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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Walking in a Winterland......

18th November-3rd January 2012
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2011.
 Photo Michael Mapp All Rights Reserved

Having been invited to the launch of Hyde Park's Winter wonderland, I must say it's a London hotspot this season for both children and Adults. Winter Wonderland could be best described as the ideal destination for Adults wanting to re-live the magic of christmas.

Hyde Park Winter wonderland 2011.
Photo Michael Mapp All Rights Reserved

The wooden chalets add to the enchantment of the themed wonderland where by you can expect an array of culinary delights, a number of drinking spots and unique crafts-perfect for Christmas; And of course, the big attraction, yes you guessed it! the amusement area, the ice skating rink was extremely popular including the family giant observation wheel.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2011.
Photo Michael Mapp All Rights reserved

Hype Park Winter Wonderland  2011.
Photo Michael Mapp All Rights Reserved

There are loads of themed rides, so please be prepared to purchase quite a few tokens! The best bits for us at Creative Happen was the atmosphere, Winter Wonderland not only attracts us Londoners but has a big European and global following. So if your up for celebrating Christmas or even the New Year with a difference head down to Winter Wonderland! Advice Please wrap up warm.

If you do end up at Hype Park's Winter Wonderland please feel free to join us on facebook and share your best bits!
Free entry,
10am-10pm Daily
 please note fees apply for entry to the Circus, Ice skating rink and Family Giant Observation Wheel. For further information please click here

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Made with love! this Christmas

Support Craft Markets this Christmas!

18th November-3rd January 2012

Angel's Christmas Market
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Visit Angel's Christmas Market for unique crafts, Jewellery and toys.
10am-10pm Daily
Free entry, please note fees apply for entry to the Circus, Ice skating rink and Family giant observation wheel. For further information please click here                        

1st -24th December 2011

BAC Christmas Market

This December, BAC will be transforming Town Hall Road (next to the theatre) into a lively and buzzing Christmas Market, Filled with inspirational gift ideas, arts and crafts and delicious festive foods. whilst down pick up a tree or sip a warming glass of mulled wine and soak up the musical entertainment.
Free entry: Every Thurs, Fri 2pm - 8pm
Every Sat 10am – 6pm. More information at

Saturday 10th December 2011
The Brixton Makers Market
Christmas Special-beautifully made Arts & Crafts plus a visit from Christmas Rastamouse at 12pm, carols and wreath making workshops and festive food.
Brixton Station Road, Brixton Market SW9 10am-4pm. For Further information click here

10th & 11th December - 11am to 5pm
Crafty Fox Christmas Market

The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton
Free Entry-Children welcome
Crafty Fox Returns to the Dogstar for a weekend of festive shopping with over 50+ hand picked stalls you will be sure to find the perfect gift this christmas!
More information at


7th-24th December
Bollywood Cinderella
Written by Hardeep Singh Kohli Hardeep Singh

Kohli cooks up his own inimitable brand of fun for all the family – spicing the much loved Christmas classic with Indian colours, smells and sounds.Cinderella slaves night and day making shoes for ugly stepsisters – Wang, Choo, Blahnik, whatever style they want – little does she know her luck is about to change…
 Find out in Hardeep’s Bollywood Panto for Tara Theatre!

Evenings £15/ £12.50 concs
Matinees £12.50/£10 concs

Friday, 25 November 2011

It's time to think about Christmas shopping!

