In mid-November, 160 people managed to persuade Freddie on the door that their names really were on the list and they could come in. There was drinking, there was chat, there was music (bit loud?), there was even a rumour of dancing and there was the raffle.
“That’ went well”, I thought, as I stumbled home, picking my way between the couple making out by the bus stop (no names mentioned obviously), overtaking another pair skipping, literally, down Mill Lane, and helping one or two of the more inebriated guests get taxis. “We’ll do that again.”
So that’s exactly what we’re doing. Whampgather XI is going to look remarkably like Whampgather X. Thanks to Michael at The Alliance and his manager Russell, we entered double figures with a bang. So it’s a case of press repeat. We may have a different DJ as DJ Stoney has just become a dad for the first time (awwww), but basically if you liked the last one you’ll like this one. If you didn’t meet anyone interesting at the last one, well, maybe you should have chatted to some more people!!
We have exclusive use of The Alliance, and the landlord Michael is promising us a great night. Remember that The Alliance has a good food menu, so why not come early and get dinner there too. If you want to dress like you’re an extra in Oceans Eleven, you’re more than welcome but it’s definitely not compulsory.
If you’re not familiar with the whole #whampgather thing, then read this overview. In a nutshell, it’s a big party open to all ages (18s and over), and is an amazingly good way to meet some locals. We’re up to number 11, so we must be doing something right.
Getting there: Kilburn tube is slightly nearer than West Hampstead tube (10 mins vs. 15 mins), and the C11 stops 20 seconds away. It is NOT hard to get to!
Whampgather is FREE, but because we have exclusive hire of the pub, you will need a ticket (see below).
What’s Whampgather? It’s just a big local party.
But I won’t know anyone? That’s sort of the point. These events are an excellent way to meet some locals and with so many people there’s bound to be someone you’ll get on with. I know that it can seem as if lots of people already know each other, and lots of us do… but we all met at events like this. Everyone’s been a whampgather virgin at some stage – people are very welcoming and friendly (without it being a weird cult – there’ll be no shaving of heads unless you get very drunk and demand it) so just dive in and say hi.