The Stow Festival is go!

August 23, 2011 1:23 pm

Poster for The Stow Festival

The bands and venues for The Stow Festival have been announced! The Stow Festival is a brand new music festival taking place in E17 from Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October. Over 25 performers have been announced for the weekend.

The Stow Festival is a new music festival in Walthamstow which aims to showcase some of the best local musical talent in many of E17′s coolest venues. All the performers are based in or around Walthamstow, and there is something to suit most musical tastes. The Stow Festival has been organised by a group of volunteers, of which I am one, and we’re really excited about the line-up. There are no headliners, all the bands and venues are equal, and we’re super-excited to have these acts on board!

Details of how the line-up is shaping up is below. More details about the festival can be found on the main festival website. Walthamstow Scene will be featuring a lot of these bands in the run-up to the festival, and you’ll also be seeing posters and programmes with more details about the festival around E17. There’s also an event page on LastFM for the festival, if you like that sort of thing (and we do).

You don’t need a ticket for free events, just rock up on the day. For paid events, tickets can be purchased on the night, or see the links below for details about how to buy them in advance. See you down the front!



Wagon Tales / Peppercorn Rent

@ Rose & Crown

7.30pm / £5 (£4 conc)

Tickets in advance at the venue, on 020 8509 3880 or at

Opening the festival to the foot-stomping strains of country, folk and bluegrass are Peppercorn Rent; their sound a wholesome brew of Thames mid, rusty nails and a pint of London gin. The energy builds further with the young and totally fabulous bluegrass band, the Wagon Tales, their unique style combining 1950s glamour with southern farmer chic!


The Stow / Walthamstow Acoustic Massive

@ The Hornbeam Cafe in conjunction with Walthamstow Acoustic Massive

(This show is in a new 80-person capacity performance space)

8.00pm / £6 (or £10 including a meal). Doors open at 6.30pm.

Tickets in advance at the venue, or at

Get your weekend off to a great start with an unusually intimate gig from the increasingly popular five-piece indie pop / hip-hop band The Stow. Catch them here before they go stellar!


The Capris / Rod Melvin

@ Rose & Crown

9.00pm / Free

The Capris cover 70s rock and pop, cool 60s, Motown and contemporary songs with an abundance of energy while Rod Melvin, resident pianist at the Groucho Club and former member of Ian Dury’s band, Kilburn & The High Roads, entertains on piano.



Live music, featuring The Forest Philharmonic Brass Quintet (Noon performance)

@ Walthamstow Town Square

10.00am – 3.00pm / Free

Are you a budding musician itching for a chance to perform in public? Are you a music lover wanting to find out more information about the festival and the bands that are performing? Well here’s your chance! The Stow Festival will be at the Town Square eager to have a chat on all things festival related as well as provide a series of short performance slots throughout the day. Entertaining us at noon will be a brass ensemble performance from Waltham Forest’ very own Forest Philharmonic, one of the best amateur orchestras in the country.


Buskers Brunch

@ The Hornbeam Cafe in conjunction with Walthamstow Acoustic Massive

12pm-4pm / FREE

Come and enjoy the usual weekend Hornbeam delights, together with some music! As part of the festival the cafe will be inviting various ‘buskers’ to come and play whilst you enjoy your Hornbeam brunch or whatever else tempts your taste buds.


2-4pm / FREE (Donations welcomed!)

Open Ukulele workshop for adult beginners

With Dick Smith, upstairs at The Hornbeam.


Direct Impact Music

12pm – 8pm / Free

Playing soul and reggae classics throughout the day.


The Broken Cinema

@ Rose & Crown

1.30pm / FREE

To ease you in the weekend, this local band bring you their unique brand of lo-fi folk.



The Glenbuck Cherry Pickers / Special Guests (TBC)

@ The Hornbeam Cafe in conjunction with Walthamstow Acoustic Massive

(This show is in a new 80-person capacity performance space)

8.00pm / £6 (or £10 including a meal). Doors open at 6.30pm.

