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Unwrap music: Xmas gifts and gigs guide

21 December, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Crec will play Camden Assembly on Saturday

NEED last-minute Christmas gift ideas for music-loving friends? We have selected just a few items to assist the more discerning of you with your quest. And, once the shopping is done, work is over and your time is your own, we’ve also picked out some Christmas parties to keep you busy.

Here are the gifts that made the cut:

• N.E.R.D and Illesteva have released a limited-edition eyewear collection with a tech twist, including sunglasses equipped with a 16GB branded USB, with exclusive content filmed by Christian Padron.

• Graham Gordon’s book, Rebels with a Cause: The Secret History of the Original Rolling Stones, is an insight into the group’s earliest days.

• Spiritland’s new Mayfair store (above) is dedicated to the art of recorded music. We thought it was only right to give their selection of world-class headphones, amps and speakers a mention.

• Ronnie Scott’s memberships gives exclusive access to some of its most notable shows. Possibly a present to remember?

• No one knew if it would ever happen, but yes, Bob Dylan eventually made his Nobel Prize for literature speech on November 30. Now, Bob Dylan – The Nobel Lecture has been made available in hardback.

• For those that recall the Heyday of Covent Garden club The Roxy, former owners Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington have told the venue’s full uninhibited story in The Roxy Our Story: The Club That Forged Punk in 100 Nights of Madness Mayhem and Misfortune, chronicling the four months in 1977 that gave the temporary club its reputation as the home of punk-rock for bands such as The Clash, The Police and The Damned.

If you’re looking for a decent gig or party over the next week – how about these?


Rock N Roll Christmas – Welcome to the Monkey House, live bands plus rocking playlist. Black Heart (Camden Town tube), 7pm-2am, from £6

The Monarch Christmas Party with Drunk Children + HOO HAs. The Monarch (Chalk Farm tube), 7.30pm, free before 10pm

The Caramello Before Christmas ft Bill Brewer. The Garage (Highbury & Islington tube), 11pm-4am, £7-£8

Happy Punking Christmas – Sun Arcana + Healthy Junkies + Petty Phase + DJ Adam O. Nam­bu­cca (Upper Holloway over­ground), 7.30pm, £6 adv, £8 door

Twist & Shout, The Beatles Special – live set of The Fab Four’s anthems + The Brass Souls + DJ Eli playing vintage soul sounds. The Blues Kitchen (Camden Town/Mornington Crescent tube), 10.30pm-2.30am, from £5

Aswad + Shanty. Jazz Cafe (Camden Town tube), 7pm, £25

Pop Rocks. The Borderline (Tottenham Court Road tube), 11pm-4am, from £3 adv

Orange Goblin. Electric Ball­room (Camden Town tube), 7pm, £17.50


• I Love Reggaeton – London’s Biggest Reggaethon Party. DJs incl DJ Khriz + DJ Carlos Ortiz. Koko (Mornington Crescent tube), 10pm-5am, £10-£15

The Crec X Flare: Blanco – jazz/neo soul. The Camden Assembly (Chalk Farm tube), 7pm, £8 + after-party ft Brudda Nay + KarimThaPheasant, 10.30pm-3am, £10

Generation Next-mas party ft False Heads + Dead Natives. Nam­bucca (Upper Holloway over­ground), 7.30pm, £6 adv/£8 door

Camden Christmas Wonderland. Live music, DJs, street food & drinks + more. Proud (Chalk Farm tube), 2pm-10pm, from £10

The Skatonics. The Dublin Castle (Camden Town tube), 7.15pm, £8/£6

Tilted – Indie party. The Borderline (Tottenham Court Road tube), 10.30pm, £3 adv


London African Choir present Graceland. Jazz Cafe (Camden Town tube), 7pm, £15-£25

Trevor Nelson’s Soul Nation Boxing Day Party. Jazz Cafe (Camden Town tube), 7pm, £10.30pm-3am, £15-£30

Back to 95 Boxing Day Special. Scala (King’s Cross tube), 10pm-6am, from £15 adv


Stripped Back Soul – The Reputations. The Blues Kitchen (Camden Town/Mornington Crescent tube), 9.45pm, free


Chicago Shake – The Untouchables. The Blues Kitchen (Camden Town/Mornington Crescent tube), 9.45pm, free

Fireroad+ Headline Maniac. The Borderline (Tottenham Court Road tube), 7pm, £15.50



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