Tag Archives: Vintage

Vintage Cabaraoke presents a Spring Fling

Spring Fling flyerVintage Cabaraoke are bringing a touch of glamour to Walthamstow on Friday 4 March (although we’re obviously pretty glam already) with their Spring Fling evening. The event promises vintage 78s, live music and vintage karaoke. And, seriously, what is better than karaoke? Nothing, that’s what.

The event at the Orford House Club features appearances from Moonshine Robinson spinning some 78s, local jazz act The Chevonne Jones Trio and Stow-based folk-rockers Cheesecloth.

Put on your glad-rags as dress code for the night is “evening wear”. Doors open at 7.30pm and there is a bar until midnight. Tickets are £10 and are available from here. Details are also on Facebook here.

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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!

Vintage Lifestyle Fair this Sunday

Vintage Lifestyle Fair flyerThe Stow’s Vintage Lifestyle Fair takes place this Sunday, with a Valentine’s theme. The ‘Valentine’s Fancies’ event is in the ballroom of the Orford House Social Club in Walthamstow Village.

The fair promises to be a veritable smörgåsbord of vintage. Clothes, jewellery, hats and accessories are on offer, along with rare vinyl, books and crafts. There is also music, and a tombola if you’re feeling lucky.

The fair runs from 12-5pm so will make for a marvellous Sunday afternoon. You could even head to the Castle or the Nags Head nearby for a swift one, perhaps to revel in a glorious tombola victory? Anyway, tickets are £2 on the door, under 16s get in free. Have fun!

Wind-Up at the Rose & Crown

Walthamstow Wind-Up imageThis Wednesday The Walthamstow Wind-Up comes to Ye Olde Rose & Crown. The night features a range of DJs spinning 78rpm records, from 20s swing, 30s dance and 50s rock ‘n’ roll.

If you want to get the look as well as groove to the tunes, Frillseekers will also be there, offering vintage ladies dresses from the era. And, by all accounts BBC Radio 4 will be in attendance, making a documentary about the night as well!

Entry is free and the action kicks off at 7.30pm. Full details about the event can be found here.