United Kingdom
Cost: £6

April 19, 2018

El Diablo: Trapallada (GZ), Rags Rudi & Bob Noxious @The Bird’s Nest

El Diablo Promotions presents:

Trapallada is a ska-punk band formed in 2004 in Corunna, Galicia. The music is a mixture of ska, punk, reggae and traditional rhythms, often with social and political lyrics in Galician language.
100% antiracist 100%antifascist

Rags Rudi
5 Cockney rascals and 1 Toronto scoundrel. A lively cocktail of ska, hip-hop, dub, punk, and funk – Rags Rudi get their crowds Skankin wherever they go. They’ve shared stages with Rico Rodriguez, Jerry Dammers (The Specials), The Selecter, The Beat, Freddie Notes and countless more. Rags Rudi are ready for the knees-up!

Bob Noxious and the WRONG Cabaret.
Bob Walshy Walsh – ’10 Most Controversial Acts at The Edinburgh Fringe 2016′ – Huffington Post
100% Anti Fascist.

Start: April 19, 2018 8:00 pm
End: April 19, 2018 11:00 pm
Venue: The Bird's Nest
32 Deptford Church Street, London, SE8 4RZ, United Kingdom
Cost: Free

March 7, 2018 – March 9, 2018

Hear Me Howl – gig theatre

Lights Down Productions present – HEAR ME HOWL, a one woman, rowdy as hell piece of gig-theatre like no other.

Jess is turning 30 and she’s just discovered punk. Some might say punk is dead, others would say she should really stick to the day job, but the resounding concern is: shouldn’t she be concentrating on settling down by now?
The play explores the characters journey via her discovery of punk music (& punk philosophy) and her story is told from behind and with the help of a drum kit and defiant, with drumsticks in hands, Jess lurches into an unknown future, one where she throws convention to the wind, and questions how much autonomy those with a womb really do have, here in the western world.

It promises to be a very punk, DIY performance, half gig/half spoken word, full rage! Through learning about punk Jess finds a way to express her anger at what society expects from her and she rages against the path her life is on.

We are at Landor Space, Clapham, South London 7th, 8th and 9th March at 7:30pm and 9th March at 2:30pm.

Tickets £10 full price, £8 concessions

Start: March 7, 2018 7:30 pm
End: March 9, 2018 7:30 pm
Venue: Landor Space
Phone: 02077 373419
70 LANDOR ROAD, London, SW9 9PH, United Kingdom
Cost: £10/£8

September 14, 2017

The Comedy Night of Art the Arms Fair

A night of comedy as part of Art the Arms Fair in association with Quantum Leopard, London’s cult indie-comedy night. A tip-top line-up of smashing comedy lovelies who love punchlines as much as they hate the arms trade.

Headliner TBC.
Kate Smurthwaite
Chris Coltrane
Bisha K Ali
Don Biswas
Sian Docksey
MC James Ross

Suggested donations for Campaign Against Arms Trade on the door – £5 unwaged/£10 waged/£20 loaded.

There will be a bar. We reserve the right to give your ticket to someone on the door if you are not in the venue by 7.45pm.

Booking advised

Start: September 14, 2017 7:30 pm
End: September 14, 2017 10:00 pm
Venue: SET
7th Floor, Capstan House, Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BA, United Kingdom
Cost: Suggested donation of £5-£20

June 23, 2017

Alan Clayson And The Argonauts + The Bronsons

**Alan Clayson and the Argonauts** “were one of rock’s most glorious and enjoyable follies, and somewhere there is a parallel universe where they are bigger than The Beatles” (Rock ‘N’ Reel) and hold “a premier position on rock’s Lunatic Fringe” (Melody Maker).

In the late 1970s Clayson was being spoken of and written about in the same paragraphs as Wreckless Eric, John Otway, Tom Robinson and Elvis Costello, and featured in a BBC Radio One In Concert (which turned up on a 2001 bootleg CD).

Notoriety and cult glories aplenty but the Argonauts eventually succumbed to the treacherous seas of showbiz: no golden fleece. That was presumed to be that until a telephone call from out of the blue in summer 2005 from Damaged Goods records resulted in the release of “Sunset On A Legend”, a double-CD retrospective, and a reformation for a sensational farewell performance – which turned out to be the first of many. Here’s another not to be missed for fans of post-punking pre-punking outre outsider rock’n'roll.

Plus **The Bronsons** – pub rock and rhythm’n'booze revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartz via Ducks Deluxe sense, plus a bit of acidic Dr Feelgood punky boogie woogie oh yes. The Count Bishops and The Inmates are also reference points via a little counter cultural trippy blues. A great night out in themselves.

And **Eliphant** – psych pop , strains of late 60’s U.S. garage pop too, but this has that R’n'B fuelled slightly whimsical late 60’s brit feel, decently hooky and an authentic retro sound, fine work.

Start: June 23, 2017 7:15 pm
End: June 23, 2017 11:30 pm
Venue: The Dublin Castle
Phone: 07949 575149
94 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN, United Kingdom
Cost: 5

May 6, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Monkish live at the St Moritz Club in London

Monkish play one of the few remaining venues in Central London, The St Moritz Club in Soho. Entry is £6 and Coltana and Wastin Years are also on the bill. The club night lasts until 3:30am after if you want to stay on

Start: May 6, 2017 8:00 pm
End: May 7, 2017 3:30 am
Venue: St Moritz Club
159 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8WJ, United Kingdom
Cost: 6

March 19, 2017

Rock’n'Roll Barbie 2

An Alternative Gathering are back again for more bands, booze and BBQ
with the added bonus of celebrating Mandy Austin’s 40th birthday (again)!

London Sewage Company – Power-punk doo wap blues
Holy Faction – Funky post punk
PollyPikPocketz – Dirty grunge
Jonestown – Post punk
Schadegeddon – Cabaret punk with bagpipes!

Doors 6pm
£4 Entry

Event Page –

Start: March 19, 2017 6:00 pm
End: March 19, 2017 10:30 pm
Venue: Red's True Barbecue
Phone: 020 3021 2302
54-56 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3QR, United Kingdom
Cost: £4 OTD

February 18, 2017 – February 19, 2017

OUROBOROS -The Circus Riot

‘Art is made not to decorate apartments, art is an instrument of war’ – P.Picasso.

Start: February 18, 2017 7:00 am
End: February 19, 2017 1:00 pm
Venue: Underdog Gallery
6 Crucifix Lane, London Bridge, London, SE1 3JW, United Kingdom
Cost: Free

January 14, 2017


Sewer Trench
Some sort of Grind/Crust/Metal, raw, primitive and brutal.
Extremely powerful female fronted trashcore
Killing Man Jaroh
We like to experiment and diversify, but our latest song has taken us down some sort of epic, fast and thrashy path that we didn’t see coming…!
Reptile Masters
Two piece DIY sludge punk band based in London

Start: January 14, 2017 7:00 pm
End: January 14, 2017 11:00 pm
Venue: Thhe Bird's Nest
Phone: 020 8692 1928
32 Deptford Church Street, London, SE8 4RZ, United Kingdom
Cost: Free