the purple turtle

Final Uprawr at The Purple Turtle

Last night was truly unforgettable. Thank you to everyone who came down to say goodbye to The Purple Turtle and anyone who has partied with us there during the last few years! I’ve had some of the craziest nights of my life with the best people here, and I’m very sad to see it coming to an end.

I think we definitely gave the Turtle the farewell it deserved - literally tearing down the walls. I’m gonna miss this place so much, thanks for the memories!

PLAYHARD returns to The Purple Turtle in Camden on 13th April

13 April 2012

PLAYHARD proudly presents Jon Brookes (The Charlatans) DJ

+ Bad Wolf, Billy Bones, Symphonic Pictures, The Last Of The Troubadours, Blue Lip Feel, The Rimes (live)

+ Playhard DJ Jean Genie.

£6 on the door (come early!)

£5 advance tickets

The Purple Turtle, 65 Crowndale Road, Camden, London, NW1 1TN
(Mornington Crescent / Camden Town tubes)

PLAYHARD : London’s monthly global gig streamed live world wide on 

The best in new and old music favourites, plus the up and coming media and industry on the dance floor and at the bar. * @playhardgigs *

4.30-7.30pm BandWagon Gigs mixer – artists, industry, media, promoters – grass roots and otherwise – socialise for connections galore/discount gig entry. “This mega-handy site aims to take gig bookings into the future” (NME). Now the USA are picking up on this up and coming site;

7.30pm– PLAYHARD live music until 12am and then after show party until 3am. “Perfect night out for those who like their beer cold, their music loud, and their tights laddered. I discovered one of my favorite new bands at Playhard” (Music Vice)

Bad Wolf: So many other bands scamper around their genres like little lost puppies, Bad Wolf mean business; they let rip and take you on a rocket trip with a full-throttle howl at the moon! “When they turn berserker, they sound like Matt Bellamy chained to a monster truck being dragged around a derby” (NME) @UKBadWolf Their new single, ‘Too Much Too Young’ deserves to be massive.

Billy Bones; “If The Pogues and Gogol Bordello had dirty rough sex with Arcade Fire in the toilet of a dry docked old sailing ship themed pub and the filthy sprogs that popped out 9 months on were hand reared by The Clash and Hunter S Thompson, in a shit caravan decorated inside by Tim Burton parked on some wasteground upstairs in the Hawley Arms, and…. those sprogs grew up into a band, the chances are that the band would be named Billy Bones”

Symphonic Pictures: A colourful mix of slow burning electronica, recalling Stereolab or Gruff Ryhs at their most hypnotic. The band list a spectrum of influences including experimental, pop, shoegaze, avant garde, art rock and new wave. This leftfield mix forgets their place in psychedelic space while engaging melody and structure. 

The Last Of The Troubadours; An ambitious South London quartet loaded with tunes, swagger and edge. With a debut EP ‘Sooner The Better’ claiming cool feedback from luminaries like Edwyn Collins and early attention in all the right places, this sharp dressed and mod possessed outfit could be your new heroes. 

Within weeks of forming, Blue Lip Feel recorded their 6-track EP ‘Shallow Getaway’, showcasing their distinctive, crunching sound. It’s 2011 release led to slots with national media darlings like Tribes, Kassidy and Various Cruelties. They then returned to the studio and refined their style further through ‘Glitterbox EP’ (March 2012). Outspoken, brash and confident, Blue Lip Feel see themselves as the antidote to the safe and mundane landfill littering our music scene. “This, my friends is one band to watch out for, as they rapidly accelerate up from the underground into the music ether.” (WhatCulture) 

The Rimes: “Not genre fuelled, but music driven.’ This pride of the Midlands outfit are on the rise courtesy of their Sixties tinged power pop and fervent fan base packing out venues and creating an early buzz.

Early bird tickets for Playhard, Friday May 11th – Mark Morriss, The Ghosts, Filthy Habits, Molly McQueen, The Francis Jetty, No Tokyo - for only £4 via


A Stroll Along The Delaware & Raritan Canal at Kingston, NJ

Photos from the top:

Flour mill,1888 (National Register of Historic Places).

The Locktender’s house, 1830.

The Toll House, 1830.

Purple Loosetrife and other wildflowers growing on the bank.

Northern Red-bellied Turtles (Pseudemys rubriventris) or Northern Red-bellied Cooters (?) basking in the sun near the opposite bank.  The biggest one appeared to be nearly 18″ (45.7cm) long. The turtle at the far right partly covered in algae may be a snapping turtle.

New Jersey, August 24, 2016


A brand new rap parody collab I took part in with @brawny-buck @ask-keyframe & @looneyturtle Enjoy the thumping silliness.