Croydon to hold its first Ukelele Festival this weekend

By - Tuesday 1st March, 2016

The weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March will see Croydon’s inaugural ukulele festival take place in a number of central Croydon venues including the Green Dragon and the Oval Tavern. 

Photo by, used with permission.

Release begins: This coming weekend sees a programme of uke-themes jams, workshop and events for adults and kids across Croydon. A highlight of the festival will be the Mass Busk at the Croydon BID stage on North End on Saturday afternoon, and everyone is welcome to participate – instruments other than ukuleles are welcome too, as well as voices to add to the singalong.

However, if you do play the ukulele, you will be well catered for at the festival. There will be workshops aimed at all levels of player, from complete beginner to an advanced workshop run by one of Britain’s top uke professionals, and if you decide that you want to become a uke-er, you’ll have the opportunity to buy your own instrument at the festival music shop, run by Martin Phelps Music. Local uke groups as well as those from further afield will also give free informal performances during the day. These concerts and workshops will be held upstairs at The Green Dragon.

The days’ events culminate in two evening concerts at The Oval Tavern, featuring prestigious artists Phil Doleman, Britain’s foremost jazz and blues uke performer, up and coming comedy song-writer Elliot Mason and Radio 4-featured singer/song-writer Jo Stephenson.

The idea for Croydon’s first ukulele festival came from members of the Croydon Uke Jam, who have been to other festivals and loved it so much they decided to put one on closer to home to make it more accessible. Festival co-organiser, Neil Woodcock, said:

“Hundreds of people in Croydon play ukulele: not just Mumford and Sons wannabes, but across all ages and backgrounds, from kids to pensioners. This is a great opportunity for our local community to get together to have fun., but we also have visiting groups coming from further afield, such as our friends at Berkhamsted Random Ukulele Players (BURP) – this shows that Croydon can be a cultural destination.”

Info about the festival can be found here and tickets for the events can be obtained here.


The Uulele & Other Machines

Neil Woodcock, Carol Whinnom
Email:  Phone: 07837 715964

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  • Carol Anne Whinnom

    the link doesn’t work because someone’s changed the spelling – it should link to NOT ukulele!!!! The ticket link works fine though.