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Brixton dresses up for Hallowe’en

30 Oct

Well Brixton, you’re a creative lot. There were some brilliant Hallowe’en costumes on display last night. Here are some of my favourites.

The Duke of Edinburgh was in full swing, with many wedding dress massacres, bloody nurses and a whole troop of white-faced pierrot clowns. Oh, and a whoopee cushion and Jimmy Saville. Bit soon perhaps?!

A Helena Bonham-Carter alike. This looks great. Might steal the idea for next year!

This looks amazing. Apparently it’s a recycled outfit from Bestival this year. Can you imagine trying to get all that off with baby wipes?!

My friends were so impressed with Dolly. She looks great.

For added spookiness (and reduced health and safety) there was a small fire in the Duke’s garden. Here’s Beetlejuice fanning the flames.

Satan celebrating with a bottle of champagne! When I asked if it was ok to put his photo on the blog, the reply was, ‘I’m obviously not shy am I?’

Mary the werewolf. Excellent make up.

Then on to Electric, where Propaganda was in full swing . I think this was one of my favourite costumes of the night, how good do these two look?!

A for effort goes to zip face. Seriously freaky, and freakishly uncomfortable surely?

And finally in the White Horse I found this guy. He was sad about losing an eyebrow, but the eyelashes look brilliant. Anyone who can apply and tolerate fake eyelashes shows far more patience and endurance than I have!

 I wonder how many people are waking up in facepaint-stained beds this morning, wearing bits of a costume they don’t recognise!

(If you’ve spotted yourself and want me to add your name, just leave me a comment.)

Brixton Hallowe’en antics

25 Oct

For the ancient Celts it was Samhain, a fire ceremony that marked the end of summer. The Druids sacrificed animals, and made costumes from the skins. For the Welsh it was Nos Galan Gaeaf, a night when spirits are abroad. In the middle ages, poor people would receive alms on this night if they prayed for the souls of the dead. For many in modern Britain the weekend of the ancient festival of Hallowe’en is the night when you are most likely to get covered in fake blood by a shitfaced zombie called Derek.

There are plenty of options for a some Rocky Horror style dancing in Brixton on Saturday, for all those wanting to embrace/endure the Hallowe’en mayhem. Here are some:

At Plan B you can celebrate Hallowe’en with Norman Jay, playing house and disco. With the words ‘haunted’ and ‘deadly’ before them in this case. Twelve terrible pounds on the door. (sigh)

The weekly Audio Sushi night at Dogstar is having a Hallowe’en special – Horrible Haunted Hallowe’en Hoedown or some such. It’s free before 9pm and a ‘fearful’ fiver after, and they tend to play all sorts. According to the website however, ‘Anyone requesting Rihanna will be burnt at the steak’. So not one for vegetarians then.

Large interational putters-on of Indie nights Propaganda are having a ‘Spook Spectactular’  at The Electric. Again, a frightening fiver in advance, from 10.30.

For something a bit smaller try the Duke of Edinburgh. It’s free to get in and there’s a £100 prize for the best costume. The arty types who hang out there will no doubt be loving that.

And further afield (but it sounds great so I thought I’d mention) the Nabokov Arts Club are putting on a Festival of the Dead at Battersea Arts Centre on both Friday and Saturday nights. It’s quite pricy at £15/20 advance/on the door, but there’s comedy, theatre, live music from Bristolians Yes Sir Boss (who seem to be cropping up everywhere at the moment) and DJs. And the BAC is a pretty spooky place anyway…


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