From: The Magpie's Nest [info_at_themagpiesnest_dot_co_dot_uk]

Sent: 21 December 2011 19:59

Subject: We are Evolving; 2011>2012 News and events




Hello to all Magpie's Nest friends, new and old.

Hope you're are looking forward to the Christmas break. We've been sitting on this announcement for a little while, but can now give you our big news:


The Magpie's Nest will from January 2012 develop into two new and autonomous organisations. We'd like to welcome you to:


The Nest Collective    &    Two For Joy

The Past

Established in March 2006, The Magpie's Nest, BBC-award-winning London folk club and music promoter, has grown exponentially in scope, remit and in nature. We have been privileged to have discovered and fostered such a wealth of talented musicians, bands, and such a resurgent interest in folk and traditional music, that continued expansion was inevitable.


The Present & Future

In 2012 The Magpie's Nest will grow again, giving rise to two new organisations, 'The Nest Collective' and 'Two For Joy', (both part of the Magpie's Nest family) which will further explore and develop the work and legacy of the musical journey so far taken. January will see two new websites, new venues, new festivals, new commissions, and double the capacity of The Magpie's Nest to continue this neccesary work. Both organisations formally launch on 3 January 2012 with all the news of each venture's plans (we both have lots of very special and brand new nights coming your way). We both have big things in store!!!!


Thank YOU so much for all your support over the last six years it has been wonderful having you as part of this vibrant and exciting new community. We are incredibly proud of the achievements of The Magpie's Nest, and how lucky we've been with all the wonderful artists and audiences we've met and to be part of this ever expanding 'Folk Revolution'. We hope you'll join us on our new journeys in 2012 and beyond.


Love to you all

Sam Lee and Joe Buirski




Finally, a reminder that there's still time to get your tickets for the New Year's Eve Party at the Southbank Centre. Come and ring in the new year with us, and drink to new ventures!


27 December

Festive Bash  - 'Two For Joy' 

Aaron Jonah Lewis + Nathan Ball + Folkaoke! + The Zong Zing All Stars + Cut A Shine


Cut A Shine and Two For Joy (Magpie's Nest) join forces to present a Festive Bash at The Old Queen's Head. The event takes over both floors of the pub. Upstairs features Local Folk-Punk party-starters The Rogues Gallery, an almighty Hoedown from Cut A Shine, High-Energy Soukous super-group The Zong Zing All Stars, topped off with a DJ set from Cal Jader - the man behind the ever-successful Movimientos Nights. Downstairs features some enchanting songs and masterful guitar playing from Nathan Ball, followed by raucous sing-along-tastic Folkaoke! More to be announced downstairs.

A veritable Christmas musical feast in the doldrums between Christmas and New Years.

The Old Queen's Head, Islington



31 December
New Year's Eve Party
_at_ SBC Royal Festival Hall - 'The Nest Collective'
Maia + Krar Collective + We Were Evergreen + Urban Folk Quartet + The Moulettes + Many, many others

Celebrate the New Year in iconic style, with exclusive access to Southbank Centre and one of London's most breathtaking views. A stellar line-up of guests, including Gabby Young & Other Animals and Eliza Carthy's Motown Ceilidh, grace The Clore Ballroom and foyers at Royal Festival Hall for a unique night of live music, DJs, silent discos, entertainment and all manner of fun.

Other acts recently announced include The Destroyers, The Moulettes, The Trans Siberian Marching Band, Revere, DJ Moneyshot, Urban Folk Quartet, Bellatrix and Disraeli, Babyhead, The La De Lahs, Jess Bryant, Piff The Magic Dragon. See the Southbank website for the latest announcements - more acts still to be announced.

Shortly before midnight the party moves outside to an exclusive terrace overlooking the Thames, where you can enjoy London's fireworks away from the crowds, weather permitting. Then head back inside to give one final hurrah for 2011 and welcome 2012 in spectacular style.

Early booking strongly recommended: there is a limited number of tickets available.
Royal Festival Hall, London


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