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September Roundup

4 September 2015 Josh Barrie

Just like Notting Hill Carnival has been and gone, so, it seems, has summer. But as the leaves turn brown and football transfer window closes, there’s still plenty going on. And you know, we think there may be a few summer rays left still to come.

Fewer will be more eager to see the rain cease a while than football fans. And not just the multi-million pound superstars who’ve been brought to the UK to liven up to the Premier League.

Soccer SixFest isn’t just for those who know how much Chelsea’s new winger was bought for; what he’s rated on FIFA 2016. It’s a “fusion of football and music,” and, get this, “An outdoor summer festival vibe.”

Well, then. Summer isn’t over after all…sort of. Soccer SixFest is held at Mile End Stadium and brings together musicians, TV celebs, and other famous faces from the world of sport and film. They compete in various football tournaments across the venue, while music and other treats go on too.

The festival is also a quirky blend of TOWIE and indie rock, meshed together with a communal love of football. But we like the idea of celebrated a crossing of cultures, entwined with random celebrities trying their best to score a goal – some no doubt well, others probably not so. There’s more info here. It all kicks-off (sorry) on September 6.

It'll be like a night at the Chiltern Firehouse, or new Zetter Townhouse, but with flying balls and probably some pulled pork instead of dainty dishes served on fine china.

 

Continuing the positive, anti-rain theme, we’re also quite keen on carrying on with outdoor cinema action. Pop-up Screen has been rolling throughout this month but has many more movies planned for September.

Locations are wonderfully different – Holborn and Fulham, for instance, and down in the deep south-east London, such as Sydenham and Streatham. 

Pop-up Screens has been running for four years and every year they blend old and new, quirky with mainstream. This year films include Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters, Robin Hood, Up, and Top Gun. And venues range from everything from intimate park spaces to hotels like The Rookery. And yes, there’s always food and drink. Details are here.



In case the idea of watching films while drinking cocktails sparks that all too dreamy proposition to new, thirsty realms, we’ve two new cocktail bars that might serve that call.

The first is Upstairs at the Ten Bells on Commercial Street at Spitalfields. Shoreditch simply cannot host enough bars these days, and this is the latest to drum up the craze.

Up the stairs and around the corner from the pub proper is a room of fashionable design, something perhaps not dissimilar to the Victorian drinking houses of old. The concept is refreshing though – small, cheaper glasses, almost as if cocktail tapas. Inebriation is much the same, but it’s achieved through more flavours and smaller offerings. There are tapas dishes too.


The other opening we thought to note was the London Cocktail Club’s new place on Essex Road in Islington. If you’re a London fan and drinker of drinkers you’ll probably know all about the company, rapidly growing with spots across the city. But with the new bar comes a new menu, so there’s lots more to try.

 

Talking of drinking, we know a couple of people who’ve managed to get a tattoo while intoxicated. Such whimsy might be frowned upon by those at the International London Tattoo Convention. It’s a place of artistic integrity and wonderment – but also of extremism.

Yet the two seem so often hand-in-hand.

The event, from September 25-27, would be a great way to end the month, marveling at how people can turn themselves into walking tapestries, inked up to the max.

The showcase ranges from the world’s best known artists, most tattooed people, but also the history and values of the industry. Alongside live, action shots are galleries, old posters, and a wealth of information about tattooing – all at Tobacco Docks, Shadwell. See here for more.  

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