Looking for something to do this weekend? This is your definitive guide which will come every week, telling you what’s happening this weekend. As you know, this can range from one off events, long running events, or just cool places or good clubs to visit.
Let’s begin with the most interesting event this weekend – OktoberFest, taking place at the Tobacco Dock from 8-11th October.
OktoberFest is described as “…Oktoberfest is about more than (great) beer! Over 4 days you can experience everything that makes Oktoberfest, held in the wooden halls of Tobacco Dock. We’ll have live music, full Oktoberfest decoration and thousands of people going crazy for the authentic Oktoberfest experience. Along with steins, you’ll get the best German food catered by the award-winning Herman Ze German.”
Tickets are £10 for general admission or £60 for a “Paulaner Pass”. Get more info here.
For fans of dance music, next up we have Tribal Sessions, which is a new weekly party at the south London club Fire, near Vauxhall station.
This is described as having “high quality, underground dance music” and some of the names on offer will be impressive to dance music veterans: “space-blasted Detroit techno ace Juan Atkins, electro-house kingpins Booka Shade, masked house marauder Redshape, Chicago’s acid house pioneer DJ Pierre and many more.”
Next up we have Urban Food Fest, taking place in Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch. This is taking place every Saturday from 12 until midnight, until the end of October.
A description of Urban Food Fest, reads: “Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgian waffles and the ubiquitous (but undeniably delicious) pulled pork in a soft brioche bun.”
Entry is free, so find out more here.
For a little nightlife, there are themed nights taking place all weekend at the Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch. Entry is free on a Friday until 11pm, and costs £5 after that. On Saturday, there are two different events taking place, with one costing £5 no matter what, and one which is again free before 11 pm.
Get more info here.
We also have legendary grime event Eskimo Dance returning after being absent for six years. This is taking place at Building Six in the o2, on Saturday October 10 from 10pm.
This event is described as “MCs busting out the rhymes include the ever-entertaining but still razor-sharp Wiley, hot topic JME, plus Frisco, BBK’s Jammer, Shorty, D Double E, Footsie, Big Narstie and P Money. DJs including UKG duo Oxide and Neutrino, Maximum, Spyro, Spooky and a special guest. Room Two of the venue is hosted by Vice music platform Noisey, and features Royal T, Hatcha, Madam X and Sian Anderson.”
Tickets are £20, but are almost sold out. They are on their final release, so you better act fact! Get them here.
Now begins our selection of alternative events, beginning with the Alternative London Tour. This is taking place on both Friday and Saturday at the Old Spitalfields Market, with more slots available on Saturday.
This is described as “East London’s ‘alternative’ side is revealed on this leftfield tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the Brick Lane ‘Banglatown’ and Shoreditch areas as well as current issues and street art.”
Make bookings here, and you can pay what you like on the day.
We have a fair few gigs this weekend, but I would like to highlight two. The first is the return of black metal legends Taake, who are playing The Underworld in Camden on Friday.
Tickets are £15, so get them here.
Next are cheese masters Freedom Call, who are playing their brand of power metal at the Borderline. Tickets are £17, so get them here.
We also have a selection of live music at The Intrepid Fox on Friday, a famous gathering place for metalheads on Holloway Road. Take a look at their Facebook page here.
For something more chilled, there’s the old standard, The World’s End pub in Camden town.