Thursday, 17 December 2015

Allo Darlin free gig Sunday December 20

Allo Darlin, or half of them in the form of Elizabeth Morris and Paul Rains, are returning to the Hangover Lounge on Sunday December 20. 

Fresh from 2 gigs the day before, the hardest working band in indiepop are playing an afternoon gig at 3pm at the Betsey Trotwood.

It's free to get in, so get there in good time to catch this intimate performance. If you've seen any of their previous gigs for us, you know how special they are. Here's a reminder, or a taster, of them playing Europe at the Lounge Allo Darlin' - "Europe" at The Lexington, London, 27 May 2012

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

This Sunday: November 8th 2015

Headline: this Sunday, November 8th, we'll be having a Hangover Lounge at the Betsey Trotwood, from 3pm to 9pmish, as usual. It'll be us quietly playing brilliant records, hanging out and having a pleasingly relaxed time.

Bit more detail: we'd planned to host a launch do for our friend Michael White's Popkiss book about the history and aftermath of Sarah Records, which was to feature some Sarah-related groups playing live. Sadly, we have had to postpone that event, which we hope to host sometime early in 2016. So Sunday's a Hangover Lounge, pop along anyway, and if you want to talk to someone about Sarah Records there'll surely be someone there who'll chat to you about them. 

As I understand it, the Q&A at Rough Trade East on Thursday 5th is going ahead, so do pop along for that. 

If you're wondering what is going to happen to the Hangover Lounge in the longer term, well, we're not completely sure at this point. We'll use Sunday to gauge how much interest there's likely to be in a Betsey-based Lounge without live bands (all our afternoons there so far, which have been fun, have had groups playing). And then we'll have a little think. We'll let you know ASAP. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The next four weeks in full

So! Four more Hangover Lounges until we leave the Lexington for pastures new. Gotta catch 'em all. Or at least some - please come along at some point to say cheerio for now and help us celebrate the end of an era.

Over the next month or so we'll be posting up some reflections and some thanks from the last six years.

Here are the details.

Sunday August 16th: the final Stolen Wine at the Hangover Lounge at the Lexington, though all being well not the last Stolen Wine at the Hangover Lounge because we're a TEAM now:

Sunday August 23rd: guest DJ Alan Hake, an old friend of ours who has excellent stories to tell about Creation Records, amongst other things:

Sunday August 30th: Tim's last Lexington bow, he* can't be with us on the 6th, so it's time for the Lexington to hear that Rita Lee record with the duck noises in one last time. Maybe two last times. 

Sunday September 6th: this is it, and we're going out in style with the last installment in our Gare du Nord residency, which has been pretty effing stellar so far. This one promises to be just as amazing and we wouldn't want that to be missed in the kerfuffle of our departure.

It's a ridiculously strong bill: if you know the Hangover Lounge you surely know about Rotifer and the Left Outsides: they are both long-term friends and comrades of ours, as well as being brilliant in their own right. They are joined for this show by a genuine enigmatic legend, John Howard. Just in case you're uninitiated, here's a taste of John's work:

And that's that, for a bit.

 The rest is noise.

*If you're reading carefully you'll probably be able to see that "he" is actually writing this, so that's a bit weird, but you get the idea.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Big news: last days at the Lexington

WHAT? The time has come! After a very happy six and a bit years at the Lexington, we will be moving. 

Where? We're not sure yet, we're working on it. There's a chance that we'll re-think the hours or the format or something but we will be back, rocking gently with sweet sounds and occasional amazing live acts. 

When's all this happening? 

The last Lexington Lounge will be Sunday 6th of September. Here's the plan: 

This Sunday (16th August) will be the last Stolen Wine at the Hangover Lounge at the Lexington. To prove it, here's a flyer: 

Then we've a couple of old-fashioned Hangover Lounge Sunday afternoons on the 23rd and 30th. The 30th, it turns out, is a Bank Holiday Sunday, which promises to be epic and possibly rather messy. 

On September the 6th itself our farewell will coincide with the last date in our Gare du Nord summer residency. So mark such a momentous occasion it became clear that we needed TWO flyers, look:

After that we've a couple of one-off events planned, probably at our new home, more of which very soon. Stay tuned for news of them, and confirmation of our new permanent home. 

Why's all this happening? 

The Lexington has big plans for live music in the downstairs bar on Sunday afternoons, which I'm sure they'll tell you all about by and by. There isn't really any room for Hangover Lounging in those plans, so we're moving on with no hard feelings and plenty of happy memories. And a few blank patches where happy memories may have been, but beer and whiskey washed them away. 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Having a party with the Hangover Lounge

Would you like 10% off your drinks bill? Or a free bottle of fizz?

Well, you can have that at the Lexington. If you book a table over the summer you'll get 10% off your drinks bill. If you book a table for 15 or more people you'll get a free bottle of fizz.

Book by email or phone 020 7837 5371

The Lexington opens at noon on Sunday and closes at 2am. We're DJing from 3pm to 9pm. See you there.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Gare Du Nord residency

There's a special series of Gare Du Nord gigs this summer. They're free, they start at 3pm and you should come. You can pick up a free 16-page magazine written by Gare Du Nord artists, largely explaining why they love each other's music. Some of their reasons may be the same as yours. Some might help you see them in a new light.

July 5: Ralegh Long, Citizen Helene, Jack Hayter

August 2: Papernut Cambridge, Rapid Results College, Picturebox

September 6: John Howard, Rotifer, The Left Outsides

The Left Outsides are, you've noticed, not on Gare Du Nord. But they share a spirit. As Jack Hayter says in the magazine:
Alison Cotton and Mark Nicholas make a chilly haunted moorland sound, combining the rock psychedelic with folk balladry in such a way that you just don’t see the joins. They both sing, and Alison’s viola is a third voice. The lovely instrumental Stargazer must surely be the best one minute space movie soundtrack ever.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Dave Callahan, The Left Outsides: acoustic gig, Sunday 28th June

Time for another Sunday afternoon acoustic show, we reckon. This coming Sunday, the 28th of June starting at 3ish and ending at 5ish we will be delighted to welcome both The Left Outsides and Dave Callahan of The Wolfhounds.

The Wolfhounds started up in the early-mid 80s; in a time when it seemed that independent music in the UK was either crunchy or pop (let's not think about the goths), The Wolfhounds were a rare example of an act who won friends and admirers on both "sides". That all seems a bit parochial now, but through the course of an initial run of three LPs the Wolfhounds went further out and became ever more fascinating. After a long hiatus, during which Dave was seen in the marvellous Moonshake amongst many other things. The Wolfhounds reconvened a couple of years back and are just as noisome and downright bloody excellent as ever. In all that time Dave has never played a "solo" show - this will be his first. We're not sure exactly what to expect. History in the making at the Hangover Lounge.

The Left Outsides are Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, a husband and wife duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico's icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn. Over the course of a few years they've quietly made a series of remarkable records, most recently the uneasily gorgeous LP "The Shape Of Things To Come", which you should think about catching up with if you haven't already. This is a welcome return for them, we're used to being amazed by their too-rare plugged-in full-band shows but my personal favourite TLOs moments have been in the quiet of a Hangover Lounge Sunday afternoon.

Can you tell we're excited? Come and join us on Sunday. Sweet music and idle chatter downstairs from 3-9 as usual. Don't say we're not good to you, even if we're not good for you.