Ally Pally you’ll know – not least as the historic site of the marathon freakout that was ‘The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream’ in 1967. But you may not know that this gracious venue has a sibling Victorian theatre in the same grounds. Designed by John Johnson, it opened in 1875 with a 2,500 seat capacity and its chequered history includes use as a cinema, a centre for Belgian refugees and a BBC props store. Although a Grade II listed building, it’s now on the English Heritage ‘buildings at risk’ register and a campaign is underway to raise money to restore it. To that end, All Tomorrow’s Parties (whose ‘I Will Be Your Mirror‘ event is being held at Ally Pally on July 23-24) throws a fundraising party tonight, (6pm-midnight) at The Music Palace in Crouch End, with entertainment provided by DJs F**k Buttons (below), Declan Allen, Barry Hogan (ATP’s head honcho), The Local crew and Lord Sinclair’s legendary ATP pub quiz. Entry is free but you must buy at least one £2 raffle ticket at the door (proceeds go to Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre).
For info, see atpfestival.com.