WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK: 4th – 10th May

Wednesday 6th May – 7pm – FREE

Karousel Music Club

What could be more appropriate for a night with London’s premier collective of musicians, songwriters and industry pros than a night with that champion of new music, Tom Robinson? Coming courtesy of our friends at PledgeMusic, Tom is completing his 20th record now – let’s make sure we give him the reception he deserves… it’s FREE – just call 0208 8298989 for a table…



Like a wheel within a wheel, playing for Karousel Music – a collective sworn to help the best emerging and rising stars – is that champion of new music, Tom Robinson. With his ever popular show on BBC 6Music, Tom is a hero among emerging and established acts of today for his endless support and encouragement of them. Tonight he is back amongst their number, doing what he always has. First known in the 1970s as a musician & LGBT activist, Tom Robinson Band’s best known songs were 2-4-6-8 Motorway & Glad To Be Gay. The band were also early supporters of Rock Against Racism & Amnesty International. Between 1975 & 2001 Tom released 19 albums with various bands, and had a solo hit with the song War Baby. He has also co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel & Dan Hartman. He has hosted programmes on all BBC national radio networks and won three Radio Academy awards. Currently, in addition to presenting his show on BBC Radio 6 Music, he hosts the new music blog Fresh On The Net. We can’t wait to make him feel welcome at Karamel, deep in the heart of the creative community at Chocolate Factory 2, and Karousel Music.



Making the trip over from Martha’s Vineyard, Alex first came to our attention a couple of years back when he was touring with Willy Mason. The first thing that hits you is that this is a rare, insightful, outspoken and genuine lyricist. It seems impossible in these times of corporate gluttony, greed and the consumerism that eats at the heart of the west, that there are so few American voices telling it poetically, how it is. Alex is quietly rolling the times he lives in like tobacco, blowing it quietly back into the people’s faces. There’s hints of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, and his friend Willy Mason in the delivery; and there’s an undeniable Dylan-esque approach to the writing… We’re made up that he’s made his way across the pond… one of our favourite songwriters.
“My ancestors were the best/brought the plague and shot the rest/they stole land and charge a fee/for the future and for me/just another severed root, on a broken tree.”


Joining Alex on the trip over from the US, is Boston artist Seamus. There’s not much online about Seamus where biogs go – but what there is, is six of the most beautiful tracks that sound like they’ve been constructed at 5am by the lake by a man with a broken heart and a fishing rod. Again, the most wonderful lyrics, and a sound that conjures up the class and delivery of Loudon Wainwright III, Paul Simon, and James Taylor – a brilliant artist, and one we genuinely can’t wait to see.




Thursday 7th May – 10am – 12.30pm

The Art of The Short Story

Workshop practitioner: Giovanna Iozzi.

Short stories offer the reader tantalising miniature worlds; if crafted with skill and emotional truth they can have the power and resonance of novels. In these workshops we will be studying extracts from some of the great short story writers, from Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield to contemporary voices like Alice Munro, George Saunders and Kevin Barry. Inspired by writing exercise and what we read we’ll start crafting our own stories, focusing on: beginnings and endings, story arc and structure, point of view, dialogue and characterisation. Students will leave the course with a completed story, anything up to 5000 words.



Thursday 7th May – 7pm – £8

Jazz at Karamel: Robbie Robson/ Alex Garnet Quintet


Tribute to Phil Woods and Tom Harrell, Robbie Robson (tpt), Alex Garnett (alt sax), John Turville (p), Ryan Trebilcock (b), Dave Hamblett (d)

Choosing the very best material from the repertoire of the renowned Phil Woods/Tom Harrell Quintet, this new band features some of the finest young players on the scene. The music spans a wide range of styles from driving swing to delicately textured ballads. An exciting new Quintet, not to be missed!


Friday 8th May – 1pm – FREE

Live Lunchtime Music

Aldwin Johnson performs a soulful, Ibiza style chill out set every Friday lunchtime from 1pm.



 Friday 8th May – 7pm – FREE

Gabriel Moreno presents…

A night of poetry and live music hosted by our charismatic Poet in Residence, Gabriel Moreno. Gabriel is a published poet and singer songwriter from Gibraltar, fusing Mediterranean rhythms with Indie/folk arpeggios on classical guitar. Based on his literary publications, he explores lyrics of love, loss and desire, transmitted in sheer emotional nakedness. Gabriel now presents his solo acoustic project called “Songs of Love and Decadence.”

The night includes an Open Mic section so if you’re a poet or singer-songwriter and interested in performing, please email Gabriel: [email protected]

Second Friday of every month.


Saturday 9th May – 12pm – FREE

Crouch End Open Studios

Crouch End Open Studios is approaching fast and this year Collage Arts is a major sponsor. This firm fixture in the Crouch End Cultural Calendar provides a great opportunity to meet local artists, see a huge variety of original art in interesting venues, and experience the weekend buzz of Crouch End; all a short distance from the Clocktower.

The Group Show ‘Taster’ exhibition is set to take place in the iconic Hornsey Town Hall. Each of the 30 artists has at least one work on show so you can check out the art, pick up a leaflet and plan your art trail. You can also grab the opportunity to see inside this iconic Grade II listed building, widely acknowledged to be one of the finest examples of Modernist architecture in the country. Collage Arts will be providing a jazz band for the Private View and apprentices will be …………

Group Show Taster Exhibition:

8 – 10th May 2015

11-7pm at Hornsey Town Hall

Venues Open:

9 – 10th May 2015

12-6pm, see www.crouchendopenstudios.org.uk for individual venues and addresses

Saturday 9th May – 7pm – £5

FGV presents Queer Vegan Disco

Join me and my guest DJs on the second Saturday of every month for a night of camp disco fun.

With so many of London’s queer dance meccas closing or under threat from high rents and unscrupulous landlords, I thought it was time for our community to come together and create a new space in which to celebrate.

Queer Vegan Disco is a new monthly party for LGBT Londoners and their friends. Our DJs will be playing a mix of pop classics, indie anthems, alternative tunes, dance music and top 40. The emphasis is on tunes that will keep you moving.

Everyone is welcome to this new club night that is set to become a classic in the capital. Queer Vegan Disco is aimed at anyone who loves decent pop music and is not afraid to show it.

Join your host Fat Gay Vegan for an 8pm start until late on the second Saturday of every month.

Entry is priced at £5 on the door or £3 when you RSVP on the Facebook event.


Sunday 10th May – 7pm – FREE

Reggae Sunday Sessions with DJ and Live Act