Fri 15th, Sat 16th Nov
The End is nigh. Willow Colios previews the multi-venue festival taking place this weekend in Crouch End, North London.
Across nine innovative venues, making use of local shops, pubs and ice-cream parlours as performance spaces, The End is one of the best small festivals in London. In it’s 4th year, blending both local London bands and other UK musicians, as well as European and American performers, it’s become known only half jokingly as NXN8; Crouch End being the Austin, Texas of North London.
Over the two night’s there’s the addictive surf / rockabilly of Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside (see pic below right). They are playing on both the Friday and Saturday evenings so there is no excuse for not seeing them. Also, there’s the irresistible dreamscapes of Belgium’s Girls in Hawaii who will no doubt showcase songs from their brilliant new LP Everest. They are only playing the Friday night but at the same time as Sallie Ford, so really you had better go both days if you want to see both these two excellent bands.
There won’t be a more fun and engaging set than Ralfe Band who are also a must see with literate, acoustic pop masterminded by Oxford born Oly Ralfe. New album Son Be Wise was definitely a hidden gem from this summers’ releases and the band play the Friday night of the festival at The Kings Head.
It’s not just music on offer either. There’s poetry from the Elephant Collective which includes writers, storytellers, rappers and poets from across London. They have played much bigger festivals such as Bestival and Secret Garden Party so don’t miss the chance to see them on home turf when Nichol Keene, Toby de Angeli and Zia Ahmed perform at the Pavilion on the Saturday evening.
Get down early on Saturday if you want to check out some of London’s young bands. In an afternoon slot called The Kids Are Alright, it’s all under 18 bands from 1pm to 3pm at The Pavilion (North Middlesex Cricket Club).
Finally there’s fun stuff in the form of Under The Influence , an acoustic night that usually takes place down the road at Highgate’s Boogaloo club, with loads of different artists playing their own songs and also covering the songs of The Eurythmics, upstairs at the Pavillion on Saturday night.
A great mix of bands and solo artists across all these interesting venues is sure to make for a great festival. Check Louder Than War next week for some of the highlights.
Full details of bands and venues can be found at The End Festival website.