Ten Alternative Things to do this February!

So, the much hated January is finally over, and whilst the drizzle and cold isn’t going anywhere for a while, here is a list of ten things to do which will make the next 28 days a lot more interesting!

80’s Parties- Bowie Special
@ The Charterhouse Bar, London EC1M 6JH (nearest tube, Barbican)

80s partie Friday 5th February, 10pm to 4am

Whilst Bowie’s death remains a shock, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate his music, and get drunk in his honour! With tickets only a fiver (adv), and half of profits going to Macmillan Cancer Support, there are very few excuses not to make it. Let’s dance!

Grimaldi Service
@All Saints Church, London, E8 4E7
7th February, 3pm

If you want to see something strange this month, this is the place to do it. See dozens of clowns in full feather paying tribute to their Godfather, London’s own Joseph Grimaldi. Free entry, but this one is expected to be packed, so we advise you turn up early! P.S. if you’re afraid of clowns, this might be one to miss!

London Edge
@West Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, London W14 8UX (nearest tube, Kensington Olympia)
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7th-9th February

If you want to see the latest, weirdest and most exciting fashion trends in the alternative world, London Edge is the place to be! And there’s much more to this massive trade show than just flicking through clothes racks. Expect to see performers, fire eaters, catwalks, bands, bars and DJs! Entrance is free for registered visitors, non-registered attendees will be charged a tenner. More info here

A New Dusk XI
@Aces and Eights Saloon Bar, London NW5 (nearest tube, Kentish Town)
Friday 12th February, 9pm-2am

“London’s leading minimal/cold wave night” as dubbed by Clash Magazine, is free entry!? A shocker, we know. DJs Robert Cowlin & Dave Exile & Matthew Coulam will be playing the best of new and old cold wave/dark sounds, show your interest here

Screen Queens- Day of Film/Music/Entertainmenteileen daly
@Roxy Bar and Screen, London SE1 1NP (nearest tube, Borough)
Saturday 13th February, from 1pm.

Whether for its for her time spent in numerous cult horror flicks, adorning the covers of Cradle of Filth’s 90s output or even in the Big Brother House, Eileen Daly will be no strange name to IV readers! This day sees the screening of two of her latest movies, along with Q&A sessions and music. Further info can be found here, tickets here

A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing
@ The Young Vic Theatre, London SE1 8LZ (nearest tube, Southwark)
Starts 17th February

Stage performances of Eimear McBride’s debut novel have been scoring just as great reviews as the original prize-winning book did. Now the show is in London, catch 120 minutes of modernism and a gritty reflection of Ireland’s culture. Ticketing and info here

National Winter Ales Festival
@ The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE
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Here’s one for the non-Londoners! The real ale trend has really taken off these past few years, but with good reason! Taste this reason by sampling CAMRA’s finest selection of real ale, cider, perry, continental beer and mead in the heart of the Midlands. Pay on the door only, reasonable pricing is detailed here

@ Electrowerkz, London EC1 1NQ (nearest tube, Angel)
Saturday 20th February, 11pm-7am

After last month’s successful event, KAOS London continues with headlining act Phase Fatale. Before the Berlin based techno-project takes to the stage, DJ sets from Thaddeus, Choronzon and others (to be announced) will be warming up the old metal works! A must for modern electronic fans! Tickets here

Walker Stalker Convention
@Olympia, London W14 8XU (nearest tube, Kensington Olympia)
20th-21st February

Walking Dead fans… awake!!! The worldwide Walker Stalker Convention for fans of the cult US American horror show is coming to Olympia, London, and promises to be the number 1 event for all things undead! Get your tickets here, and check back on IV after the event to read our coverage!

Walker StalkerHouse of Vans London Presents: Polyphonic Playground
@ House of Vans, London SE1 8SW (nearest tube, Waterloo)
Until 21st February

It’s always fun to be a big kid once in a while, and this new and exciting exhibition is the perfect opportunity to  create some noise too! Featuring interactive swings and slides, this playground makes  music as you explore it, in effect creating a giant, playable instrument! It’s free to explore too.