Remember when everyone used to huddle around a campfire on school trips while someone played the guitar, and you all told stories, and had a singalong?
Well, this is like that, except instead of your PE teacher, the person with the guitar is a celebrated folk musician, and there’s a full bar stocked with home-made wines, ciders, ales, and mead.
It’s run by the Nest Collective (a group of folk who like folk) and their pals Friends Of The Earth. Together they decided to create Campfire Club as a way to reconnect with both nature and other people, through the medium of booze, fire and song.
For a number of weeks throughout the warmer months, they gather around a crackling firepit in one of London’s most beautiful green spaces (last year these included places like the Culpeper community garden in Islington & Lambeth’s Oasis City Farm). Guests are then invited to cosy up quite literally feet away from whichever incredibly talented folk musician has been chosen to play that evening, and clink glasses as they soak up the acoustic rhythms and day slowly fades into night.
Kicking off this May, the line up for the 2022 summer season is as follows:
13th: Chris Wood, Islington | 20th: Touki, Peckham | 27th: ALAW, Southwark | 28th: The Magpies, Hackney
24th: Bird in the Belly, Chingford
1st: Rachel Newton, Hackney | 8th: Nick Hart, Southwark | 15th: Tarren, Islington | 22nd: Gasper Nali, Chingford
5th: Anna Phoebe & Richard Bundy, Hackney Marsh | 6th: Blair Dunlop, Poplar | 12th: Bush Gothic, Islington | 19th: Bernard Butler, Peckham
2nd: Alvorada (venue TBA) | 16th: Jacob & Drinkwater, Poplar | 23rd: The Brothers Gillespie, Chingford
Tickets cost £15, which – as life-changingly special, one-of-a-kind experiences go – is pretty good value. And on top of these campfire gigs, the Nest Collective are also running two other one-off events. On 1st April they’ll be kicking off the season with a Spring ceilidh featuring live music and raucous dancing; following up on the 22nd with the altogether more sedate Singing with Nightingales, an intimate evening of music and storytelling in duet with evening birdsong in a riverside garden.
Which should leave you feeling chirpy.
NOTE: Campfire Club runs from 13th May – 23rd September 2022. Tickets cost £15 – you can find out more, and book, here.
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