Beats and Eats kicks off live summer street-music events

Posted on June 15th, by Myra Rademacher in Culture. No Comments

Live music and poetry readings combine with local food vendors for summer fun in Croydon

Live music performances and local food stands are hitting the streets of Croydon this summer. On 7th June, the newly pedestrianised High Street launched the first of bi-weekly street-music events planned for the summer months. The Beats and Eats event featured a local pizza vendor and live performances, including entertainment from several … Read More »

Event Review: Shift K3Y + London Mozart Players at Boxpark, Wednesday 19th July

Posted on July 28th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

What happens when you cross a big beats box with a chamber orchestra?

What happens when world class classical musicians get in the mix with top electronic music producers? This was the question posed by an innovative collaboration between Croydon’s resident chamber orchestra, LMP (the London Mozart Players), and Shift K3Y at Boxpark.

The evening’s imaginative joining of musical worlds opened with the lush vocals of … Read More »

Purley Festival is back!

Posted on May 15th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Back after a break, 2017′s festival will be bigger and better than ever

Purley Festival has been a highlight of the Croydon calendar since 2011. After a break last year, this great community festival is back for local people to enjoy this summer.

Starting on Monday 26th June with a week-long series of festival fringe events, the festival builds up to a music and arts finale on … Read More »

Event review: Croydon Bach Choir’s Spring Concert

Posted on May 12th, by Charlotte Davies in Culture. 1 Comment

A celebration of music itself

On Saturday 1st April, about 300 people gathered in St Mildred’s Hall to joyfully share complex sound patterns; to participate or to watch the orchestra and singers throwing sounds between themselves, to and fro, in and out, the rhythm escalating, ricocheting with rippling patterns reminiscent of waves crashing on to the shore, or of birds circling up in what appears at times … Read More »

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 »

What the heck was Poodle Chaos?

Posted on March 22nd, by Stuart Carter in Culture. No Comments

You might not have heard of it, but that just means that you’re not cool enough

Croydon has had its fair share of music and entertainment stars. Stormzy, The Kooks, Kirsty MacColl, and Captain Sensible, to name but a few. But in the mid-nineties and early noughties one name mattered to those in know: Poodle Chaos.

These eight young upstarts, Shasha, Chi, Mike, Chun, Dave, Stu, … Read More »

Event Review: Faustus at the Oval Tavern, Tuesday 18th October 2016

Posted on December 14th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

A fine evening of new material from folk moguls, Faustus

My husband Steve and I went along to the Oval Tavern in Croydon a few days ago to see the trio Faustus, who are three of folk music’s leading lights of their generation. Benji Kirkpatrick was at the Oval Tavern in February with his set, ‘Bendrix‘, which I reviewed in the Citizen at the time. Paul … Read More »

Event review: Phil Beer at the Stanley Halls, South Norwood, Thursday 25th February

Posted on March 16th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles catches up with an old favourite for a night of music and memories

My husband Steve and I went along to the Stanley Halls in South Norwood on Thursday 25th February to see Phil Beer, who we have known for years, play a solo gig. He also plays in the Phil Beer band and is part of the Show of Hands partnership.

Phil … Read More »

Young Citizens: The minster chorister’s tale

Posted on February 8th, by Joel Edser in Culture. No Comments

So what’s life really like in that vestry? Joel Edser gives us the low-down


“Who’s that singing like a dalek?”, asked Mr Little, looking closely at the innocent-faced boys in our burgundy robes and ruffs.

Just a month before this I was in Year 3 at the Minster school and Mr Krippner, the choirmaster, had given an assembly encouraging us to audition for the … 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 »