Animal Circus to be our house band!

Animal Circus are a Brixton based collective of musicians and actors who play an eclectic mix of rock and roll, reggae and most everything in between! “We are heavily influenced by the mish mash of cultures that you find in Brixton, this informs our music and shapes our sound.”

Joel Fry, one of their lead singers also stars in White Van Man as Darren as well acting in other TV shows such as Trollied and Twenty Twelve. Their bass player is currently performing in Soul Sister on the West End…we’re still pinching ourselves that they are going to play at our first event! Don’t miss this – grab your tickets quick x

Comic Duo That Pair Confirmed for A Tropical Storm!

Two of the funniest people we know; That Pair (formerly The Silky Pair) Kathryn Bond and Lorna Shaw will be performing material from their critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show 2012 at our next event A Tropical Storm. The pair have been likened to Flight of the Conchords and French and Saunders but perform their own unique blend of satire, clowning and silliness.

★★★★★ “Lorna and Kat take you on a whirlwind of physical, musical and intelligent comedy” – Broadway Baby 2012

“Look out for their future success” – The Sunday Times 2012

“Brilliantly written sketches and delightful musical numbers” – The Skinny 2012

“A very bright future in comedy” – Fringe Guru 201

Writer and Artist Diriye Osman confirmed for A Tropical Storm!

The next cat to be let out of our line-up bag comes in the form of writer & artist Diriye Osman. Diriye is going to be reading an extract from one of his short stories at our Tropical Storm event in Highgate next month; expect to be dazzled as he opens the show with a sparkling performance!

Diriye Osman is a Somali-born short story writer, visual artist and editor. His fiction and non-fiction has been published by Time Out, Prospect, Kwani?, Attitude, Poetry Review and SCARF, where he worked as the deputy editor. He has just completed a collection of illustrated short stories called ‘Fairytales For Lost Children’ and is currently at work on a series of paintings called ‘The Anima/ Animus Redux.’

 – photography by Boris Mitkov 

Injured Birds singer Samuel Kirk confirmed for A Tropical Storm!

I just can’t keep these things a secret anymore! We are very happy to announce our first headline act for A Tropical Storm; a special solo performance by the lead singer and songwriter of Injured Birds, Samuel Kirk.

Injured Birds released the single “Happy As Clams” on the 3rd September. The track is taken from Injured Birds debut album ‘Silver Birches’ which follows on 5th November. Both are released via Denizen Recordings (a recent Huw Stephens ‘Label of Love’).

Injured Birds emerge from Nottingham’s flourishing Indie-Folk scene. It’s a scene bursting at the seams with talented contemporaries such as Jake Bugg, Dog Is Dead and Natalie Duncan, all of whom – alongside Injured Birds – are set to release music in the coming Autumn months. Nottingham is fast approaching its time to make a mark as a key UK musical and creative hotspot.

The sound of Injured Birds, however, could easily have been born from a wood cabin in the darkest, deepest American forest. Perhaps a very welcome result of Injured Birds recent days on the road touring the U.S.A’s Midwestern highways and venues.

While comparisons seem wrong when Injured Birds are offering something of a unique sound, it can’t be ignored that they share a little something of Bon Iver’s earthy, fragile beauty. Front man Samuel Kirk’s forlorn lyricism and heartbreaking falsetto vocal, the latter having been described by James Yuill as a“beautiful sonic syrup”. 

We can’t wait!