Celebrate you, your children, your brothers, your sisters, your cousins or whoever you fancy getting their GCSE results this week with art, sound and intensive inter-Olympic retail therapy across the boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham.
Friday August 24:
The Coalminers at Charlie Wrights, Hoxton
Charlie Wright’s, 45 Pitfield Street, Hoxton
Described as ‘Swamp Soul’, six-piece soul and funk outfit the Coalminers will be performing a set of “blistering” jazz funk.
The free event, which starts at 9pm, will be part of the ‘New Orleans in London’ Mardi Gras. The jazz events, which run until Sunday, are set to coincide with the Notting Hill Carnival.
Saturday August 25:
Too Cute to Puke club night
White Rabbit Cocktail Club, 125 Church Street, Stoke Newington
In this club night in Stoke Newington the running order consists solely of bands fronted by female singers. TCTP is organised so as to give female-fronted bands a spotlight as well as offering up a raucous playlist that ranges from punk and ska to sixties girl-groups and DJ sets.
Fresh from a festival in Sweden, expect the DJs to be well-versed and energetic. The odd chant of “Free Pussy Riot” may also go down well.
Assorted drinks deals available on the night.
Nearest tube/bus: Stoke Newington Rail Station (Overground) or Dalston Kingsland (East London line-Zone 2) or by bus 149, 73, 476, 393
Ticket price: £4
Sunday August 26:
The Daily Standard. Presented by Tim Head.
Pure Evil Gallery, 108 Leonard Street
Tim Head’s debut exhibit in the Pure Evil Gallery, ‘The Daily Standard’ displays works compiled over a two-month period in 2010 when the unemployed artist only had free London newspapers and snaffled materials at his disposal.
Sunday will be the closing day of this exhibit, so swing by Shoreditch to catch this colourful array of paintings, prints, drawings, and collages which feature familiar faces from abandoned ‘papers.
There will also be ample opportunity to cast a critical eye over the works which the artist insists chronicles a decline in the print industry.
Tube: Old Street
Tuesday August 28:
Prince’s Foundation Pop-Up market
Charlotte Road Gallery, 19-22 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch
This market will offer a chance look over craft items, vintage clothing, books, and records as well as housing several food and drink stalls.
It was set up to display restored items and crafts that previously visible at the Prince’s House in Ideal Home Shows over the last few years. As well as this, there will be displays put on by several local vendors, with a chance to sample vegan beer from Pitfield’s brewery or the wares from local bakers.
The market in the East End will only be up for four days, but it is a venue to see some of the textiles and tiles produced by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, as well as a place to take in a craft class or take in a music session.
Tube: Shoreditch High Street
Busses: 35, 141, 344
Written by Alan Dymock