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A night out on the Walthamstow scene

As E17ers know, there’s always something happening around Walthamstow, and last night was a particularly busy evening. There were a range of events happening around the area, and in true dedication to the cause, we tried to get to all of them!

Drink from the Speak Easy

The Speak Easy was particularly popular

First stop was the Love Easy at the William Morris Gallery. The night was run by Craft Guerrilla, and there was a range of crafts and vintage items to check out. There was also a Speak Easy for some liquid refreshment, a tombola (had two goes, didn’t win – nightmare) and the Shellac Sisters were spinning vintage 78’s on wind-up gramophones. It was good fun and it’s great to see the Gallery busy and being used like this.

From there we were looking for somewhere to eat around Blackhorse Road. We ended up in Yasar’s, a kebab restaurant and take-away opposite The Standard. We’ve never been before, but it was lovely! Good atmosphere, nice pictures of old Walthamstow on the walls, and tasty food. I tweeted that I was there, and it turns out that it’s a bit of a favourite of E17ers! The lamb shish kebab was delicious, Mrs Stow Scene had a nice falafel kebab, and tweeters tell me that the kofte is also tasty.

Nightfires on stage at The Standard

Nightfires rocking The Standard

Next up was Nightfires playing at The Standard. Nightfires are a Chingford band and have been going for about a year. The gig was rocking and their material worked well live. Their sound reminds me of some of The Automatic’s heavier moments, particularly on ‘The Wreck’ and new song ‘The Christchurch Brainwash’. With gigs coming up in Islington and Camden over the next few months, Nightfires are a band to watch.

We left before the Cream tribute band to get a cab down to the Hornbeam cafe near Bakers Arms, for their Valentine music night. Acoustic folk rockers The Scumbags were half way through their first set, so we settled down with a couple of bottles of Pitfield’s Eco Warrior to enjoy. I have to say, the whole event at Hornbeam was brilliant. They had food, a DJ and the atmosphere was fantastic.

The Scumbags at Hornbeam

The Scumbags at Hornbeam

The Scumbags were also superb. Their second set was a bit more pacy and covers of ‘Kinky Afro’ by the Happy Mondays and ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis went down a storm. Hornbeam was open into the early hours and, after making a reservation for a vegan Sunday lunch, we called it a night.

All three events were really good fun and I love being able to have a night out like this in E17. Looking forward to the next one already!

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The E17 accessory to be seen with this summer

Looking for the perfect accessory for hopping on the Vicky line for a summer stroll in Hyde Park? Jumping on a bus to Epping Forest for a picnic? Or maybe just topping up on your way to Liverpool St? Either way, you will look like the cats whiskers with one of these “I Heart Walthamstow” Oyster card holders.

I Heart Walthamstow Oyster card holder

Yes, this is a shameless plug, but these are cool and all proceeds go to the Walthamstow Film Festival 2011. Available from Beyca Retro Furniture Emporium, 83 Grove Road, E17. Get ’em while they’re hot.

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.

Shh! It’s Dark Captain Light Captain

Dark Captain Light CaptainDark Captain Light Captain are kicking off the festival season early with a performance at the Shh! Festival of Quiet Music on Saturday 22 January 2011. The festival is at Cecil Sharp House in Camden.

The Walthamstow-based band play atmospheric indie folk and are well established. Their first album, ‘Miracle Kicker’, was one of the Guardian Top 50 albums of 2008. They have also toured Europe and beyond, with the single ‘Jealous Enemies’ being the iTunes Single of the Week in the USA. They are back in Summer 2011 with a new album and a tour.

The Shh! Festival features a range of other bands, including the rather lovely former Guardian Band of the Day Still Corners, and Stuart Braithwaite from 90s arty indie-types Mogwai.

Tickets for Shh! are £20 and are available here. More info on Dark Captain Light Captain can be found here. We’ll leave you with the deliciously chillaxed tune ‘Speak’ from their album ‘Miracle Kicker’. Enjoy this one.