Offline Club - about us
Offline is a free club night put on by the folks behind the Brixton-based activist/community website urban75.com.
Our first regular events took place at the Brixton Ritzy cinema, but with the night growing in popularity - and noise complaints from cinema 5 (!) - we were compelled to locate to larger venues, starting with Brixton's famous Dogstar club, where we put on packed, multi-room events.
Since then we've also had regular stints at Brixton JAMM, Birkbeck College in central London, Charterhouse EC2 and Plan B in Brixton ans well as one-off club nights in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The lively Prince Albert in Brixton remains our main venue, where we out on regular gigs throughout the year.
The events take on different formats - sometimes we have a full night of cabaret, film shows and live acts, somtimes there's a multi-band bill or maybe just a DJ mash-up - but whatever we've got going on it's always fun, friendly, totally free and a whole load of fun!
Live acts have included TV comedians Richard Herring and Stewart Lee (Lee & Herring) and Robert Newman (Newman and Baddiel), award winning comics Robin Ince, John Hegley, Shazia Mirza and Josie Long, Howard Marks (Mr Nice), Jim Bob (Carter USM), Mercury Prize nominees The Portico Quartet, The Thirst, Milk Kan, Mark Hibbett, Tom Robinson (TRB), TV Smith (The Adverts), Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Sweet Baboo and Katy Carr with guest DJ slots from Lester Square (Monochrome Set), IanW (How Does It Feel To Be Loved) and performances from Vic Lambrusco, Luke Wright, The Actionettes and much more more!
We've also had 45-piece samba bands bands, beat box artists, magicians book readings, festival film showings, activist videos, card tricks, and, err, a Human Fruit Machine, with The Londonist magazine described our nights as being, "Like someone's friendly house party, opened up for the general public....Entertaining, friendly, and free."
What do we play?
Part of the fun of the Offline club is that every night is different, and the music can cover rock'n'roll, skiffle, ska, Motown, indie, dance to 1930s tea dance and the magnificent Mrs Mills.
Our club nights attract a very mixed and are always free with pub prices at the bar - and none of arsey dress code nonsense either - check out the photos here and come down and meet us!
"The party to end all parties
"Brilliantly eclectic... It's always a roadblock - it's that good! " TIME OUT
"Like someone's friendly house party, opened up for the general public....Entertaining, friendly, and free." Londonist
"A terrific night of fun." Richard Herring
"A f*cking brilliant night" Larry Love
"Offline... Always edgy, consistently unpredictable and genuinely good" SOUTH LONDON PRESS
"An eclectic mix of cabaret & live music...Pick of the Week!" GUARDIAN
"So successful it hurts... Just go!" TIME OUT
SOME REVIEWS (Click on pics for bigger image)
The club started life in the RITZY CINEMA in Brixton in February 2004, but ever-growing crowds forced a move to larger, multi-room premises at Brixton's famous Dogstar club followed by additional fortnightly 'Offline2' events at Birkbeck College, monthly nights at the PRINCE ALBERT in central Brixton and a one-off event in New York on November 2005.
In December 2005, we moved to Brixton JAMM which offered an amazing sound system and top-end lighting rig to do justice to our performers, and in 2008 we invested in a top notch sound system so we could put on bi-monthly free nights of live music in the Albert pub. The need for more space saw us put on occasional, three-room live shows at The Dogstar
and larger bills at Brixton's Plan B
Just like the website that spawned it, Offline is always completely free!
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