Stow Festival Saturday is always one of the highlights of Walthamstow’s musical calendar, and this year is no exception. We have eighteen events for you today, with the music kicking off at midday and running until 3am tomorrow morning. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
First off, we must highlight the fact that the Electronic17 party scheduled for Pulse Studios has been moved to The Duke on Wood Street. DJs run 11.30pm until 3am, although the venue is of course open all evening. Entry is free.
Cafe 56 starts proceedings with tropical DJ duo Ley Lines on at midday. The cafe hosts an afternoon of DJs, with Kevin Morrish from Sunny Side Up on at 2pm before turntable trickster Jimi Needles throws down a party-starting set at 4pm.
On the Bygga Bo stage we have two performers who will enchant and entertain. At 12.30pm we welcome Sara Mitra, whose music features vintage sounds and complex storytelling. Then at 2pm classically-trained pianist and songwriting chanteuse Julie McKee (pictured) plays.
Our ever-popular Walthamstow Music History walking tour also starts at 12.30pm, meeting outside the former EMD cinema. This is a 90-minute guided walk around E17’s musical highways and by-ways, led by Mark Hart.
At 1pm the music starts in Lot 107 cafe, with Sam Bailey And The taking to the stage. They are followed by Paul Usher for a chilled early afternoon feel in the cafe.
At Blackhorse Workshop we have an afternoon inspired by hip-hop and soul and an evening of beats, beginning with For The Love Of Music at 1pm. Then rising star Maddison North plays at 2pm, followed by festival favourite Lemzi (pictured) at 3pm. Rock/rap cross-over act State of Play perform at 4pm. There will then be a short break before Le Filou plays at 6pm. PoP Campaign bring their individual brand of electro at 7pm, after which Eastern Front Soundsystem curate an evening of music inspired by the New York underground club scene of the 1980s. The Workshop has food stalls and a bar all day, and it is a welcome addition to the festival schedule.
At Gnome House, the Waltham Forest Community Choir curate a singing workshop from 1pm. This is open to anyone looking to develop their singing skills. Registration is from 12.30pm. Then at 7pm there is a joint concert, with Forest Philharmonic Orchestra and Waltham Forest Community Choir performing. The bar and cafe will be open all day.
On the Wild Card stage we have one of the biggest events at the festival. The brewery hosts ten acts, beginning with Blank Bibles at 1pm. The sets start ‘on the hour’, with Swear Down Band, The Croshaw Family and Without Fidel playing through the afternoon. Fresh from their performance at the #Shefest last night, Lady President play at 5pm, followed by looper Krix Panx and a set from LillStrange. The evening comes to a head with Firestations playing an acoustic set at 8pm, Rain Maze bringing their dreampop at 9pm and the hotly-tipped SisteRay (pictured) onstage at 10pm for a special headlining set.
Walthamstow Acoustic Massive (WAM) are curating an afternoon of diverse music in Walthamstow Town Square from 2pm. The Waltham Forest Music Service Youth Orchestra perform at 2pm, followed by a line-up including X7 and Natural Voices, before WAM themselves are joined by Johnny Amobi and Dhruv Arts from 4pm.
The Rose & Crown once again features a wonderful range of performers all day. Downstairs in the bar we have our On The Hour sessions from 2pm, featuring duo Smith Sound, the Camden Voices choir, Lewis Barfoot (pictured) at 3pm and The Wolfe Sisters at 4pm. On the upstairs stage in the evening we have a SOLD OUT show featuring spacedadrockers Amesbury Banks, firebrands The November Five and psych-rock from Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind (pictured, above). Please note there will NOT be tickets available on the door.
The Warrant Officer is one of the best pubs for live music in Walthamstow, and today is no exception. Joncan opens the stage at 4pm, followed by The Lucky Face and Mama Moonshine. Resident rockers Higham Flyers play at 7pm, with the evening line-up featuring Norell & The Dub Factory, Crook and some mighty pub rock from Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee.
Writer and former DJ Dave Haslam (pictured) joins the festival at 6.30pm at Waterstones, speaking about his book ‘Life After Dark’ with celebrated writer Tony Naylor. After that you can nip across the road to Chequers for an evening of live music featuring former Toys/The Ayes frontwoman Silvi at 8pm, followed by Joanna McGowan, Harry Pane and Dylan Daniels until late.
Elsewhere, as part of the Stow Festival we have Tom Lynch performing what is likely to be another epic set at The Coppermill, while Tina T play at The Victoria.
Finally we return to the Electronic17 party, which is now at The Duke on Wood Street from 11.30pm until 3am. Keith Hunter, Savage Animal Sounds, Edgy and Matty and the Electronic17 DJs will be performing sets. Entry is free but there will no no admittance after 2am. This event was scheduled to be at Pulse Studios but it has moved.
Enjoy your day!