Cafe Oto tomorrow – transport help!

February 24, 2010

It turns out that the overground line that serves Dalston Kingsland (the local station to Cafe Oto) is closed for a few months. But do not despair, for there are other easy ways to get to Dalston by bus:

From: Tottenham Court Road – 38, 242
Angel – 38, 56
Highbury and Islington – 30, 277
Liverpool Street – 149, 242
Finsbury park – 236

Thanks to Camila for the information and help!

London Popfest 2010 compilation!

February 22, 2010

It’s Popfest Week!

To celebrate and get us all on the appropriate level of pop happiness, here is an mp3 mix featuring songs by all the bands playing our popfest which is starting on Thursday. Thursday! We can’t quite believe it.

Download the London Popfest 2010 compilation here (.zip, 83 MB). Many thanks to all the bands for kindly offering their songs for download.


Don’t forget to make your own mixtape/cd for our swap on Saturday.

London Popfest pdf guide 2010

February 20, 2010

Here is a printable guide to the Popfest with the stage times for each day as well as things to do around the venues:

London popfest guide 2010 (pdf)

This time next week we’ll be dancing in the 100 Club!

Mix tape/cd swap

February 18, 2010

There will be a mix tape/cd swap on Popfest Saturday again this year. Just bring your homemade tape or cd, throw it in the box (which will be somewhere near the record stall, clearly marked hopefully) and later on in the evening when the box has been filled, you’ll be able to randomly pick one out to take home with you. We have asked the bands to participate as well, so there should be some ace surprises.

Only a week to go now!

Ticket update

February 17, 2010

This is the latest about popfest tickets, as we are receiving a lot of enquiries:

Four-day Popfest passes are sold out.

Thursday 25 Feb: sold out, but there will be about 10 tickets available on the door.

Friday 26 Feb: sold out, no door sales. Sorry!

Saturday 27 Feb: advance tickets are sold out but there might be some tickets on the door on the day.

Sunday 28 Feb: a few tickets for this still available from (The Wake, Horse Shoes, White Town, Leaving Mornington Crescent)

The full Popfest schedule can be found here

Information on the venues, travel and accommodation can be found here

Friday afternoon films

February 16, 2010

Like last year, we are having a get-together on Popfest Friday afternoon to have a few drinks, some food and watch indiepop films. This year we are very happy and proud to be showing Paul Kelly’s Dolly Mixture documentary from 2008 Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story, and Heather Dominic’s legendary The Shield Around the K which is about K Records.  We are incredibly grateful to directors Paul Kelly and Heather Dominic for letting us show their films for free at the popfest. You rule, thank you.

Friday 26 February 2pm – 6pm
Roxy Bar & Screen (map)
128-132 Borough High Street
London SE1 1LB

This event is open to everyone and it’s free entry. Please come along!

Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story (dir. Paul Kelly, 2008)

Paul Kelly will introduce the screening!

A girl group playing beautifully written pop at the end of the seventies, Dolly Mixture were almost ignored when the Slits’ more angular approach was in vogue, yet became an inspiration to the Riot Grrl scene of the nineties.

Read a piece that Paulie from the Fat Tulips wrote about it

The Shield Around the K (dir. Heather Dominic, 2000)

Produced and directed by Heather Rose Dominic, The Shield Around the K profiles the birth and growth of the punk rock DIY record label, K Records, based in Olympia, Washington. Co-Founders Calvin Johnson and Candice Pedersen are interviewed along with over 20 K artists and peers including Mecca Normal, Lois, Rose Melberg, Ian Mackaye, Slim Moon, Dean Wareham and more. The Shield Around the K features performances by Calvin Johnson’s legendary Beat Happening, possibly the least pretentious band in the history of rock. A band that has influenced countless musicians all over the world simply by being themselves. Powered by Super 8 music videos directed by Patrick Maley and Lois and including rare International Pop Underground Festival footage featuring Fugazi, Beat Happening, Mecca Normal and others, The Shield Around the K is an inspiring portrayal of an independent record label whose lo-fi credibility has never been compromised.

Updated schedule for Popfest!

February 15, 2010

Woh, it’s all happening next week! Here is what it looks like:


Cafe Oto [popfest pass-holders only – might be very few tickets on the door]

** Doors 7pm
Rose Melberg
Withered Hand
The Pines
Rob Price (Airport Girl)

DJ: Camila (WeePop!)


2-6pm Afternoon gathering at the Roxy Bar and Screen with two films:

The Shield Around the K (dir. Rose Dominic, 2000)

Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story (dir. Paul Kelly, 2008)

Roxy Bar & Screen (map)
128-132 Borough High Street
London SE1 1LB

The Buffalo Bar [popfest pass-holders only]

** Doors 8pm
The Just Joans
The Garlands
The Sunny Street

Disco until 4am after the bands! DJs: Daniel (So Tough So Cute!/Baby Honey), Karin (Cosy Recordings, Sweden), Sean (Fortuna Pop!)


100 club (all-dayer) [tickets]

** Doors 3pm
Allo Darlin’
Soda Fountain Rag
Standard Fare
Red Shoe Diaries
Gordon McIntyre (Ballboy) solo set

Disco until 2am after the bands! DJs: Roque (Cloudberry Records, US), Pierre (Don’t Tell Me That, Sweden), Katey, Marianthi and Ian (Spiral Scratch), Ian (How Does It Feel to be Loved?)


Lexington downstairs from 1pm Pop quiz with MJ Hibbett

Lexington upstairs (early show – doors at 3pm) [tickets]
** Doors 3pm
The Wake
Horse Shoes
White Town
Leaving Mornington Crescent

DJs: John, Tim and Ben (The Hangover Lounge) downstairs, and Clare (Sarah Records) upstairs


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