28 Feb

James Lavelle Presents… UNKLE Sounds


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James Lavelle

Saturday 28th February
KOKO, Camden High street
10pm – 4am
// ADV £10.00 // £13.50 // MOTD
Tickets: http://www.theplayground.co.uk/events-box-office/



The Playground kicks off 2015 with a rare audio-visual show from UNKLE SOUNDS & Guests at KOKO on Saturday the 28th February. With set and production design by long time UNKLE collaborators, Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton-Jones, the show will bring UNKLE’s illustrious and musical history into the future. With exclusive audio and visuals being prepared, this is a show not to be missed!

► James Lavelle, the DJ, co-founder of Unkle and head of Mo’Wax label, founded UNKLE in 1994 with school friend Tim Goldsworthy. Originally categorized as trip hop, the project once included producer DJ Shadow amongst a variety of guest artists and producers. Lavelle and Shadow released Psyence Fiction in 1998 to critical acclaim. The album included collaborations with an all-star lineup including Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Mike D (Beastie Boys), Kool G. Rap, Jason Newsted (Metallica), Badly Drawn Boy and Richard Ashcroft (The Verve). The album was mixed by Shadow’s long-time collaborator, producer Jim Abbiss.
It was announced on 18 April 2011 that UNKLE would headline the Dance Stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals whilst James Lavelle has gone on to curating Meltdown Festival at the Barbican following in the footsteps of Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Morrissey.

Stay tuned for imminent updates as THE PLAYGROUND kicks off another audio-visual spectacular until the late hours of the morning.

James Lavelle Presents… UNKLE Sounds
28 Feb

Slowly Exploding – 10 Years Of Perc Trax

Slowly Exploding – 10 Years Of Perc Trax
Corsica Studios, London

Perc Trax rounds off its 10 Years celebrations with a homecoming event at London’s Corsica Studios. Leading the charge is the first joint UK set by Perc & Truss, whose back to back sets have seen them tear up many a European festival in 2014 including two appearances at Awakenings. Ruling over Room 2 is Factory Floor, who play their first Perc Trax event after remixing Forward Strategy Group for the label and inviting Perc to remix ‘Two Different Ways’ for DFA. Joining Factory Floor in Room 2 is Diagonal Records boss Powell, whose experimentally minded percussive output fits perfectly into the Perc Trax world and new addition to the line-up Pete Swanson, whose raw 100% hardware live show is about as raw and visceral as electronic music gets. Nik Void from Factory Floor will also grace Room 2 with a solo live set showcasing her unique take on electronic and guitar noise and newly forged DJ duo Hamburger Ladies, comprising two of the sharpest musical minds from the Quietus music site will open the room.

Along with Perc & Truss in Room 1 is Randomer, who has had a breakout year in 2014 with releases on L.I.E.S. offshoot Russian Torrent Versions and Clone and a starring role in the recent Perc Trax Boiler Room session. Alongside Randomer, Ansome will be playing the kind of modular-based live set that has been key to the rapid rise of this South London Analogue Material. Opening up proceedings in Room 1 is Border Community regular and former resident at The End Avus, a man who has graced many a Perc Trax release including the label’s 2nd release back in 2004.

Line Up:
Perc & Truss (3 hour set)
Factory Floor (live)
Pete Swanson
Ansome (live)
Nik Void FF (live)
Hamburger Ladies

Slowly Exploding – 10 Years Of Perc Trax
28 Feb

Skream + Soul Clap + Room 2: Harri & Jasper James

XOYO, London

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One of dance music’s most influential and important figureheads, we’re delighted to announce Skream as XOYO’s first resident of 2015.

Skream’s path through clubland and its genres has taken him on an unexpected journey; from his beginnings at Big Apple Records to topping the charts as part of Magnetic Man and holding down Radio 1 residencies, he’s the poster boy for contemporary British music.

Upping the disco game for this one are loveable duo Soul Clap, who captured hearts and minds back in 2011 thanks to their colourful collaborative DJ-Kicks mix with Wolf & Lamb. Chiefly regarded as bringing the party and fun vibes in equal measure, you’d be hard pressed to stop smiling when these two take to the decks.

Upstairs will be a special father and son occasion, as Harri from Sub Club will be playing alongside his boy Jasper in what promises to be a pretty emotional one. Make sure you have a fresh pack of Kleenex in the pocket.

