The line-up for The Stow Festival has been announced. The November Five, Moses, Maggie Ronson and Russel Swallow & The Wolf will be joined by a host of others at the four-day music extravaganza.
So far nearly fifty bands and performers have been announced for the festival, which starts on Thursday 20 September. Sixteen venues have already been announced, including the Rose & Crown, the Hornbeam Café, Walthamstow Town Square and Casanova. There is a variety of musical talent on show which should suit most tastes. The November Five are a fearsome live band who will be tearing it up at the Rose & Crown on the Saturday night, ably supported by The Priscillas. Indie heroes Moses will be reunited to top a five-band line-up on the Friday at the Rose & Crown. Down at the Hornbeam Café, Russell Swallow & The Wolf will be performing material from their new album (reviewed right here) on the Friday, while on the Saturday, Maggie Ronson (sister of guitar legend Mick Ronson) will be curating a unique evening of music.
Elsewhere, Steve White & The Protest Family will be punking it up with Belter at the Waltham Forest Social Club on Friday night, the fabulous Emma Scarr will be appearing at the Walthamstow Farmers Market on the Sunday morning, and The Cry Baby perform some dark atmospheric indie at the Rose & Crown on Saturday afternoon.
The festival has added a number of club nights this year. Arubar hosts a dance/electro night on the Friday, with Northern Soul on the Saturday, the Nag’s Head have got a silent disco, and the Victoria are hosting both a Cabaret night and a karaoke night. You can also throw into the mix a screening of Marley (Kevin Macdonald’s 2012 Bob Marley biopic), the ‘A Musical Tour of Walthamstow’ walking tour, Original Army at the Wood Street Indoor Market, and a family afternoon of children’s music at The Mill. The Queen’s Arms, the Duke’s Head, Le Delice, Penny Fielding Gallery & Interiors and The Coppermill are also hosting performances across the weekend. The whole thing is brought to a close on the Sunday night with Songs of Praise at St Mary’s Church, a special ‘all ages’ show with Walthamstow’s best young DJs at Casanova, and Cockney songs from Cosmotheka at the Rose & Crown.
Blimey. You can see the full list of bands and the schedule on the Stow Festival website, along with the latest news of any additions or changes to the line-up. Why not follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook too, while you’re at it. A lot of the shows are free, if they’re not then they are reasonably priced to cover costs, and it should be quite the weekend.
The Stow Festival runs from Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 September.