Monthly Archives: January 2011

Airforce take off at the Standard

Poster for AirforceClassic rock band Airforce bring their crunching riffery to The Standard on 18 February. The East London outfit originally formed around 20 years ago, although the line-up was significantly reworked in 2008 to form the band that exists today.

Airforce play classic rock/metal, and do it well. Vocalist Dolores Dyaz breathes life into tracks that are driven by the full-on riffs of original member Chop Pitman. The band describe themselves as being influenced by Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. They’re not wrong, although there’s something reminiscent of Generation Terrorists-era James Dean Bradfield guitar-work on ‘Label Me’ and ‘My Own Prison’.

Tickets for the gig are only a fiver and available from The Standard in advance. More details on the band can be found on their Reverb Nation site here. Definitely music to get drunk and headbang to. Here’s the video for ‘Label Me’ where they prove that metal belongs in the park, not in a meeting – enjoy.


Godspell production in Walthamstow

Flyer for GodspellAll Star Productions are bringing a production of Godspell to Walthamstow in March. The performance celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Stephen Schwartz production, and is on at Ye Olde Rose & Crown on Hoe Street.

Godspell is directed by Dawn Kalani and Cowle and is based on the Gospel according to St Matthew. The show runs from 8 March until 1 April. Tickets are £15.00 and are available here.

Have your say on Walthamstow Town Centre

A consultation on ideas about developing Walthamstow Town Centre and the Arcade site is currently running. This follows an exhibition of the designs in the library and around the market area last weekend.

There are a range of ideas which cover not only the Arcade site but the market square (where the big telly is), the greenery around Selborne Walk, the bus station and the link to Walthamstow Central station.

Ideas about the development of the Arcade site have, of course, been knocking around for a while. Some of the ideas presented in this consultation are interesting and gives you an opportunity to say what sort of shops and facilities you might like to see on the site.You can check out the survey here. Have a think about what you’d like to see and get clicking!

Nightfires at The Standard

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Chingford band Nightfires kick off their 2011 gig schedule with a show at The Standard on 11 February.

The recently formed band are Alan Porter, Tom Hutchison, Matthew Foreman and Eren Nasib. The chaps are working on their first EP and are promising new material at the Standard gig. The Nightfires sound reminds me of early Hell is for Heroes with a bit of US math-rockers Kidcrash thrown in for good measure. A teaser of their forthcoming EP can be found on their Myspace site.

Nightfires gig flyer

Flyer for the Nightfires show

As well as a new EP, Nightfires are also playing the Zenith Bar in Islington on 26 February and the legendary Monarch in Camden on 9 March. It’s looking like an exciting year for this local band. Tickets for the Standard gig are available at the venue. Doors open at 7pm and more details are available here. See you down the front!

Craft Guerrilla bring the love

Craft Guerrilla flyerThe East London Craft Guerrilla return to E17 in February to spread some love around Walthamstow. Their LOVE EASY Valentines Craft Fair runs at the William Morris Gallery on 11 February from 6-9pm.

The craft market will be doubling up as a fund-raiser for the William Morris Gallery before it closes for a refurbishment. Their Christmas fair attracted over 1,500 visitors and raised over £600 for the gallery, and the LOVE EASY is shaping up to be just as popular.

The Craft Guerrilla team have this to say about it:

Its an evening event with the best,inspiring and most original hand made gifts available to buy for your sweetie pie!

We’ve selected the finest hand made gifts for love birds by London based Designer makers and Artists.
SHOP EASY and browse through the stalls,make your own Valentines card at the MAKE EASY table, win a hand made prize at the WIN EASY tombola or just enjoy a drink at the pop up SPEAK EASY bar…where you might even find LOVE!

Because we’ll be there out of gallery opening hours we’ve invited a few more designers then usual so it’ll be brimming with hand made loveliness.

Tickets are £2 on the door, which includes a complimentary drink at the speakeasy. For more information, visit their website.

If that’s not enough for you, their regular monthly D.I.Y. Craft Night runs the night before LOVE EASY, on Thursday 10 February. It is held at Ye Olde Rose & Crown, free entry and it kicks off around 8pm. More details on both these events are on their website. Pucker up!

