Last night I ventured deep into the uncharted waters of Lewisham to check out The Actionettes and The Instants playing the Fox and Firkin, betwixt Lewisham and Ladywell.
The pub – which has been imaginatively decorated and looks like a cross between the Dogstar and the Rest Is Noise in Brixton – is a beacon of hope in a fairly bleak part of south London. It’s well worth a visit.
They’ve spent a fair few quid making the Firkin a decent live venue, and there’s a small stage with a drum riser, a reasonably powerful PA system and good stage lighting.
Oh, and a smoke machine, which is always a Good Thing in my book. I can’t get enough smoke action.
Here’s some photos of the girls in action:
Playing a set either side of the Actionettes was The Instants, a moderately likeable indie-rock band who, faced with a very small crowd, put in a workmanlike performance.
The stage at the Firkin. The bar is on the right and to the left of the stage – rather distractingly for the bands, I would imagine – is the corridor to the loos and a large beer garden.
I really like the way the pub has been kitted out, and it’s a shame so few people were there – a venue like this deserves to be packed on a Saturday night!
There’s a pool table in the pub, real ales, home made cakes and board games.
Fox and Firkin can be found at 316, Lewisham High St, London, SE13 6JZ, and is open on Sun-Thu 12:00-00:30, and Fri-Sat 12:00-01:30.