Archive for April, 2009

James Hunter at Ronnie Scotts

by Modculture 20 April, 2009

This has got to be a match made in heaven – our favourite modern bluesman James Hunter is playing live at renowned venue Ronnie Scott's next month.

James Hunter returns to London to play at the Soho jazz venue that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year on Sunday May 31st.

Tickets for this one-off show cost between £15 and £26 (depending on where you sit/stand)and can be brought from the Ronnie Scott's website here.

Visit the official James Hunter website here.

Fermob target outdoor table

by Modculture 17 April, 2009

Scream your mod credentials when you're outdoors with the JC de Castelbajac v Fermob target bistro table.

This is an updated version of a design that's been around (and outside French cafes) since the 19th century, JC de Castelbajac adding his own twist in his Cocard Collection with that target design (which is actually based on the French flag in this instance).

In terms of structure, the table is made of painted steel that's been treated to stop corrosion, with a silkscreen shelf steel top, UV resistance and protective caps on the feet. Choose from three colour variations (see another over the page), all selling for $139 Euros online.

Update: UK retailer Made in Design has told us they can do special orders for these tables. Contact them via their website.

Find out more at the Fermob website

Via Retro To Go

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Spring Bank Holiday scooter rideouts

by Modculture 17 April, 2009

The Saturday of the Spring Bank Holiday next month (May 23rd) presents two opportunities to go for a scooter rideout on the south-coast and in London.

First up is the Help For Heroes charity ride from Bovington in Dorset to Brighton in Sussex. Organised primarily by the Armed Forces Scooter Club, it's purpose is to raise money for veterans of armed conflict. There are several meet up points along the way if you don't fancy taking part in the whole journey.

For more details you can contact Martin Hall at [email protected] or 07974 782379, or check the AFSC website here.

Secondly there is the Buckingham Palace Scooter Run, organised by the Bar Italia SC and the New Untouchables. This resurrection of an old run will start in Carnaby Street, ride down to Buckingham Palace, and finish up in Camden. It kicks off at noon, and afterwards at Bar Undersolo on Inverness Street there will be live music at the Midnight To Six Club from Vinny Vinny and Thee Landells (entry is free to this last bit).

For more info on this run visit the websites of Bar Italia SC and New Untouchables.

Cafe a Go Go in Wales returns

by Modculture 17 April, 2009

Café a Go Go in Cardiff returns to a weekend date next Saturday, April 25th.

Hosts Red Fox and Alfie present a monthly shindig of R&B, northern soul, jazz and funk at legendary public house The Owain Glyndwr. We are informed that the refurbished club has its own entrance and two nice wooden dancefloors. Special guest DJs for this first night are Carol Forte and Dudley Steve.

Café a Go Go
Upstairs @ The Owain Glyndwr, St Johns Square, Cardiff, CF10 1GL

9pm-2am (at least), and it's £4 entry.

The Myspace page of organiser Red Fox is here should you wish to make contact.

Lookin' Good launch this Sunday

by Modculture 17 April, 2009

Sundays sessions seem to be all the rage in London at the moment, and following that trend here is news of the launch of Lookin' Good.

DJ Doctor Jim is your host for an evening of classic & rare 60s/70s soul, funk, ska & reggae on the 3rd Sunday of every month, starting this weekend (April 19th). Doctor Jim has been DJing for over a decade, and has made his name on the Latin dance scene, but now he is going 'back to his musical roots' with Lookin’ Good at The Buffalo Bar. His own ska compilation, The Beginners Guide To Ska, will be released on Nascente Records in the summer.

Lookin' Good @ The Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, London, N1
Sunday 19th April (and third Sundays thereafter)
8.30pm – 1am, £3 on the door

The club Facebook group is here, and should you wish to you can contact Jim [email protected] or 07958 102 188.

Burtons and The Specials tonic suit

by Modculture 15 April, 2009

We're firm believers in getting what you pay for when it comes to suits – and ideally what you've paid a tailor to do. So we're certainly not convinced about the Burtons limited edition tonic suit.

But if money is tight, you might want to check it out – although we suggest you have a good look in the store before any cash is handed over, the images don't really give a good enough view and certainly can't replicate getting hands-on.

It's been produced to coincide with The Specials UK tour, offering a one-button slim-fit jacket with narrow lapel and detailing 'from the archive', slim trousers and a colour choice of dark blue or charcoal grey. It's being worn by Neville Staple on tour – indeed it was probably the one he wore on Later… last week.

£99 will secure you one of these suits – check them out at 'selected branches' or online.

Burtons website

Via The Times

Weller headlines Mini United Festival

by Modculture 15 April, 2009

A busy summer for Paul Weller, who seems to be putting himself about at various festivals – although the Mini United Festival is one of the more interesting appearances.

The festival itself is geared around the 50th anniversary of the classic small car, taking place at Silverstone from 22nd to 24th May and offering everything the MIni fan could want, including the chance to drive Silverstone in your own Mini (or as a passenger in the MIni Challenge race), classic MIni racing, plenty of exhibitions, stunt shows, go-kart racing, driver training and if you like, a tour of the Mini factory at nearby Oxford. Loads of other Minis old and new too, which goes without saying.

Weller headlines the music bill, joined on-stage by Twisted Wheel (who will also be playing) to run through a classic or two. The camping area can cope with up to 10,000 tents and tickets cost £35 in advance for the weekend – under-14s go free.

Find out more at the Mini United website

Liar Liar Club + The Draytones

by Modculture 14 April, 2009

A top night out in prospect on Friday 24th April at the Liar Liar Club.

For the £5 entry fee, you get live music from The Draytones, The Sons of Mod, Thee Landells and The Fore, along with tunes from guest DJ Dr Robert (New Untouchables/Mousetrap) plus residents Danny Grave, Kat Atonic and Frosty. Expect Psych, Soul, Beat and Mod from the 60s and beyond.

The Liar Liar Club is at The Dirty South, Lewisham, running from 8pm until 2am.