29 days to go…and we’re live!

It has been a long time coming, but finally, the Stow Festival 2012 is live! The acts! The venues! The fancy new website! The playlist! All that, and more!

On this site, as of today, you’ll see the line-up and the schedule, with timings, ticket details, and links for all the acts. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting more content, interviews, features, this, that, the other, all looking forward to what will be a highlight in the musical and cultural calendar in E17!

You can follow us on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook (go on, we love feeling popular) via the buttons on the right hand side for all the latest announcements. We hope you enjoy reading about what we’ve lined up for 2012. Now, we’re off for a glass of something red…


The Stow Festival wins award and will return in 2012

The Stow Festival is now an award-winning festival! A member of our management committee, Nick Bason, won the London region TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award 2011 for the link up between his project, Walthamstow Scene, and The Stow Festival.

The win brings with it a grant which we will be putting towards the festival in 2012. We are now planning for 2012, and will be announcing dates and further details in due course. In the meantime, here’s a video about The Stow Festival, Walthamstow Scene, and what winning the award means for next year.

Nick Bason nominated to the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards

Digital Heroes Awards logo


I’m delighted that Nick has been nominated for these awards by local MP Stella Creasy, for Walthamstow Scene’s partnership with the Stow Festival.

As well as being a very active member of the Stow Festival team and blogger extraordinaire, Nick runs Walthamstow Scene on an entirely voluntary basis. In raising awareness and celebrating all things E17, I think Walthamstow Scene exemplifies and strengthens the great sense of community we have in this part of the world. His engaging commentary and lively blogs in the lead up and throughout the festival as well as his recordings of many of the gigs have been invaluable in attracting bands and drawing significant audiences to our very first Stow Festival.

The winner of the award receives £5,000 to invest in their project. Nick would use that money to invest in The Stow Festival 2012, in order that we can offer work experience and internships to local young people interested in developing a career in music and/or the arts and arts administration. A key aim of the Stow Festival is to engage young people in music and this level of funding would really help us to reach out and develop this aspect of the festival in a very exciting and creative way next year.

You can vote for Nick for this well-deserved award and help us to engage more young people in The Stow Festival next year by clicking here.

Good luck Nick!

By Emma Betts, Chair of The Stow Festival Management Committee.

Videos from the festival

Throughout the Stow Festival, we tried to capture some of the atmosphere and the performers on video. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to film everything, but we’ve got a good selection of performances from Stow Fest on YouTube.

If you head over to Walthamstow Scene’s YouTube channel, you can find performances from The Broken Cinema, Dawgfish, Forest Philharmonic Brass Ensemble, The November Five, Russell Swallow & The Wolf, The Stow and The Wagon Tales.

If anyone else got some footage of any performances across Stow Fest, please feel free to post a link to them in the ‘Comments’ section of this page!

As a taster, here’s The Stow at the Hornbeam Cafe on Stow Festival Friday, performing ‘Love Goes’, from their recent ‘Covers EP’.