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Club Fandango x Fierce Panda x The Zine Present:
The best comedy clubs in London..
THE AMERSHAM ARMS MAKES TOP TEN AS TIMEOUT round up the best comedy clubs and nights in the capital
LAURIE VINCENT ISN’T JUST THE GUITARIST IN SLAVES, THE FEARSOME TWO-MAN PUNK BAND FROM KENT. HE’S ALSO A VISUAL ARTIST AND EXHIBITED HIS WORK AT THE AMERSHAM ARMS, A SOUTH-EAST LONDON BOOZER. IT WAS A COLOURFUL, LIGHTHEARTED COLLECTION, THE PAINTINGS POKE FUN AT RELIGION, EXPLORE CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND OFTEN FEATURE PLASTIC BAGS. WE HEADED TO HIS TINY STUDIO, TUCKED AWAY IN AN UNPROMISING INDUSTRIAL ESTATE IN LEWISHAM, SOUTH-EAST LONDON, TO GET THE STORIES BEHIND SOME OF PIECES.
Slaves guitar player Laurie Vincent shares his teeny studio with his artist friend Daisy. They draw an invisible line between their sides, meaning they’re pretty pushed for space, and you can barely move for all of their art and the artworks aren’t the only things in the studio that are inked up.
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Momentum Jam For Jez
Sisteray SISTERAY- Queens English - Amersham Arms
LIVE AT THE AMERSHAM ARMS
A brief clip of Surge performing at The Amersham Arms during the 'This Feeling' club night.
I’VE WALKED PAST THE AMERSHAM ARMS IN NEW CROSS DOZENS OF TIMES. I’VE ALWAYS FOUND IT A LITTLE INTIMIDATING. NOT BECAUSE IT LOOKS PARTICULARLY SCARY, BUT BECAUSE THE POSTERS FOR DJ SETS FROM THE GUITARIST OF SOME NOUGHTIES BAND SCREAM ‘STUDENTS!’ BUT SINCE I PLUCKED UP THE COURAGE TO ACTUALLY STEP INSIDE, I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THE PLACE. THE AMERSHAM ARMS IS LIKE A TWO-STAGE TARDIS. WHAT LOOKS LIKE A SMALL, COSY PUB FROM THE STREET ALSO LOOKS THAT WAY INSIDE: THERE ARE WOOD-PANELLED WALLS, CHESTERFIELD SOFAS AND FAIRY LIGHTS DRAPED AROUND PICTURE FRAMES. BUT IT’S ALL A FRONT FOR A HUGE CLUB AND MUSIC VENUE OUT THE BACK. DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE ONE OLD MAN NURSING AN ALE AT THE BAR: THROUGH THE PLAIN BLACK DOOR ARE 300 GOLDSMITHS STUDENTS DRINKING OUT OF PLASTIC PINT GLASSES AND PISSING THEMSELVES WITH LAUGHTER.
Comedy night Happy Mondays takes place here every fortnight. Entry’s only a fiver, and some of the best names in the business regularly navigate the Overground to New Cross. Stewart Lee, Mark Watson and Milton Jones have all stormed it recently. Heck, even David Cross – yes, Tobias from ‘Arrested Development’ – performed a rare London set here a few weeks ago. It was his first gig in five months. Why do comics like playing it? It’s fun! The crowds are lively and the promoters are nice people. The students might come for the cheap ticket price, but it’s the comedy-savvy Londoners who make it special.
Amersham Arms – The pub that makes us laugh. A lot
By Ben Williams, Time Out Comedy editor and recent convert to the Amersham Arms.
21st September 2016
John McCullagh chats ahead of his Amersham Arms gig
22 PICTURES THAT PROVE SOUTH LONDON ISN’T AN ACTUAL SHITHOLE...
This Victorian watering hole has adopted a trendily ramshackle yet comfortable character. Visitors are made to feel as if enjoying a night out in their own living room. A stone’s throw from Goldsmiths University, it effortlessly blends old-school pints with uber cool music and comedy nights: Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Vaccines, Carl Barat, Bloc Party, Dave Rowntree (Blur/Xfm), Primal Scream, Mystery Jets, Maximo Park, The Cribs, The Coral, and Terry Hall (The Specials) have all been down to spin their favourite tunes.
Happy Mondays are a long-established fortnightly comedy event, where the well-known comics honing their material have included Stewart Lee, Cardinal Burns, Russell Howard, Shappi Khorsandi, Andy Parsons, Andi Osho, Arthur Smith, Sarah Millican, Greg Davies, Milton Jones, Dane J Baptiste, Robin Ince, Sean Walsh, Al Murray.
The Amersham Arms also hosts film and poetry evenings, and offers space for exhibitions.
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The Next Alt Rock Music Industry
A&R man (The Libertines among his spots), band manager and rock’n’roll raconteur James Endeacott set up his own record label, 1965 Records, in 2006 in conjunction with SonyBMG. After several years – and a lot of records – the enterprise came to an end… but despite, or indeed because of that experience he’s at it again. Reviving 1965 for the new year, the label kicks back into life with a night at the Amersham Arms in London on 20 December featuring Holy, Man & The Echo and Lusts live, while Palma Violets are on the decks. Explaing why it’s 1965 again, he’s written a guest column for Q on the joys and pitfuls of having your own label...http://www.qthemusic.com/7601/guest-column-i-wish-it-could-be-1965-again/
NX Records seems to grow from strength to strength.
Kicked off as a collaboration between Accidental Records and Goldsmiths college in London, the project has taken on a character of its own.
The label's annual mixtape contains new artists from South East London, and it's always incredibly eclectic.
This year is no exception. The content was over seen by the Accidental team - including Matthew Herbert - while songwriters James Ewers and VV Brown acted as guest judges.
VV Brown comments: "The submissions this year were all so different and eclectic. It was difficult to decide and I enjoyed going through them all. At times easy on the ear, at times challenging, but in all very exciting."
Semi Precious stepped in to craft the mixtape, presenting an exquisite collage of some 43 tracks. It makes for fascinating listening - tune in via the link below.
NX Records and On Blackheath will present a special showcase featuring artists from this mixtape on May 12th at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, London.