Tickets in advance at the venue, or at

Enjoy a jam-packed night of country, folk and bluegrass with fun-loving musicians The Glenbuck Cherrypickers as they come together to toss some great harmonies; playing acoustic versions of both well and lesser known classics, together with a few wee instrumentals on fiddle and banjo.

Dawgfish / The November Five / Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee

@ The Queen’s Arms

From 5.00pm – midnight / Free

Enjoy a rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza with some of the area’s finest bands including the well known five-piece Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee. Bringing the house down will be The November Five, one of London’s most exciting and intense live bands, followed by some memorable classic rock from Dawgfish.


‘Walls of Heartache’ Northern Soul club night

@ Arubar

9.00pm until late / £5 (£4 members)

Tickets in advance by emailing

Dance the night away to Motown and Northern Soul at Walthamstow’s established Classic Soul Night.



Steve White & The Protest Family / Subset / The Outbursts

@ The Standard Music Venue

12 noon / £6 (£5 conc)

Tickets in advance from the venue, or at

Get your energy fix for the week at this not so standard Sunday with a fantastic mash-up of punk, rock, garage and grunge featuring The Outbursts, four-piece rockers Subset and bringing their own brand of semi-acoustic folk punk, Steve White and the Protest Family.


Sunday Serenade

@ Hornbeam Cafe in conjunction with Walthamstow Acoustic Massive

12.30pm / £12 (adults) / £7 (children) including a two course meal.

Tickets in advance from the venue, or at

Enjoy a delicious veggie Sunday roast accompanied by smooth jazz tunes from Tori and Jess 1.15-2pm and Bluegrass/Celtic tunes from Dick and Dave 2.15 – 3pm. Lunch is served at 1pm, doors open 12.30 pm.


Lunchtime Blues with Paddy Milner

@ Rose & Crown

1.30pm / FREE

A rare opportunity to hear a dazzling performance from one of the world’s leading blues pianists and songwriters.


Tango 3

@ Rose & Crown

3.30pm / £5 (£4 conc)

Tickets in advance at the venue, on 020 8509 3880.

Tango 3 features London-based guitarist Javier Fioramonti, Enrique Galassi on bass and Leo Intilangelo on bandoneon in a trio that recreates a characteristic tango sound. Their repertoire includes classic tunes by the great composers of the genre, such as Anibal Troilo, Pedro Laurenz, Agustin Bardi and Vicente Greco amongst others, and also newer compositions by Astor Piazzolla. They are currently recording their first album, ‘Tangos desde Afuera’.


Direct Impact Music

3pm – 6pm / Free

Playing soul and reggae classics throughout afternoon.

E17 Jazz presents Compassionate Dictatorship

@ Leyton Cricket Club

2.00pm / £5 (£4 concessions)

No tickets in advance – pay on the door.

Highly acclaimed band Compassionate Dictatorship is lead by E17 Jazz members Jez Franks and Tori Freestone playing their original compositions, accompanied by the ubiquitous rhythm section of Jasper Hoiby on double bass and James Maddren on drums.



The Ivy York Band / Paul Mosley / Plakka

@ Rose & Crown

7.30pm / £6 (£5 conc)

Tickets in advance at the venue, on 020 8509 3880 or at

Fancy a bit of electro pop mixed in with some vintage indie/country crossover? Then this is the night for you! Featuring five-piece band Plakka, the musician and composer Paul Moseley and seven-piece The Ivy York Band this is an eclectic medley you simply wouldn’t want to miss.


Walthamstow Folk presents The Martin Simpson Trio

@ The Standard Music Venue

7.30pm / £12 (£11 conc)

Tickets in advance from

Walthamstow Folk Club, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, is delighted to present one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists, whose breathtaking repertoire ranges from traditional English and Irish tunes to storming American blues and fiery contemporary songs. Martin Simpson will be performing with the melodeon virtusoso Andy Cutting and double bass maestro Andy Seward.


Songs of Praise

@ St Mary’s Church


A chance to offer thanks for the summer and reflect on what winter might have in store with Walthamstow’s very own songs of praise; a selection of favorite hymns brought to you by musical director and composer Jonathan Rathbone and the church’s fine orchestra.

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