It’s OxJam Brixton today. The festival is taking over four venues – The Windmill, Dog Star, Plan B and Upstairs at The Ritzy – with up to 30 acts including drum ‘n’ bass DJs Logistics, the Work It! DJ team and the BAC Beatbox Academy with performance poet MC Angel.
They aim to raise £6000 for Oxfam with the money from the tickets, costing £10 each for a day pass. Here’s what you can see for a tenner:
PLAN B (6pm-Midnight)
Nu:tone B2B Logistics ft. SP:MC
THE DOGSTAR (3pm – Midnight)
Work It! DJs
The Great Malarkey
Jack Leon Colton
BAC Beatbox Academy ft. Deanna Rogers and Paul Cree
THE WINDMILL (3pm-11pm)
A Sweet Niche
Little Big Noise
UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY (7pm-11pm)
Russell Swallow & The Wolf
I Am A Pilot
We Are Goose
How to spend your entire bank holiday weekend in Brixton:
Friday 27 and Saturday 28: Two of the world’s top hip-hop producers, Just Blaze and The Alchemist, go head to head at Plan B for two nights running. Just Blaze vs The Alchemist Soundclash, £12 advance tickets, 10pm-4am, Plan B.
And over at Coldharbour Lane, Living Bar is re-opening with a launch night that includes new resident DJs Maxi Jazz of Faithless and Rob Birch from Stereo MCs.
Saturday 28: After a night’s partying, try a more relaxing workout at the new ‘Tai Chi in the Park‘ classes from 11am-12pm. Strength-building and energy-giving tai chi for all abilities – outside in Brockwell Park AND for free. Classes will be taking place May 28th, June 4th, June 11th, June 18th and June 25th. Map and details on the website.
Sunday 29: Levi Roots is hosting the Lazy Sunday festival in Brockwell Park. Expect Caribbean music, steel bands and cookery demonstrations. And Reggae Reggae Sauce.
Monday 30: I love bank holidays because it means another day to spend wandering around Brixton Market – see here for top food shop tips. If you’re feeling daring later on, show off your singing, dancing or joke-telling skills at the Ritzy’s monthly Open Mic Night.
Monday 23: It’s a folk and country night at The Windmill tonight with a line-up that includes Frontier Ruckus from Michigan and Deer Park. £7 advance tickets, The Windmill
Tuesday 24: The Cimarron Festival is a festival celebrating the legacy of African culture in Latin America and tonight at Ritzy Upstairs, they are holding a workshop in Afro-Columbian singing, known as ‘cumbia’. It will be followed by a performance from the Latin American Community Choir. All levels welcome, 7pm, Ritzy Upstairs.
Wednesday 25: A solo exhibition by British artist George Shaw opens at the South London Gallery – ‘The Sly and Unseen Day‘ features his semi-realist paintings of the estate in Coventry where he grew up. Free, South London Gallery.
Thursday 26: Try out the new Thai restaurant, Kaosan, in Granville Arcade. Recently reviewed in The Observer and reviewed here by the Happiness Project London blog.
Snapshots of Brixton this afternoon, inspired by the sun – a busy market and snippets of music
Windrush Sq is being used for good things this week – it’s the Lambeth School’s Musitrax Festival organised by the Lambeth Music Service, our very own ‘El Systema’. From 1pm today, 150 Year 4 schoolchildren will perform in a big band, there’ll be djembe workshops for families, and on Friday Levi Roots – of Reggae Reggae Sauce fame – will lead a string band in concert.
Here’s the timetable. Enjoy.
Thursday 1st July:
1pm – MX Band in concert. The band features 150 Year 4 children from Lambeth schools playing trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, sax and percussion
2-4pm – Family djembe workshops
Friday 2nd July:
1pm – MX String Band & Levi Roots in concert. The band features 200 Year 4 children from Lambeth schools playing violin and cello; plus Levi Roots performing his new single accompanied by the children
2-4pm – Family djembe workshops