Skream + Soul Clap + Room 2: Harri & Jasper James
26 Feb

Howie B + Addictive TV

Rich Mix, London

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A night of live innovation with trip-hop supremo Howie B performing a unique improvised live set, and audio/video remix pioneers Addictive TV presenting their acclaimed Orchestra of Samples project with live accompaniment from beatboxer Bass6, fiddle player Shona Mooney and sitar from Baluji Shrivastav. Plus looping to full effect will be Welsh wunderkind singer/songwriter Kizzy Crawford, named as a BBC Horizons act for 2015.

Howie B + Addictive TV
13 Feb

Neighbourhood #17 : DJ Pete + Special Guest

Dance Tunnel, London

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Friday 13th, unlucky for some but not for Neighbourhood, who are very lucky to have the wonderful DJ Pete, Berghain resident and core Hardwax crew member over from Berlin to grace the decks .

DJ Pete’s experience as a producer and exceptional DJ spans 20 years deep. He was one of the early, influential forces in shaping Berlin’s underground dance music scene. One of his main strengths on the decks is keeping the balance of pleasing the crowd while always keeping an open mind for new sounds.

Joining DJ Pete will be a special guest who will remain a mystery for the time being. More clues to come over the next month! You will not be disappointed.

Neighbourhood #17 : DJ Pete + Special Guest
13 Feb

The Artful Badger present Love & Lightning Valentines Ball

The Vaults, Leake St , London SE1 8SW

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After the sell out success of the 2014 Art of Hearts Valentines Ball, the Artful Badger are delighted to invite you on another amorous adventure of exploding emotions and magnetic attractions. For two nights we, once again, infiltrate the tunnels below Waterloo Station as part of the Vault Festival 2015. Rooms of love and lust where wild music, passionate performances, and art installations set the scene for mischief and match making. Sweet siren song, secret rooms, stalls, games, alluring aerial, boisterous bands, provocative & punchy performances, delectable dancers and of course…a romantically rampant party!!



Jump Up Bands,
Rocking Badger DJ’s
Tattoo Parlour & Face Painting
Artful Badger Performance Troupe
Dating Games – more details to follow!
Art Works and Installations
Market place with costumes and stalls
+ much more


Amorous Animals: Frisky Ferrets, Sinful Snake, Heart on your Sleeve, Murmuring Heart, Leda & the Swan, Seductive Squirrel, Puckering Parrot, Desperate Dodo, Pair of Parrots…or anything you imagination can dream of!

Earlybird: £15
General: £20

Table Bookings & birthdays:
To reserve a table please contact Aoife at aoifetol@gmail.com










The Artful Badger present Love & Lightning Valentines Ball
07 Feb

Individual Collective x DSNT feat Kangding Ray, AnD, Ancient Methods, Lakker + many more

Corsica Studios, 4/5 Elephant Road, London SE17 1LB

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LINE UP: Kangding Ray(Live), AnD, Ancient Methods, Lakker(Live/AV), Headless Horseman(Live/AV), DJ Skirt, Sunil Sharpe, AD//SS(AnD b2b Sunil Sharpe), Manni Dee, Myler, SOWN, Billy Allen, Keylen, DSNT DJ’s…

There was no other way to celebrate what has been a great year for Individual Collective. Starting as they always meant to go on(in February 2014, with Ancient Methods, DJ Skirt and Manni Dee) in a small space in Hackney, and subsequently graduating promptly(four parties deep) to the hallowed turf of Corsica Studios. The only thing they knew they had to do was bring you an essence of what has been created up until this point… And more! We’ve enlisted the help of DSNT(fellow Techno party provocateurs of the Irish variety) to make sure whichever room you are in, and whatever time you happen to be in there, you’ll hear the most on point Techno and Electronic music around right now.

Individual Collective x DSNT feat Kangding Ray, AnD, Ancient Methods, Lakker + many more
07 Feb

comm•une with Braiden and Minor Science at Dance Tunnel

Dance Tunnel, 95 Kingsland High Street; Dalston; London E8 2PB

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Braiden (Rush Hour/Off Out)
Minor Science (The Trilogy Tapes)
Synamatix (comm•une)
Billson (comm•une)

comm•une land at Dance Tunnel for the first time in 2015 with two of Britain’s finest electronic music exports, both making the trip over from Berlin for a night of celebration.

