Event Reviews


Event review: Will Pound and Eddy Jay at The Oval Tavern, Tuesday 2nd November

Posted on November 17th, by Papa Delta in Culture. No Comments

A sonic tour around the world and across genres, courtesy of two master musicians

Will Pound is no stranger to the Oval Tavern, having played solo here last year with his numerous harmonicas. For this gig, hosted by the Oval, along with The Ukulele & Other Machines, Will teamed up with Eddy Jay, a master accordionist. The duo treated the audience to a musical evening that traversed … Read More »



Event review: Peaks & Troughs at TURF Projects

Posted on October 25th, by Fergus Coltsmann in Culture. No Comments

Neon, glass and recycled metal prove a timely comment on our city – and on gender stereotypes

On first glance, Peaks & Troughs seems like a series of abstract and bizarre sculptures. However, look a little closer, and human figures and shapes start to jump out. Black mould becomes a cross section of a brain, white glass a set of teeth, red and brown lumps behind metal … Read More »



Event review: ‘With Each Passing Moment’ at RISEgallery

Posted on May 17th, by Wes in Culture. 1 Comment

Capturing subtle moments at RISEgallery

‘With Each Passing Moment’ is the second exhibition of the year at the St George’s Walk art gallery, and the first photography exhibition that it has ever held. It features work by William Klein, Susan Derges, Helmut Newton, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Steve McCurry, Ralph Gibson, Maurizio Catellan, Luis Lazo, Tim Strange and Seamus Nicolson.

Whereas ‘The Light Within’ was an amazing … Read More »



Event review: ‘Choose Your Own Documentary’ at the Spread Eagle theatre

Posted on November 26th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. 1 Comment

Anna Arthur votes this interactive show a hit

I count myself lucky to have attended the first of only two performances of this show, on Friday 21st November. Its creator, Nathan Penlington is wonderfully geeky, a fact he will readily admit.

His show, Choose Your Own Documentary, references a series of books published between 1979 and 1999, entitled ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’. This book series contains 184 … Read More »



Review of ‘The Adventures of Andy Kershaw’, Matthew’s Yard, Thursday 17th July

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

After interviewing the veteran broadcaster last month, Paul Dennis reports on Andy Kershaw’s adventures and anecdotes

Big thanks are due to Neil Woodcock and the rest of “The ukelele and other machines” team for setting up ‘The Adventures of Andy Kershaw’ at Matthew’s Yard on Thursday 17th July. I hope it’s the start of many more such gigs, especially if they are of this quality.

Clearly they … Read More »



Rebellion of the flesh: the Croydon Tattoo Convention

Posted on June 12th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. No Comments

The Citizen’s ‘gonzo journalist’ Rob Mayo returns to explain how not to enjoy a captivating celebration of difference

The first weekend of June 2013 saw Croydon’s over- and under-dressed descend upon the Fairfield Halls for the inaugural Tattoo Convention. Being the type to have planned (and even Photoshopped) prospective tattoos, but never having the balls (or, more importantly, the money) to take up this divisive pastime, … Read More »



The Great Croydon Bake Off 2013 (Winter Edition)

Posted on February 18th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 3 comments

Christo Matthews stokes the national passion for baking and uncovers four of Croydon’s master chefs. Rob Mayo is on hand to witness the birth of the Great Croydon Bake Off

After the pleasant surprise of the Cherry Orchards Arts Festival last year (my first journalistic mission in Croydon), I was pleased to hear that the organiser, Christo Matthews, was planning a series of … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part four)

Posted on December 16th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. No Comments

In this final in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Previously – our correspondent discovers café-folk, and endures a trial by poetry

At 4pm, the entire festival packs up and decamps to the Glamorgan, which features on the menu exotica … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part three)

Posted on December 9th, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 1 Comment

In this third in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Previously – our correspondent acquaints himself with Croydon’s deathwishes and people in Icelandic sweaters, and has his first encounter with the festival’s live music

The only attraction beyond Cherries Cafe … Read More »



A festival not quite on my doorstep (part two)

Posted on December 2nd, by Rob Mayo in Culture. 2 comments

In this second in a four-part series, the Croydon Citizen’s very own foreign correspondent in Watford gives us an outsider’s perspective on October’s Cherry Orchard’s Arts Festival, and why Croydon is more than a car park

Previously – our correspondent arrives at East Croydon station, ponders the local and future architecture, and encounters a graffiti installation

And so I move on to attraction no. 3, on … Read More »