Now that arty-party centre Stoke Newington International Airport has gone, there’s a big weird-shaped hole in London’s alternative culture calendar. Enter Gaggle, London’s vibrant, 20-something-strong choir, who are here to save the day. They’re taking up residency at the InSitu Project Space in New Cross for an imaginative three weeks of one-off workshops – from millinery to metalwork – unique performances from the cream of the cabaret scene and, well, just a brilliantly cool place for hang times. Or, as they’re putting it, ‘a summer adventure in lifestyle, craft and noise.’ THANK YOU, GAGGLE, YOU ARE TOO KIND.
Their concept shop will stock clothing and accessories from the designers behind Gaggle’s bonkers outfits plus collectable prints from their favourite artists. But it’s the DIY workshops that really make this takeover sparkle, giving you the chance to discover skills you never knew you had: get radical vocal coaching from ’60s legend Maggie Nichols, who co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group, get to grips with raw food, be part of making New Cross’ biggest-ever drumkit, learn how to make a radio show or do an ‘extreme make-up’ class. If you’re a girl, learn about sound engineering in a special all-female workshop, while guys have an opportunity to join a feminist boy’s choir, which will culminate in a performance at the space.
The list, really, is endless. Other musicians should follow their ambitious, creative lead… Kate Hutchinson
Gaggle Cave opens on May 30 and runs till June 21 at the InSitu Project Space in New Cross. To see the full list of workshops (we lied about the ‘endless’ part) and to book a place, visit Gaggle’s website.