Braiden is a name synonymous with originality and precision. Whether as a DJ, Producer, Photographer, Designer or Radio Host, his work as an artist is always delivered with soul, substance and class. Record releases have been few and far between – a trait more closely tied to perfectionism than inactivity – but always worth the wait. Following on from remix commissions for Young Turks and Lucky Me, plus material on Joy Orbison’s now defunct Doldrums and Rush Hour, comes a record label of his own. Off Out will debut with an ace 12″ from the man himself this month, with a further 4 releases scheduled for the rest of 2015. He’s also responsible for all the label’s visual design and artwork. Braiden returns to the DT booth for a long overdue extended set of leftfield house and techno bombs.

Revered music writer turned talented producer, Angus Finlayson arrived on the scene last year with the ‘Noble Gas’ EP for The Trilogy Tapes (Theo Parrish, Willie Burns, Kassem Mosse, Anthony Naples etc), an accomplished debut made up of frenzied percussion, dusty synths and surreal groove – garnering support from the likes of Ben UFO, 2562, Mr Beatnick and more. With another high profile release just around the corner (watch this space) and the DJ bookings rolling in, this looks like the start of an illustrious new direction for Finlayson. Come check the heat.

comm•une with Braiden and Minor Science at Dance Tunnel
07 Feb

STOUR SESSIONS LAUNCH PARTY – Blue Daisy (Live Choir & Strings), Mo Kolours + Art, Visuals, Film & More

Stour Space - Hackney Wick (London)

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Limited Final release tickets + Group Tickets (Buy 4 Get The 5th Free) on sale – http://skdl.it/1vcGFIa

We are extremely excited to announce the start of Stour Sessions, a bi-monthly mini-festival (once every 2 months) celebrating the very best in music, arts, film, photography, visual arts & everything in-between. .

We’ve invited a whole host of exciting creatives to completely transform our Stour Space Art Gallery, Outdoor Pontoon on the river and mezzanine into Music, 3D Projection Mapping, Live Art, Cinema, Art Installations & more…

MUSIC || Afrobeat / Soul / House / Disco / Latin / Funk / Hip Hop / Classical

Blue Daisy w/ Stac and The Sound:Check Choir and Strings (LIVE / R&S Records)


Mo Kolours (LIVE / One-Handed Music) – http://bit.ly/1wyZmfe
Throwing Shade (NTS Radio) – http://on.fb.me/1ubzJuc
Bambooman (LIVE / Sonic Router) – http://on.fb.me/1wopDgP
Hector Plimmer (Brownswood / NTS Radio) – http://bit.ly/1yr9Oot
Adrian Ammo (Different People / Rhythm Section)


Matteo Zamagni aka øøøø || 3D Projection Mapping – www.alt-o.com
Bryce Louw || Live Art / Illustration – http://bit.ly/12WV19i

Expect pop ups and installations… Plenty more still to be revealed :)


Animated Cinema – Curated by Coby Walsh – http://on.fb.me/1yHemHt


We’ll also be bringing in a specialist menu of food & drinks for the evening. All TBA soon.

If you are an illustrator, painter, musician, DJ, performance artist, dancer, designer, visuals artist (anything goes) send your links to events@stourspace.co.uk we will be looking to showcase as much emerging (& local) talent as possible at Stour Sessions Launch & beyond :)

See you there!

TICKETS: http://skdl.it/1vcGFIa

£10 | 1st Release (SOLD OUT)
£15 | Final Release
£60 | Group Tickets (Buy 4 Get The 5th Free)

STOUR SESSIONS LAUNCH PARTY – Blue Daisy (Live Choir & Strings), Mo Kolours + Art, Visuals, Film & More
07 Feb

The Artful Badger present: Movement in Mindfulness Workshop

The Vaults, Leake St , London SE1 8SW

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Having collaborated with the Artful Badger using mindfulness practice to develop the dramatic content within Wild Worlds: Dark Sides headlining show at the VAULT Festival 2015, Dr Tamara Russell leads this Mindfulness Movement workshop for anyone to enjoy. An insightful and expressive workshop weaving mindfulness practice, physical movement and neuroscience together. Join us in an exploration of the workings of the mind, how it moves, how it can be tamed and trained and how embodied learning can help you really understand what going on.

Dr. Tamara Russell, MSc, PhD, D. Clin. Psych.

Tamara is the Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence, London and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London. This organization is dedicated to innovation and thought leadership in the field of mindfulness with a particular focus on creativity and thriving. She works as a mindfulness consultant and trainer in a variety of settings include education and health worldwide.

The Artful Badger present:  Movement in Mindfulness Workshop