By Ed Gibbs
Time to gather the troops and indulge your good time vibes. We’ve rounded up East London’s hottest live music to see you through the festive season
Friday 7 & 14 December
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! ABBA AFTER MIDNIGHT
Hackney’s house of kitsch brings the wonderful world of the Swedish super-troopers to life in this unashamed night of pure Abba mania. Song requests are encouraged – as is Abba-tastic attire. There’s the ‘80s Dancing in the Dark night to follow in the weeks ahead, but we reckon this is the perfect start to the silly season. A safe ‘n’ sure place where you can sing to your heart’s content and there’s nuttin’ anyone can do about it. Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me, Money, Money, Money, Chiquitita, Does Your Mother Know, The Winner Takes it All… The list goes on and on. Doors open at 10pm.
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU
020 8985 7963
Tuesday 18 December
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Deserter’s Songs, the band performs that seminal LP in its entirety in a rare, acoustic setting for the faithful. Deserter’s Songs was the commercial breakthrough record that turned the band from cult favourites to major stars. It also featured members of legendary outfit The Band (of Big Pink fame). The upstate New Yorkers have had a long and winding journey over the years, with some notable gaps inbetween releases, not to mention a number of line-up changes. But their ethereal music and spirit rings true. Tickets are expected to fly out the door.
1a Amhurst Road, London E8 1LL
020 3553 4831
Thursday 20 December
Go on, you know you want to. ‘Tis the season to be jolly – and sing – so what better way than with a full-on choir live on stage to get you in the festive mood? Under the banner of the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival, the Barbican will be transformed into a lively house of holly for one glorious evening of seasonal cheer. The City of London Choir backed by the London Concert Orchestra will provide the music and song. We defy anyone not to get up and join in! Also worth checking out is the Jingle Bell Christmas on the 22nd and Carols by Candelight on the 23rd, plus The Best of John Williams classic movie scores on the 27th and plenty more. Check out the Barbican website for more details.
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 4141, barbican.org.uk
Monday 31 December
THE CARNIVAL OF LIGHT
Ok, so New Year’s Eve falls weirdly this year, making you think twice about going out on the raz, right? Wrong! Whatever misgivings you might have about the Monday night slot, this unashamedly joyous night out should fix those fast. According to organisers: “Troxy is being transformed with supernatural underwater space garden style. A visually spectacular display of lights, lanterns, trippy visuals and circus acts set to a huge dance soundtrack that spans drum’n’bass, deep house, tech house, trance, techno and bassline for days. Parades of puppets and characters, lasers, CO2, confetti, balloon drops and more will make you smile.” VIP pack includes most of what you need for New Year’s. Who can argue with that?
490 Commercial Road, London E1 0HX
0844 249 1000 // 0207 790 9000