Croydon Rocks – again!

Posted on September 7th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Richie Hudson serves up some tasty teasers for November’s two-day Croydon Rocks festival

Building upon the success of last year’s Croydon Rocks festival, organiser Richie Hudson has assembled another brilliantly diverse line-up for the upcoming two-dayer on 3rd and 4th November 2018.

But before the main event, Richie organised a taster gig at the Scream Lounge on 17th August, to showcase three of the featured bands. … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Richard DeDomenici’s American Assassin Redux

Posted on May 24th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

A fast’n’dirty visit to key Croydon film locations, plus a chance to recreate the action

Croydon has a great history of providing film locations, and I’m sure that there have been tours pointing them out in the past. However, performance artist Richard DeDomenici brought rather more to the party than a simple urban hike.

The evening was part of the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, which … Read More »



Fly-tipping isn’t just Croydon’s problem

Posted on May 2nd, by Paul Dennis in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Dumping rubbish is an issue across the country

It may come as news to many Croydon residents, but fly-tipping is not a problem unique to the borough. In fact, it is a nationwide problem, with leafy hamlets and inner cities alike all falling victim to this unacceptable side of human behaviour.

On a recent visit to my home town, up in the Midlands, fly-tipping was front-page … Read More »



Book review: Secret Operations

Posted on April 18th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 4 comments

The astonishing autobiography of 98-year-old Croydonian Eric Sanders

As you might expect, the life story of a 98-year-old man contains plenty of detail, but there can be few stories as compelling as that of Norbury’s Eric Sanders.

Born Ignaz Schwarz in Vienna, Austria, Eric fled the country in 1938 after the Nazis took over, finding a home in England just prior to the outbreak of the … Read More »



Event review: Croydon’s Joe Head releases a solo album and plays live at Project B

Posted on March 28th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

A new solo album by Croydon’s Joe Head and highlights from a talent-packed open mic evening

If you know anything at all about the Croydon music scene, you will have at least a passing familiarity with Joe Head. Chances are that you will have heard him at an open mic night in either Croydon or Carshalton, or if heavier music is your choice, you may have seen … Read More »



Two nights in Croydon

Posted on March 8th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

As the Croydon nightlife debate continues, a look at contrasting turnouts for consecutive weekend gigs at the Scream Lounge

The gig organiser’s life is not a happy one. Loads of work to do to get a line up sorted, and always there is the underlying question: ‘will paying customers come to the gig?’.

I think that a lot of it comes down to knowing the audience, … Read More »



Event review: Croydon Rocks 2017

Posted on December 11th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Paul Dennis reports on ‘the festival to start all festivals’ which left Croydon begging for more

Richie Hudson’s ambitious Croydon Rocks Festival has left people wanting more, after two days of brilliant, diverse music rocked the town.

But before looking at the music in more detail, I’d like to pay tribute to the behind-the-scenes organisation that made the festival run like clockwork. These things don’t happen … Read More »



Interview with Richie Hudson, organiser of Croydon Rocks

Posted on November 29th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Richie Hudson is bringing a festival of rock to Croydon, and it’s a big one

Cash strapped times, global uncertainty – surely not the right time to bring a two-day rock festival to Croydon?

The town’s Time Bomb Studio owner Richie Hudson thinks otherwise.

Along with Pete Wall, Richie has organised Croydon Rocks,  a gig the like of which hasn’t been seen before in Croydon, … Read More »



Becoming Bette Davis: Gill Manly on her forthcoming role at Stanley Halls

Posted on September 29th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Jazz diva Gill Manly talks about her starring role in the South London Theatre production of Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain at Stanley Halls

Gill Manly is a familiar figure on the jazz scene, with a number of very well received albums in her musical portfolio. So when I met Gill at wonderful independent coffee shop Smoothbean! and asked about her move into acting, her answer came as something … Read More »



Event review: Tenyson and Asif Outlaws play The Odd Shoe

Posted on August 16th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Do The Odd Shoe shuffle down in Park Street, central Croydon

It’s always nice to discover new venues hosting music, and The Odd Shoe pub, in Park Street, was certainly new to me. I apologise if ‘the Shoe’ has a long and venerable history of supporting live music – I just hadn’t come across it as a music venue. To me, ‘the Shoe’ was ‘that pub by … Read More »