A Real Ale Festival with plenty of live bands comes to Walthamstow on Friday 8 April. The festival is an all-day affair with the bands in the evening.
The festival is at the Waltham Forest Sports & Social Club, which is in the Town Hall complex on Forest Road. It’s a nice little pub and I think it’s great that they’re hosting an event such as this. The ale part of the festival features ales and cider from the south coast of the UK.
There is an impressive music line-up, with six bands booked to play. Eastroad, Corporal Machine & The Bombers, Steve White & The Protest Family, Tom Lynch & Andy Green, Sarcastic Fringehead and some regulars from Walthamstow Folk are all set to appear. More details about the bands are on the Facebook event page here.
Festivities kick off at noon, with the music starting at 8pm. Entry is £1 before 8pm, £2 after, with free entry for Club members and CAMRA members. More details can be found here.
Here’s a clip of the headliners Eastroad performing their track ‘Shy’. I think the slightly lo-fi visuals make it look quite an arty video!
On Friday 4 March, tribute band Guns 2 Roses play The Standard. Guns 2 Roses are arguably the biggest Guns N’ Roses tribute band around, and have been playing together since 2002. They have even played with members of the real Guns N’ Roses, including Steven Adler.
One of the rules I have set myself for this blog is that I treat every event equally, whether it’s a big name gig or a small community event. But I have to say, I am really looking forward to seeing Guns 2 Roses.
Having got into Guns N’ Roses in 1993(ish), I have been listening to Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 for around seventeen years. Those three albums are probably among the eight or nine records I have listened to most often in my entire life. They might not be very ‘cool’ now but when I was a teenager, I thought Guns N’ Roses were rock ‘n’ roll outlaws of the highest order. Having said that, they are one of the few bands that I never got to see live. I’ve not even seen the shambles that is Axl and his mates these days. The closest I got was seeing Velvet Revolver play ‘It’s So Easy’, ‘My Michelle’ and ‘Use To Love Her’ at Hammersmith Apollo a few years back. It was electric.
So, Guns 2 Roses at The Standard. Tickets are £9 and available from the venue. Here’s The Standard’s website. Here’s the Guns 2 Roses Myspace page. And here’s the real thing playing ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ at the Ritz in New York in 1988. You know where you are? You’re in the jungle, baby.
Walthamstow Folk are hosting a show by Liverpool band Deadbelgian on Sunday 20 February . Deadbelgian are an acoustic four-piece who pay tribute to the music of the late Jacques Brel.
Brel’s music had an influence on a number of artists including Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. The show is part of Walthamstow Folk’s Sunday music sessions at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. Tickets are £6 or £5 concessions.
More information on Deadbelgian can be found on their Myspace site here. Walthamstow Folk’s website can be found here. In the meantime, here’s a pretty good video of them performing ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ in 2008.
Northern Soul night Walls of Heartache returns to The Cavern on Saturday 26 February. Walls of Heartache is a regular night of Northern Soul, R&B and Motown, all played on vinyl.
The club night is on most months, and you’ll see the dates through the year on the flyer to your left. Stow Scene had our first taste of Walls of Heartache before Christmas when they ran a night in aid of the mental health charity Rethink, and it was a cracking night. Lovely venue, a good bar and the chance to throw some shapes on the dancefloor.
Tickets are £5 on the door or £4 if you’re a member. The Cavern is on Forest Road, near the Bell junction, and the night kicks off at 9pm until the small hours. To get you in the mood for dancin’, here’s Martha & The Vandella performing ‘Heatwave’ in 1965. Classy. [Note – if the video wont play on this site, just click “Watch on YouTube” and it’ll take you straight there. Damn EMI].
Punk legends Sham 69 are playing a special show at The Standard next Thursday, 17 February. The gig is part of a Club Bus Wind night, with support coming from The Anoracks.
Sham 69 are a band from the original London punk scene back in the 70s, and they’re still going strong. This show is part of their “Who Killed Joe Public?” tour and promises to be a cracker. They might have been around for a while but they’re still punk as anything and tear it up live.
Tickets are a mere £7 – seven quid to see a killer show on your doorstep! Check out the band’s website if you want to know more about them. In fact, this video should tell you all you need to know – Stow Scene favourite ‘Borstal Breakout’ from Reading Festival ’78. Ready? 1-2-3-4!!!
Today’s Guardian has got a feature on Walthamstow’s own Lethal Bizzle. The piece is around how the song ‘Pow!’ was used in the recent student protests, and is well worth a read. He’s even rude about the government. Here’s the link:
The new version of ‘Pow!’ is out in February, but you can check out the video below. Brap brap!
Classic 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.
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.
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.
Dark 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.