Just a couple of grand nights out for you next week, seeing as you're all no doubt getting busy with the Christmas party season.
Alternatively mix your very own Caucasian from a night out bowling with the Rock'n'Roll Soul Festive Bowl. Not only will there be free bowling all night at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, a whole seven hours of the very best soul that rocks and rock with soul, resident DJs Gary, Nat, Al, Martin and Jimmy joined on the decks by Andy Lewis (Acid Jazz, Blow Up), Nick Brown (Intoxica!) and Danny Decourtelle (Happiness Stan’s) but (deep breath) there's also live entertainment courtesy of every Londonista's favourite heart throbs, The Pipettes, annnnd...
A very special guest band. Now we've seen the list (and we're not being funny here) but we can't tell you who's in it. What we can say is that they've all bothered the charts at some time, one of them has headlined Glastonbury and one of them makes us have very bad bad thoughts. So that's the Rock'n'Roll Soul Festive Bowl, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Basement of the Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU (nearest tubes: Russell Square, Euston), 8pm-3am, £8 (pay on the door only). GO!
Wednesday: Being Christmas and all it's the Christmas Blang at the 12 Bar Club (22 - 23 Denmark Place, WC2), with Santa's groto opening at 7.30 and giggling elf juices served until 1am. For a mere £5 on the door you get Partition: 4 chords, 3 musicians, 2 minute songs, 1 megaphone, zero-fi lurching pop punk; Sergeant Buzfuz - like Nick Cave on the dole; Jinx Lennon's speedball of Irish punk rap testifying; Bod, bass vixen for Hull’s quirk pop titans Fonda 500 who brings her gang of gals, Harvey Half Devoures to town ; and a late set from new boy on the London antifolk scene, Vauxhall Valentine Paul Hawkins.