Occupation 5- Old Hymns with Jack Hayter

For the fifth Occupation show we are expanding to two nights; 11th and 14th NOVEMBER

The theme this time is simple, Darren and his old bandmate Jack Hayter will play the songs of their old band Hefner. Darren and all the members of Hefner have remained firm in their intention that the band will never reform and even nights like these are very rare. The last time Jack and Darren played sets like this was in 2008.

This time Jack and Darren hope to turn their attention to the softer side of Hefner. Less Hello Kitten, more Hymn for the Alcohol.


Support on 11th is from Papernut Cambridge. An awesome new band, formed in a dream and sometimes featuring Darren himself.


Support on 14th is from Jack Hayter playing his own songs.


All tickets here  www.wegottickets.com/popside

The Vortex
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
Doors 8pm
£12 Adv



Darren Hayman’s Occupation is a series of monthly shows at The Vortex, Dalston. There will be a mix of sets showcasing different albums, themes and special guests. This is not your standard indie gig:

“I love gigs. I hate gigs.

I want to play live and I love what shows can be, but I’ve found myself frequently stifled by the limitations of my career. I can’t play the plush, seated venues and I can’t experiment with a string section or play 20 minute opuses.

My music was born in the sticky floored rock venue. I like the sticky floored rock venue but I have had a hankering for something different recently. My own taste has veered towards free improv and jazz and although it’s hard to imagine that music influencing my own I do love the culture of live music in this genre.

Long sets, sometimes two, comfortable venues and a reverence and respect for the event and the moment; less talking, less cameras, more dynamics, less microphones.

I wondered if these would let an indie rock interloper amongst their ranks. My show at the Vortex back in last November was successful enough to make me think of playing a monthly residency there.

The idea is that each show is themed. I don’t want to go the whole predictable route of playing complete albums, but rather group, types of songs together for different evenings. Experiment, sometimes play two sets, sometimes have unlikely guests. I will be playing with members of my bands from through out my career as well as old friends like the Wave Pictures and Allo Darlin.

The Vortex is a beautiful venue. I’m trying to do something different; something, smaller, prettier. I hope you can come.”