Pop-up Christmas fairs

22nd November 2011-15th December 2011.
Handmade in Tooting Christmas Workshop
Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm
Venue:Sprout Arts
Handmade in Tooting invites you to cornucopia of delights and enjoyment, buy christmas presents directly from designer makers. There will also be workshops running throughout the show, including ceramic painting, printing tea towels and Christmas cards and much more. And if that wasn't enough, there will also be a screening of Handmade Nation on Friday 25th November. To book places on workshops or a ticket for their film screening, visit  or email
Details: Sprout Arts 74 Moyser Road, London, SW16 6SQ

Saturday 10th December 2011

We Make London
Christmas Art and Craft Show
Time: 11am-5pm
Venue: Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
£2 Entrance Fee (Children free)
After eight successful fairs and a hugely successful Pop up Shop the designer makers of We Make London are proud to announce, for one day only we will be hosting a specially curated Christmas Pop Up Shopping Experience Fair. Over 80 of the UK's most talented designers work will be showcased, offering shoppers an array of handmade items to please their loved ones on Christmas morning.

There will be exciting craft workshops for all ages. Including screen printing a hip tote bag with Mr Wingate and make a Eco gift bow and bag with The Create Place. Personal shopping guides and staff will be on hand to help find that special gift, further adding to your shopping experience a special choir performance will take place throughout the day, adding to the Christmas Spirit.
Lots to see, do, buy and enjoy making it a great family day out!

Venue: Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5TN
For further information visit  

Sunday 11th December 2011
Secondo's Bazaar
Time: 1.10pm
Venue: Secondo Bar
The converted railway arch venue: Secondo Bar in Clapham will be transformed in to an exciting designer-maker fair. with exhibitors and budding designers selling their eclectic products to the local community. Having stummbled across this venue in May this venue's design and decor can be described as retro, vintage-chic. Therefore we sure the designers selected to sell their wares will be extremely unique.
Details: 642 Voltaire Road, Clapham North, SW4 6D

Open Studios

24th-27th Nov 2011
Made in Clerkenwell: Winter Open Studios
Designer Michelle Mason
Venue: Craft Central
2 buildings. 100 designers. The ultimate shopping treat!
Avoid the nightmare before Christmas and pick up distinctive pieces of jewellery, fashion, interior products, ceramics, accessories and traditional crafts, by 100+ designers at the forefront of their disciplines. Prepare to be tempted and put an end to bad presents! Whether selecting a unique gift or browsing for personal pleasure, this exceptional shopping treat will be topped off by meeting the maker and discovering the studio in which they work their magic. Wow your friends by commissioning your own piece or discover a bespoke design service that will make you the envy of the street.
Venue: CRAFT CENTRAL HAS TWO GREAT BUILDINGS! Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DX AND 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
Details: Admission: £2.50 per person (under 16’s free) TWO BUILDINGS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! One ticket allows unlimited access over the 4 days, including Thursday’s launch event and Friday’s late night shopping.
Special Launch Night on Thurs 24 Nov, 5-8pm (join us for a drink)Late Night Shopping on Fri 25 Nov, 12noon - 8pmAvoid the High Street crowds on Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov, 12-6pm

25th-27th November 2011 Christmas Open Studio at Cockpit Arts
Venue Holborn
Fri 25 November (11am-9pm) and Sat 26 – Sun 27 November (11am – 6pm)
At Cockpit Arts 165 talented designers lovingly make very cool fashion accessories, jewellery, home ware and so much more. Each piece has a story to be told and visitors have a joyous time doing their Christmas shop. Come on in and see behind the scenes…
Christmas Attractions include: Heal’s Christmas Picks & gorgeous gift ideas, including Paper-cut Stories – workshops for kids by Sian Zeng and much more
Details: Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
2nd-4th December 2011
Cockpit Arts Depford
Fri 2 December (11am-9pm) and Sat 3 – Sun 4 December (11am – 6pm)
18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Live Music: Thurston Moore Returns to London

Thurston Moore-Performing Psychic Hearts Supporting Act: Tall Firs
Friday 2nd December 2011 Sold Out
Saturday 3rd December 2011
Venue:The Electric Ball Room-London
Advanced Tickets £17 +BF
Early show door times:6.30pm

Thurston Moore performs at the  Union Chapel
31st May 2011.
Photo Michael Mapp: All Rights Reserved

After the recent sell-out at the Union Chapel-London;Thurston moore has added an extra date! Thurston will perform his classic solo LP Psychic Hearts (1995) in it's entirety as part of the promotors Don't Look Back season. Support comes from Tall Firs, who return soon with a new album.

