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 each evening. Once you’ve bought your ticket and are in possession of your wristband and programme, you’re free to wander around Crouch End village, dropping in to listen to any of the performers that grab your interest (bear in mind some of the venues are pretty tiny, so it may be wise to get in early). There’s an impressively sizeable line-up and acts range from folk and indie to dance music, some bands are local; others come from as far as Holland, Chile and Japan.
The quirky venues – which are all no more than a ten minute stroll from each other – include award-winning cafe The Haberdashery, cute vintage clothes store Painted Black, and Rileys ice-cream parlour. Plus there’s downstairs at the King’s Head, known for its comedy nights, set to rock till 1am and the Music Palace where revellers can party till 2am – check out the half dozen or so DJs appearing. Even Budgens supermarket is featuring free acoustic sets from 9pm, making a spot of late-night grocery shopping sound much more pleasant.
Founder of The End ‘multi-venue extravaganza’ is Howard Monk, musician and festival and gig promoter of many years standing, but this event is close to his heart, taking place in his adopted London home of Crouch End.