Category Archives: Going Out

EVENT – SONS OF KEMET – 29th OCT XOYO

rsz_mc_sok_56 “I strongly urge you to go and see this band live” Giles Peterson. With a recommendation like that, it’ll be silly not to at least pay attention. If you haven’t already heard of Sons of Kemet… seriously, what? Possibly one of, if not THE most exciting Jazz band from the UK, their debut album ‘Burn’ ...

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Poejazzi Presents – The Comet Is Coming, Equals, Leone Ross, Anthony Anaxagorou, Karim Kamar – Live At Surya

rsz_the-comet-is-coming (1) We’re pleased to share with ya’ll a snippet of the shenanigans from our live show last May (feels so long ago) Long story short, if you were not there, you missed out, big time. The Comet Is Coming were a revelation; that weighty mix between eclectic, layered jazz and full-on, in-your-face funk punk rock was ...

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Poejazzi: Two More Gigs Before The End.

watchmen Yes, you read it right. Poejazzi is cashing out. After 8 years of promoting and showcasing some of the best spoken word  and music out there, us crying happy tears into our sofas, watching the glorious successes of Jamie Woon, Ed Sheeran, Shabaka Hutchings, Kate Tempest, Scroobius Pip, Musa Okwonga and Ayanna Witter Johnson, reminiscing ...

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Going Out – Jawdance – April 23

Jawdance_banner2_696x260 copy You can’t ignore the jaw, come and explore the jaw - don’t want to hear no can’ts or won’ts or shan’ts. Talk your way through the door - it’s what your jawbone’s for: Jawdance Jawdance Jawdance – JAAAWDAAANCE! Apples and Snakes presents Jawdance – a night of spoken word from some of the city’s best ...

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Going Out – Meet The Composer: Douglas Dare – April 17

Douglas Dare_630x410   We featured the inimitable Douglas Dare on our music picks of the week recently (ahem, last week) We couldn’t let you just download his epic single Swim for free without telling you about the poetry reading he is doing on April 17 in conjunction with the release of his new album, Whelm. The reading ...

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Review(s) – Shame and Tales From The Bedsit

2135-fitandcrop-594x337 Battersea Arts Centre decided to showcase, for a few dates in March, two one-man shows back to back: SHAME by John Berkavitch and Tales from the Bedsit by Paul Cree. Now, you probably aren’t the spoken word aficionados that we are, else you’d know John Berko and Cree are two of the UK most exciting ...

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Guest Post – Rachel Modak Of The Unpublishables – Come All Ye Writers…

rsz_2013-12-19_164739 I’m a storyteller. Always have been and always will. When a story comes to mind and I write it down, I have to share my creation. That’s because I am a storyteller, and I know that even if I couldn’t read or write I’d still find some way to tell them. And that ‘some way’ ...

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Poejazzi Presents The Comet Is Coming, Hollie McNish, Hugh, These Ghosts, Deanna Rodger – April 29th

safe_image.php copy We’re so excited about April 29th’s stonkingly good line up  (we always are, great music and spoken word never gets old, but this one is going to be particularly special) As there’ll be no regular Poejazzi in May and then we’ll be off on our summer festival tour, we thought we’d treat you to a ...

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Going Out – Page and Performance Workshop with Salena Godden

books050511_02 Are you struggling to get your words down on the page or do you need help in finding your inner performer? Join seasoned spoken word poet and tutor Salena Godden for a free creative workshop arranged by Apples & Snakes, Britain’s leading performance poetry organisation. Salena will work with you to create new poems and ...

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Going Out – Marshland Book Launch

cov_marshland copy       One of our favourite indie publishers, Influx Press, are celebrating the release of Gareth E Rees’s debut full length book, Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London with a walking tour of the east London Marshes on Saturday at 12.45. “This is a walk into a liminal region of Hackney ...

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Going Out – Recommended: November

rsz_image0011 copy So autumn is tearfully kicking us out the door whilst winter’s outside waiting for us, spreading its bitter long arms; the last thing you want to be doing in November is standing in the cold… But you can’t stay in! It’s not christmas yet and there’s still so many great spoken word/music events to see! ...