Venue Address: 184 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QP
For ticket information please click here:

Live Music: Sunburned Hand Of The Man Returns with Special Guests this Dec

 Club OTO: June 2011.
Photo:Michael Mapp All Rights Reserved.

Thursday 1st December 2011
Venue: Cafe OTO
£10 advance / £12 on the door
Door times 8pm
Sunburned Hand of The Man are back at OTO as part of an incredible triple bill pulling together various strains of the US underground. Sunburned Hand of The Man's idiosyncratic mix of motorik space rock, percussion freak-outs and bizarre theatre have made them one of the greatest live bands on the planet. They'll be joined by song sorceress Samara Lubelski and Hush Arbors' minimal rock excursions as folks from all three groups take a break from their hectic schedule as members of Thurston Moore's band. Members of Sunburned include/have included: John Moloney, Chris Corsano, Paul LaBrecque, Valerie Webb, Chad Cooper, Phil Franklin, Marc Orleans, Rob Thomas, Ron Schneiderman and many more...

Venue: Cafe OTO
18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Oxjam Takeover Camberwell 2011: Review

1.Ruby Tuesdees. 2. Soneni & The Soul. 3. Michael Armstrong. 4. Antarma . 5. Baroness Tamara Von Stein Zu Leitershofen. 6. Glyphs. 7. Joe Inman Project. 8. The Hazeltones. 9. After The Ice.

Oxjam Takeover Camberwell saw a fabulous array of acts and musicians spread across 7 venues in late October 2011:
Atarma, The Hazeltones

Venue:The Phoenix

We start with The Phoenix Denmark Hill, a cosy venue attached to the side of Denmark Hill train station, a bar/restaurant. The first act to be heard by us at this venue was Antarma a solo artist performing a mixture of acoustic songs and Djembe drums and melodic chant. Antarma's performance was extremely uplfting with positive, healing lyrical content which was well suited to the family orientated venue. The Next act to follow Atarma at this venue was The Hazeltones a  wholesome and smooth 3 piece band which comprises of siblings two sister’s and a brother playing the Bass, Drum’s and the Piano, not quite the Jackson 5 in number but in talent and dedication these siblings are are band to watch! The Hazeltones performed mix of genres on the night, their statement performance was the cover of the popular chart single Louder by DJ Fresh. This performance clearly rocked the venue, not only did the lead own the stage but she got the attention of the audience this performance. Best described here by us at Creative Happen as breathtaking.

Soneni & The Soul.
Venue: The Crocked Well
The next act we had opportunity to experience was Soneni & The Soul a fabulous four piece band at The Crooked Well, a lovely welcoming venue. A truly apt venue for the luscious, soulful, soothing sounds of Soneni & The Soul, accompanied by a courteous audience these factors created a lovely environment. The band were brilliant, their live perform far excelled what I was expecting, although I knew they would give a good performance. I loved them in this live context soneni's smooth vocals cominbed well with live band, I must say a little far removed from what is available of the band on You Tube. If it wasn’t for the night's agenda and a list of duties I would have happily found myself sitting, sipping and smiling while soaking up some of the delicious audible nectar produced by this four piece. Alas! the arms on the proverbial clock hath shifted, and the next stop!