Lavender Nights cabaret event

Flyer for Lavender Nights cabaretEast London’s cabaret scene comes to Walthamstow on Saturday 22 January in the form of Lavender Nights at Ye Olde Rose & Crown.

The evening features stars of the London cabaret scene and is in support of Positive East, an East London HIV charity. Burlesque, comedy, music and glamour are all promised, making it sound like quite the night. It is all hosted by Champagne Charlie and if you want to pull some moves and throw some shapes, there is dancing after the show until 1am.

Doors open at 8pm, tickets are £10 in advance and available here. All proceeds go to Positive East. The charity has been established for over 20 years and provides practical and emotional support for people affected by HIV, more information on them can be found here.

ForceFour at the Duke’s Head

The Duke’s Head once again serves up some good quality rock covers in the form of ForceFour on Friday 21 January.

The Plymouth-based band will be returning to the pub where they have played several times in the past. The band promise anything from AC/DC to ZZ Top, so if you fancy getting your rock on on a Friday night, head down there.

Contact the venue on 020 8520 3122 for more details. Check out the band’s website here. To get you in the mood, here’s a rather arty promo video for the band, from a Duke’s Head gig in 2009. We particularly recommend the version of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell at about 1 min 38 secs in.

Fight the Height pillow fight: pics and video

Fight the Height pillow fight picture

Fighting the Height

This morning, Fight the Height organised a pillow fight at Walthamstow Central to protest against plans to redevelop the area around the station.

Around 50 people gathered outside the station with banners and loudspeakers for the protest. Some photos from the pillow fight can be found here. A short video of the protest is below (apologies for the rather ‘thin’ nature of the video!).

A decision on the redevelopment will be made at the council’s Planning Committee this Thursday. More details can be found here, or head over to the Fight the Height website.

Susan Murray on comedy in E17

Picture of Susan Murray

Susan Murray

Hi there,

I’m Susan Murray and I run, book and MC the Guffaw comedy night at the Rose and Crown in Walthamstow, or as I like to call it, Walthamstowinnit. It runs on the first Thursday of each month and we had our second one last week.  It was a cracker. Not only did we have if.comedy award winner Phil Nichol on, but Russell Kane came and tried out some material he was due to record for ITV’s Comedy Rocks the following night.

Russsell won the Fosters Comedy award at Edinburgh 2010. If you’re confused about what these awards are, they’re basically the Perrier award with different sponsors that have gone a bit more boozy. It’s the highest accolade a comic in the UK can win. And we had two on one bill of comedy.

It was the most fun that was ever had in Walthamstow in one night, unless you count that incident with the lip gloss and the badger but we don’t talk about that in polite company. We had nearly a full house and everybody loved it, a fun night was had by all.

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Ian Stone, headlining in February

We’ve got some brilliant acts coming to E17, hand picked by myself and my co-promoter Alaric Dynevor, the man who’s name scores the highest at Scrabble ever. We’ve both been on the comedy scene for years, him as a promoter and myself as an act, so we know what we’re doing and can pull many favours. Keep an eye on this website for full listings. Acts we’re hoping to get include Micky Flanagan, Jeremy Hardy, Ninia Benjamin and Arthur Smith. All close showbiz personal friends of course. And you never know when Russell might just pop in to try out some new stuff, he liked our gig, he liked it A LOT.

If you’d like to be added to our email list then drop me a line at with  “add me to Guffaw” in the subject matter.

Hope to see you at the next gig, headlined by Ian Stone. Thursday 3 February, Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 9pm. Tickets £7.50 / £6.50 concessions.


Film workshop on Tuesday

E17 Films are holding their next film workshop at Ye Olde Rose & Crown next Tuesday, 18 January.

The workshop is on “Writing dialogue: making it authentic”. Liza Fletcher, Director of the Walthamstow International Film Festival, says “people of all levels are welcome to our film workshops – we just need students to come with enthusiasm for making films.”

Entry to the workshop is £5, it starts at 8pm, more details are available here.