CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR 2014
ONTROEREND GOED: SIRENS
Belgian theatre group Ontroerend Goed are renowned for their experimental and challenging pieces, which we first witnessed at that brilliant stage for outre output, the Edinburgh Fringe. 'Sirens' won two awards at the 2014 Festival, and received a clutch of glowing reviews.

'Sirens' is an exploration of feminism and the sexism women still face today, even in this day and age, when we are supposed to be all equal. It’s been written by the six women who perform the show, so I put some questions to one of them, Charlotte De Bruyne. You can read the interview here.

'Sirens' is on at Soho Theatre until 4 Jan. See this page here for info and tickets.
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CIRCUS: Timber! | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 21-31 Dec (pictured)
This big, beardy, banjo-playing axe-travaganza by Quebec's world-acclaimed Cirque Alfonse finds the whole Alfonse family - from 66 year-old grandpa Alain, to three year-old grandson Arthur - going down to the woods for some good old plank-balancing, log-chucking and saw-craft, with live traditional folk sing-songs thrown in to (steel capped) boot. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Adam Riches - Adam of The Riches | Soho Theatre | until 3 Jan
Fosters Comedy Award-winning character champ Adam Riches - the king of, let's say, 'highly insistent' audience interaction - presents this big, bold smartly played hour of in-your-face foolishness. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tony Law - Enter The ToneZone | Soho Theatre | 29 Dec - 17 Jan 2015
Sharp-witted Canadian nonsensicalist Tony Law crash-lands with this 'life-affirming, life-changing' show, which features magical shapes, one original song (and no more!) and fits of interpretative dancing, albeit dancing that interprets both world events and the fear of death. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rinse Boxing Day w/ Waze & Odyssey + P Money + Newham Generals | Fabric |  26 Dec

As is a tradition as old as grime, Rinse's Boxing Day pile-on is live at Fabric again, with this year's featuring lords-of-house Waze & Odyssey, Lewisham MC P Money, Forest Gate-based crew Newham Generals, bass producer Plastician, nu garage producer Chris Lorenzo, fast-rising grime clique The Square (feat Novelist), and loads more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Spoony's House Boxing Day Special | The Jazz Café | 26 Dec
As for Rinse FM's Friday night man DJ Spoony, he'll be hosting this party at the Jazz Café in Camden, where he'll be joined by Norris ‘Da Boss' Windross, DJ Talent and MC Ranking for a night of UK Garage and soulful house. There'll be Christmas giveaways on the night too, apparently. More info here.

MUSIC: Backto95 Boxing Day Special | The Scala | 26 Dec

Meanwhile, they'll be heading Backto95 at The Scala, with the Kings Cross venue split into four rooms covering different genres. The main room will have old skool house and garage classics, headlined by Matt ‘Jam' Lamont. Then there'll be old skool jungle in the Glass Bar, soulful deep house hosted by House.fm in the Foyer Bar, and 80s/90s soul, R&B and bashment in the Balcony Bar. More info here.

MUSIC: 
Shut That Shit Down and Step Back Boxing Day Old School Special | Brixton Jamm | 26 Dec

Last bit of Boxing Day clubbing, and Shut That Shit Down and Step Back are teaming up for some junglist action at Brixton Jamm, which will specifically cover the years 1988 to 1994. DJs holding hard and fast to that rule will include Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Edzy, 2 Bad Mice, Kenny Ken, Jumpin' Jack Frost and Doc Scott. All the info here.

