The nabokov Arts club : Oct 2011


28 - 29 October 2011 Battersea Arts Centre


The spirits are restless, the souls of the departed are returning; a portal has been found. The dead and the living will unite again for one final, massive party, before ghouls and ghosts, zombies, skeletons and goblins pass through to the next world...

After four years of packed, exhilarating warehouse parties at Village Underground in Shoreditch, The nabokov Arts Club takes over Battersea Arts Centre for a Halloween Weekend Spectacular!

An extravaganza of live theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, poetry and visual art wrapped up in a big fat party, the Arts Club, previously featured in The Guardian and 'Best Nights out 2009' in The Independent, showcases the best new work, first, from the most exciting emerging artists alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

The nabokov Arts Club takes place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2011 at Battersea Arts Centre, 'Britain's most influential theatre' (The Guardian). The night starts at 9pm and rages unabated until 2am, featuring a host of live performances and celebrating the ancient customs of the Festival of the Dead; where the living will celebrate with the souls of the departed, present gifts at the altar of the dead and embrace the supernatural, before one final, joyful farewell…

A stellar theatrical line-up features a unique Arts Club collaboration between nabokov, theatre ensemble t a n g l e d f e e t and award-winning playwright Polly Stenham, presenting a bespoke immersive theatrical event that is part ritual, part wedding, part insane fiesta. Plus a brand new interactive comic theatre experience by Bad Physics, and newcomers The Wind-Up collective, formed from BAC's 'Homegrown' programme, performing their absurdist devised piece 'Box Junction'.

Diverse music performances will culminate in separate headline acts on each night. Friday will see eclectic 6 piece female fronted Reggae, Dub, Soul, Blues and Hip-hop influenced Tin Roots blending genres in a raucous live show, while on Saturday night only festival legends Yes Sir Boss' worldly musical and cultural influences and heavy blend of horn laden hooks, offbeat rhythms and epic riffs will be raising the roof, before an exclusive DJ disco set by William from the Mystery Jets! Support on both nights comes from Anglo-Swedish beatbox-blues combo Hey Moonshaker, bluegrass trio Harriet Darling and the Good Honeys, and stars-in-the-making singer-songwriters Victoria Ward and Amy Lou Black.

Meanwhile, strewn throughout the labyrinthine grandeur of BAC a vast array of insanely talented artists will be performing in every corner, with comedy from Radio 1's Tom Deacon, Up the Creek's One-to-Watch Harriet Kemsley, bitter-sweet horror stories by the fire with Dave Bibby and Greg Wohead, poetry from Isley Lynn and duo Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, as well as close-up magic, character comedy, individual experiences and unexpected surprises!

PLUS… Pub sing-a-long with the Singing Skeleton… Creepy Creche… Eerie edible treats…and lots more! Additions to the line-up will be announced exclusively on the nabokov blog.

The undisputed heavyweight champion of artistic happenings, anywhere, ever, is back.

THE NABOKOV ARTS CLUB: Festival of the Dead Friday 28 & Saturday 29 October 2011, 9pm - 2am Battersea Arts Centre // Lavender Hill // Battersea // SW11 5TN £15 (advance) // £20 (on the door) Advance booking online at or on 020 7223 2223