© Jessica Spengler
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Jan 11 2013
Perhaps the most adaptable venue in London, this wide, 350-capacity basement room has long provided a home for trad jazz, pub blues, northern soul and punk. Originally a restaurant, the 100 Club was first hired out as a live music venue in 1942 and was popular as a hangout/bomb shelter during World War II owing to its underground location.
Many historic shows have been staged at the 100 Club through the decades, including sets by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Muddy Waters, The Kinks, the Sex Pistols and just about every notable Britpop band. The 100 Club was threatened with closure in 2011 due to rocketing rent charges, but was saved thanks to securing backing from Converse, no doubt helped by vocal support for the venue from the likes of Sir Mick Jagger and Liam Gallagher.
What's on at 100 Club
Jazz and experimental, Psych and garage rock, Alternative rock
Lackadaisical psychedelic rock, with some nice melodies and scratchy violin as well as guitars and drums. If you're brave enough and you can find a patch that isn't too sticky, lie down on the floor and soak it up.
Stand-up, Character comedy
The 82-year-old BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio star invites the audience to a game on bingo. December 17's special guests include Boris Johnson (apparently – don't blame us if it's not actually him), Frank Sanazi, Tina Turner Tea Pady, Jess Robinson and...
Cabaret, Character comedy, Musical comedy
The hugely funny Ubermeister of politically incorrect lounge singing Frank Sanazi presents a Christmas special with special guests getting intro the festive spirit. Joining him are the members of his Iraq Pack, Saddamy Davies Junior and Dean Stalin, plus...
Rock 'n' roll, Alternative rock
- Critics' choice
The sexily snarling and noir-ish sounds of these brilliant swamp-punky funketeers have been a highlight on London’s underground scene since the ’90s. They’re still led by former Bad Seed James Johnston, and draw from their quality back catalogue.
Punk and hardcore
- Critics' choice
The hyped Danish teenagers with a fearsome live show play the gritty but surprisingly tuneful punk of their recent second album 'You're Nothing'.