Brixton Performs Festival
12 – 17 March 2024
This March we will be bringing some of the best South London comedy, music, drag and theatre talent to Brixton for our fourth Brixton Performs Festival!
12 March – A Night of Comedy at Pop Brixton
Join us at Pop Brixton to open our fourth Brixton Performs Festival. The line-up includes Rob Copland, Ele McKenzie and Jack Shep with headliner Aurie Styla is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer from London. He has strongly established himself as a powerhouse of presence & humour, making him one of the most charismatic & versatile performers in the UK.
13 March – A Night of Comedy at Downstairs, The Department Store
Our line-up includes Yuriko Kotani, Will Robbins and Claire Rammelkamp with headliner Daniel Cook at Downstairs for a night of laughter. Daniel a stand up comedian, and took his solo show ‘Carpet’ to Edinburgh in 2018 with Berks Nest. He received a plethora of 4 and 5 star reviews for ‘Carpet’ and played to sell-out audiences.Daniel has worked across a number of television projects, his credits including BBC drama Poldark, as well as Man vs Bee (Netflix), Babylon, Toast (both Channel 4).
13 March – Chantal Lewis-Brown & Joe Chiari at The Laundry
Enjoy a live acoustic set from 7pm at The Laundry. Born in Paris to American parents and raised in London, Chantal’s musical heritage is grounded in soul, and expands into rock, pop and dance. Her Grandaddy was a preacher in LA; While her mother and father were considered ‘Genuine Article’ soul singers in the industry, having worked with the likes of Sting, the late great Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Alabama 3.
14 March – A Night of Comedy at Upstairs, The Ritzy
Our final night of comedy will feature headliner Tom Ward joined byRob Oldman, Tom Lawrinson, Frankie Thompson, Robin Clyfa. Tom is an award winning comedian from London. He has appeared on ‘Live at The Apollo’ & ‘Live from The BBC’ (BBC), ‘Roast Battle’ , ‘Stand up Central’, ‘Live From The Comedy Store’ (Comedy Central) and twice on ‘The Stand Up Sketch Show’ (ITV2). He’s also just recorded QI (BBC) which is due to air autumn 2023.
14 March – Femi Femi & Handson Family at Satay Bar
The Satay Bar hosts a special one off Thursday welcoming FEMI FEM! Femi Williams (aka Femi Fem) kicked off his career running the Family Funktion/ Shake & Fingerpop warehouse parties in the 1980’s with Norman Jay & Judge Jules. This collective of DJs, artists musicians & filmmakers initiated the rare groove & acid jazz genre with Soul2Soul & Jamiroquai both hailing from the same club scene.
In 1990, he set up the groundbreaking Young Disciples with Marco Nelson featuring Carleen Anderson. This is the band which set the tone for the acid jazz movement in London, incorporating funk, soul, hip-hop and breakbeats into their soundscape and placing integrity at the heart of their sound. After chart success including the single Apparently Nothin’ which came from their Mercury Award-nominated Road To Freedom album on Talkin’ Loud Records.
Responding to the demand Femi began writing, producing and remixing for a wide range of artists such as Ultra Naté Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Des’ree, D’Influence, The Pasadena and Beyoncé. Alongside this work, his public profile as a headline DJ and promoter made his face well known at Cream in Liverpool, Ministry of Sound in London and at London’s Jazz Café playing at events for Prince, Janet Jackson, Stella McCartney, Jade Jagger, Gucci and the Russian Embassy to name but a few.
14 March – Heidi Vogel & Femi Temowo at Franzina Trattoria
The Cinematic Orchestra’s Heidi Vogel singing jazz and latin classics with renowned guitarist Femi Temowo at this well-loved Italian eatery.
Table bookings recommended.
14 March – Cocoa Butter Club
The Cocoa Butter Club exhilarating Cabaret celebrating everything from neo-burlesque and poetry, to drag, hoops and voguing. Only the best from the most exciting Black performers and performers of colour
So, lotion up, baby, because Sadie Sinner The Songbird will bring you a night bold enough to have you screaming ‘yaaaaas queen, smell like cocoa butter up in hurry!’.
15 March – Haus Party
Experience a vibrant night at HAUS, where DJs, underrepresented artists, and creatives unite. Shop for plants and vinyl while socialising in a plastic-free space surrounded by nature and music all under one roof. HAUS is a retail experience that embodies the spirit of a house party. From 7pm – midnight.
As owner Simone says, “My HAUS is your HAUS”.
16 March – Le Gateau Chocolat presents Duckie
Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self-acceptance at its core.
Set in an animal circus, we join Duckie on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions of the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference.
Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange?
Watch Duckie triumph by realising that these are their strengths.
Originally created by cabaret superstar Le Gateau Chocolat, family-friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage with Julian Brett starring as Duckie, adding their own twist to this classic tale of identity and belonging.
16 March – Brixton Chamber Orchestra at The Rec
Starting with Rossini’s La Cenerentola Overture, then playing the thrilling but rarely-heard Symphony in D major by another Italian, Luigi Cherubini.
Being St Patrick’s Day weekend, and to celebrate the contribution from the large Irish community in Lambeth, the second half will be a selection of traditional Irish music, including folk songs, reels and jigs. The concert will be led by renowned fiddle player Dermot Crehan. Dermot is internationally recognised as a leader in traditional Irish music, and has been a member of some of the best orchestras in the UK – and he happens to be a Brixton local!
We’ll be holding an open rehearsal at the 3G football pitch from 3-6pm, come and witness firsthand how orchestra practices work! Please note, we kindly ask for silence during the rehearsal.
16 March – Brixton Village Lates Warm Up
Head to Brixton Village for the first 2024 Brixton Village Lates. Curated by the infamous Handson Family, expect fantastic music while tasting culinary delights from the amazing Brixton Village eateries including Jalisco, KaoSarn, Fish, Wings & Ting as well as newly opened Veg & Tings.
17 March – Poetic Unity Presents The Laugh Word
The Laugh Word is an intimate night of live poetry, comedy and interactive games.
Come down and watch some of London’s best performers: Lara Grace Ilori (poet), Mya (Poet), Junior Booker (Comedian), Yovan Chamroo (Comedian), Ragz-CV (Host) and Minus Anthony (DJ).
The Laugh Word has been a regular staple event in South London across the last 5 years. Providing laughter and deep words for thousands of people in that time.