Where to go out in Croydon: November 8 to 14, 2011
Live music and gigs listings for Croydon
Freedom of Expression upstairs at the Green Dragon presents The Douglas Firs, Fit and the Conniptions, Tom Jansen and Laveer.
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Katy Shotter – the Croydon-born rising star – returns to her roots with a band and special guests. Check her out in our first of this weeks’ two GIGS OF THE WEEK at the Ashcroft Theatre (7.45pm, £16). FREE comedy at the Scream Lounge monthly night, hosted as ever by Sarah Iles and featuring the usual range of ten or more performers – including one amazing headliner (8pm, free)
Anvil promotions present a night of Scream Lounge metalcore, featuring Surface The Dissent, Animus Sadist, Beneath The Tide, Witness The Darkness & Your Life In Ruins (16+, 7.15pm, £5)
Metal-heads will love Seed of Detest, Neverborne, This Means War and DKH upstairs at Scream (7.30pm, £4). Downstairs it’s our second GIG OF THE WEEK as the mighty SENSER deliver their pioneering brand of hip-hop-rock (8pm, £8)
More Scream metal from Against the Flood as they end their current UK tour and launch their new album in the downstairs venue (8pm, £tbc). There’s also alt-rock upstairs with The Perfect Crime, Floods, Cane Hill Drive-thru and JAS (8pm, £5)
Paul Carrack (you’ve heard him in Ace, Squeeze and Mike and the Mechanics) plays the Ashcroft Theatre. With a voice known to millions this will be a great night out (7.30pm, £28.50)
Culture vultues will love the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antonio Wit with violin by Kuba Jakowicz at the Fairfield Concert Hall. This is one of Europe’s premier orchestra’s and they will round off the night with a crescendo as they play out Beethoven’s elemental 5th Symphony (7.30pm, £12 - £31.50)
This week sees more great music coming to Croydon in the space of seven days than we’ve seen in town for a while.
That’s not to say that (depending on your musical preferences) there isn’t something worth going to see every night of the week in this great town of ours.
It’s just that it’s not every week we get such a wide range of high quality performers in the listings section as we’ve got for you this week. Maybe it won’t be long before we’re back to Croydon’s heyday, when bands like The Jam, The Ramones, David Bowie and Ian Dury and the Blockheads would provide a typical night’s entertainment?
Katy Shotter isn’t just a rising star with a pretty fine musical CV already tucked under her belt. She’s also that wonderful thing for everyone in Croydon – a genuine home-grown talent. And it’s great that this exceptional singer and pianist looks likely to be providing a new role-model for the town as her career accelerates her out across the globe.
Performing with her full band at the Ashcroft Theatre on Wednesday night, Katy’s beautifully measured tones stand in stark contrast to the blast of noise that will spill from the stage on Friday at Scream, as the mighty Senser return to Croydon.
Politically charged and fuelled by sheer adrenaline, the band rose to fame in the early 90’s as they broke down musical walls and built themselves a genre all of their own out of the rubble of hard rock and hip-hop.
They have played – and continue to play – at most of the UK’s biggest festivals and their style-spanning performances mean that they have a huge and wide appeal. They’ve shared stages with The Levellers and Rage Against the Machine to name just two. The list, however, is endless.
It will be rare treat to see them at such an intimate venue, and to be honest you’ll be lucky if there are any tickets left by now…but take our advice and try to get your hands on one!
And there’s more.
If classic British pop culture is your bag then Paul Carrack is your man. Let’s just point out that Paul replaced Jools Holland when he stepped in beside Glenn Tilbrook to keep Squeeze on the road.
…although we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention his time with Roxy Music, Mike and the Mechanics, The Smiths and The Pretenders!
But to round off the week (if Monday can be said to round off a week) why not do something you may not have done in a while – if ever at all? Head down to the Fairfield Concert Hall and buy the best tickets you can, because it’s not every day that the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra play on your doorstep, and even if you’re more of a Senser type, we reckon you’ll come away smiling.