Wednesday 25th January 2017 - 8pm - 3am

Come and share a haggis (vegetarian) and celebrate the Great Bard of Stoke and the Great Bard of Ayreshire who both coincidentally share the same birthday.

Bagpipes will be played, haggis and neeps will be consumed toasts will be made and Nigel's birthday celebrated.

Nigel Burch and the Flea-Pit Orchestra plus other acts to be announced soon.....



Sunday 22nd January 2017 - 5pm - 8pm

A bit of sax, guitar and double bass for your pleasure.

Free Entry


Saturday 21st January 2017 - 9pm - 3am

Paul Michael Bowden and Sam Fenn will be joined this month by the awesome Michael Kelly of Douche Bag/ PINK GLOVE Fame!

We'll be spinning of the best in queer DIY, Queercore, 90's Alt/Britpop, Riot Grrl, indie, 60's girl groups, northern soul, 80's rock & synth pop.

Expect to hear things along the lines of: - Nancy Sinatra,
The Jesus and Mary Chain, ESG, Young Marble Giants, Pavement, Frank Wilson, Belle and Sebastian, Martha, Richard Hell, The Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, Lung Leg, Bauhaus, The Breeders, The Spook School, Pixies, The Cure, The Smiths, Kenickie, Pulp, David Bowie, The Show-stoppers, Talking Heads, Betty Everett, Aretha Franklin, Suede, Placebo, The Kinks, Husker Dü, The Jam, Blondie, Patti Smith, Hole, Martha, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Generation X, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, Franz Ferdinand, Sex Pistols, B-52s, They Might Be Giants, James, R.E.M, Bis, Nirvana, Wire, Sonic Youth... a load of good stuff you might not have heard of.

QUEER is held at Mascara Bar. A great, friendly venue with a good sound system, plenty of decent booze and FREE entry!

QUEER is a straight-friendly event so all are welcome! Remember to invite all your friends/allies to the event!


Friday 20th January 2017 - 8pm - 3am

Our monthly social dance night continues at Mascara bar.

Expect a night of footloose dancing to mischievous music with a sense of humour: Swing that really swings, innuendo-riddled Jump Blues, steamin’ Hot Jazz, and a load of vintage songs about misdemeanour, unlawful behaviour, and flagrant imbibement in drink, drugs and illicit activity.

9pm – 2am – DJ Music from Don Pucci + guest
2am – 4am – Little Richard’s Rhythm & Blues Juke Box

Entry: £5 / Free entry after 1am
Dress Code: Come in rags as long as they’re your gladdest!


Thursday 19th January 2017 - 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Cab Sauv is straight out of the traps for 2017 with a KILLER show in January. For our fifth instalment we have the brilliant Alison Thea-SKot, the brilliant Joseph Morpurgo, the brilliant Jenny Bede, the brilliant Marny Godden, the brilliant Dan March and the brilliant Mike Haley.


Everyone's brilliant. And it's still free!


Sunday 15th January 2017 - 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Your hosts Fran Isherwood and the Gaga Ladies will be joined by special guests singer Helen McCookerybook and poet Richard Allen. There is also an Open Mic from 6.30. It's FREE!

Helen will be playing songs from her new album

Richard Allen: "John Lennon meets John Cooper Clarke, gets pissed with Spike Milligan, and vomits through T S Eliot's letterbox "



Friday 13th January 2017 - 9pm - 3am

Hello hello we're back. First set of 2017 at one of our all time favourite places Mascara Bar.

Expect to hear sets of 60s cuts, present day hits, tripped out world disco, rock'n'roll and pretty much everything in between.


We accept [SUPERB] song requests.



Saturday 7th January 2017 - 8pm - 3am

Ooh look out, you rock 'n' rollers! Has it really been almost a year? Come celebrate the life and work of David Bowie with us at Mascara Bar!

Hélène de Joie performing burlesque to Cat People
She Rocola covering some choice Bowie numbers

DJs until 3am playing non-stop Bowie & related:

John the Revelator (Stoke Newington Music Festival, Dirty Water Records, Heatwave)
Lolo Wood (Ye Nuns, Joanne Joanne, MX Tyrants)
Sean Bright (Time Tunnel)

Plus more TBA. This is a Cancer Research UK fundraiser event, acts are donating their fees and we'll be shaking buckets on the night. So make sure you bring plenty of ch' ch' ch' ch' change! Sorry..



