SATURDAY: Mera Bhai + Live Jazz w/ INSXGHT
HEADLINER: Mera Bhai (DJ set) 9:00PM
Born in London, with roots in India, alongside time spent growing up in Italy, Albania, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and
Nigeria, Mera Bhai’s worldly influence seeps into his unique take on dance music. Known as a founding member of
Tropical-Psychedelia band Flamingods, the multi-instrumentalist has worked closely with Moshi Moshi Records,
Soundway Records and Total Refreshment Centre.
Hard to pin down, Mera Bhai is centred on a musical balance, between eastern and western traditions, the new and
the old. Taking influence from Indian Carnatic music, Arabic Rai and 70s Disco, with a heavy dose of 80s/90s Acid
House, Detroit techno and Tropicalia on top. “Having grown up all over the world,” Karthik explains, “I was surrounded by a wealth of different sounds – I’m just trying to weave the cultural through line that I hear in music”.
The merging of cultures is reflected in the artist name also. Mera Bhai is a Hindi greeting, which translates to ‘My
Brother’ – the welcoming implication speaks to the borderless nature of dance music, both in a global sense, as well as
personal. Infused with a wide, authentic cultural understanding and appreciation for the way dance music brings
people together democratically, Mera Bhai seeks to expand minds, or to simply block out the rigorous day to day, and
foster a sense of belonging.
SUPPORT: INSXGHT (live jazz quartet) 8:00PM
INSXGHT is a young instrumentalist, producer, & artist who grew up in South East London – well known for his meditative, trance-like sound as a jazz pianist, drawing inspiration from the likes of Robert Glasper and J Dilla. When live, his quartet produces a blistering sound and heavy vibes – a true representation of the future of British jazz.
DJ LUMA 6PM: LUMA is a British-Iraqi DJ and radio host from South East London. Her Arabic heritage and urban London roots influence her global and far reaching selection of club ready rhythmic percussion and weighty bass, hopping around tempos, genres and moods.
DAYTIME : 12PM ONWARDS
A brilliant take-home risograph poster making workshop with zine queens OOMK, party vibes courtesy of DJ collective Go! Bananas
GETTING HERE: We’re just 5 mins walk from Canning Town station (Jubilee Line and DLR) or a little over 10 mins from Custom House (Elizabeth Line and DLR). Or take the Emirates Air Line to Royal Docks and we’re just 8 mins down the road.
ACCESSIBILITY: Our ground floor cafe-bar is fully accessible and will relay all the music from upstairs. But sadly, our upstairs show space is not yet fully accessible. Please get in touch if you have any access needs and we will do everything we can to accommodate.