By Charlotte Cox
Happy New Year, one and all! Here’s how to start 2016 right, whether you want to recover from NYE or just keep the party rollingMore
MUSIC: South London Soul Train
Fancy starting the year full of ‘love, funk and soul’? Of course you do. Then it’s best to head to Peckham’s Bussey Building for an all-night session of Motown anthems, northern soul and acid jazz. Heading up the bill is a live set from Hammond-organ heroes The James Taylor Quartet, while DJs such as Jazzheadchronic, Snowboy and Rob Messr keep the grooves coming across four floors. The organisers warn us to ‘beware the soul shrapnel as the dance floor goes BOOM.’ Noted.
Jan 2; £10; Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
COMEDY: Sara Pascoe’s Literary Salon
Ah, the classic literary salon, where one dons one’s thick-rimmed glasses and sits very demurely discussing very dusty books with other very demure souls… Well, you can forget all that right now. (Except maybe the glasses. Those you can keep.) Because this raucous book-themed event is led by razor-sharp stand-up Sara Pascoe, features performances by ‘real, fictional and long-dead writers’ (uh huh) and is held at uber-cool Shoreditch bar The Book Club. Precocious poetry and port drinking encouraged.
Jan 3; £5; 100-106 Leonard St, EC2A 4RH