July 5, 2018
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 [www.facebook.com/wondrwomn]
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!
April 19, 2018
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
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.
March 7, 2018 – March 9, 2018
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
September 14, 2017
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.
Bisha K Ali
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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-comedy-night-of-art-the-arms-fair-tickets-36840700527
June 23, 2017
**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.
May 6, 2017 – May 7, 2017
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
March 19, 2017
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!
Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/956777281120215
February 18, 2017 – February 19, 2017
‘Art is made not to decorate apartments, art is an instrument of war’ – P.Picasso.