LATIN CARNAVAL – SUMMER ESPECIAL! Sun Aug 29 – The Armchair Rooftop Soul Sessions delivers a righteous daytime special where we invite you to sit back, relax, listen and love the best in music, chillin’ n’ life.

Legendary Musical Curator, Compiler and DJ JOHN ARMSTRONG serves up a celebration of all things Latin, alongside rare slices of Afro, Zouk, Brazilian, Soul and Tropical Breaks and Beats for your absolute listening and internal dancing pleasure, FREE ENTRY at The CLF Art Lounge and Roof Garden.

The Armchair Rooftop Soul Sessions, (as always) here to help you start your week on a non stop musical high.


An entertainment and copyright litigation lawyer by profession (now retired!), and an across-the-board music lover by passion, John started playing records in and around London in the late 70s, after a Eureka moment at one of the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals in the mid-70s, from which he returned with interviews from everyone from Allen Toussaint to Betty Carter (many of which were published in the now-defunct Jazz and Blues Review). His first dj residency was at the Belsize Park Town and Country Club (60st and northern), followed by Greek Street’s Beat Route club (jump blues and 40s r and b), and the Whisky-A-Gogo (before it became the Wag).

He was probably the first UK selector to present fully-focussed tropical dance music events, with 10-year weekly residencies (1984-1994) at the legendary Bass Clef Jazz Club in Hoxton Square, playing a mix of Afro, zouk, Brazilian beats, Konpas, reggae, dancehall, soul, soca, salsa, afro-cuban, hip hop and jazz – even Punjabi bhangra for a while.

Other regular residencies followed at the 101 Club, Club Mankind (now Oslo, in Hackney), Bossa’s African Paradise Kingsland Road, Havana Hanover Square, Cuba on High Street Kensington, Guanabara in Covent Garden, and others too numerous to mention. He’s played at many festivals and major event throughout the world.

In 2008/9, John wrote, devised, and presented BBC Radio 2’s Viva Latino – which brought a fully-dedicated latin music show to the BBC airwaves for the first time, with worldwide listening figures for the 14-part series reaching 9 million at one point.

Over the last 30 years, he’s put together approximately 200 compilations of latin, afro, zouk, Brazilian music, soul, flamenco, Irish traditional music, and even rockabilly, Cajun, zydeco and rock and roll – making him one of the three or four most prolific compilers in the UK.

He has lived in and around Hackney for the last 30 years and is currently involved with the running of The Institute Of Light, London Fields.

Armchair Soul Sessions Latin Bank Holiday Especial: Runs

Doors: 1pm

DJ Times: 2pm – 9pm

Close: 11pm

Entry: Free (however we recommend you book a table to guarantee your space)

Next Events: Mon Aug 30 – Bank Holiday Monday Special with Mukatsuku x Tru Skool Beats, followed by Sun Sep 03 – Jazzcotech x Soul 360.

Come bank holiday chill hard with we!

See you up on the roof or deep inside



Category: Nightlife | Nightclub

Artist: DJ John Armstrong

Additional Info

Date of Event (Leave blank if you are not listing a gig)On Sunday August 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm (ends Sunday August 29, 2021 at 9:00 pm)