Saturday 31st December 2016 - 9pm - 5am

Dugout Soul Club's Jonathan Dabner hosts a Bumper NYE Allnight Party featuring Soul Legends Glen Goodwin & Ian Jackson.

Once the Christmas malarky's done - it's time for some proper adult fun!!

OVO Rare, Northern & Club Soul, Motown & Boogaloo @ the gemstone Mascara Bar!

Come early stay late - dawn'll be breakin' on 2017 time ya leave - head buzzing with fabulous music n memories of a night spent with old & new friends.

The brilliant Mascara Bar does not hike drinks prices or charge exhorbitant admission fees - in fact there is NO DOOR TAX. This party's gonna be the best fun!!






Friday 30th December 2016 - 9pm - 3am

Leave your pretentions, fancy retro stylings and anally obscure box of 7” records at home.

Come as you are (fair enough, if you retro style permanently) and listen to a night of music we all know and love. The kind of music that makes you jump around like a lunatic and sing like a superstar…especially when you’ve had a few.

Requests will be listened to but not necessarily honoured.

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
ABBA – Does Your Mother Know
Television – Marquee Moon
The Who – Baba O’ Reilly
White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
David Bowie – Starman
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
Patti Smith – Because The Night
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric
The Rolling Stones – Miss You
Laura Branigan – Self Control
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
Guns N Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
The Doors – Love Her Madly

Queen - Somebody To Love



Saturday 24th December 2016 - 9pm - 3am

Jingle your way into Christmas with our special Jump 'n' Jive!
Join us at Mascara Bar on Christmas Eve from 9pm till Santa climbs down the chimney.

Expect all the best of Rock 'n' Roll, Jive, Soul, Rhythm & Blues.
Get your blue suedes ready and don't forget the spares!

Strong liquor, Free Entry & great music all night long!


Friday 23rd December 2016 - 9pm - 3am

Yeah 5 years since the Dugout launched in December 2011.

After experimenting with various venues we found our spirtual home at the legendary Mascara Bar in February 2013. Here the club has gone from strength to strength becoming an important fixture on Hackney's Nightlife Scene.

DJs Steve Sullivan, Richard Walker, Curtis Taylor and Jon Dabner - the mighty Dugout Energy Company - purvey the finest Rare, Northern & Club Soul, Vintage Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Motown & Boogaloo with Peak Soul Power!

Enjoy the finest music on a top sound system, dance on a sprung wooden dance floor, drink at a regularly priced bar, relish free admission & a 3am licence. More of good sounding time than the law allows!!





Thursday 22nd December 2016 - 8pm - 3am

Christmas knees-up and booze-up brought to you by Mascara Bar's favourite regular clubnights and DJs! The dream team:

Katia & Betty (BANG)
Nathan (Hard To Explain Club Night)
Sam Fenn (QUEER)
John the Revelator (Have Love Will Travel)
Janie Jones (Jump 'n' Jive)
Tim Wells

Expect all your favourites from 50s-00s (soul & glam & rock 'n' roll & ska & reggae & indie & new wave & post-punk) PLUS festive party classics

Punch, nibbles & other goodies for the early birds - 6pm til 8pm



Sunday 18th December 2016 - 6.30pm onwards

Your usual hosts Fran Isherwood, Nigel Burch and the Flea-Pit Orchestra, and the Gaga Ladies will be joined by special guests Susan Evans - Performance Poet, and country singer Maletta Jackson for some festive frolics!

Open Mic from 6.30 so come and share the Christmas spirit with us!

It's free.


Saturday 17th December 2016 - 9pm - 3am

Jingle-fucking-bells! XXXmas coming early this year…

Friends, lovers, brothers and sisters - our beloved Mascara Bar is all ours for the night. Many of you have plans, but change them. We’re having a good ol’fashioned knees up and we want you to come.

Christmas dinner at the humble Roch the next day to top it all off, so dress accordingly.

There’ll be live music from us lot and a bunch of pals will be spinning tunes.

DJ sets from Joel Dilla & Steady Ellis (Wolf Alice), Toby Carvery B2B Callum Crossley 'VIBES', superfood and Charlie Alford.




Friday 16th December 2016 - 8pm - 3am

Our monthly social dance night continues at Mascara bar – next date for (Ain’t) Misbehavin’ is our Christmas special on Friday 16th December

Expect the usual night of footloose dancing to mischievous music with a sense of humour: Swing that really swings, innuendo-riddled Jump Blues, steamin’ Hot Jazz, and a load of vintage songs about misdemeanour, unlawful behaviour, and flagrant imbibement in drink, drugs and illicit activity.