THEATRE: A Christmas Carol | Old Red Lion Theatre | until 3 Jan 2015
Dickens' fable of a Christmas meanie redeemed is adapted in lively style by Neil Bartlett, with Gus Miller directing, and a cast of six on-the-ball actors playing all the parts in the story. "Our ensemble never leave the stage, so they are constantly playing with Scrooge, as characters or not - pushing, teasing and sometimes scaring him into his big change", Miller tells ThisWeek London in a recent interview. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: Albert Einstein - Relativitively Speaking | Southwark Playhouse | 20 Dec - 3 Jan 2015
E = MC FUN as theatre-maker and comic brainiac John Hinton gives his best Albert Einstein in this fact-checked (and, essentially entertaining) physics seminar, which is peppered with singing, rapping, theorising, and, Hinton tells ThreeWeeks, "little-known facts from Einstein's life - that he invented a fridge and married his cousin, and the story of what became of his brain". Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bette & Joan: The Final Curtain | St James Theatre | 3-9 Jan
Foursight Theatre tell a "compelling and original tale" in this surreal 'undead' spin on one of Hollywood's most A-list diva rivalries, that of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Details and tickets here.
 


Black Butter Records NYE | Electric Brixton
Kicking off our New Year's Eve tips, this 9pm-6am all nighter, hosted by taste-making label Black Butter features an unbelievable NYE spread including BB royalty Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Woz and Wayward and, crowning it all, the final live appearance by Biasonic label boss and breakbeat/garage man Zed Bias. Details and tickets here.

A Bowie Odyssey | Shacklewell Arms
Capping off an astral 2014 for the Starman (what with the release of his latest greatest hits compilation 'Nothing Has Changed', and all), it's this party from Ziggy mega-fans House Of Jealous Lovers & Brain Wash, which features karaoke, facepainting, a fancy dress contest and 'Labyrinth'-ine visuals. Let's dance! Details and tickets here.

Queen & Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben - Live | Central Hall Westminster (pictured)

THE Queen and their intern Adam Lambert will play their (Queen's) hits at this special yet pretty pricey (tickets start at £118.15) New Year's Eve show near Big Ben, and hey, it's even going to be screened live on BBC One, slotting in around the River Thames fireworks display, and all that jazz. “OK - let's rock into 2015!”, says Brian May. Details and tickets here.

NYE at The Lexington w/ White Heat | The Lexington
Whilst indie disco party White Heat might've lost its Soho base of years and years - the now-closed Madame JoJos - earlier this year, the party goes on tonight at The Lexington, with lasers, smoke machines party poppers and on the decks, White Heat residents and Nightcare. Details and tickets here.

Slide + Get Diverted NYE w/ Gilles Peterson | Prince Of Wales, Brixton

The teams from Slide and Get Diverted go crew-to-crew with this big, Brixton-based mix of smooth global jams, headlined by the king of crate-digging Gilles Peterson, and also playing host to luminaries like Simbad and Eskimo Twins. Details and tickets here.

NYE at Fabric | Fabric

Always a winner, Fabric is back for its sixteenth annual New Year's Eve blowout, this year headlined by Seth Troxler, Scuba and Jackmaster. Also on hand will be CW/A (live), PBR Streetgang, Magda, Heartthrob and, of course, residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis. More info here.

Vagabondz at a secret East London warehouse location
Congo Natty will be heading up the Vangabondz NYE bash, which features a great line-up of supporting spinners. Mala & Coki (aka Digital Mystikz) will be there, as will Sub Phizix & Strategy, MJ Cole, Newham Generals, Flava D & Moony and Goede. More info here.

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club New Year's Extravaganza 2014 | Brooklyn Bowl

If you want some quality funk and soul in your ears as the new year rises up before you, then head down to the O2 Dome complex and its Brooklyn Bowl venue. Here BBC 6 Music's Craig Charles will be hosting a night with a range of DJs and live guests.  More info here.

Moondance NYE 2014 | The Scala

Moondance has an impressive show lined up at The Scala in Kings Cross, with old skool drum n bass, jungle, house, acid house and club classics all covered. Amongst the many names on the bill are Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Donovan ‘Bad Boy' Smith, Hamilton, The Ragga Twins and loads more.  More info here.

Wiggle & Superfreq present Superwigglefreq | Number 90

And finally, Mr C will be up to no good with Wiggle and Superfreq at Number 90 down in Hackney Wick. As will Evil Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles, Malchevsky & The Little Dude, plus a secret special guest. If you can hack it, there's an afterparty to take you through New Year's Day at The Star Of Bethnal Green too. More info here.
 
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