TNT 30th birthday party

Yes, your favourite weekly is 30 years old this year. TNT has been the travellers’ bible since it was launched back in 1983, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re throwing one hell of a bash – so get ready to party.

Aussie legend Ash Grunwald will be headlining our milestone shindig, treating you to cuts from his sublime back catalogue to wish TNT a very happy birthday. Ash released his latest album, Gargantua, last year, written and recorded with The Living End’s rhythm section Scott Owen and drummer Andy Strachan, and will be supported by English singer-songwriter Matthew P and Polly Money, but not before TNT fave Melic get the show started.  

Forming back in 2008, the London-based Kiwi rockers have forged a path with their funk-infused tune-smithery, releasing three EPs, the latest being Nowhere I’d Rather Be, en route to this summer’s debut long player, the hotly anticipated An Hour To Anywhere, from which they’ll be delving into this evening. 

It wouldn’t be a TNT party, though, without the usual array of tantalising travel giveaways. On the night, there’ll be Topdeck Travel vouchers up for grabs, along with an Oktoberfest trip for two, Busabout flexitrips, tickets for Twickenham, Sandown Park and CircoLoco, as well as random giveaways.

There will also be a prize draw for the first 100 people through the door on the night as well as goodies for those who best embrace the beach party fancy dress theme. If you’re not there though you won’t be in with a shout to get yer mits on these top prizes!

Koko, NW1 7JE July 28  
Doors at 5pm-11pm |  £15  

Tube | Mornington Crescent 

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Gigs: Atoms For Peace

Atoms are one of the more perplexing supergroups to have emerged in recent years – Radiohead frontman and infamous doom-monger Thom Yorke and his Kid A-esque rhythms with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea (above on bass. It shouldn’t work but it does, really, really well. Check ‘em and their debut Amok out.

July 24-26. 7pm £49.50  
Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH 
Tube | Chalk Farm 



Gig: Public Enemy

Just as much known for Chuck D’s politically charged rhymes as Flavour Flav’s out-there buffoonery and reality TV hijinx, put them on a stage and Public Enemy show why they are still one of the greatest live acts today. They’ll be playing from their 26-year career and their 12th album, last year’s The Evil Empire Of Everything. 

Thurs, July 25. 7.30pm £28.50
Koko 1a Camden High Street, NW1 7JE  
Tube | Mornington Crescent 



Gig: Anvil

The Canadian metal band who shot to fame with 2009 documentary Anvil!: The Story Of Anvil, come to London to treat metal-heads to their new album, Hope In Hell (recorded during their doco-led 18-month world tour). Perennially uncool yet admirably hard rocking metal from the cult band that proved anything was possible.

Tues, July 30. 7pm £17.50  
The Garage N5 1RD 
Tube | Highbury & Islington 

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Club: Tydi

The 26-year-old Brisbaner’s proved that youth is no barrier to superstardom. He’s taken the world by storm since his first releases at the age of 16, which he followed up with his debut Look Closer just three years later. He lands in south London for this ultra-special set between Global Gathering and Ibiza. Catch him now. 

Sun, July 28. 3pm-11pm Free
Gigalum 7-8 Cavendish Road, SW4 9DW 
Tube | Clapham Common 


SecretSundaze Summer Party Club

Lawrence (Dial) and Marcus Pottman along with world-renowned residents James Priestly and Giles Smith line up for the four-pronged attack at this July afternoon-to-evening party, SecretSundaze’s first west London event in some time. So get the sunnies on and get out in the courtyard to throw some shapes. 

Sun, July 28. 2pm-10.30pm £9.50+
Loft Studios
 77-81 Scrubs Lane, NW10 6QP 
Tube | Willesden Junction


Club: The Nextmen Feat DJ Vadim + Mr Thing

The Nextmen will be bringing their A game for this home-turf show spinning everything from hip-hop and house to breakbeat, dubstep and disco. DJ Vadim and Mr Thing will touch down, too for a three-hour set apiece to make this a truly eclectic, record-collection-spanning night where unpredictability reigns supreme.

Sat, July 27. 10.30pm-4am £10  
The Garage N5 1RD  
Tube | Highbury & Islington 

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Festival watch: Wilderness Festival

This Oxfordshire fest brings together performers from across the cultural spectrum for a diverse weekend of rural revelery. Empire Of The Sun (above), Noah And The Whale and Rodriguez feature on the musical line-up, but this is only part of the fun.

There are also woodland feasts, aerial  theatre shows courtesy of Les Pepones and others, a Bachan-allian Masked Ball, Shakespeare Globe presenting the Bard, literature, wellbeing arenas and more. Not your normal fest! 

 Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire,
OX7 3EH. Aug 8-11. £139 


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