9pm – 2am – DJ Music from Don Pucci + guest
2am – 3am – Little Richard’s Rhythm & Blues Juke Box

Entry: £5 / Free entry after 1am


Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7pm - 10pm

The last monthly residency date of the year at Mascara Bar will be a very special one as the house band welcomes singer/songrwiter Danni Nicholls to our favorite honky tonk bar. Danni's new long-player "Mockinbird Lane", recorded in Nashville, has just been nominated for top Americana "Best UK Album" Award. How about that!

Danni grew up in Bedrordshire enraptured by the American roots, soul, rock, country and folk coming from her grandmothers music player. The American these influences now permeate her own brand of original music. Her newest record was recoded in Nashville with a team who have worked with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Tom Jones, John Prine, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello and many others. The same team, headed by producer Chris Donohue, created Danni’s 2013 critically acclaimed debut ‘A Little Redemption’.

Armed with her trusty, ‘weathered, worn and well loved’ Tanglewood parlour guitar, Danni tours far and wide honing her craft and wooing audiences. Her live shows have been lauded as “exciting, energetic and…totally absorbing” (

We look forward to her gracing the Mascara stage. As always the night kicks of with a country vinyl DJ-set, guests on at 720pm with East Lonesome Drifters taking the late set from 830pm to 10pm. Free admission with collection for performers. See ya at the baaar.... Mascara Bar.


Saturday 10th December 2016 - 9pm - 3am

Time to party hard at Steppin' Out!!

Featuring ace guest DJs Manuel Lovisutti (Spoonful/The Shakeup) & Maharishi Hi-fi (Musical Fever/Back2BackFM) + Resident Jonathan Dabner

100% original vinyl: Rare & Northern Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Soul Jazz, Ska, Motown & Boogaloo pumping through the Mascara Bar's superb sound system. The venue has a free admission policy & sports a wooden dance floor, regular bar prices, a 3am licence plus a truly mixed cosmopolitan crowd.

Ain't no better place to show your pretty face!



Friday 9th December 2016 - 8pm - 3am


The DJ
Private sorrow:
One half of avant-garage group Midnight Mines, resident DJ at These Days and General Echo, Private Sorrow traces the lines between drone, techno and noise with his all vinyl sets!

The Noise/Vox Explorer
Paul Daniel Knowles:

The Dynamic Duo
Elephant House:
London based duo of Shenggy Shen on drums & vocals, Christos Fanaras on keyboards. Shenggy Shen is a former member of Hang on the Box, China’s first all-female punk band. She has since gone on to establish herself a noise artist, as one half of the avant-duo White with Zhang Shou Wang, whose self-titled debut was produced by Blixa Bargeld. Her solo music has also been released on Noise Joy and Little Sound. Christos Fanaras has been performing under the name Jack Shirt since 2006 and has recorded and released 7 solo CDR albums on his own imprint Down Is Up. Alongside M.K. Hauser, Christos is one half of the project Masters both having previously played together in Agaskodo Teliverek. He also played bass and synth in Mothlite, drums in hypnagogic anti-band Temper Temper and keyboards/theremin in Moon Ra

The Band
Two maniacal distributor drivers, Dan BC, & Jon Aye ( ex - Lesbian Boys ) formed a band in between crashing their work's vans down London streets, met Chris P Mowforth in The Rochester Castle to talk about his time in Silverfish & their band, Lampost Gullivers having unfinished noise to make. Ideas were sparked for Chris’s brooding bass, Jon’s stick splintering drums, pinning up Dan’s dark, anarchical free verse. During a brief hiatus Chris Joined Hercules II to add his driving rhythms to the swathing instrumental storms they conjure, when he returned, GG arrived with him to complete Gutters sound, stalking us with his smokey effects laden guitar. We’re in the Gutters, we’re loud, & we’re going to be heard by the stars, the furthest stars away from this increasingly warped planet.
Demos here -

Free entrance to, well, everyone!!!!!!i


Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 9pm - 3am

BANG! is back on Sat 3rd December for an early Fuck XMAS party.

All your favourite tunes and people giving it the big fat middle one on the dance floor.

Free Entry as always!

Don't be a scrouge, be a FUCK YOU scrouge and come on down.


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