Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Nat Johnson album launch gig November 16

Nat Johnson's new album Neighbour of the Year is out on Monday November 17. So let's have a launch gig for it - available on a choice of clear 10″ vinyl or CD - the day before. It is, as you'd hope, haunting, pastoral and broken-hearted.

Emma Kupa is playing as well. You will, like we do, hold all of Emma's musical enterprises - Standard Fare, Without Feathers, Mammoth Penguins - dear to your heart. This time it's Emma "plus extras". No idea who those extras are, but we're certain it will be special.

Completing the independence for Yorkshire theme is newcomer Luke Saxton. He's got an album coming out on Bad Paintings, the label run by a Hangover Lounge guest DJ of many Sundays. Luke's obsessed with the Beach Boys and Harry Nilsson, so it would be remiss of us not to host his talents.

The gig starts at 3pm. It's free to get in. We start at 2pm, roast dinners are available and kids are welcome. See you there

Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Loft free gig October 5

Ocotber 5 marks 30 years since The Loft released Why Does The Rain, 50 years since Pretty Woman was number one and 70 years since Bruce Forsyth got his bus pass. We're celebrating the first of those milestones with a free acoustic gig by The Loft.

And that's not all. Oh no. The Caretaker Race are playing as well. And Pete Astor will be playing a set of Weather Prophets songs accompanied by Mr Steve Dore on bongos.

The gig starts at 3pm. It's free. What are you waiting for? Oh yes, October 5. We start at 2pm, roast dinners are available and kids are welcome. See you there.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

CANCELLED: The Papas & The Mamas: free gig October 12

Due to personal reasons, this gig is cancelled. The Paps & The Mams will now debut in January. We're really sorry for the inconvenience.These mamas are Sarah Cracknell and Debsey Wykes. The papas are Martin and Paul Kelly. Two sets of parents playing the songs of The Mamas & The Papas, acoustically.

You know them as, variously, members of Saint Etienne, Dolly Mixture and East Village. This is their debut gig as The Papas & The Mamas. We are, understandably, very excited.

Be at The Lexington by 3.30pm on Sunday October 12 to catch the live action. We start at 2pm as usual. Kids are welcome until 7pm. Roast dinners are available.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Happy Birthday Daylight Music

Daylight Music hits the 5-year mark in April. They've had 168 Saturday afternoons with over 500 artists. 9 of them over 3 Saturdays of our annual Lost Weekend have been Hangover Lounge guests:


The Pictish Trail


The Middle Ones


Withered Hand

Hacia Dos Veranos

The Understudies



David Tattersall


We'll be back on January 24 2015 with 3 more brilliant bands. Before then, Daylight Music are having a party on September 12.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Matinée show this Sunday - Just Joans and The Catenary Wires

Not content with the long sold-out Clientele - Birdie - Would-be-goods show tonight there is a second part to our weekend of fun arranged in conjunction with our bezzy mates at Chickfactor, this time one of our more familiar free acoustic Sunday matinée marvels. Here's what the CF page says:

We are teaming up with our pals at The Hangover Lounge to have a lovely laid-back Sunday afternoon event with some quiet music upstairs and some gentle DJ action downstairs.

july 13 at the lexington!

upstairs: the catenary wires & the just joans

downstairs: DJ bob stanley & chickfactor DJs & hangover lounge DJs

the catenary wires are amelia and rob from various bands you know! cannot wait to see what they’ll play! 
the just joans are a Scottish pop group we’re excited to have play!
daytime, usual hangover lounge hours. 
DJ Bob Stanley is bound to make your day 100% better.
Team chickfactor & Team Hangover Lounge will also get on the tables and make your head not spin.
(Yes, this happens to be the same day as the World Cup Final, but worry not, footie fans. This thing will be well over by the time it begins!)
Photograph by Alison Wonderland
Which says most of what you need to know. The Catenary Wires will be on at about 3, and the Just Joans at abut 4pm, so don't be late!

Oh, and we'll be giving away some now-traditional celebratory hand-letterpressed beermats, on a first-come basis (there aren't very many) which look like this:

photograph by me.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Clientele gig: special food offer

Coming to the Clientele/Birdie/Would-be-goods gig straight from work this Friday? Want to eat for cheap? You're in luck.

The Lexington are doing 25% off food for anyone who shows their gig ticket. Check out the delicious menu.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

5 amazing gigs

Today we are 6 years old. Come along and enjoy a pint, some fine tunes and grab a birthday beer mat, designed and printed by Tim. There are some free compilation CDs, too. Join us from 2pm.

Between now and then, reminisce about 5 gigs we can't quite believe we put on (originally printed in our 5th birthday fanzine, May 2013).

Withered Hand and Pam Berry, February 16 2013
September 2012, Dan Willson is touring on a budget and looking for a place to crash after his gig supporting Frightened Rabbit. Ben’s sofa bed is offered and accepted. Talk turns to Dan’s love of Black Tambourine and how he’d love to work with Pam Berry. Ben texts Pam, who immediately responds with “I would totally love to”. Practices ensue, new songs are written and they play to 550 people at the Union Chapel. It’s wonderful. They record one of those new songs for a forthcoming Hangover Lounge picture disc.

Grant McLennan tribute gig, May 5 2013
Robert Forster turns up to watch David Westlake, Elizabeth Morris and The Mexican Postcards at our third annual McLennan tribute gig. He played in Barcelona the night before and has had only an hour’s sleep: “I don’t know if this expression still exists, but I did an all-nighter. I’m not on drugs.” After the acts, Forster takes to the stage and plays I’m Alright and Darlinghurst Nights: “I’m honoured to be here today.” The feeling is mutual.

Darren Hayman, 1 January 2012
Darren helps everyone start the year on the good foot. Hangovers are cured, clouds are parted and resolutions quickly forgotten. The crowd bellow along to “We’re Tired Of Being Dicked Around”. Life seems ok.

Birdie, 15 November 2009
Paul Kelly and Debsey Wykes tried “very hard not to sound like other groups”. The record-buying public decided that Birdie wouldn’t be their main source of income. They had a family to raise, films to make and touring with Saint Etienne to worry about. Admirable stuff, but we decided that their work wasn’t yet done. Thankfully they agreed.

Allo Darlin and The Wave Pictures, 27 May 2012
Both bands were having so much fun on their European tour that they asked us one Thursday if they could continue straight after their return on the Sunday. Only a fool would say no. We are not fools. The bands are obviously having so much fun playing. So, too, is the audience.