Described by many as the original London audiophile bar, you’ll find Brilliant Corners among an unassuming block of shops on Kingsland Road. From the outside, it looks like a regular bar; inside, it houses its very own custom sound system, listening space, dance floor and restaurant. Set up in 2014 by brothers Amit and Aneesh Patel, perfectly placed speakers in every corner help deliver a club-quality sound in a grown-up environment. Serious DJs and collectors curate specialist nights spanning live jazz to Balearic disco, with the music enjoyed alongside Japanese food, sake and cocktails.
470 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AE
Classic Album Sundays
Classic Album Sundays was started in 2010 by Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, a woman who knows her music. It has grown to become arguably the world’s most popular and respected listening platform, with outposts in Japan and Australia. London events are now hosted at cultural institutions including the V&A museum and Royal Albert Hall. Each one focuses on an influential album, which is played from vinyl for the closest possible experience to a live performance. In its entirety, the whole album is run through an audio system that many venues, let alone individuals, could only dream of owning. Musicians, DJs and producers including Nile Rodgers, Roni Size, Jazzie B, Mogwai, Gilles Peterson and DJ Yoda have all featured. Taking a stance against how music today is consumed in a throwaway culture, devaluing the listening experience on inadequate audio systems, Cosmo helps listeners hear albums as they were intended, in the best sonic detail possible. Top tip: the upcoming March session featuring Louie Vega at the British Library will be an unmissable evening.