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OFFLINE #58, Launch Party at the Dogstar Brixton
Thursday, 9th April 2009
This was the biggest party in town, with *three* rooms and two floors of non stop fun to celebrate Offline's return to the Dogstar. We put together a sensational live bill of 40 samba drummers, all-girl go-go dancing gangs, hip-hop, knees-up punk-folk and full-on Ramones rock'n'roll, plus a full cabaret bill with comedy and poetry, the legendary Craft Corner and a ton of top DJs. It was unbelievably packed!
The Actionettes open up the ballroom stage with an electrifying set of 60s go-go dancing.
Crowd for The Actionettes.
We were delighted to welcome back the amazing Barking Bateria. We love these guys!
Big crowd upstairs.
Actionettes dancing to Barking Bateria.
Vic and Tufty in the Cabaret Room.
The excellent Captain of the Rant slams out the poetry in the Cabaret Room.
The arty crafty fun of the legendary Craft Corner in action downstairs.
The fantastic Milk Kan onstage in the upstairs ballroom.
DJ Wrongspeed in the Cabaret Room.
Brixton's punk rock finest I Wanna Be Sedated in the Ballroom.
The Actionettes get onstage.
Bluestreak on the decks in the main dance room.
Offline favourite Lady Lykez put in a blistering hip-hop PA.
The samba drummers on the move.
Dancing to The Smiths in the Cabaret Room.
Ms Balconette waves the Ramones banner while Ianw played a superb set of rock and roll, Motown and indie classics in the ballroom.
The downstairs dance floor.
Even when the house lights came on at 3am they wouldn't leave!
(Additional pics by Leticia Golubov and Phil Ross)
OFFLINE DOGSTAR LAUNCH PARTY!
Thursday 9th April
We return to the Dog with a truly almighty party
Dogstar, Brixton, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ
Tel: 020 7733 7515. 7pm - 2am.
FREE ADMISSION all night!
Transport: 2 mins from Brixton tube/BR/buses.
Map and venue info
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This is going to be the biggest party in town, with *three* rooms and two floors of non stop fun to celebrate Offline's return to the Dogstar. We've got a sensational live bill of 40 samba drummers, all-girl go-go dancing gangs, hip-hop, knees-up punk-folk and full-on Ramones rock'n'roll, plus a full cabaret bill with comedy and poetry, the legendary Craft Corner and a ton of top DJs. It's going to be busy, so get there early!
Debut album is BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens 'Album Of The Week'!
A tequila shot of cheeky Cockney charm and boozed up punk rock infused with old-skool hip-hop, Milk Kan are a perfect fit for the lively, rambunctious crowd at Offline.
The anarchic anti-folksters have already notched up prestigious supports with The Strokes, Babyshambles, The Violent Femmes and Hayseed Dixie, while their ace new single, 'God with an iPod' has already hit the BBC's Top Ten indie charts.
"Milk Kan you rule ...lyrical genius of the observational kind and the weirdest, awkwardly endearing thing on earth right now" Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 1
"This band is something special." Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1
"Think Squeeze meets Ian Dury (in a barn dance...) with a touch of UK hip-hop. Milk Kan's cockney wit and jaunty blue grass/doo-wop mishmash will have you dancing off your winter blues and grinning all the way through to the festival season."
Don't miss this one! An electrifying feast of dancefloor-erupting Brazilian samba, delivered in a unique Bhangra, Funk and Drum 'n' Bass style will turn the club into an instant Brixton carnival. Expect up to 40 drummers and get ready to shake your booty harder than it's ever been shaken before - they tore the place apart when they played Offline last June!
I WANNA BE SEDATED
Mixing up the sound of the Lower East Side with a Coldharbour Lane twist, these Brixton rockers will be dishing up a feast of Ramones tunes at their punk rock finest. Expect drunken 'Gabba Gabba Hey' chants, dancing Pinheads and a room full of joyous 'Hey Ho, Let's Go!' singalongs. Dig out your battered leather jacket and join the mosh pit.
An exciting young Hip Hop/Grime UK female artist with a rising reputation, Lady Lykez appeared on the London Urban Collective III ATL album ('rough edged grime and hip-hop with often wise and witty wordplay' - DJ magazine) before storming the notorious Club Apache open mic night in Atlanta, USA.
She recently completed an album in Mali, Africa with Akala, Bashy, Kele Le Roc, Silverstone for 'Routes to Rootz' funded by Bigga Fish and she's now back in the UK and ready to showcase her unique sound, "echoing the distinctive UK take of an artist like Dizzee Rascal mixed with the vocal dexterity and off kilter song structures of Missy Elliot."
A ballroom blitzkrieg of shimmying, sparkling, synchronised routines from this all-girl dance troupe, kicking their shiny white boots to 60s girl group classics. As seen on Charlie Brooker's TV show and BBC2's Culture Show, these stars of Ladyfest 2008 are not to be missed!
"With each shake of the hips, the smiles get wider..." The Independent
In the back room:
VIC LAMBRUSCO'S CABARET HOUR
'Abrasive political comedy' - Time Out
Comic piquancy - Independent
With a full line up of comedians, wags, poets and wordsmiths including:
CAPTAIN OF THE RANT - straight out of the DIY punk scene, expect blunt, intelligent and witty socially conscious storytelling.
Brixton's finest angry young man ranting, raving and pouring his heart out with street urchin tales of heartache and discovery.
More acts coming!
A massive hit at the last Offline, Craft Corner serves up a hands-on feast of glitter, sticky-back plastic, toilet rolls, empty detergent bottles, PVA glue and other messy stuff for big kids to get creative. Think: Blue Peter on Absinthe.
Photography slideshow, festival footage and more.
MASSIVE DJ LINE UP
A ton of top DJs playing in three rooms, including:
IAN WATSON (How Does It Feel To Be Loved)
Legendary DJ from the fabulous indie/Motown club playing Tamla heartbreak and indie classics
Expect an ale-fuelled, fun-packed feast of ska, punk, rock'n'roll, big band and rockabilly in a floor stomping package.
NIPSLA (Falling over studios)
With more pop than a fridge of rola cola you'll be hard pushed not to get out of your seat and shuffle like an idiot to her bright DJ bag of joy full of indie, electro and party tunes.
DUBVERSION (People's Republic of Disco)
Takes pride in having no skills but lots of tunes. From dub to country to gospel and most points in between.
THE REVD & BLUESTREAK (the immortal Beyond Fathomability Soundsystem)
East London, all-vinyl soundsystem playing breaks, bass, reggae, soul, dubstep, bastard pop, and charity shop oddments.
Laying down the country bass in your face
Throwing down a dance floor stinger with a white hot set of funk, soul, disco and indie.
DOORS OPEN 7pm, Cabaret starts at 8pm, Bands onstage 9pm, DJs till 2am. FREE all night!
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