Radio DJ and producer, and just simply lover of new music – Abbie McCarthy is curating a new club night called Good Karma Club. It’s a hub for new music fans, where the sole purpose of the night is to celebrate new sounds and emerging musicians, while having the best time possible and maybe making a few new friends along the way. Sounds perfect to me! The launch night is happening Thursday 28th January at The Islington, featuring live music from CHILDCARE, The Sherlocks and The Bay Rays.
We grabbed a few minutes with Abbie to chat further about the night and her future plans.
So you’re starting a new club night in London called Good Karma Club later this month, what made you decide to do this?
“It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time but I knew it would be a huge project to take on myself. I was then chatting about the idea to my friends at Killing Moon and because they’re awesome they were like ‘let’s do this!’ and with a great team in place we started making our big plans a reality. The night will be a great platform to showcase amazing new bands to music lovers and I’m so excited to get started.”
Can you tell us a little bit about what to expect from the launch party?
“The launch party is a way to show everyone what the night’s all about – having fun and discovering ace music. I’ve picked three acts I’m tipping for big things this year to kick off Good Karma Club in style!”
Tell us more about your line up for the launch night…
“Starting off the party vibes is a 3 piece band from Tunbridge Wells called The Bay Rays. They make really punchy, catchy rock ‘n’ roll anthems that I’ve loved played on my BBC Introducing in Kent show over the past few months or so. People that saw them supporting Slaves recently will know they definitely deliver the goods live too! They’re a band I think everyone will know about very soon.
Then next up is Sheffield lads The Sherlocks, a band you’ll have heard all over the BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music airwaves recently. Ahead of supporting The Libertines on their arena tour The Sherlocks will be treating us to some of their indie pop bangers in the much smaller, intimate setting of The Islington – it’s going to be a really special night. This band will go on to play huge arena shows of their own in the next couple of years and the people present at the first Good Karma Club will be like ‘remember when we saw them with only 100 other people in Islington’ and it will be an incredible memory.
Then headlining our launch party is a band I discovered last year and now adore called Childcare. This band are so exciting to watch on stage – you can tell they’re all having the best time and the frontman Ed is a real character, expect funny stories in between tunes.
After this, I’ll be DJing to continue the party into the night!”
Why did you choose The Islington as the base for Good Karma Club?
“The Islington is a really lovely venue with lots of drinks available (priorities!) and a great setup for gigs – the sound in there is always excellent. I also wanted to go for somewhere that had an intimate, cosy feel because for me the small gigs are the best and most memorable.”
You’re well known for being a big supporter of new music, who are you looking forward to securing in the future to play Good Karma Club?
“Ohhh there are so many bands I’d love to get on the bill for Good Karma Club! We’ve already got the February line-up locked down and I’m stoked about who we’ve got. Beyond that I’d love to book Indoor Pets, HUNTAR, Liss, ESTRONS and Fatherson.
Maybe Oasis could reunite and play for us… dream big right!”
Where do you hope to take the club night – future plans, maybe one day expanding to other cities etc.?
“I want Good Karma Club to have a real community feel to it, for it to be a place that music lovers can all hang out, discover their new favourite band and make friends. I also hope we can attract the most exciting emerging bands from all around the world too, and eventually even have a Good Karma Club tour, that visits all the major cities of the world.”
Listen below for a preview of the bands that are playing the Launch Party.
Good Karma Club launches on 28th January at The Islington in London. With music from CHILDCARE, The Sherlocks, The Bay Rays and a DJ Set from Abbie McCarthy. Tickets are available here.