Blow Up Christmas Party: The Bongolian + Thee Faction live – Fri. 2nd December

The 2nd of Blow Up’s new monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd’s Bush, and just in time for Christmas! Always guaranteed to get the party going is BIG BOSS MAN’s Nasser Bouzida aka THE BONGOLIAN & his band, with support from THEE FACTION. Plus of course Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson (and the occasional guest) spinning their trademark mix of Pop Stylism, 60’s Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. THE BONGOLIAN: Playing tracks from his eagerly-awaited 4th album ‘Bongos For Beatniks’ released this May – a wildly eclectic rare groove fusion of Funk Soul Hammond Beat Jazz and a Sci-Fi Boogaloo. The first single from the album ‘The Riviera Affair’ was a BBC 6music Lunchtime Love and if you listen to Craig Charles you will have heard more than a few spins on his show too: “Mightily funky, Hammond driven bongo rhythms… part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin’…” TIME OUT “A bakers dozen of gems. Bongo powered grooves at their very best. Preston Epps eat your heart out” SCOOTERING ‘RECOMMENDED’ THEE FACTION: Blistering, visceral socialist R&B with an explicit political agenda: “As good as Slade Alive. Yes, THAT good” Chris Roberts, The Guardian