What’s your plan for New Year’s Eve? How about a delicious dinner, or a late-night party at Red Rooster Shoreditch, complete with sensational live music from Kamaal Williams and sets from our favourite DJs?
For one night only Red Rooster transforms into “Beat Easy” — a speakeasy featuring beatnik sounds and debauchery with a surprise special guest performance from Kamaal Williams, a leader of the burgeoning South London jazz scene and Brownswood Recordings affiliate from 6pm-2am.
(AKA Henry Wu) has had incredible year, from dropping his critically acclaimed album The Return(Black Focus) as well as a Wu EP (MCDE Recordings) not to mention that his debut album has just gone silver along with setting stages alight around the world including Berghain, Ronnie Scotts and Electric Brixton. He is a native South Londoner, Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings approved artist and a pioneer in the burgeoning ‘new jazz’ scene. He refers his sound simply as ‘it’s a London thing’ so beyond ‘jazz’ — incorporating elements from funk, soul, broken beat and grime into something very new.
The Curtain’s “The Beat” New Year’s Eve is inspired by Beatniks and NYC in the 50s where the underground pushed the boundaries of music, art, literature, fashion and sexual identity.
But what to wear? Don your NYE best whether you want to glam up or go with Beatnik-style berets and stripes. Look to icons of the time such as Miles Davis or those influenced by it, like Andy Warhol and Nico.
Includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot
SAMMY’S CHICKEN ‘N’ WAFFLE
Harlem-style fried chicken (est.1930), pickles, hot honey, Rooster sauce
burrata, pear, celeriac
chicken skin aioli, caviar
BEEF KITFO TARTARE
brown butter, ayib (fresh cheese), trout roe
aji amarillo, apple, cucumber
BRAISED LAMB SHANK
fregola, baby carrots, pistachio
WILD MUSHROOM RISOTTO
black barley, pearl onion, parmesan
berbere, mushroom consommé
NEW YORK STRIP ‘N’ GRITS
shrimp, gumbo, beef jus
ROASTED SEA BASS
mussel alicha (Ethiopian stew), sea vegetables
bourbon ice cream
SELECTION OF ICE CREAMS & SORBETS