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There’s all kinds of things going on in London: here you can make sure you don’t miss the big ones and discover those  you never knew you wanted to know about! For our own monthly ALTERNATIVE DRINKS events check out OUR EVENTS page; and do drop us a line with your own event, launch, gig or anything we might have missed and we’ll add it in. Cheers!
Pat Mills

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UPCOMING

May

May Week 3

18th
Thursday
BOOKS
ANDREW BANNISTER SIGNS IRON GODS! “The Spin, an ancient artificial cluster of eighty-eight planets and twenty-two suns – is in decline. The boundaries of the formerly prosperous Inside have shrunk to a mere eleven planets, their trade routes are cut off, and their last remaining source of income comes from selling the services of their vast industrial slave-colony – The Hive.” (SEE LINK FOR MORE…) 6-7pm – Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR
19th
Friday
COMICS
A CASTLE IN ENGLAND LAUNCH PARTY at Gosh Comics! “Writer Jamie Rhodes and artists Isabel Greenberg, Becky Palmer, Briony May Smith & Isaac Lenkiewicz will all be here to celebrate the release of their new Nobrow graphic novel A Castle in England on Friday May 19th, 7-9pm! Produced in association with the National Trust, A Castle in England is a graphic history of Scotney Castle in Kent, mixing fictional narrative and factual history. NT writer in residence Jamie Rhodes has collaborated on five short stories with a brilliant line-up of artists: Isaac Lenkiewicz, Briony May Smith, William Exley, Becky Palmer and Isabel Greenberg. It’s all packaged in a lovely hardcover edition, produced to the usual high Nobrow standard.” 7-9pm – GOSH COMICS, 1 Berwick St, Soho, W1F 0DR
20th
Saturday
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FREEWAY FIGHTER launch at Forbidden Planet! “Join an all-star Fighting Fantasy line-up at Forbidden Planet, launching Titan Comics’ FREEWAY FIGHTER on Saturday 20th May from 1 – 2pm! Forbidden Planet are pleased to welcome Gamesmaster Ian Livingstone, artist Jim Burns, editor Jonathan Green, and creators Andi Ewington and Simon Coleby bringing us the first leg of a furious four-way road trip. Celebrating 35 years in 2017, Fighting Fantasy brought together choice-driven storytelling with a dice-based role-playing system to create a world in which ‘YOU are the hero!’” Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR *** Check out our Preview of Freeway Fighter on Carabas here! ***
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CLUBBING
WARM UP WITH GUY J AND EINMUSIK AT BLOC!
“Guy J. There are no words adequate to describe this man’s prowess. This promises to be a night of the best progressive house” – Jessica Shepherd
“Warm Up return to Bloc on the 20th May with headliner Guy J supported by Einmusik live. Warm Up is an ever growing community of like minded souls drawn together by emotive music and its ability to make us feel positively emotional. Our goal is to create memorable moments that people will cherish forever. Through our dedicated passion for electronic music we unite people as one. Join the family and be a part of something truly special.”
Bloc (Autumn Street), Unit 3, 39 Autumn St, Hackney Wick, E3 2TT. Plus Jessica S and a bunch from the London Techno House Psychedelic Meet-up are head along!

 

