Magical winter enchantment seldom comes in the form of an array of shipping containers, but pop by Pop in Brixton and they’ll show you how to do winter properly.
Pop is transforming from the perefect summer venue, to the ideal winter one, with the addition of a roof and an urban forest. The Christmassy woodland effect will be achieved by using reclaimed and recycled materials, including recycled timber, wreaths of ivy and for maximum Christmassy effect, salvaged oil drums and wooden cable reels for tables. Meanwhile festoons of fairlylights will mimic the night sky. And anyone worried about the chill factor neednt’, they’ll have heaters.
The revamp will take place between 16th and 18th October, and the South London venue will rise like a raindeer from ashes for their famous ‘Raise the Roof’ event on Friday 20th October. The evening, including a speical performance by Kasai Masai (who holds the exciting title of the UK’s leading live performer of soukous, which is a fast-paced Congolese style of dance music) and will form part of Pop’s celebration of Black History Month.
But it’s not just Raise the Roof that we’ve got to look forward to. Pop will also be bringing us Brixtober Fest (14th October), which as the name hints, is Brixton’s answer to Oktoberfest where Pop will team up with German beer and currywurst specialist, World Of Wurst, and draft in a traditional Munich Brass Band.
Pexmas Market (October 21st-22nd) will bring the Christmas market to Brixton, with an array of South East London’s finest independent designers, makers and retailers with various ranges of fashion, homeware, kitchen essentials, stationery, toys and gifts on sale.
Another event that will mark Pop’s latest incarnation will be The Doctor’s Orders Squad and Friends (October 21st) who will be on the decks and bringing their floor-filling sets of Hip-Hop, Soul, Disco, and Garage to the venue for one night only.
Aside from these plenty more events are planned as we start to gear up for the Christmas season, not least their Halloween events (28th October), Hip Hop Karaoke (27th October) and many more.
We simply can’t contain-er ourselves…
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Phil is Deputy Editor at The Handbook. A Northerner cast away in South London he loves to write about food and travel. He also has a black belt in scotch egg eating.