Preview: Stow Festival Friday

Arsenic MinesAnd we’re off! Stow Festival kicked off in excellent style on Thursday with a wonderful set by Rhys Williams at the opening party. On Friday night we’re bringing you eight gigs at William Morris Gallery, Pulse Studios, the Rose & Crown, St Mary’s Church, Chequers, the Warrant Officer, Grove Cafe and Wild Card Brewery. Here’s your guide to Stow Festival Friday.

At William Morris Gallery we have an original composition, Arsenic Mines, to celebrate Stow Festival’s fifth birthday. Walthamstow DJ and producer Kat Richmond and multi-instrumentalist Andy Green (both pictured above)) come together to perform a seamless blend of techno and strings, inspired by some of William Morris’ themes: pattern, craft, partnership and legacy. Kat and Andy will be accompanied by a backdrop of stunning visuals from Stefano Terranova and guest vocals from the incredible Jaega Wise.

Brain WashingtonWe’ve got a night of metal and punk at Pulse Studios, near Blackhorse Road. Doors open at 7.30pm and we’ll welcome Them Fools on the Hill, punk outfit Gunner Who, sumptuous riffs from LACK, anthemic heavy rock from The Unmentionables, then psych-rockers Brain Washington (pictured) bring things to a close. Entry is £3, and please note that you can bring your own booze to the gig. Alcohol will not be for sale in the venue, but there are a few offies nearby.

At the Rose & Crown we’ll have legendary socialist poet Attila the Stockbroker onstage around 8pm. He will then join Stow Festival favourites Steve White & The Protest Family for their performance in what promises to be a rousing night. Doors open at 7.30pm and it’s £8 entry.

London Forest Choir perform a special free concert at St Mary’s Church from 7.30pm. They will be joined by Leo Nicholson and a host of guest musicians for a classic night.

The Chequers stage will host four live acts and DJs from Walthamstow’s Walls of Heartache Northern Soul night. Simon Speare will kick off the live action at 8pm, with singer/songwriter Williem Vincent playing later. Stow Festival veterans will remember the rousing set from Matt Churchill at the 2012 festival, and he plays Chequers tonight. Mod-inspired Dr Bird will round things off with a bang. Entry is free for this one.

This is Cleo by Pamela HutchinsonWe have a night of country in Higham Hill at the Warrant Officer. Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers will headline a very strong line-up, with East Lonesome Drifters and The Blazing Zoos completing the line-up at one of the best pubs for music in Walthamstow.

She17 present #Shefest at Grove Cafe. Six female performers will play across the evening, including Silvi, Lady President, This is Cleo (pictured), Sulk, Crow Hall and Sam Kurt. Expect a good atmosphere and excellent music. Entry is £3.

Cherry WhiteLast but by no means least, we’ve got a night of blues at the Wild Card Brewery stage. Cherry White bring some sounds of classic rock seeped through a barrel of blues, with grizzled country/blues from The Persecuted, and the line-up is completed by The Coypus and The Cold Heart Revue. The music kicks off at 7.30pm and entry is free.

It’s going to be an excellent night. Enjoy.

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