May: The Force. An Incredible 6D Clerkenwell ARTSlab.

Is this our most lavish line-up yet? Upstairs at the Betsey Trotwood has never felt more like Oscar night – as an incredible line-up of proper writers and musicians lights up the May Clerkenwell ARTSlab in gloriously unlikely 6D. Novelist JOE DUNTHORNE (Submarine, Wild Abandon) does poetry. Musical storyteller BOB KARPER does the dark side. Read more about May: The Force. An Incredible 6D Clerkenwell ARTSlab.[…]

Dan Antopolski casts spell over Clerkenwell ARTSlab, 24 October

It’s a scarily good line-up for the hippest Monday night artslab in town. The club that’s fast gaining a reputation for subverting the laws of physics and stuff welcomes the brilliant Dan Antopolski to speak amusingly on a range of topics Gabriel Moreno to prove poetry is alive and kissing Chris Dowding and Ben Higham to Read more about Dan Antopolski casts spell over Clerkenwell ARTSlab, 24 October[…]

Autumn season at ClerkenwellARTslab kicks off with John Hegley

It’s official. After a successful pre-summer start-up roll-out, we’re re-uploading the real-world app at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon. Starting on 26 September 2016 with headliner John Hegley, ClerkenwellARTslab will offer a regular diet of song, poetry, laughs and cake. Great acts, yummy food, nice people. All for £8 or £5 concs. Here are the line-ups (subject Read more about Autumn season at ClerkenwellARTslab kicks off with John Hegley[…]

Rumours of free entry to top show on 11 March trigger joy bonanza

Delicious award-winning vegan food is just one of the many hyphenated reasons to pitch up at Klub Karamel, north London, on 11 March. Oh? There are others? Yes, including: + DJ Luminous Frenzy will be pro-decking it + Catherine Ashby and the Spare Ribs will be a-soothing you + Poet-cantor, Gabriel Moreno, with his band will Read more about Rumours of free entry to top show on 11 March trigger joy bonanza[…]

Martha’s Gig – thank you

Huge thanks to the hundreds of people who shared Martha’s Gig with us on Saturday night (17 October). The performers: John Hegley​, Dan Antopolski​, Maria Friedman, Richard Frostick and the Islington Music Centre, Three Little Birds, Jessie Glynn, Simon John Moffitt​ Olamiju Fajemisin, Soul of the City Choir, The Flaming Yaks of Tibet, Oliver Hayes​, Read more about Martha’s Gig – thank you[…]

Martha’s Gig: Music, laughs and poetry for YoungMinds and The Music Centre

Music, laughs and poetry from great friends and talented youngsters: + The people’s poet laureate John Hegley + Original comedy from the brilliant Dan Antopolski And a feast of music from The Music Centre, Three Little Birds, Ollie Hayes, The Soul City Singers, The Flaming Yaks of Tibet, Jessica Glynn, and The Adam Hughes Quartet Plus poetry from Simon Moffitt Date: 17 Read more about Martha’s Gig: Music, laughs and poetry for YoungMinds and The Music Centre[…]

Wild sings: What we should really renegotiate with Europe

  CALL ME SNARLING AND THIN-SKINNED, but for years the Eurovision Song Contest has made me ponder the benefits of a snap in-out referendum. All that talent, all those costumes, all that electricity – and for what? That’s why, when David Cameron goes off to Brussels to explain that the UK – the most unequal country in Read more about Wild sings: What we should really renegotiate with Europe[…]

Shake your booties with bells on for May Bank Holiday

          Did you know 25 May is the 90th anniversary of John T Scopes being indicted for teaching evolution in a Tennessee High School? A lot has changed since then. But thankfully some things have stayed quite similar. Here’s a chance to find out how some things happened. And others didn’t. This year. Read more about Shake your booties with bells on for May Bank Holiday[…]

Poetlical db8: This ballot’s got your name on it

Vote for music, vote for laughter, vote poetry, vote cake. Poetry and politics come together in a Night of Poetlicks. It’s our electrician spectral – where the candidates may speak only in iambic pentameters, thyming buckets, shining trumpets, or timing sublets.       At John Hegley‘s regular 4th-Monday hustings, Diego Brown and the Good Fairy will try Read more about Poetlical db8: This ballot’s got your name on it[…]

More hare-raising adventures at the Betsey

Massive feet? Long ears? Bit of a loner? Come to the Betsey Trotwood on Monday 23 March and s-hare your whooas. Diego Brown(hare) and the Good Fharey will be looking a bit frisky in the company of poetato-farmer John Hegley and his rhythm hunters. Graze on music, poetry, the occasional joke, and cake. Can you be Read more about More hare-raising adventures at the Betsey[…]