A trip….north of the river with the Actionettes

Being a dyed in the wool Brixtonite, I always feel mighty uncomfortable when I’m asked to venture north of the river, but tonight I made an extra big effort to haul my south London-loving arse up to the bleak northern territories of Stoke Newington (heck the place hasn’t even got a tube station!!!)

After preparing myself for the journey with a comforting pint or two in the Albert, I embarked on the journey to Green Lanes, Stoke Newington to a lesbian bar/club called, ‘Lower the Tone’ in The Oak Bar.

Lower the Tone at The Oak Bar, Stoke Newington, London

I’d been lured up north to see The Actionettes perform and – happily – it was well worth the journey. They went down a storm with the lively, up-for-it crowd.

Lower the Tone at The Oak Bar, Stoke Newington, London

The bar was packed (it was the club’s second birthday) and although the DJing perhaps wasn’t the most discerning I’d ever heard, with such a warm and friendly crowd, it didn’t really matter.

Actionettes at The Oak Bar, Stoke Newington, London

The Actionettes put in a lively set that had the predominantly female crowd a-whooping with joy. An all girl crowd can make quite a noise!

Actionettes at The Oak Bar, Stoke Newington, London

We stayed for a few beers and a shuffle (“Mirror Man”: Human League – respect!) before contemplating the

expected unspeakable horrors of getting back to base camp Brixton at 1am.

Fortunately, we managed to grab a taxi in minutes and were driven back to the welcoming confines of south London at amber-light-jumping speed, courtesy of an impossibly large Turkish driver.

All things considered, it was a good night. North Londoners – check it out!