music

This is Rewind

9 February 2024

Yesterday evening we popped to the opening of Rewind: This is Croydon’s Music. The new exhibition at the Museum of Croydon, celebrating our borough’s rich history of music, is a treasure trove for anyone...
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David Lean goes punk

19 October 2023

Coming to our favourite independent cinema at the end of this month is a punk film festival (from Monday 30 October to Saturday 4 November). As part of the This Is Croydon programme The...
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This is the Croydon Music Heritage Trail

20 September 2023

Last Saturday we joined a Croydon Music Heritage Trail tour around the centre of Croydon. We (along with a dozen or so other walkers) met our three friendly guides from the Museum of Croydon...
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This is Purley Community Festival

10 August 2023

It’s great to hear that Croydon’s festival season continues beyond August. Now we’re nearing the halfway mark of the school summer holidays, I’m scanning the September calendar for events to look forward to.  One...
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This is Croydon Carnival

26 July 2023

Summer festival season is well underway in Croydon, and this year because we’re the London Borough of Culture (in case you didn’t know 🙂) the festivals are coming at us thicker and faster than...
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This is Fashion Meets Music

27 April 2023

Croydon is now officially the London Borough of Culture, so this week we continue our chats with creative organisations involved in the programme. Here we chat with Fashion Meets Music co-founders, sisters, Lizzy Lambie and Dennica...
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We heart Heartworms

6 April 2023

Croydon’s music scene and connections continue to flourish, spanning multiple genres and cultures. This week’s connection is pretty much one of the most talked about new artists on the tipping point of huge stardom....
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This is the Oratorio of Hope

29 March 2023

This weekend sees the opening event of Croydon’s year as London Borough of Culture with the Oratorio of Hope at the Fairfield Halls. An original eight-movement composition commissioned by London Mozart Players it’s an...
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Satellites and speed cameras

19 January 2023

Croydon has a rich music heritage that spans genres far and wide across the decades and centuries and is still, to this day, a place where bedroom lyricists can become worldwide superstars and that...
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There’s only one Ski Lift in the Cronx

21 July 2022

Amongst the first Croydon-based bands to be announced in our Cro Cro Land festival line-up for October is Ski Lift, who were recommended to us by the ever wonderful John Kennedy from Radio X...
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Partying with Pride

11 July 2022

As Croydon’s festival season continues, we’re very happy to see Croydon Pridefest return to Wandle Park this Saturday, 16 July, after its absence in 2020 and 2021. This is the fifth festival after the...
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Celebrating Summer, So’No style

29 June 2022

Last summer, South Norwood Community Festival was one of the few IRL festivals we attended – the sun shone, the music played, the crowds danced and the kids ran around enjoying ice cream and fairground...
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Sunday lunch and dinner sorted!

21 June 2022

Shake out your napkins and pack your fold-up forks, because this Sunday (26 June) sees the long-awaited return of the Croydon Food & Music Festival, after a three-year hiatus. If you haven’t been before,...
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Our rock ’n’ roll mash-up is back!

15 June 2022

It’s been a long time in the planning, with just the ‘little’ issue of a global pandemic to set us back, but this week we are delighted to announce that our music festival Cro...
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As The Cro Cro Flies 

10 April 2022

This week sees the launch of our brand new ‘As The Cro Cro Flies‘ monthly music night at The Front Room where we promise to bring some of the UK’s most exciting bands to...
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Women’s March

24 February 2022

March is nearly upon us which means this year’s International Women’s Day is only just over a week away, with the 2022 focus being #BreakTheBias. But why only raise awareness for a day when...
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A Cool Croydon Party

14 February 2022

Oh how we’ve missed gatherings and socialising (IRL) with people over the past couple of years. So drum roll please, because this Friday evening will quite possibly see the most hotly attended Croydon party...
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Festival Bop Style

27 January 2022

Festival Season starts early this year in Croydon with the return of The Bop Live. Mark down Saturday 5 February in your calendar folks as the line-up is off the scale! Presented by SDS...
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A queer hurrah

20 January 2022

The start of the year always seems a bit drab and dreary. January blues, followed by the biting chill of February. However, this year there’s the sparkle of balls, screenings, Q&As galore, storytelling and...
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Up the volume, feel the waves

5 November 2021

This week we catch up with the founders of Wavey Faded to find out more about their live music nights and their thoughts on Croydon’s music scene ahead of their next event at the...
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Real bands, real ale, real life

8 July 2021

Festival season has had its knocks these past 18 or so months, but suddenly there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.  South Norwood Community Festival has been given the green...
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Painting the town with music

13 May 2021

Last autumn Centrale & Whitgift put out a call for local artists and collectives to submit ideas to be included in an art trail stretching across their shopping centres with the theme of ‘Croydon...
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Rainy days and musical adventures

14 January 2021

Music has always been dear to my heart. I’m in a band, curate a festival and now also have a music podcast, but I’m also a huge fan of history. I was recently reading...
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Friday Night Bop

25 November 2020

Just when you thought you’d exhausted all the fun things to do in lockdown the first time around, and the prospect of ANOTHER weekend watching telly and reordering your bookshelves doesn’t fill you with...
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Famed and forgotten: our lost composer

2 July 2020

This week we are joined by guest writer Grace Healy, who is a Peckham-based piano teacher and plays keys in Croydon band Bugeye. Grace, who is campaigning for the inclusion of black composers on...
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Setting Da Standards for Croydon

18 June 2020

If you don’t already know about SDS (or Setting Da Standards), it’s time you do, as they are a community arts company on the rise, right here in Croydon. They are literally ‘setting da...
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Strings online

14 May 2020

Rewind a year or so and I was drinking coffee with Vicki Workman in Boxpark discussing our love of guitar bands as well as the Croydonist’s upcoming music festival Cro Cro Land. Vicki, founder...
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For your audio visual pleasure

2 April 2020

This week we’re focusing on the delightful sounds and sights delivered to you via the wonders of digital, as part of our series of ‘Croydon at home’ articles to help us all to still...
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Stunning sounds

23 October 2019

Music has always been an incredibly important part of my life, both as a writer and fan. One of the things I love about it is its infinite possibilities; reinventing and evolving at an...
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