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Going Out – Music Is Remedy 7th Birthday – Sep 8

Music-is-rememdy-7_21-540x754   After you’ve gone to our free gig on Sep 7th at Soho Theatre ft Yrsa Daley Ward, Kayo Chigonyi and Oladipo Agboluaje, what you need to do is get yourself over to Music Is Remedy’s birthday extravaganza the next week and carry on that good feeling of worthwhile time spent. Music Is Remedy have ...

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Going Out – Lit Crawl – Poejazzi Presents African Writers Evening

lit-crawl-on-the-street We’re happy to announce we’re holding a free event as part of Lit Crawl at the Soho Theatre. Lit Crawl is a free literary festival “packed into one raucous ramble through Covent Garden and Soho” on 7 September at 5.30 pm. What could be better than reinventing the trusty bar/pub crawl into a literary hifolutin’ event ...

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Going Out – Sister Sister – Aug 23

wpid-aaliyah-02         There’s only one place we would want to be on Friday if the Poejazzi app hadn’t squeezed the life out of us and thats at arts collective/Poejazzi bloggers Not So Popular’s Sister Sister night. Expect all female fronted old skool  hip hop, r’n'b, reggae, garage, disco and dance. it’s a bimonthly ...

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Going Out – Benin City – Electrowerkz

1004529_10151780782558329_1482868895_n copy   “This is a record full of personality, energy, and wonderful surprises, a collection of songs that revel in their Britishness, whether that be in the lyric’s London references or the bass-heavy shards of underground raves past that work their way into the production.” – Pigeons & Planes Benin City play their first headline gig at ...

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RECOMMENDED: Adrian Roye and The Exiles at The Borderline Tonight

8063_full Two years ago I stood next to Adrian Roye at a gig. Every ten minutes or so some starry eyed belle would wander up to him and go ‘excuse me, are you…’ Made me livid, you know; I was single and struggling as an artist at the time (not single anymore, still struggling) and I ...

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RECOMMENDED – Scrimshire – Tonight At The Old Queen’s Head

scrimshire   Scrimshire makes Cinematic Orchestra-esque vibes for people who want to experience seemingly infinite bliss AND shake a foot  inbetween. Also co-runner of excellent label WahWah45s, we championed him a while back for his stunning sophomore album The Hollow (and did an interview, and booked him for a gig that fell through… sniff… would have ...

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Going Out – Mt Wolf – June 7

otw-mt-wolf Folk-R&B act Mt Wolf are really cool…Mt Wolf with orchestral back up, well, we’re pretty sure that’s unmissable. See them live at The Union Chapel tomorrow, June 7: after a sold out show at XOYO we think they’re more than worth seeing in an intimate special setting such as this in The Union Chapel before ...

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Going Out – Point Blank Poets – June 1st

01_point_blank_poets   As part of the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre which is crammed with interesting programming such as music based on Pablo Neruda’s poetry and discussions on fame, communities and the graphic novel, The Point Blank Poets (that includes Dean Atta, Hollie Mcnish, Deanna Rodger and Poejazzi bloggers Chimene Suleyman and Bridget Minamore ) ...

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Going Out – Mindbaby – May 25th

Brainchild-Festival   One of the best newer festivals, Brainchild, is holding an all day fundraiser at The Amersham Arms on May 25th from 2pm – 2am. By the looks of the line up Mindbaby is going to be a taster of just how amazing the festival itself should be. Expect music from Benin City, Haraket, Ben Hauke ...

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New Show – Poejazzi – 90s BPM

f258706c35cc2c6229300b06f1deb12e You may have been wondering what the hell we’ve been talking about on Twitter with this #90sBPM tag, well now we’re allowed to tell you! (phew! Keeping secrets is not our forte) #90sBPM (90s Beat Poetry Mixtape) is a an interactive show we’ll be starting through our festival tour this summer (more dates tba) based on (you guessed it) ...

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Going Out – Play All The Things – April 16

563917_637337959626702_2038692544_n Poejazzi favourites To Kill A King, fresh from supporting Bastille on tour, are back with another of their monthly nights: Play All The Things. This time they’ve got well loved spoken word faces such as Rob Auton (Channel 4, Random Acts) and Raymond Antrobus (Chill Pill) and Poejazzi Founder Joshua Idehen hosting as well as Tom ...

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Guest Blog – Luke Wright – Getting Out of the Ivory Tower

lukewrightpress2b-LST065630   I remember once having a conversation with Patrick Neate, novelist and founder of the literary nightclub Bookslam, when he was bemoaning all the other shit that went along with being a writer. He said he spent so much time being a “writer” he didn’t get much time to be a writer. I think most ...

