BEST FIT’S FIVE DAY FORECAST 2019
Our pals from Best Fit host a week of their favourite new artists at The Lexington every year and it’s one of the very best ways to get pumped for a year of new music. This January sees everyone from from hotly-tipped Chicagoan Gia Margaret supporting Faye Webster, the brilliant Makeness headlining the Thursday and the captivating Malena Zavala taking to the stage, and that’s just to name a few of our faves. Place your bets for who the secret Friday night guest might be too, see you there to find out.
Christmas events are mostly just clichéd adverts brought to life, but this one caught our attention for being a) impressive b) food based. Each year the V&A commissions a huge number of architects, designers and engineers to build more than 60 gingerbread buildings that together form The Gingerbread City. Encouraging conversation around the future of our built environment- it’s also just, well, a sight to behold.
NEW YEAR’S EVE ACROSS LONDON
New Year’s in London, a little overwhelming no? The options are basically endless, from house parties, pub hangouts and huge club nights with massive names. Well, we’re here to point out some of our faves. Firstly there’s one of London’s best places to drink and see live music: Paper Dress Vintage. They know how to throw a party, the shop will be transformed, and you’ll be in for some brilliant surprises. It’s the perfect size to make you feel at home. Get ready for some electric party times and head to Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen for a Pulp Fiction extravaganza. The Victoria have Average Sex warming up the night (there’s no way of mentioning that band without an accidental pun) followed by a night of post-punk, sixties and indie tracks from Scared to Dance. Or get messy at The Old Blue Last‘s house party, shots, bands, DJs, what more do you need?
LOYLE CARNER’S YARD SALE PIZZA
When we watch Clapton CFC (in Walthamstow) we go to Yard Sale, when we visit the Chesham Arms (in Clapton) we order Yard Sale in. Pre-Rowans? We’re hitting up Finsbury Park Yard Sale. In 2015 we put Loyle Carner on the front of our New Sounds issue, and we knew he’d go on to great things. We got that 100% right – but we never saw this coming-together of worlds happening. Yup, Loyle’s made a special xmas pizza. Inspired by his cookery school (a free initiative, helping teenagers with ADHD into kitchens), it’s called the ‘Christmas Con Carner’, and we can’t wait to try it. Loyle’s a good guy, so there’s a veggie option. Yard Sale are good people so £1 from every pizza will be donated to Loyle’s school. Everyone’s a winner.
CAMDEN ASSEMBLY’S SPOTLIGHT
Okay, a week of new music is good, but Camden Assembly are really upping the anti with a whole month of their favourite new acts. Teaming up with some of our favourite promoters, sites and labels, it’s a month full of treats and the best bit? They’re all free. Yep. £0. Who are we most looking forward to? Well Paigey Cakey, Jetta and Sharky are all going to be absolutely brilliant, and it’s probably the best way to find your new 2019 musical crush.