Stow Festival Sunday: Preview

PoP CampaignIt’s the last day of the festival, but do you think we’re slowing down? No way. There is a ton of music happening today around Walthamstow, to help you squeeze every last drop out of the weekend. Here’s your guide to Stow Festival Sunday.

The music kicks off at midday at Wild Card with the Electronic17 ‘The Future is Electronic’ all-day closing party. Laptop Junkie, PoP Campaign (pictured) and Innoversions are among the acts playing this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Music History Walking Tour starts at midday, from Small Wonder Records on Hoe Street.

BeBop Baby present an afternoon of family-friendly live music at Walthamstow Trades Hall from 1pm, with Nkomba performing and Olaf S East DJing. At St Barnabas, the Waltham Forest Community Choir host their open ‘Opera in the Stow – Give it a go!’ workshop from 1.15pm. This is open to anyone, registration starts at 1pm.

sofia-palmThere’s an afternoon of acoustic singer/songwriters on the Hucks Cafe stage, featuring Marc Oliver, Sofia Palm (pictured) and Joseph Wander. Elsewhere, the Punk Waltham Forest series of talks continues at 2.45pm (NOT 6pm as previously advertised) at Vestry House with Small Wonder Remembered, featuring John Robb, Geoff Deane from the Leyton Buzzards and The Shend. This is sold out, but there may be returns on the door.

At St Barnabas, we are delighted to present opera as part of Stow Festival for the first time, with Gillian Keith and Tom Randle performing at 4.30pm. Elsewhere, St Mary’s Church host Songs of Praise from 7pm.

At the Queens Arms from 5pm there’s music from the Lisa Hedlund Trio, Curryoke and more. This is a benefit show for the Emergency Night Shelter, and features a raffle with some excellent prizes (not least, some gorgeous Stow Festival shirts!). Get down there and show them some support.

Leif_2013-A (1)The festival goes out with a bang this evening. The Electronic17 party at Wild Card features sets from the wonderful Leif (pictured), Kieron Mahon and Kat Richmond, among others. Nearby, Gods Own Junkyard host a Silent Disco from 4pm. Last but by no means least, Walthamstow Folk present Mumbo Jumbo on the Rose & Crown stage.

That’s your lot! Something for everyone there. Have a brilliant day!

Stow Festival Saturday: Preview

Passion Bel Canon Press Photo Paint ExplosionsWelcome to Stow Festival Saturday! If you thought Friday was a big one – and it was – today we have twelve stellar events for you. Here’s your guide to what’s on when!


The day kicks off early with our Punk Rock Art School at Small Wonder Records/Hoe Street Central, which run at 11am (family session) and 2.30pm (adults only). The Small Wonder Records exhibition is open all day from 11am as well, so do check that out. Also from Small Wonder Records is the Walthamstow Music History Walking Tour, which starts at 12pm.

The music kicks off at 2pm, with Passion Bel Canon (pictured) opening up our indie all-dayer at Wild Card Brewery. This is presented by Fortuna POP! records, and the afternoon features Firestations and Wolf Girl among others. On the Rose & Crown stage, The Cracked take to the stage at 2pm.

Later in the afternoon, harpist Anna Skodbo (5pm) and Harry Pane (7pm) play a special session at Chequers, which is not to be missed. The Punk Waltham Forest season of panel discussions continues at Walthamstow Library, with Hitsville UK, a discussion about the creative upsurge in rock and indie music post-1977. Tickets on the door.

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We’re serving up a musical smorgasbord this evening. The Warrant Officer hosts a Stowfest Local Legends night from 6pm, featuring a host of Walthamstow bands that you really have to see live, including Steve White & The Protest Family and LACK.

She17 presents #Shefest3 at Wynwood Art District from 7.30pm, an acoustic showcase of some of the best female acts in the area, such as Lady President, This Is Cleo, and many more. Meanwhile, on the St Michael & All Angels Church stage, London Forest Choir and friends present a night of wonderful classical music from 7.30pm.

