At the end of November, the bar formerly known as Pop (14 Soho Street, London, W1 - just off Oxford Street, about 30 yards from its nearest tube, Tottenham Court Road) will begin to get taken apart before being refurbished early in the New Year. In the short period before it gets a much-needed facelift (late Nov until late Jan), the people behind Heavenly Recordings/The Social/Socialism Magazine will programme two months of gigs and clubs to accompany the usual hard drinking we are contemplating over the Christmas & New Year period.
In the blink and you missed it spirit of the original Heavenly Sunday Social at The Albany, the bar, to be rechristened Everything Must Go, will exist only for a limited period in the vein of the legions of temporary Christmas shops that spring up all around town. The promotions aim to reflect this slightly deranged idea, musically covering all bases from freak folk to pounding amyl disco and all points in between. Added to this will be work by designers, painters and video artists covering each of the wall surfaces, creating a temporary exhibition space that will disappear forever when the venue goes dark in the New Year.
Saturday daytimes in December (2pm until 7pm, though might be wise to check times nearer the date) will be given over to a four week only Christmas Market hosted by Socialism Magazine. Stalls will be run by our favourite photographers, artists, clothing and jewellery designers, with records and books also. These market days will be accompanied by one deck DJs, the occasional live band and, hopefully, a full showing of R Kelly's legendary musical soap opera "Trapped In The Closet".
Everything Must Go will open on November 24th. It will close in January.
Launch party on Friday 24th with the Heavenly Jukebox DJs, Pete Fowler and friends and some special live guests. Open from 6pm, all welcome.
Shows throughout December from Dot Allison, Lisa Germano, Xerox Teens, Foals, Lost Penguin, The Hours, Ed Harcourt and all manner of clubnights to keep an eye out for including, of course, the already near legendary GUILTY CHRISTMAS, presented by Sean Rowley with all the usual nonsense from the Guilty Pleasures DJs (Thursday 30th Nov, 7th Dec, 14th Dec, 21st Dec).
Artwork on display/being created throughout December by Pete Fowler, Kavel Rafferty, Jon Burgerman, Ian Stevenson, David Henckel and plenty more.
Check www.myspace.com/everythingmustgolondon for listings...