EDITED BY JANE MULKERRINS London Lite Friday, 21 August 2009 17 Losing My EdgE at thE LEgion l KICK off your weekend with some drinkin and dancin to quality sounds. The excellent Filthy Dukes, left, are on the decks with their electro-dancey-with- some-vocally-bits-too tunes and are ably supported by White Fangs DJs and Yo Majesty. Tonight, 8pm- 2am. Free before 11pm, 3 after. The Legion, 348 Old Street, EC1 (0872 148 3426) sensibility with music you actually want to dance to and punters who, although some may look like they dressed in the dark, have a proper party attitude. Tonight at the Old Blue Last is a case in point. The Shoreditch boozer, owned by the trendy Vice magazine posse, hosts new night Too Legit To Quit. DJs Thick As Thieves, Sylk B and Prince Pac celebrate east Londons newly discovered love for hip hop, New Jack Swing and R&B (sort of Boys II Men meets Salt-N-Pepa) as this packed venue rocks through until 1.30am. Meanwhile, those seeking cutting-edge electronica should head to Warm at Plastic People tonight. Ame (Innervisions) are joined by Helsinkis hottest DJ, Lil Tony, wholl be dropping the deepest underground house and electro, including rare remixes. Tomorrow, the first official DFA Records party of the year hits Cargo, complete with DJ sets from label signings S**t Robot, Mock & Toof, Jacques Renault and more. Expect a clued-up crowd for this acid and synth artistry. Finally, on Sunday, check out an all-day party on a secret outdoor terrace, courtesy of the Tabula Rasa posse and headed up by actor (and party promoter, it turns out) Jimi Mistry. Some of Londons coolest clubbers are already in the loop on this one and you can get involved by sending guest list requests to maud@wild-music.com. Expect top house music with a very special surprise guest. This is going to be one hell of a party -- but make sure you ignore the guy in the orange boiler suit. clubland@thelondonlite.co.ukl LIVINGFORTHEWEEKENDER Purepop Husband and wife Mike and Jen travel the land with their unique Hotbreath karaoke knees-up. Choose from 7,000 songs, but prepare for a very enthusiastic crowd who may drown you out and dance on the tables. Hotbreaths monthly resi- dency at The Lauriston is legendary. The Lauriston, 162 Victoria Park Road, E9 (020 8985 5404, hotbreathkaraoke.com). Monthly, Saturdays, 8pm-midnight, free Hiphop KaraoKe has long been dominated by cheese, singalong and disco, so its high time hip hop heads got their chance to shine.ItsararethingtoseeaCitybanker arrivestraightfromtheoffice,pulloff his tie and tear up some dirrrty Wu-Tang. The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1 (020 7636 4992, hiphop karaokelondon.co.uk). Monthly, Thursdays, 6pm-1am, free Hardrock PuT down your air guitar and head on down to rockaoke, where you can belt out your favourite indie, punk, rock or pop classic backed by a live rock band. Its brilliant fun and the band will carry you, no matter how vocally chal- lenged you may be. With a songlist ranging from nirvana to no doubt, theres something for everyone. Punk, 14 Soho Street, W1 (020 7734 4004, rockaoke.co.uk). Every second and last Friday of the month, 7.30pm-10pm, free before 7.30pm, 5 after Indie WHen you went to see blur recently did you secretly think you could do a better job? Put on your skinniest jeans and swagger down to Indieoke, where you can belt out your favourite indie classic with a full band. stare at your shoes la Ian Curtis or snarl into a mic like Liam Gallagher. Theres a cool guest compere, so shy types can just sit back and enjoy the action with buffalo bars fab range of flavoured vodkas. Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, N1 (020 7359 6191, buffalobar.co.uk). Friday, 2 October, 8.30pm, 5 Goldenoldies THose in the know head down to this little gem of a boozer, tucked away on Columbia road, for its very special karaoke nights. The beauty of the birdcage is its eclectic crowd: the melodious strains of a skinny-jeaned twentysomething singing Teenage Kicks might be followed up by a local pensioners show-stopping rendition of My Way. Karaoke really is a way of life here, and the friendly locals keep going until the early hours at weekends. The Birdcage, 80 Columbia Road, E2, weekend evenings, free YOUR pOp STAR DREAMS wHATEvER YOUR STYLE Crowd-pleaser: Hotbreath will have you dancing on the tables Retro a-go-g0 NeW for Kings Cross is the Simmons Rooms (32 Caledonian Road, N1). Occupying the premises of an old caf, it operates as a caf during the day and DJ bar in the evenings. The interior has a bric-a-brac feel, with retro wallpaper, eclectic table lamps, vintage magazines and old books. Admission is free. Put on the Ritzy The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton has unveiled its new-look caf and bar, Upstairs At The Ritzy (Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2). Aiming to be a cultural hub for the community, the venue will have regular live l l BarFly Whatsnew intown music, comedy and other performances. Acts interested in performing can email ritzy. events@picturehouses.co.uk Drinkto fortune YOU will have heard of Chinese fortune cookies. Well, new Chelsea bar JuJu (316-318 Kings Road, SW3) has invented the Fortune Cocktail. Made from Sagatiba Cachaa, ginseng, fresh ginger, lime and pineapple juice, plus a supposedly aphrodisiac blend of herbs and spices, you have to drain the creation to read the prophetic words at the base of the glass. DAvID HUDSON l Wereall goingto... Ignoretheoddoutfits--the cutting-edgecrewcanparty Tonight THE cauldron of cosmopolitan hedonism that is Notting Hill Carnival is nearly upon us (look out for a guide to all the parties on these pages next week), and East Village brings the carnival vibes a week early with an outstanding line-up of DJs and live acts. Topping the bill is Radioclit, wholl also be headlining the Oi You sound system at Carnival, which is brand-new this year. Tonight theyre joined by Crazy Cousinz, Ross Allen, Stuart Patterson Mumdance, and more in an electro meets fidget meets funky throw- down at this two- floored East London stalwart. Pre Carnival Riot @ east Village, 89 Great eastern Street, eC2 (020 7739 5173), 9pm-3.30am, 6 before 11pm, 8 after. Tube: Old Street Saturday THe latest addition to London bridges burgeoning club scene, Cable welcomes some pioneering left-field house and techno courtesy of Future Flash. Their last party, featuring andrew Weatherall and optimo, was a stormer and this one looks similarly strong. resident dJs dave Congreve, Will saul and more are joined by the pure, unhinged techno genius dJ Koze from Germanys Kompakt record label. His fellow Hamburg- dweller dJ Lawrence also hits the decks, dropping deep house and experimental techno at a night that has the club internet forums bubbling with excitement. Future Flash @ Cable, 33 Bermondsey Street, SE1, 11pm- 8am, 15. Tube: London Bridge Sunday A CAF in Archway is the unlikely venue for this daytime jam organised by warehouse party specialists Boglewaltz. The setting comprises a big outdoor space with palm trees, a cocktail bar, gourmet BBQ and great guest DJs. Navigate past the drunks outside and dive into a mix of hip hop, lovers rock, salsa, merengue and broken beat from Dom Servini, Cal Jader and more. Theres even some outdoor shisha hubbly-bubbly action for those who like to vary their nicotine ingestion. Boglewaltz @ Caf Mosaic, 24 Junction Road N19 (boglewaltz @gmail.com), 2pm-10pm, 2. Tube: Archway ScOTT MANSON We are family: Crazy Cousinz are at Pre Carnival Riot tonight Do it your way: Old tunes at The Birdcage Hip Hop to it at the Social In the band: Join the school of rock at Punk index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html