Here are this week’s Hot Tickets in the UK. Check back every Wednesday at noon, GMT for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.
Friday, February 17 SOUNDkitchen’s 1st Birthday! Ort. artist and community cafe, Birmingham SOUNDkitchen celebrates their first birthday with an evening of eclectic music. The exciting line up includes @C, Mecha/Orga, Anvil & Stirrup and Ben Ramsay.
Saturday, February 18 Live Roller Derby: The Bruise Brothers Dundee International Sports Complex, Dundee Dundee Roller Girls’ Silvery Tayzers are pleased to announce their next home bout: Bruise Brothers! Come along and shake your tail feather as they host the Fierce Valley Roller Girls’ Parma Violents in their first open bout. Local vendors, fabulous raffle prizes, music by DJ Col, cakes, merchandise and of course full-contact, all-female, live roller derby! What more could you ask for on a Saturday afternoon?
Saturday, February 18 The Ric Rac Club The Fox, London Come one, come all for a very special edition of the Ric Rac Club this February. For they have something very exciting to celebrate… the release of Miss Naomi Thompson’s very first book, “Style Me Vintage Clothes!” This bible for all vintage fans will be published in early February, so they’re giving away not one, but FIVE copies of it over the course of the evening, some in their infamous Ric Rac Raffle, and some as spot prizes. Not only that, but Naomi is putting up a personal shopping trip around London’s secret vintage shops as a prize in the Raffle, too. There will be tunes from the 1920s to the 1960s, with the Mafia Girls on the decks, special guest DJs and their resident soul expert All Fringe No Knickers; all spread out over two floors of their lovely venue. Also there will be a delightfully entertaining ukelele turn performed by Miss Gemma King. Not only that but you’ll get a Free King’s Squeeze Cocktail on arrival, courtesy of the sponsor The King’s Ginger Liqueur. This is a social occasion for the vintage-minded and promises to be full of lovely and friendly people. There will be solo dancing demonstrations to break the ice too. So, whether you come in a group, pair or even solo, you are sure to have a smashing time.
Saturday, February 18 Chris Devotion & the Expectations, Tiny Robots & Morris Major Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh Chris Devotion and the Expectations are launching their new album at Henry’s at the first Ides of Toad show for 2012. They will be supported by Edinburgh’s My Tiny Robots and Edinburgh-via-Manchester band Morris Major.
Saturday, February 18 The War Room The George Orwell, London Rejoice! The War Room is returning for another helping of distinctly above-average football discussion and analysis with Dave Farrar, Philippe Auclair, Jonathan Wilson and Michael Cox. This panel of journalistic titans from last season’s pilot event will reconvene at The George Orwell in Islington on the night of the mouth-watering clash between Napoli and Chelsea.
Wednesday, February 22 13 MGMT Launch Party Kingston Hippodrome, London 13 Management Group is one of the world’s premier nightlife and restaurant companies, with a reputation of excellence built on the undeniable success of its venues. 13 is currently in the process of taking control of the nightlife scene in the United Kingdom. The ‘Launch Party’ is presented by Radio ONE and promises to be a great night with DJ Tim Westwood spinning in the main room.
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