Category Archives: Music

Comedian Brigstocke added to Crystal Palace Festival line-up

With just two weeks to go, the Crystal Palace Festival has announced its special guest acts for the live-streamed show from Upper Norwood Library. Top-flight comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Rob Deering have been added to the roster of performers who … Continue reading

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Croydon Night of Dance sets a world’s first – with bells on

The Croydon Night of Dance will take place this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, with the Morris groups and folk dancers taking to the streets virtually for “MorrisoVision” (geddit?), all in aid of Rotary charities. The event, being held on … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Festival have their headline acts Pegg-ed

The Crystal Palace Festival has revealed that its headline acts next month will be Andrew Ashong and his band and John. This year’s Crystal Palace Festival is being staged virtually because of coronavirus, live-streaming from a temporary television studio in … Continue reading

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Virus sees council turn Fairfield into a £43m rehearsal space

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, reports on how the council has belatedly come up with a handful of measures to see the Fairfield Halls at least partially come out of its covid-induced ‘hibernation’ A month after the venue management laid … Continue reading

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Library will be a TV studio for this year’s Crystal Palace Festival

The 2020 Crystal Palace Festival is going ahead next month – with live acts streaming directly to your home from Upper Norwood Library. The organisers announced overnight, “With support from the Arts Council, we are setting up a temporary television … Continue reading

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Grumpy Old Man Wakeman declares Palace Bowl as ‘magical’

The campaign to restore the Crystal Palace Bowl as a leading London music venue got two huge boosts this week, including the backing of one of the world’s most famous rock keyboard players, Rick Wakeman, who has called it the … Continue reading

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Oval Tavern appeal success sees pub helping other venues

A popular central Croydon pub and music venue has been so successful with an online fund-raising appeal that it is now sharing some donations with other independent venues around the country that have been hard-hit by lockdown closures because of … Continue reading

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Bob Marley’s last London gig set to be marked with blue plaque

Fund-raising to pay for a blue plaque to commemorate Bob Marley and the Wailers’ final ever live performance in London, at the Crystal Palace Bowl, was more than halfway to its target within hours of being launched this morning – … Continue reading

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Tributes paid to Don Weller, Croydon’s award-winning musician

The jazz world is mourning the death of leading sax player Don Weller, who died at the end of May, aged 79. Thornton Heath-born Weller was a well-known performer in the pubs and clubs of Croydon, London and beyond for … Continue reading

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Facing uncertain future, Fairfield Halls returns all its pianos

The Fairfield Halls had the removal men in yesterday – taking away the arts venue’s pianos. Inside Croydon understands that the pianos – nine in total, including two grand pianos – have been returned to their makers after the venue … Continue reading

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