South East London’s annual Foxfest is back at the Fox and Firkin over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The initial line up has been announced and is well worth a look.
SATURDAY 5th May
Local indie faves and beloved of XFM’s John Kennedy; William reform for a one off SE London show.
Everyone’s favourite L.A rocker crosses the atlantic for the first time in three years to kick off a mini UK tour.
Unique Surrey indie rockers who’s recently released third EP continues their run of concept records telling tales of, among other characters Yolanda who is a 6 ft giant panda that plays bass. I’m not even joking.
Space Heroes of The People
Oxford electro pop two piece featuring an electric double bass and and a sense of fun that is lacking in most bands of this genre.
Don’t Wait Animate
Local trip hop electro collective with touches of orchestral influences that belie a classical music background.
Pure UK hip hop from London’s prose.
Geek beats from Brighton’s Johnny Waldren. Very reminiscent of late 90s Ninja Tune / Nightmares On Wax with added 21st century sub bass and punctuated with elements of pop.
The much respected East London based singer songwriter Russell Joslin in a trio that adds an even harder edge to his cutting insightful songwriting. Featuring Jake the loudest drummer in the west.
Note to Self: Don’t Die
A collective of musicians from Blackheath based around the duo of Claire Banfield and Gerard Rada Nedich. The summery pop hit This is London Calling evokes a long tradition of bands from The Shop Assistants through to Tennis via St Etienne. One to watch out for in the coming years.
SE London’s Diva of the UK Cabaret Circuit. A truly stunning voice backed by a collection of first rate pro musicians.
Stuart O Connor
Hertfordshire’s barefoot troubadour whose tours of Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Europe have seen him sell more albums from the back of his van than some would do in a career on a major label. Does incredible things with an acoustic guitar and a set of pedals.
Grace Cathedral Park
The heart of this collective, that flit from bar rock pop sets to sets of post rock introspection, is driven by Micheal Nebraska and Mark Estall whom together have formed SE London label Marketstall Records.
SE London based Country punk rocker here in solo singer songwriter mode, you may have heard him more often with full band the handmedowns. Hard edged and fast paced but melodic.
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnson
One of the finest and most highly respected rock and roll bands plying the vast underground UK rockabilly scene. Pussycat is the finest front person of any band we’ve seen barring maybe Tim Harrington.
Rockabilly country blues punk singer songwriter that uses slide guitar at a pace rarely seen.
The New Cut Gang
Local four piece of frenetic rock n roll thats 3 parts Rockabilly, 1 part indie, all whiskey fuelled fun.
North Korean grunge funk two piece exiled from their homeland for their anti Mao Mao views and a criminal obsession with Matthew Kelly.
Deptford DIY punk rockers with a debut album to promote. Heavily featured in Julien Temple’s forthcoming TV documentary “This Is London”.
SUNDAY May 6th
Twobob’s fav purveyours of Heavy Western will be bringing along a few surprises for this very special performance.
Goldsmiths’ popular avante garde rocking duo whose techno / wailing guitar effects are underpinned by extremely technical breakbeat drumming. Exciting and innovative.
La Mort Subite
Balkano Carpathian Franco Greco Russo Turco Gypsy Jazz Folk using traditional instruments including the hurdy gurdy. At times frenetically paced this extremely danceable folk set comes of a genius in arrangement and delivery.
Punk poet Alex Johnson leads his infamous three piece in a rare acoustic performance including his spoken word / street poetry.
The Cherry Reds
Back for a classic one off set of left wing punk tales of south London. The commercially underrated Boy hero remains one of the finest punk albums of the last decade or so.
Local legends Chris Brown and Danny Billingham are back with a new 3 piece of rockabilly influenced indie rock reminiscent of the highly influential Birthday Party.
Flash Bang Band
Literally owned foxfest last year with their earworm “I Want To Better Myself”, Brighton’s FBB are a bright bunch of scallys playing pop rock in an irreverent style with amusing lyrics.
I Am Austin
Two piece perveyours of noise rock techno hailing from Sth wales and quickly taking hold of the east London circuit. Loud and exciting.
Post rockers from Medway and possibly the loudest band you’ve seen since genre innovators My Bloody Valentine. For fans of them and Mogwai, Explosions etc.
A Night At Sea
A collective of musicians from London playing sea shanties anti folk songs and indie pop numbers.
SE London based migrants from latin countries play soulful bluesy cabaret wearing, as you’d imagine, a collection of stunning masks.
Sax & Daf (tbc)
The Jazz Daddy (local blues sax legend) improvises saxophone over Iranian daf players percussion. A truly unique blend of east and west.
Legendary post punk sax driven avante garde rockers led by poet and puppeteer Ted Milton.
It Hugs Back
Used to play at ours a lot, grew up, gained acclaim and Matthew is currently playing guitar for highly influential post punk indie royalty Wire.
Dead Rat Orchestra
Trad folk using traditional instrumentation combined with 21st century tech and armed with axes. No joke.
He of Stagecoach fame (who are taking a sabbatical btw) here in the guise of ethereal singer songwriter.
The Miss Jo Williams Band
It’s a delight to have Miss Jo Williams back with her unique bluegrass skiffle based irreverent and fluffy folk. The band have gelled so quickly its a joy.
The James Riley Band
Upbeat vibrant blues from a young and engaging troubadour backed by, among others, a spoons player. This man will go far I promise you.
Our favourite local funk rockers are now part of the fixtures and fittings at our beloved venue. First rate fun
Sarah Lang (Actionettes)
Kisaragi (Panasonic Youth)
Danny Parr (Catholic Girls)
More acts tbc, craft stalls, tea and cake, the best weekend of fun in SE London