Note that as of 16th March the UK government has issued new guidelines advising against all unnecessary travel or social contact. This will probably mean that most of the physical events displayed below will be cancelled.

Instead I'll start off with some virtual events/resources to keep you amused during lockdown:

Tom Carradine’s Self-Isolation Singalong
Every Thursday

Master of the Cockney singalong Tom Carradine brings his infamous knees-ups to cyberspace. So gather around the e-Joanna and commence caterwauling.

Jack Calloway on the wireless
Every Sunday
10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm

Band leader Jack Calloway hosts his regular show on this internet radio station that plays dance music from 1925 to 1945. Jack’s show focuses on music from the 1930s. (And you can hear one of Jack’s own performances on the Candlelight Club Soundcloud page below.)

Sugarpush Sundays
Every Sunday
Beginners 2pm, improvers 3pm

Dancer, dance teacher and DJ Holly France (a regular at the Candlelight Club) has ported her solo jazz and Charleston lesson online via Zoom. The class is free but donations via PayPal are welcome. All details on the Facebook event.

Online Dances Classed with Swing Patrol
Throughout the month
See schedule at https://swingpatrollondon.dancecloud.com

A variety of online classes, including Charleston, Lindy Hop, solo jazz and even Swing Dance Cardio. You buy a ticket through the website and in return they send you a private YouTube link.

The Candlelight Club on Soundcloud
Live recordings made of some of the bands who play at the Candlelight Club (currently some 243 tracks available to stream for free). The Candlelight Club itself (www.thecandlelightclub.com) will presumably be on hold while public gatherings are verboten so this is the next best thing for now.

Oliver Lane’s Swing Playlist
Club Member Oliver Lane has been idly adding to this Spotify playlist for years and it now features some 90 songs. Fill your boots.

Samuel West on Soundcloud
If poetry is more your thing than music, this Soundcloud feed from actor and director Samuel West features readings by him and others.

The Arkham Hillbilly
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft, the 1920s horror writer and creator of the Cthulhu mythos, will be delighted to learn that the Club’s own Darcy Sullivan has been spending these long weeks of self-isolation in the guise of country singer the Arkham Hillbilly, the man who brought you the ‘Miskatonic Blues’, ‘Jamboree at Innsmouth’ and ‘Doggone It, Dagon’. On this Facebook page you can see all his videos, where he sings down-home songs of the uncanny and the eldritch, as well as offering some good, old-fashioned advice about self-isolation itself. Sponsored by Gibbous Moonshine™—the only liquor made in Arkham in a well. That sometimes glows at night.
If you’re not on Facebook, check out his YouTube playlist.

Acts Against God: A Short History of Blasphemy
Sunday 12th July
Online via Zoom—ticket-holders will be emailed a link
Admission: £5 from conwayhall.ticketsolve.com

History professor David Nash explores a phenomenon that spans human experience, from the ancient world right up to today’s ferocious religious debates. Blasphemy is an act of individuals, but also a widespread and constant presence in cultural, political and religious life. Nash follows its story from ancient Greece, with the genesis of blasphemy’s link with the state, on to blasphemy in the medieval world, in the Reformation and the Enlightenment—right up to the 21st century, with individuals and the state seeking to adopt blasphemy as the means to resist the secular and the globalisation of culture.

sfd NSC Quiz Night
Wednesday 15th July
Admission: Free

In what has become a lockdown weekly tradition, the latest of our NSC pub quizzes—run by Zoom virtual meeting software—will be courtesy of George Davies. More details to come: a Facebook event will be posted to the Club's Facebook page.

Innsmouth Jamboree 2020
Saturday 18th July
7pm BST
Devil’s Reef, Innsmouth, near Arkham, Massachusetts
or by Zoom at https://fico.zoom.us/j/96560889321

Now in its 174th year, the annual jamboree, brought to you by the Esoteric Order of Dagon, offers a feast of entertainment and distinctive local cuisine, all served up with the inimitable charisma of the Innsmouth folk.

Chief of your reasons to go, of course, is the headline performance from the Arkham Hillbilly—and for the sake of those who can't make it to Arkham in person he'll be broadcasting his performance live via Zoom. Access to the Zoom event is free, but there are a finite number of places, so you must book yours via the Facebook event. Don’t forget to check his Facebook page for
regular updates. You can hear him describing what to expect from
the Jamboree in this video. And remember: do NOT miss the last bus out of Innsmouth.

London Vampires at Brompton Cemetery Open Day
Sunday 19th July
Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, London SW10 9UG
Admission: Free?

If you're in need of a Gothic fix, the London Vampire group will be gathering for the Cemetery's annual open day, followed by drinks in a pub. I'm unclear at to whether this will be will still be taking place—the cemetery is open at the moment, and pubs will have reopened, but meetings of this size (even outdoors and with social distancing) may still be outlawed. But since when has that bothered a vampire?

Aubrey Beardsley Exhibition
27th July–20th September
Tate Britain
Admission: £16: note that timed tickets must be pre-purchased

The Tate's exhibition on Beardsley was scuppered by COVID-19, but the good news is that the show—the biggest exhibition of the controversial artist's work in 50 years—has been extended to 20th September, from when the galleries open on 27th July. Note that timed tickets must be purchased in advance. More details at www.tate.org.uk. Aubrey Beardsley shocked and delighted late-Victorian London with his sinuous black and white drawings. He explored the erotic and the elegant, the humorous and grotesque, winning admirers around the world with his distinctive style. Spanning seven years, this exhibition will cover Beardsley’s intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis at the age of 25. Beardsley’s charismatic persona played a part in the phenomenon that he and his art gen

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 5th August
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Admission: Free

Staying virtual for now, our online lecture will be Speed Machines from Between the Wars, delivered with gusto by Actuarius. Web links coming soon…

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 2nd September
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Assuming that the Wheatsheaf will be allowing us to use their upstairs room, the Earl of Essex will fill us in on The Riviera: The Forgotten War. "The Allied invasion of Southern France in August 1944 was generally regarded as a low-key affair, almost an afterthought and a 'Hollywood offensive' with U.S. troops largely landing unapposed and soon able to sip champagne with the locals in the fleshpots of the Cote d'Azure," he elaborates. "The reality was somewhat different, the Allies desperately needed the deepwater ports like Marseille to strike-up through occupied France, and the local population had suffered mercilessly under both German and Italian occupation, and worse from their own brethren, at the hands of the German puppet-regime, the Vichy government."

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 7th October
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Luca Jellinek will be posing the pugnacious question, What’s so great about Art Deco?

Dance Across the Atlantic
Friday 2nd–Saturday 9th October 2020
The Queen Mary 2, travelling from Southampton to New York
Admission: From £1267 plus tips and transfer
Dress: Properly

Alex Mendham and his Orchestra will be performing their 1920s and 1930s repertoire every night on this transatlantic cruise—a reproduction of a crossing as it would have been back in the day. Note that these private dance events will only be accessible to those booking through Ahoy cruises: contact tom@ahoycruises.com. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/2364989196942665/