If You Tolerate Bis, Kenickie Will Be Next

We're a bi-monthy (ish) club night at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon, London. We play new and old indie-pop, the bits of Britpop we still love, cool* 80s stuff, and whatever else we've remembered to bring with us. Next night is... September? Probably September.
*Paul Simon was cool, right?

You! Me! Dancing!

Thanks to Geoff & Sarah for inviting us up to guest-DJ at the launch of their new night, You! Me! Dancing! in the glittering jewel of the East Midlands, Nottingham. Here’s what we played. Or rather, here’s what I can remember us playing:

Huggy Bear - Her Jazz
Standard Fare - Fifteen
Pelle Carlberg - Clever Girls
Jens Lekman - A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill
Allo Darlin’ - My Heart Is As Strong As A Drummer
Pulp - Styloroc (Nites of Suburbia)
Helen Love - Long Live The UK Music Scene
The Magnetic Fields - I Think I Need A New Heart
The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba
Pavement - Shady Lane
David Bowie - Queen Bitch
Art Brut - Good Weekend
Hefner - Hymn For The Cigarettes
Elastica - Stutter
X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
Half Man Half Biscuit - Joy Division Oven Gloves
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Dexy’s Midnight Runners - Jackie Wilson Said
Belle & Sebastian - There’s Too Much Love

We DJed for an hour from 10:30, with a ‘get people dancing’ remit so was a bit more mainstream than we’d usually have gone with that early. I think. I don’t really know. There’s not really a science to it.

The venue was a thoroughly characterful dive bar just up from the Market Square. I was a bit worried about the location at first: If you know Nottingham you’ll know that the Market Square area is rather nice during the day but a button down shirted hellhole in the evening, particularly at the weekend. Fortunately the entrance to the bar was hidden down an alleyway, and as the owner said “people sometimes wonder in, take one look at the place, realise it’s not for them, then head to Yates’ over the road.” From the bar we had an excellent view of the police vans lining themselves up, waiting for chucking-out time.

I had a lovely time, and was able to catch up a bit with people I hadn’t seen in ages. The set seemed to go down well. Hopefully they’ll put on more nights in future, and who knows? They may even invite us back.

J x


Testing, testing. Hello. Is this thing on?

After a bit of a hiatus we’re back in the swing of things, following our St Patrick’s Day If You Tolerate Ash, Divine Comedy Will Be Next special upstairs (upstairs!) at the Trotwood. There were some good things and some bad things about being upstairs.

Good things: Change of scene. Windows. Being able to mark out a clear delineation between dancefloor and sitting-about-land.

Bad things: Eeee it was hot. In mid-March. Missed the power-fan we have downstairs. Couldn’t play any vinyl because the floor was too bouncy. Couldn’t open the windows in case someone fell out.

So we’re back to downstairs at the Betsey for 1st June. I do hope you can join us. It’ll be an anti-monarchy special, as it’s the start of the Jubilee weekend. Even if you don’t hate the monarchy you can pretend that you do for just one evening, can’t you? Our guest DJs for the night will be Neil & Anna of Pop Miswig. Their sensibility is similar to ours. Their hearts are filled with similar songs. And at least one of them is Welsh, and looks a bit like my dad did in the early seventies. All these are wonderful things.

Please note that this IFTBTKWBN is on a FRIDAY.

You can tell us you’re coming, or any other aspect of your life, on popular social networking site facebook.

Flyer will be revealed nearer the time.

J x

If You Tolerate PULP SPECIAL - Friday 3rd June


They were my first love and they might have been yours too. To mark their reunion this summer, we’re making the next If You Tolerate Bis… a Pulp special. Expect to hear a large number of excellent Pulp tunes over the course of the evening, from all the sweaty recesses of their back catalogue. You may need to turn up early to hear that weird one about sinister fairgrounds that Russell Senior sings. It’s not quite a floor filler, but it’s worth hearing. It scarred me for life, in a good way.

We’ll also be playing songs by bands Pulp were influenced by, and also some tunes by bands that Pulp inspired. But only the good ones.

I’m also thinking of putting together a Pulp zine to sell on the night. Let me know if you’re interested in contributing - we’re on ifyoutoleratebis@gmail.com

Guest DJs for the night are RUPA and MATTY B, one of my colleagues from London Loves, if anyone can remember that. Do you know they’ve knocked down the Push Bar now? For the Crossrail project. I thought that sweaty dive would live forever.

More details and poster nearer the time, but for now please tell us you’re coming by clicking ‘attending’ on our facebook event page, or if like me you hate facebook and everything it stands for email us at the above address. This entitles you to entry on the cheap list - £2. Else it’s £3, or £3.75 for anyone with a valid student card.


J x

Its OK to grow up, just as long as you don’t grow old. Face it: you are young.


Or even if you don’t tolerate April Fools Day. Dancing will still be next!


The triumphant return of IF YOU TOLERATE BIS, KENICKIE WILL BE NEXT, the club night with the best name as informally voted by the internet, is TONIGHT at the BETSEY TROTWOOD in LONDON.

We will be entertaining you from EIGHT PM until ONE IN THE MORNING with the best in pop music, silly dancing, drunken inability to use the turntables, etc.

OUR GUEST DJs: ALASTAIR, a man of taste and distinction, and PAUL AND FREYA, a one-two punch in the face from a fist of pure emotion.

As usual James and I will be bickering over what songs the other shouldn’t have played UNTIL THE END and PROBABLY AFTERWARD TOO.

IF SOMEHOW YOU ARE STILL UNDECIDED ABOUT COMING, I suggest you have a couple drinks and then make your mind up. Usually clarifies things.



Facebook event group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=189304781109799

Anonymous asked: Surely 'then Morcheeba will be next' would have been a better pun?

Possibly, but there’s no way in a million years we’d play Morcheeba, so it would be factually and ethically impure.

If You Tolerate Bis… Friday 1st April 2011

"As he faded into old age
Conan Doyle believed in faeries
I fell in love on April Fool’s Day
I dug a hole so deep it scared me…”

- Chris T-T

On April Fool’s Day you are only allowed to play a joke on someone before midday, but you can fall in love at any time.

Come along, dance, and maybe fall in love. We’re experimenting with a Friday for a change, so we’re curious to see how it pans out. On the one hand, Fridays = two days’ recovery time from drinking. On the other, it’s harder than it used to be to lure people out on a Friday night. So let’s see what happens.


Facebook event page here


We’re back, no joke! It’s an April Fools Day special!

As far as I can tell, we are the only club night currently running that has vaguely supportive quotes from Lauren Laverne and Manda Rin on the flyer, so there’s that.

"Nice! x" — Manda Rin
"It sounds like a lark! X" — Lauren Laverne

Thanks, ladies…

DJs to be announced shortly. Get your dancing shoes ready!

Entry: £2 guestlist / £3 others / £3.50 students

To get on the guestlist, RSVP here on Facebook or email us at ifyoutoleratebis@gmail.com

 , for the social networking refuseniks.

Nearest station: Farringdon
Nearest night buses: N63, N41, N19, N38, 243, N35, N55, 341

A polite suggestion: As we have to finish promptly at 1am, please make sure to get good and liquored up before you come in order to get maximum enjoyment from the night (if you’re into that sort of thing, of course). There’s a Wetherspoons near Farringdon station for your convenience.

Requests / abuse / bribes / sexual advances welcomed.