Archive for August, 2006

Soul at London's Theatre Museum

by Modculture 23 August, 2006

If you’re not rallying this weekend and find yourself in the capital, you might want to check out a northern soul event at the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden.

It’s on Sunday 27th August, with the event, which claims to "celebrate the Music and dance of northern soul" featuring Andy "Portishead" Smith, Keb Darge and Guy Hennigan. It all starts at 7pm (with the bar open from 6pm) and running until 10pm, with an after-event in Soho if you want to keep on dancing (check on the night for details). Entry is £5.

The Theatre Museum is also running its Unleashing Britain exhibition (pictured) right now, featuring theatre and music scene of the 50s/60s, which looks well worth a visit.

Theatre Museum
Russell St
Covent Garden
Telephone: 0207 943 4750

Find out more at the Theatre Museum website

Final Shake night in London

by Modculture 23 August, 2006

After five years, one of London’s finest mod/soul nights is coming to a close. The Shake next month (September) will be the last. So if you can make it down there, make every effort to do so.

And as an added incentive, there’s the usual top notch DJ line-up, with resident Mark Raison being joined by Rowly, Niamh Lynch, Andy BB, Colin Knowler, Guy Sisson, Nick Hackett and Hannah Moore. And of course, it’s free to get in.

The night is on Friday 1st September, running from 8pm until 2am.

More on this night at the Modculture forums

Fred Perry Sample Sale

by Modculture 23 August, 2006

If you’re after a Fred Perry bargain, it might be worth making plans for a visit to London on either Thursday 31st August or Friday 1st September, when the company will be hosting a Sample Sale at Covent Garden Film Studios, running from 8am to 6pm on both days.

There should be a good choice of menswear, womenswear, accessories and footwear on sale, all at knockdown prices.

The full address is:
Covent Garden Film Studios
10 Mercer Street

The map to your right should give you an idea of where that is. And if you see any of those Paul Weller Fred Perry tops for a tenner, pick one up for me.

New London ska night – Pull Up!

by Modculture 21 August, 2006

If you happen to be in the N4 area of London  on a Thursday (well, an alternate Thursday), there’s a night of ska and related sounds set to start on August 31st – Pull Up!

Pull Up! takes place at the @ Club, 175 Blackstock Road,
London N4, from 9pm- late, with an admission of £3. The playlist is ska, roots,
rocksteady and two tone, with large screen visuals to compliment the mood. Nearest
tubes are Arsenal/ Finsbury Park.

For further information, phone Johnny on 07906 400488.

Gene Drayton Unit at 100 Club

by Modculture 20 August, 2006

Mod scene favourites the Gene Drayton Unit are appearing live at the 100 Club on London’s Oxford Street on Saturday 26th August.

The band will play two sets, – the first a warm-up, the second to get you dancing. And to keep things moving, DJ Tim The Mod will be spinning some soul and R&B 45s.

The night runs from 8pm untiol 1am. Admission is £11, but you get a few quid off that price if you download a flyer from the band’s website.

Gene Drayton Unit website

Fred Perry knitted polo shirt

by Modculture 20 August, 2006

If you missed out on the Paul Weller polo shirt (or you refused to pay the £85 asking price), this Cable Knit Sports Shirt (or knitted polo shirt) from Fred Perry looks well worth a closer inspection.

It’s described as a cotton cable knit sports shirt with plain knit sleeves, ribbed hem and embroidered laurel.

It’s part of Fred Perry’s Limited Edition range. Sadly, it’s only available in black (not to everyone’s taste) and if you scoffed at the £85 price tag on the Weller polo shirt, it might be time to look away – this one is £90.

Find out more at the Fred Perry website

Primitive London at the NFT

by Modculture 20 August, 2006

Possibly an interesting period piece, the NFT is showing Primitive London – a 1965 docu-film that mixes real and staged footage of 60s London to demonstrate the decay of society at its swinging height.

Directed by Arnold Miller, it was intended to shock, but now lives on as a slightly quirky period piece. Enjoy interviews with Mods, rockers, beatniks and a couple of obscure bands, mixed with less-pleasant footage of a baby’s birth, a re-enactment of the Jack the Ripper murders, fat men in a sauna, wife-swapping parties and much more along the same lines.

Unavailable on either VHS or DVD, you can catch it on Monday 18th September at London’s NFT, with an introduction by producer Stanley Long.

Find out more at the NFT website

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A Taste Of Honey in Manchester

by Modculture 20 August, 2006

Rarely seen on the big screen, you can the classic piece of kitchensink, A Taste Of Honey, at the Manchester Cornerhouse cinema for one showing only on Sunday September 24th.

Directed by Tony Richardson and starring Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens and Murray Melvin, the movie is a classic period piece of the Manchester area of the early 60s, helped very much by Richardson’s insistence that the film, as much as possible, should be shot out on location.

A Taste Of Honey is an adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s play about a Salford teenager, Jo, who becomes pregnant by a black sailor. With her mother showing no concern about her situation, she befriends Geoff, a gay man who moves in and looks after her – until her mother returns to shatter their happiness.

The film is showing as part of the Cornerhouse Cinema’s Breakfast Club, a fortnightly event that offers a classic movie and a full English (or veggie) breakfast for £8.50. Book early – they often sell out.

Find out more at the Cornerhouse website

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