With less than a month before the jovial festivities of Christmas, the jolly holidays have reared their ugly heads.
Now I admit that I do dabble in the frosty feeling of a winter wonderland but I definitely prefer the sweet heat of a summer carnival, so it is with jubilation that Sheffield and 1xtra DJ presenter Toddla T bring Carnival colours and caribbean vibes to Camden this December. The line- up already features dancehall export Stylo G, Reggae from Cadenza, Bashment and Soca from The Heatwave and uk garage from the supreme Wookie, just to name a few.
Toddla T is known for his surprise acts, with him bringing Jamaican Dancehall legend Sean Paul aboard at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. Signal the Sleigh, yes we signal the sleigh!
4. CAMP at The Roundhouse, Camden, NW1 8EH
It was at Bestival this summer that I experienced some camp cabaret from queen compere Scottee. His witty smut, naff catch phrases and random sing songs left me bizarrely bemused and he’s lycra clad attire made audiences feel touched for the very first time. When the thought of spending more than 8 hours with your family this Christmas, surrounded by lack lustre presents threatens to scorn you, just think Camp and let it all go… I despise that I’ve allowed a second Frozen reference into this. The shame.
If you weren’t convinced already, this is supposedly one for mum’s, gays and snowball drinkers but seeing as I’m not one to pigeon hole, or I just don’t come under any of those, I’d say this is a light hearted occasion for those who enjoy sing songs, 00’s pop and enjoy a good old knees up.
9th- 12th December, tickets from £12.50: www.roundhouse.org.uk/
5. Skate at Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA
Let’s face it, November and December are unsurprisingly the only time you’ll ponder ice skating, and poise and grace can save face at Somerset House’s annual club nights of ice skating. Indulge in Champagne and cocktails, fondue and blini’s whilst listening to some of the music scenes most hyped DJ’s from Snowbombing, Dalston Superstore & Hed Kandi. Get that apres-skate feel at one of London’s most popular ice rink destinations, just remember to dress up warm and not to go with the hard of balancing.
From now until 10th January 2016, tickets from £17: www.somersethouse.org.uk