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Rooftop Film Club @ Vault Waterloo



Lots of film favourites on offer from now until December in this unique underground space. Worth the trip for the venue alone..


19 Nov uodate

Many shows already sold out!

Tickets still available as I write, for Boyhood on 2 Dec

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It’s That Time Of Year! Ice Skate @ Somerset House

It’s that time of year! Time to seek out some super skating rinks, including our favourite @ Somerset House. Here’s a blast from the past, filmed @ Somerset House way back in 2012 but we love it still and hope you do too. We like the fact that we do not even need to be there to enjoy this!  Oh, we suddenly feel all  pre-festive,! An experience that’s vibrant and vital, for all ages. Of  course nothing beats getting along there and joining in the fun. Guaranteed to give cheer on a grey city day! And after you’ve had the traditional tumble-on-ice  or you’ve simply exhausted yourself laughing and cheering on the sideline whilst sipping Fortnum’s  hot chocolate, there’s so much else  to see inside SH. See their website for current events


Check out the current Courtauld’s Egon Schiele exhibition..



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We skate just as brilliantly as the skaters in this video." Yeah? Something not quite right about previous statement .

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Wednesday Music: Firestations – Dream In Colour

Taken from the new EP ‘Meanwhile Gardens’.


Because we all need to dream in colour. Even when we are awake. Especially on a #Monday.


listen to their EP Meanwhile Gardens here


album launch 4 December

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Tuesday Music: Nizlopi – JCB Song (live at TOTP)

this is the performance from the week BEFORE the JCB Song became #1 in the UK


In common with a load of other people, MFLL really likes the JCB song!  Written in response to childhood bullying at school, it.became a number one hit, but hey! there’s more to these guys! They’re brilliant live, by all accounts. And they’ve got plenty of crowd pleasing material for this first tour in six years, including songs from their new live CD .. Nizlopi are @ Dingwalls on Thursday night. Expect a rousing mega singalong for fans old and new. Wear your party hat . And leave your inhibitions at the door.

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THEIR first London gig, part of their first European tour in the intimate environs of great little Shoreditch venue Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen was an enchanting introduction to the sounds of Austin outfit, Wild Child.

The music? Well, it’s hard to define (no bad thing in itself), but throw in words like indie-pop, folk (they have a banjo anyway), Americana and even rock and you’re getting close. Yet since their 2010 debut Pillow Talk, they have managed to evade categorization.

What’s interesting is the scope of the songs you heard in one set – from moving acoustic numbers to funny little ditties to full-out stomping anthems. One song has you thinking yes, they’re playfully old-timey, the next they’re offering up a dose of effervescent pop. Seek out the numbers like the hard-hitting gypsy-style duet The Tale of You and Me, Crazy Bird and The Runaround, and you’ll get an idea.

The dynamic between the two lead vocalists and chief songwriters – Alexander Beggins and Kelsey Wilson – is palpable, too. Both are clearly in love with what they do, and the fun they have performing together is infectious and when it happens, the intertwining of the girl/boy vocal works beautifully.

Their wide-eyed American-accented enthusiasm on the night was, rather than irritating, quite beguiling. Most songs were punctuated by blonde vocalist and violinist Kelsey’s exclamations of ‘Wow, this is incredible’ as she reminded us this was the first time the band had been outside of America.

Wearing a home-made crown when she first came on-stage, she said, “That girl (pointing to a girl in the crowd) made me this. Isn’t that amazing? SHE MADE ME A CROWN. I love you!” It made me smile, anyway.

I didn’t know Wild Child before seeing them, but they’ve got me quietly hooked. Next time they hit London town I’m pretty sure they’ll have done the same to a whole new horde of fans – lovers of heartfelt, adventurous music with an undeniably rootsy charm.

Wild Child are on tour now. Check them out at

By Shelley Marsden


Friday Evensong: Hozier – From Eden // Mahogany Session

Subscribe for new sessions as often as possible: Hozier performs From Eden for Mahogany Mahogany strives to deliver amazing…


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TimesTalks – Op-Docs: Opinionated Documentary Filmmakers

Meet award–winning London–based independent filmmakers whose short, opinionated documentaries have been featured in The New York Times Opinion section — Kris Hofmann (“An Unfair Game”), Peter Middleton and James Spinney (“Notes on Blindness”), Marc Silver (“Bodies on the Border”) and Orlando von Einsiedel (“Gorillas in the Crossfire”). View their films and hear a conversation about their craft, their themes and the documentary today, moderated by Op–Docs series producer/curator Jason Spingarn–Koff.


London Life is looking forward to this event!

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Friday, 21 November 2014 at 7:00PM


Princess Anne Theatre


Tickets are £25 and available here

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MFLL GIG CHOICE `•.¸ *★ ♫ ¸。 ☆。¸ ¸*•. * `•. * ´.•´ From Finland to Hackney `•.¸ *★ ♫ ¸。 ☆。¸ ¸*•. * FRIGG

From Finland to Hackney: Frigg @ St. Mark’s on Saturday 22 November.


Let the reviews speak for this Finnish super troop of fantastic fiddlers, about to take East London by storm. Listening to Frigg, they have the ability to spirit you away to an original, addictive, musical landscape and as you become absorbed entranced even, it is impossible to sit still, The London gig promises to be a very special night, not to be missed by Londoners who love the sound of dynamic Nordgrass (Nordic Folk meets American Bluegrass)


“This is Blazin’ Fiddles on steroids! Powerful stuff, sometimes an out and out rock band, sometimes subtle, mellow and melodic, sometimes old timey/bluegrassy, sometimes with a wild gypsy feel but always top notch musicianship” –
The Living Tradition

“The mighty Frigg – exquisite!” – Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3

“Alternately rousing and reflective – music to rope reindeer by!” –
World Music Charts Europe


“Their latest album is invigorating and exciting – listening is enough to entice you to travel some distance to see them perform live” – FATEA

“Their music is unwavering and accomplished – working instruments hard has never looked so easy” – Fiddle On Magazine


“Their superbly matched four fiddle frontline, buoyant string rhythm section and dynamic arrangements, complete with humorously choreographed movements, proved irresistible” Glasgow Herald

“They make one fantastic sound – I can’t help but throw up my arms in admiration” – Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales

“The tunes are a non-stop whirlwind”- Phil Brown, The Drift, BBC Radio Lancashire


Catch them in full flight at their debut London gig on Sat 22 Nov @ St Mark’s Church Hall, Hackney E8 2NL where they will be performing their latest lively CD Polka V.


“There aren’t many bands who can better a perfect album, but Frigg has done it with Polka V. Their playing is as exquisite as always and there’s a greater depth of invention, fun and beauty than ever. Frigg has done it again!” – Fiona Talkington,
BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction


This Frigg gig promises its audience “a hair-raising, voice-losing, heart-burstingly beautiful gig full of traditional Finnish tunes with Norwegian detours”


Frigg website :

At Shetland Festival


And some final F words to describe Frigg? Fast, furious and fun, by all accounts! Sounds just the ticket for a winter warmer.


Tickets from


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MFLL Thursday Choice: Chemicals – Megan Henwood

Taken from Megan Henwood’s forthcoming album ‘Head Heart Hand’. Written by Megan Henwood. Featuring Jackie Oates on Viola. Video edited …


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Wednesday Music: Maples Leaves – Jens Lekman

A Jens for all seasons….but this one’s especially for Autumn


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