As a true fan of music I try to do my upmost to support emerging talent, small businesses and virtually unknown record labels. These are the places you'll find some of the best music, particularly in London where the cool, eccentric and talented flock to in order to chase the dream of rock stardom.
Since my late teens I have been lucky enough to sample some of the finest indie, rock and alternative bands just a stone's throw from my hometown. Kingston-Upon-Thames is a thriving town centre not far from central London and thanks to the local universities in the area the nightlife is colourful and varied so you are sure to find a night tailored to you.
If you pop along to The Hippodrome on a Thursday night, you'll l find a club night with a difference. Every week the gang from local record store Banquet Records [located just around the corner] work hard to ensure they host indie night, New Slang, complete with a live band and a disco- all for about a fiver. Bargain.
Now in its sixth year, New Slang brings in the crowds week after week thanks to their amazing line-ups. Where else can you see a gig and pull shapes until 2am to the hippest new tunes for just five British pounds?
Expect to hear music from the likes of: Mumford and Sons; Friendly Fires; Bombay Bicycle Club; Los Campesinos; Jamie T; Two Door Cinema Club Vaccines; Florence and the Machine and many more.
The live show line-up is equally as impressive as the DJ's playlist. New Slang has played host to some of the biggest Indie bands on the scene including: Vampire Weekend; The Cribs; Mystery Jets and The Maccabees. Although you may have to buy tickets for the more well-known bands in advance ticket prices remain the same, making the night not only heaps of fun but an absolute steal since most gig tickets would set you back from around at least £15.00.
Support often comes from a local band so be sure to head down early.
Most of the time you will be able to buy tickets on the door but if you have your heart set on seeing the band or are travelling to Kingston specifically for New Slang be sure to buy a ticket in advance as it is always a busy night. If you buy in advance they usually offer a deal of paying an extra pound or two and they throw in the band's latest album for you too!
The staff and crowd are friendly- everyone is there to have fun and support musical talent that sometimes gets overshadowed by chart-storming stars. The guys at Banquet Records are clearly music lovers who wanted to create the perfect indie evening. A worthy bunch for your support.
Drink prices are reasonable with a bottle of beer coming in at around £2.00.