From fragile beginnings: The Butterfly Effect Festival comes to Croydon

Posted on May 24th, by Charles Instiful in Culture. No Comments

A brand-new musical festival is touching down this summer

Hi, I am Charles Instiful, The Butterfly Effect Festival’s producer and part of the wider Butterfly team. I grew up a stone’s throw away in Mitcham and spent my teen years partying in Croydon. I just fell in love with the town and later went on to study at Croydon College. I’ve been working in events and … Read More »

Croydon and the battle to be London Borough of Culture

Posted on February 28th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

We didn’t win, but we’ve plenty to be proud of

So, Croydon did not win the title of London’s first Borough of Culture. But we can most definitely hold our heads high with the sense of pride and honour that comes from having fought the good fight.

Croydon has changed dramatically in recent years. In fact, it’s the reason that Croydon made a bid for London … Read More »

Culinary discovery in the early days of Boxpark

Posted on November 29th, by Ian Marvin in Culture. No Comments

Ian Marvin went hunting in Croydon’s newest smorgasbord and came away satisfied

I approached the slow emergence of Boxpark with some scepticism, especially with regard to the ever-shifting opening date. The last minute appearance of a lonely JCB on the site around the end of February this year didn’t help either. However, since it opened (as I write, three weeks ago) I must have been there more … Read More »

Eskimo Dance is coming to Croydon – we are now London’s coolest borough

Posted on August 24th, by Jonny Rose in Culture, Topical. No Comments

On Saturday 29th October the most important event in grime’s cultural calendar – Eskimo Dance – is coming to Croydon

Eskimo Dance is coming to Croydon.

This news will delight those who have a particular appreciation for grime music, but should also be of interest to all Croydonians that wish to see Croydon’s diminished music scene and waning nightlife reversed: London’s coolest event in … Read More »

SPONSORED: So, I’ve decided to start a new Croydon fashion label: Croydon Vs The World

Posted on May 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 5 comments

Not content with ruling over #Croydon #TechCity, Jonny Rose wants to be the Calvin Klein of South London

Most people are proud of where they come from. Yet amongst Croydonians I’ve noticed a particular kind of pride – one that moves beyond mere words and manifests itself in action.

These Croydonians don’t sit around fecklessly moaning and complaining about their lot in life but … Read More »

How can we revitalise Croydon’s music scene?

Posted on November 13th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 28 comments

Jonny Rose beholds the death of the local music scene in Croydon, and envisions the resurrection

Croydon has lots of bands and lots of talent. The people I’ve spoken to work very hard to put on gigs that surprise and delight attendees. There are clearly distinct gatherings of Croydonians who enjoy the same music: you only have to go to The Ship to see how tight-knit … Read More »

Event review: the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra plays Croydon Minster, Thursday 23rd July

Posted on July 31st, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 3 comments

Dubstep, drinks and dancing in the aisles – Lauren Furey on the night ADO rocked Croydon Minster

Ambition Festival gave us lots of treats and it was hard to know which event to attend. But one in particular really grabbed my attention – the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra (ADO). The group, from Birmingham, lays its own instrumental style onto classic dubstep songs, re-working and re-shaping them into a … Read More »

Before sunrise: a new dawn for Croydon’s night-time economy?

Posted on May 20th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 2 comments

Lauren Furey calls for a nightclub resurrection

The election is over and Gavin Barwell retained his seat as MP for Croydon Central – just. In the grand scheme of things, it means that we’re not likely to see any drastic changes as we continue in the same vein.

The modern developments will continue to flourish and transform Croydon’s landscape. Businesses will open and others will surely … Read More »

Event review: opening night at the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival

Posted on October 29th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon takes her seat for north Croydon’s free film festival

It’s opening night at the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival, and why show one film if you can offer three? In fact, why limit it to film at all? The launch event at South Norwood’s Stanley Halls describes itself as a ‘music night’ and, in addition to showing three films, is also hosting … Read More »