Event review: ‘Bleed To This’ at the Scream Lounge

Posted on April 27th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Paul Dennis sniffs out fresh blood at the latest Bleed To This promotion at the Scream Lounge

Bleed To This promoter Mark Turner has a happy knack of attracting great bands to Croydon’s Scream Lounge, with the 1st April line up no exception.

Jackknife Seizure headlined this one, ably supported by Butcher In The Fog, Gold Phoenix and the always popular Trevor’s Head. Four bands for … Read More »

Exhibition review: ‘The Light Within’ at RISE Gallery

Posted on March 1st, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 2 comments

This flashy exhibition means everyone in Croydon can see the light

Discovered in 1898 by William Ramsay and Morris Travers, the inert gas neon, which glows red when electrically excited, soon became used as an advertising medium. However, its initial popularity became its downfall: its ubiquity was seen as tawdry, sleazy, and cheap. How better then, than to celebrate the shift from cutting-edge to edginess, than by … Read More »

Restaurant review: Kalpa, West Croydon

Posted on February 7th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 4 comments

This venture from the acclaimed team behind South Croydon’s Karnavar does not disappoint

Time from West Croydon:  5 minutes

5-7 St James’s Road, Croydon CR0 2SB

Croydon’s restaurant quarter is well-established; boasting a fine range of eateries with cuisine for all tastes, it is deserving of the stellar reputation that it has made for itself.

One of the big success stories down South Croydon … Read More »

Donald Trump and the Kingdom of Dirt: a music review

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

It was the day the world changed, and I went a-rockin’

What to do when Trump’s inauguration is wall to wall on the news channels?

Fortunately for me, the answer was simple: head off to Hoodoo’s for a free night of rock music guaranteed to blow bad thoughts away.

Due to work and other fripperies I wasn’t able to get there in time to catch … Read More »

Review: Tony Collins: Football master spy

Posted on November 14th, by Paul Dennis in Sport. No Comments

The amazing story of Crystal Palace’s first black player

Born in 1926, Tony Collins was Crystal Palace’s first black player, joining the club in the 1957/8 season, and scoring 15 goals in 55 appearances – a decent return for a left winger.

To be honest to Palace fans, Tony Collins’ appearances for the Eagles are only a small part of a fascinating story which saw him … Read More »

No Boxpark for old men

Posted on November 11th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 5 comments

Feeling his age, Paul Dennis attends the Boxpark launch party

Described as ‘the hottest ticket in town’ the Boxpark launch party turned out to be the hottest ticket out of town too, with Eskimo Dance and special guests drawing a large and enthusiastic crowd from far and wide.

Croydon ‘Grimelord’ Jonny Rose is a huge authority on the music that was on offer, and he has … Read More »

Interview: Ty Jeffries

Posted on October 17th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Prior to the transatlantic cabaret star’s appearance at Hoodoo’s Live Music Bar, Matthews Yard, Paul Dennis chats to Miss Hope Springs’ musical director, Ty Jeffries

It was at the luxury four star hotel, The Rubens at the Palace (opposite Buckingham Palace mews), that I met Ty Jeffries, songwriter, musician, comedian, and alter ego of Miss Hope Springs. Not being familiar with the location, I arrived early and … Read More »

Event review: Scream Lounge hosts Screamfest 2016

Posted on September 5th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 1 Comment

Paul Dennis rocks out at Croydon’s Screamfest 2016

Straight off the bat I’m going to confess that I wasn’t able to attend all three nights of the Croydon Screamfest that ran from 19th to 21st August inclusive at the Scream Lounge. But at least I was able to get along to Saturday night’s ‘Bleed to This’ production, headlined by Kyrbgrinder, with heavyweight support from Tenyson, … Read More »

Event review: Croydon Bach Choir sings Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Saturday 19th March

Posted on March 29th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 1 Comment

There’s a lot that can go wrong in this one. Paul Dennis admires the pluck of Croydon Bach Choir

You can never accuse the Croydon Bach Choir of lack of ambition. In Tim Horton it has a musical director unflinching in his desire to stretch the choir by tackling technically difficult pieces, and they don’t come much more technically difficult than Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. More than four … Read More »

Tenyson, a three-piece band that’s far from ‘Ordinary’

Posted on January 22nd, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 1 Comment

Paul Dennis shoots the breeze with Croydon band Tenyson

I like the Croydon festival thing. Food, music, comedy, community – all are celebrated far and wide within the borough. I try to support these events as much as possible, and along the way you do bump into some regular faces, people of the same mind.

That is how Croydon band Tenyson made a blip, and then … Read More »