Venue: The Tiger

The Tiger a much more eclectic an energetic environment set in a rather sizable gastro-pub of sorts’. We enter to find Michael Armstong -Take Over Manager on stage introducing The Glyphs a band which caught our attention on the approach to the event as a  band to watch, on the strength of their sound an interesting two piece act consisting of lead singer Mark Walsh and producer Matt Wilkie tipped as a band to watch by The Blue Walrus Blog, they are categorised as Folktronica/Dubstep. An original sound that sounds well established within its own style, energetic and fresh, for those that like dance music this is a certified yes!
Mark Walsh of Glyphs, Baroness Tamara Von Stein Zu Leitershofen.
Venue: Joiner's Arms
After the Glyphs performance we made our way to the Joiner's Arms to take in some of the Joe Inman project, a relatively young four piece band with somewhat of an arctic monkey's esque sound, a little less accomplished within their sound as the previous band, which is a good thing if you ask me as these guys are young enough to have time to evolve their sound to the point they may become serious contenders of the future, delivering quite solid lyrics with a guitar driven score a good way to spend an evening with a few friends and the poison of your choice.

Sam of Ruby Tuesdees, Joe Inman Project.
Venue: Crocked Wells

On to the next stop, The Phoenix to see Ruby Tuesdees but on our way a quick detour was in order as we  had an opportunity to meet Baroness Tamara Von Stein Zu Leitershofen who happened to onstage as we passed, so on entering the Crooked Well we are met by a vibrant colour co-ordinated lady effortlessly expelling operatic notes but on closer analysis to my surprise the subject matter was of a comedic nature totally throwing me off kilter in a good way, instantly invoking a smile on my face which led to an undeniable chuckle, Baroness Tamara then proceeded to gently coerce a member of the audience to join her on stage for what was to be a fabulously funny operatic skecth culminating in two members of the audience on stage perfoming their parts as an unassuming audience member would, a truly comical experience for everyone.

Venue: The Phoenix

When we actually arrive at The Phoenix to our dismay we found that the schedule for the phoenix seemed to have fallen out of sync with the literature so we had reached to find much to our disappointment Sam and Chris of Ruby Tuesdees walking around the venue enjoying the rest of their evening having already performed what I can only assume was a good set. Consoling our disappointment by having a little drink and a few words with the guys before heading off.

After The Ice.
Venue: The Joiners Arms
The next act that we saw was Paul Lisak and After the Ice at the Joiners Arms an act that we were looking forward to seeing, Paul and his band begin to play rifts and guitar melodies.Their melodic rifts echoes that of American Band Sonic Youth, who we have been documenting for the last few years, not so much the vocals but still a very good sound and the decent subject matter and measured delivery really combined to produce a good performance, the crowd could have been a shade more courteous and maybe held some of their full blown conversations till maybe after the performance, but in all a fully enjoyable performance.

Abigail Hardiman.

Then to pop down the street to see Abigail Hardiman an acoustic singer songwriter, at a tender age of 18 I found that Abigail had a very experience air about her, then she began to sing to my absolute delight she posses a lovely voice and very powerful lyrics which almost suggest that Abigail has been hear before touching on subject and scenarios that are right at home among the mid Thirty lot although the music will communicate effectively to music lovers of all ages, I have a strong desire to hopefully hear Abigail’s music streaming across the airways a definite contender of the near future her music could really cause a stir if released in to the charts. Which brings me to my final note on Oxjam Takeover Camberwell 2011, Hats to Michael Armstrong, Tracy Alvares and the Rest of the Camberwell team for putting together such a vast amount of good talent, organising the venues along with promotion and publicity a totally fabulous event something definitely worth planning in for next year.

Michael Armstrong.


Saturday, 12 November 2011


Stephen Malkmus backstage at the Brixton Academy 2010
Photo:Michael Mapp all Rights Reserved.  
Venue: KOKO
TIME / 19:00

The Legend Stephen Malkmus returns to London after a successful 2010 reunion tour with the Pavement. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks will perform tracks from their eagerly anticipated new album Mirror Traffic, produced by the legendary Beck who also recently produced Thurston Moore’s Demolished Thoughts. The album Mirror Traffic has been termed, their most immediate and energized set to date (Eat your own, 2011)

Supporting Act
Weird Dreams  “the most exciting new band in London” (RockFeedback, February 2011).

TEL / 0870 432 5527
Tickets from:
08444 771000
0870 264 3333