Review: Bright Fest in Crouch End

Music festivals have been a bit thin on the ground in Crouch End of late. All credit, then, to Tom Bright, a young and enthusiastic musician / producer / festival creator for bringing a diverse lineup to the north London ‘village’ for the second year running; a free weekend fundraiser for the legendary Joe Strummer…

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The Secret Life of No:36 – an art project in a London terrace

An unassuming terraced house in north London transformed into an exciting, experimental art project proved to be one of the most intriguing and original events in the calendar of a local festival. Entitled The Secret Life of no:36, the project, shown as part of Crouch End Festival, was inspired by the history of the house and its…

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The End Festival 2015: opening weekend

The End Festival is at the half-way mark, and so far it’s been an enjoyable, if slightly chaotic, experience, with a nightly roster of bands appearing at venues around Crouch End. Opening night at Earl Haig Hall featured Icelandic outfit YLJA (they are appearing twice more over the festival’s duration) and are notable for their crystalline harmonies. Forced…

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Vinyl memories released: tell your Stylus Story at Earl Haig Hall

The intro of a song is all that’s needed for special memories to come flooding back. Just a bar or two and you find yourself catapulted back to a particular moment in time: whether funny or joyful, romantic or melancholic, it’s the music that will take you there. Many of us possess some of our favourites…

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The Earl Haig Hall revival in Crouch End: music and more

UPDATE 2019: Earl Haig Hall has now closed. Antic sold it on, it is now boarded up and its future is under review. Latest plans are for the building to become a children’s nursery. I will keep this post here as a memory of what was a much-needed and loved community bar/restaurant and venue for…

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The beginning of “The End” – a music festival for Crouch End

This week’s post is a bit different, but there’s something exciting happening next weekend in my neighbourhood so I’d like to give it a heads up. It’s a mini music festival called The End, and its happening in Crouch End, north London. The End takes place Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November, starting at 7pm…

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Music Festivals – what’s on the horizon?

2012 has not been an easy year for festivals. The economic situation and the depressing wet weather took their toll. The season kicked off with a disastrously sodden Isle of Wight, followed by similar problems at Creamfields dance weekender, and Wakestock in Wales. Even Morrisons, the supermarket chain, was due to get in on the…

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