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Poejazzi Trailer – April 9th

_P0.1   Jono McCleery. Bagel Project. Kareem Brown. Alex Mills. Cecilia Knapp. 7.30 pm – 11.30 pm Tickets £3 until Sat March 23 £5 online £7 on the door Surya, 156 Pentonville Road, N1 9JL Jono McCleery – Ninja Tunes signee Jono is a legend/musical urban myth: so perfect on record as well as live that ...

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Poejazzi Presents Jono McCleery, Bagel Project, Kareem Brown, Alex Mills, Cecilia Anne Knapp.

jonopost We're so excited about April's Poejazzi! As there'll be no regular Poejazzi in May and then we'll be off on our summer festival tour, we thought we'd treat you to a 5th special guest act instead of our usual 4 artist line up. Buy early to avoid disappointment! £3 Early Bird tickets are available from ...

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Poejazzi – March 12th £5 Tickets Available

P0 Less than a week to go before March’s Poejazzi, £5 tickets are available now but are going fast, we sold out last month so if eclectic nights out are your bag get your tickets asap to avoid any disappointment at the door. Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Online Ticketing for Poejazzi: Sarah Williams White, Tshaka ...

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Going Out – Scratch Double Bill: Simon Mole/John Berkavitch

5707191200_2a7ae47c22_z Pay what you can and come and see poetry heavyweights Simon Mole and John Berkavitch test out their latest works No More Worries and Shame March 15. Both shows sound like super exciting prospects, Shame is told through “a combination of spoken-word, hip-hop/contemporary dance, illustration, animation” and features original music by Jamie Woon (!) and Royce ...

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Going out – Alex Gwyther – Our Friends, The Enemy

10338_full Alex Gwyther is one of the most talented and observational young poets we have encountered, having already been published by reputable indie Nasty Little Press, he has turned his hand to theatre writing and now a culmination of all his hard work can be seen in his new show Our Friends, The Enemy. This spoken ...

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Going Out – Liars’ League

6a00e551c6d2b2883401539264b925970b-500wi Looking for a reason to take a line for a walk? Want someone spin you a yarn? Then the Liar’s League is here to tickle your fancy! Once a month at the Phoenix on Cavendish Square is a night of live fiction. Short stories written by folks from all across the world are read by ...

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Poejazzi Presents Sarah Williams White, Tshaka Campbell, The Insomniax, Rob Auton

Sarah-Williams-White-6001 We sold out at the last event and we’re selling less tickets because we want to keep Poejazzi happily busy rather than packed to the rafters so buy early to avoid more chance of not getting a tkt at the door. We’re back on March 12th with another stellar line-up doing our damndest to transform Tuesdays ...

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Going Out – Spoken Word/Music

 Friday Feb 8 Not So Popular - $ister $ister Free party from our favourite poetry/arts collective, this event is all about the female fronted R&B/Hip Hop/Garage/Reggae “And this time they’ll be even more bindis, glitter, freebies, as well as our scrub-free zine for sale!!” Difficult to resist the lure of Aaliyah et al on rotation all night, ...

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Vintage Poejazzi (awww…)

flyer_webprev-1 As we get ready to return to the live circuit with our February 12th gig let’s take a little walk down memory lane and watch some vintage Poejazzi footage from The Royal Festival Hall. It was 2010, we were younger, some of us had better hairlines, The Sugababes had just decided to not be the ...

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Going Out – Jawdance – Jan 23

main_newjawdance1 If you find yourself strolling down Brick Lane, bagel in hand, looking for something to make the darkness bright on these cold winter nights, then I suggest you take a stroll over to Rich Mix on Bethnal Green Road for Jawdance, a night of spoken-word put on by those fabulous folks at Apples and Snakes. ...

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Going Out – Rachel Rose Reid – I’m Hans Christian Andersen

06_Monsters_of_the_Sea_1 Poejazzi favourite Rachel Rose Reid (described as “the Queen of the new wave of storytellers” by BBC Radio 3) is holding a fairytale session for grown ups (what adult doesn’t need that?) on Jan 16. In this solo performance Rachel “weaves between the bittersweet truths beneath Andersen’s sugar-coated fairytales, and our own hopes for ‘happily ...