The DrinkThe indie all-dayer at the Wild Card continues all night, with Steven James Adams and The Drink topping the bill. On the Chequers stage, get ready to shake your molecules, with DJs music takes me up. and Olaf S East playing back-to-back soul, psychadelia, funk, house and more.

Last, but by no means least, we have two spectacular events on the Mirth and Rose & Crown stages. Mirth hosts a Legends of House night, with Ashley Beedle (joined by Waterson), and Dave Congreve on the decks. At the Rose & Crown, Spanish punk/blues merchants Guadalupe Plata (pictured) bring their debut UK tour to London, ably assisted by Pussycat & the Dirty Johnsons, and The Wimmin’s Institute. Tickets are available here.

That’s your lot. Have a good one, enjoy, and see you on the dancefloor!


Stow Festival Friday: Preview

Leafcutter John press imageStow Festival is well and truly underway! We’ve got ten events lined up tonight, and there’s something for everyone. Here’s your guide to Stow Festival Friday.

The evening begins with the All Revved Up and Ready To Go panel discussion, featuring Glen Matlock from The Sex Pistols and Richard Boon, manager of The Buzzcocks. Doors 5.45pm, tickets here. This event is part of the Punk Waltham Forest programme.

At William Morris Gallery, the More News From Nowhere team present Leafcutter John (pictured, above), performing a special composition specifically created for Stowfest. Support comes from Samantha Grace Edwards, doors are at 7.30pm, and entry is free.

The_Oscillation-Photographed_by_Antonio_CurcettiAt the Rose & Crown, we have an evening of psych-rock headlined by The Oscillation and a special DJ set from Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre). Doors at 8pm, tickets here. On the Wild Card stage, we’ve got a night of Blues at the Brewery with The Bonnevilles, John McClean & The Clan, and Cowboy Lovers. Entry for that one is free.

The Mirth stage hosts a night dedicated to rhythm, featuring Woven Entity, Music To Ease Your Disease DJs and more. At Blackhorse Workshop we’ve got a stellar line-up at our hip-hop event, with Jon Ford, outstanding newcomer Rory Sky (pictured, right), and, fresh from their recent performance at Walthamstow Garden Party, Exclusive Collective. Tickets for that one are available here. Rory Sky Press Shot SQUARE 8624 jpgOn the Chequers stage, Dom Mandrell (Soul Picnic) and Dolores Rocket top a balearic beats soul session.

Fitzwilliam Quartet introduce the classical music programme at Stowfest, with a show at St Michael & All Angels Church from 7.30pm (tickets available here). On the Warrant Officer stage we’ve got a line-up topped by Whiskey Mick and friends. Last but by no means least, Horbeam Cafe host a Tropical Grooves night, from 7.30pm.

With a line-up like this, why be anywhere other than Stow Festival? Let our Friday line-up lead you into the weekend. Enjoy!

Stow Festival Thursday: Preview

stow-festival-thursdayAnd so it begins. 100+ acts, 39 events, 19 venues, 4 days. So, let’s get our dancing shoes on, and embrace the notion of Thursday as the new Friday.

Our opening night features four events to get you in the mood. At Mirth, Marvel & Maud host our reggae/ska night headlined by Foundation Sound International, ably assisted by ska rockers Rags Rudi, reggae maestro Vital Sound on the decks, and Norell & The Dub Foundation, fresh from their raucous set at the Walthamstow Garden Party. 8pm til late, free entry!

hornbeam-stowfest-2016At Chequers, we have a party of a different kind. Club Yacht Rock bring some smoooooth grooves to Stowfest. Having entertained festival crowds the length and breadth of the country, they bring the noise from 8pm, free entry.

Elsewhere, we feature two events for those who want to get involved themselves. Hornbeam Cafe return to the Stowfest venue roster with an open decks night featuring The Record Deck and Tin Drum Music. At the other end of Hoe Street, Wynwood Art District host an open mic night. Both are free entry.

Up-to-date stage times and line-up are on the schedule. See you on the dancefloor.