First acts + ticket details announced

PARA WEB Anuario del Infierno (jimena 2015)The first wave of acts have been announced for Stow Festival 2016.

This year the festival will be spanning genres such as psych rock, classical, house, techno, smooth AOR grooves, reggae, musical comedy, punk, and much more. As always, the music is presented in some of Walthamstow’s most popular venues.

The first acts to be announced include Spanish punk/blues outfit Guadalupe Plata (pictured, above), psych rockers The Oscillation, ska band Rags Rudi, the Fitzwilliam Quartet, and indie dreampop scenesters The Drink. The full list of acts announced so far is here.

PussycatTickets for the following shows are now on sale:

Red Imp Comedy presents Vikki Stone + support.

The Oscillation, The Hanging Stars, The Left Outsides.

Guadalupe Plata, Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons (pictured), The Wimmins’  Institute.

The Fitzwilliam Quartet.

Walthamstow Music History Walking Tour.

Plus, as a pre-festival treat, the Punk Waltham Forest season presents The Cravats and The Proles on Friday 9 September, in celebration of Small Wonder Records.

Stage times for Garden Party

The Walthamstow Garden Party returns this weekend (16 and 17 July), and it is shaping up to be a glorious weekend. There is a ton of good music on offer, not least on the News From Nowhere (NFN) stage and in the Bring Back The Beat tent. We’ve added a few DJs to the NFN line-up, and we’ve got stage times to share with you.

You can find the NFN stage next to the craft beer tent (run by the marvellous Wild Card Brewery), and the Bring Back The Beat tent is in the Real Food Festival, between NFN and the Big Top stage. Both NFN and Bring Back The Beat boast something for everyone, so do come and check them both out. The line-ups are shaping up like this:

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News From Nowhere stage: 12:30 – Frederick Bremer school choir / 13:05 – WFMS Wind Band / 13:40 – Walthamstow Academy Choir / 14:00 – Music Takes Me Up / 14:30 – Walthamstow Acoustic Massive / 15:30 – Music Takes Me Up / 16:00 – Norell & The Dub Factory / 16:30 – Dolores Rocket / 16:50 – Wolf Girl (pictured, right) / 17:25 – Dolores Rocket / 17:45 – Sam Lee & Friends / 18:30 – Dolores Rocket / 19:00 – RocketNumber9

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Stow Festival at Walthamstow Garden Party

WGP Bubble image 599x627On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, tens of thousands of people will head to Lloyd Park for the annual Walthamstow Garden Party. The event, run by Barbican, will feature a host of music and entertainment. The News From Nowhere (NFN) stage is curated by Beatroots Creative, and we at Stow Festival will be bringing you some of the best music Walthamstow has to offer.

The NFN stage, situated handily next to the craft ale tent and near the skate park, will run from Midday each day, and we will be presenting a range of acts that you can see at the full Stow Festival in September. The line-up for the stage is below.
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Line-up announcement coming soon

IMG_5861We thought it was high time we gave you an update on Stow Festival 2016. Over the past few months we have been working hard to make sure the festival this year is the biggest and best yet. We’ve got some exciting new venues, new partnerships and, most importantly, some amazing acts lined up!

The first wave of acts will be announced in July, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Did you know that you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Soundcloud? No? Well, you do now!

Stow Festival runs on 15/16/17/18 September in venues across Walthamstow. Stay tuned!

Meet the Stow Festival team

Mama MoonshineOur applications process to perform at Stow Festival is open! As part of that, we are running a drop-in session for anyone who wants to come and speak to the festival team. The session will be from 7pm-9pm, Tuesday 29 March at The Chequers, on Walthamstow High Street.

We are looking for applications from musicians from any genre, be you rap, metal, classical, electronic, spoken word, jazz, folk, or anything else! We welcome applications from people of any age, so don’t be shy. The drop-in session will be a chance to speak to the festival team informally over a drink and find out more about what’s involved.

We also have a group of volunteers who help with the festival each year. We have more than 50 volunteers, but we’re always looking for more. If you’d like to find out more about that, please do also come along, we’d love to have a chat.

The drop-in session will run from 7pm-9pm, Tuesday 29 March at The Chequers. See you there!

Want to play Stow Festival 2016?

Stow Festival 2016 launch promoBands, singers, DJs, rappers, performers wanted! The Stow Festival will run on 15/16/17/18 September this year, with stages in venues across Walthamstow. Last year we had 120 acts play the festival, and we are now open for applications to play in 2016.

If you’d like to apply, please email us links (no MP3s, CDs etc) to your best work. The links can be to your Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp, Mixcloud, YouTube or other sites. Please also include a short description of yourselves (including genre) and a link to your website. Email your applications to by Thursday 7 April.

We welcome applications from performers of any age and and musical genre. If you’re from Walthamstow, please tell us! It really helps us understand how many local acts are applying.

Remember, the closing date for applications is Thursday 7 April. We will then listen to all the applications and get back to you within a few weeks of the closing date.

Stow Festival 2016 dates announced

Photo: Stephen Berkeley-White

Last year 7,000 people came to Walthamstow to enjoy four glorious days of music at the Stow Festival. Well, we’re back! The Stow Festival runs on 15/16/17/18 September 2016, in venues across E17.

Full details on the line-up, venues and everything else will be announced over the coming months. We can’t wait to get going!

[Photo: Genius John, by Stephen Berkley-White]