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Going Out – Apple and Snakes – Big Talk

Apples-and-Snakes If you truly do like to be beside the seaside and have a penchant for poetry performed in quaint and intimate surroundings then I urge you to make a trip to Margate for a night spoken word from Apples and Snakes at the Tom Thumb Theatre. Amongst the company of open mic first timers, chancers, and seasoned ...

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What’s On This Week

Monday Love Elizabeth Bishop’s concise verses? Join Graham Fawcett as he leads a close reading of an Elizabeth Bishop poem: At The Fishhouse, at The Rugby Tavern – 6.30 pm £10 entry Tuesday Anjali Joseph and Nigeria’s youngest literary sensation Chibundu Onuzo are the guests of Tom Basden, Jarred McGinnis and Sam Taradash at The Special ...

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Going Out – Shop Front Pop Up Poetry

self-portrait-vincent-van-gogh-1889   “No longer will accidental interaction with poetry be confined to those badly printed copies of Keats on the Jubilee line.” Not So Popular If you missed the last one we’ll be damned if we let you miss this one too. Collective Not So Popular, who are becoming well loved for their championing of young emerging ...

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Going Out – Out-Spoken

Josh-Osho-L-1.I.F.E.-Review Out-Spoken is the brainchild of justifiably widely loved spoken word artists Anthony Anaxagorou and The Ruby Kid. They’re fantastic performers so we figure you can trust their taste and their Christmas event, on Dec 18, is shaping up to be one of the best poetry/music nights this year. The pretty damn impressive lineup of poetry ...

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Going Out – Twelve Talents

Twelve-Talents   “Success is doing what you love, you don’t have to be famous or make money from it, that’s just a bonus. Success is knowing that everyday you can wake up and do what feels natural so it doesn’t feel like work. In secondary school I wrote poems but I didn’t think they were good. ...

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Going Out – Eyewear Christmas Launch Party

486232_10152292511560521_1257609528_n Eyewear Publishing are celebrating their first birthday as a publisher tonight (Dec 5) at Oxfam Books & Music Shop from 7pm – 9pm. Having already run one of the most comprehensive poetry blogzines in the UK since 2005, we think they deserve some poetry fan love. To celebrate pastures new they are launching two new ...

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Going Out – Joel Culpepper Live @ Monkee Genes Launch Party

305525_296683037115886_123954681_n Watch Joel Culpepper with a full live band this Sunday, Nov 25, at Boxpark in Shoreditch performing tracks from his latest offering for the free Monkee Genes Launch party. We’ve been predicting big, wonderful things for the man behind the EP that gets multiple plays at Poejazzi HQ, SkyDive. After his video being played on ...

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Going Out – Shakka and Speech Debelle @ Tate Britain

1400507555-13-1024x1024 Make sure you catch recent MTV Brand New Unsigned shortlister Shakka at the Tate Britain on Nov 24 alongside Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle. LABEL is curated by Tate Collective as part of the Great British Art Debate and will include live acoustic performances with Q+A sessions + DJs, installations and workshops all for free. We’re particularly ...

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Going Out – Saul Williams Literary Mix Tape – Support from Warsan Shire & Inua Ellams

IJ1O_PGN_Pick__2__Saul_Williams We’re giving you a month’s notice on this one because the last Saul Williams event at this summer’s London Literature Festival sold out and I don’t want to see you looking all bereft or at risk of doing something desperate and unethical to get your hands on the golden ticket. This time (Nov 29) poet/actor/indie ...

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Going Out – Unleashed

Unleashed_event We are always happy to see spoken word being utilised with multimedia in mind and forward thinking shows such as Unleashed at The Barbican (Nov 23-24) deserve our support. Unleashed is an exciting project directed by Walter Meierjohann, Boy Blue Entertainment Artistic Directors Kenrick ‘H20′ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante. The show melds together spoken ...

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Going Out – Fundraiser For Jodi Ann Bickley’s Brain

Jodi-Ann-Bickley_2_1330099462 Poet, ‘Speak Up’ organiser and all round wonderful person Jodi Ann Bickley has had a health nightmare over the last 18 months. She contracted encephalitis from a tick bite and suffered a stroke which left her needing to learn to walk and write again, the write again part being even more nightmarish for a writer of ...

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