May Week 4

23rd
Tuesday
BOOKS
CORY DOCTOROW SIGNS THE WALKAWAY AT FORBIDDEN PLANET! Hubert, Seth and Natalie are way too old to be at a Communist party. But in a world wrecked by climate change, in a society owned by the ultra-rich, in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, they have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do… (MORE VIA EVENT LINK…) 6-7pm – Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR
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GIG
Millions presents VULGARIANS @ THE OLD BLUE LAST with STRANGE CAGES and THE AVULSIONS! FREE! The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch EC2A 3ES – Need a bunch to go with? Folk from the London Indie Meet-Up are heading along!
24th
Wednesday
COMICS
KIERON GILLEN signs JAMES BOND: SERVICE at Forbidden Planet! A stand-alone, oversized special written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Antonio Fuso, with a thrilling take on the icon of espionage!” From Dynamite Entertainment. 6-7pm – Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR
25th
Thursday
BOOKS
DOUBLE DUCKWORTH HORROR LAUNCH / SIGNING – THE TRUANTS AND THE RISEN – WITH AUTHORS LEE MARKHAM & TARM RICHARDSON! “In Lee Markham’s THE TRUANTS, the last of the ‘old-ones’ – ancient immortal beings, as clever as they are ruthless and unable to withstand the light of the sun – has decided to end his immortality. As he sits on a bench on the edge of a council estate to await his demise with the rising of the sun, he is mistaken for an old man, held up at knifepoint by a young man and stabbed before the sun burns his body to ashes. His assailant scurries back into the belly of the estate with the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge. 
But once the blade cuts another person, the congealed blood mingles with that of its victim, and awakens in them the old-one’s consciousness from the depths of the afterlife. In Tarn Richardson’s THE RISEN, it’s 1917. As war and revolution consume the world, the End Times have arrived. With the apocalypse imminent, the world needs a hero to push back this tide of darkness and save all from the return of the Antichrist. But where is Poldek Tacit, the only Inquisitor able to compete against such daunting odds?” 6-7pm – Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR.
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A FANTASY DISCUSSION OF EPIC PROPORTIONS WITH NICHOLAS EAMES, JEN WILLIAMS, REBECCA LEVENE, ED COX AND MARK DE JAGER! “Whether you love mercenaries or dragons, carnivals or gladiatorial battles, magic or science, this panel will be perfect for you! Join us for a night of magic and mayhem with Nicholas Eames, Jen Williams, Rebecca Levene, Ed Cox and Mark De Jager. Overseeing proceedings with an iron fist of fury will be Dark Societies very own Leila (click link for more).” Waterstones Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD
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GIG
Eat Your Own Ears Presents CONFIDENCE MAN at The Sebright Arms! Free! The Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG. Need a bunch to go with? Folk from the London Indie Meet-Up are heading along!
26th
Friday
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PAUL CORNELL SIGNS AT FORBIDDEN PLANET! Join PAUL CORNELL signing SAUCER STATE #1 and CHALK at Forbidden Planet London on Friday 26th May 6 – 7pm!
Saucer State is the sequel to and the conclusion of the Hugo Award nominated Saucer Country. It’s House of Cards does The X-Files. It’s a bulletin from the brightest timeline. She will break the world to find who hurt her. One of the very few mainstream comics to be nominated for SF’s prestigious Hugo Award.
Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR *** Check out also our Author Profile of Paul here! ***
27th
Saturday
COMICS
2000 AD SIGNING WITH ALEC WORLEY AND SIMON DAVIS! Join us for a great 2000AD event with ALEC WORLEY signing JUDGE ANDERSON: THE DEEP END plus SIMON DAVIS signing SLAINE: BRUTANIA CHRONICLES VOL. 3 on Saturday 27th May from 1 to 2pm. *** Check out our creator profile of Alec Worley on Carabas here! *** Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR
 
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*** SPECIAL CARABAS RECOMMEND *** MEETING OF STYLES BLOCKPARTY FUNDRAISER! The 8th International Meeting of Styles UK, annual Graffiti, Art & Music Festival comes to London this summer with not one but two awesome events.
Over the bank holiday weekend on Saturday & Sunday 27-28th May we will be hosting a block party fundraiser at the Nomadic Community Gardens featuring: Music Showcases, comp giveaways & an open paint jam.
Nomadic Community Garden, E2 6EE
STAR SHAPED CLUB’S PULP SPECIAL! – Our friends, champions of classic Indie Star Shaped Club return to the O2 Academy Islington with another Pulp special! “Pulp released their iconic single ‘Common People’ on May 22nd 1995 and to celebrate it’s 22nd(!) birthday, we’re making our May event a Pulp special! Featuring an exclusive one-off live performance by Razzmatazz playing a full Pulp set – these guys played our festival last year in their Blur guise, Popscene, and absolutely blew everyone away with their fantastic sound and authenticity, so expect more of the same!” The O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, N1 0PS
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CLUB
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME? At the Cavendish Arms! Do U remember the 1st time?
“Without wishing to mention our age, we do indeed remember the great indie bands listed below from the 1st time around. We still have a burning passion for indie old and new, we love to throw ourselves around the dancefloor and are known to venture into the odd moshpit every now and again. If you feel the same or just fancy a good night out with great tunes, musical prize bingo and delicious music themed cocktails, then come join us and when you are nursing your sore head and feet the next day, feel smug in the fact that you have done a good deed as all ticket proceeds will go to the Macmillan Cancer Support Fund.” *** CHARITABLE *** The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Road, Stockwell, SW8 2HJ. Need a bunch to go with? Folk from the London Indie Meet-Up are heading along!

 

Last year (and earlier this year)…

Click here for a look at the awesome stuff that went down in 2014 with various links that might be useful, here for 2015here for 2016 and here for 2017…