London has a world-class music and nightlife scene and while it is amazing to see it again in action, it can be difficult to decipher the trouble bangers for your night out.
Perhaps it is a secret desire to feel like a kid in a panto or a need to escape the torments of modernity, but immersive experiences seem to multiply in the capital – and I’m not crazy about it.
Standing out from the crowd, an event in South London combines the city’s incredible music scene with that theatrical touch. Located close to Borough and London Bridge, One Night Records presents Snake Oil, an immersive live music experience.
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By walking through abandoned railway tunnels, the public can explore different musical worlds.
Essentially, it’s a cross between a concert, a festival, and an immersive adventure that lets you freely roam a maze of perfectly designed settings – unlike an ordinary open mic party in your room.
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The One Night Records event was the most unique way I have ever experienced live music, far from what my Friday nights are used to – no Rihanna or Lady Gaga here.
Mainly, Snake Oil celebrates blues, jazz, funk, and rock-n-roll, with different tunnels having completely different atmospheres allowing you to control the moods of your night.
With a tasty beer in hand, it felt like partying in a secret underground world with caves of music transporting me through different eras.
Throughout the five hours of non-stop performances by singers and musicians, I found myself languishing in a fancy jazz club before grooving under the neon lights of a rock studio.
Snake Oil is also a fantastic way to discover your next favorite, with brilliant artists performing around every corner that I have personally never met before.
Early in the evening, still feeling skeptical about its quality, I walked through a quieter tunnel filled with empty crates for seats and large barrels of drinks for tables.
Relaxing and completely changing my mood for the rest of the evening, I was blessed by the wonderful tunes of Kevin Davy White.
Set in a dusty cabin, Kevin’s blues-rock-soul tunes made us all sing and dance. Her impressive voice and incredible guitar playing fill the tunnel as he covers icons like Tina Turner; absolute crowd pleaser.
And yes, those arms of Tina had come out in force, I was rolling.
Just a tunnel along, Louise Messenger delivers a more understated performance.
In the relaxed setting of the living room, her magnificent voice compliments the jazz rhythms in which you can sit and calmly revel for hours.
Appreciating the different vibes and tuning into styles I had never even cared about before (until now jazz music was for the sound follow-up of my cooking), Snake Oil gave me a real sense of ‘evasion. It was as if each of us were in our own unique evening while enjoying it all together.
Also, there was themed food so you could stay put overnight. Didn’t get a chance to try as I was busy being a leisure lady in the jazz club but trust me it smelled amazing.
For those concerned with the idea of silly-inducing interactions with performers at immersive events, fear not; you are in control of your night and have free rein to guide you throughout the room, you don’t have to converse with anyone.
Believe me as someone who can’t stand having to interact with actors putting on horrible American actors, you can totally avoid them at Snake Oil if you want to. There simply if you want to discuss or seek advice, so as not to get bored.
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Tickets start at £ 35 and can be booked here.
The event takes place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (it’s the last weekend) and there are several entry times between 7 p.m. and 7.45 p.m. with live music for five hours – it’s up to you how long you stay!
You can find snake oil at One Night Records, Wardens Grove, SE1 0HT.
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