So, the weekend fast approaches. It’s time to let your hair down, put on those dancing shoes and sip on a well-earned passion fruit spritzer. But getting into town can be a hellish experience: wrinkled, half-read copies of the Evening Standard sitting lifeless on an empty tube seat, rail replacement buses with their mobile phone-produced grime soundtracks, young folk out in biting mid-winter winds wearing garments too obscene for even the most liberal of bathing ponds. Take it from me, it’s not worth the risk.
But you don’t have to go through all that in order to enjoy some rockin’ live music, or to shake your money-maker through to the wee hours. No siree, Kilburn has it all, and seeing as Thursday’s the new Friday, it’s as good a place as any – better if anything – to begin.
South London three piece Ex Libras headline at the Good Ship. Expect to hear soothing keyboard melodies and whining vocals disrupted by heavily syncopated beats, with a bit of synth thrown in for good measure. Support comes from The Woe Betides and The Momeraths. £4 entry, doors 7:30pm.
Alternatively, for bass-driven, head-banging, macarena-dancing madness, head over to Power’s Bar, where female-fronted three piece Armada of Secrets will be rocking out, supported by Archive of Everything. Doors 8pm, free entry.
Hula Groove are mercenaries, musicians for hire. They’re a soul, funk & disco style cover band, complete with bongos, cow bells and vocal harmonies. Their repertoire includes all your faves by the likes of Estelle, Michael Jackson, Deee-Lite and Destiny’s Child. Hey, if it’s good enough for your second cousin’s wedding, it’s good enough for you on a Friday night in Kilburn. The Luminaire, doors from 7:30, £7 entry, with all profits going to Warchild.
Jammin returns to the Westbury for the first time in 2010. The Jammincrew will have all you trendy folk moving and shaking to everything from reggae to hip hop to drum&bass. 9pm-3am, free before 10pm, £5 after.
Live music can once again by found at both Power’s and the Good Ship, with DJs spinning til 4am at the latter.
If you still haven’t had your fix of dancing for the week, or you suffer from the chronic, debilitating disease of Madforititis, then be sure to hit one of the following locales:
The Good Ship (11pm-4am, £5) plays host to DJ Maurice, who’ll be playing the ever-eclectic mix of electro, pop and rock’n’roll hits.
It’s business as usual at Juicebox @ the Westbury (8pm-3am, £3 before 10pm, £5 after), where it’s party anthems galore; indie, R&B, hip hop and dance classics.
Saturday night means another Krush @ Lower Ground Bar (10pm-3am, £5), where your hips will sway and your wallet will empty to the sounds of soul, R&B and garage.
Your friends at NW6: the blog remind you to ‘ave it large.