By Roger Tichborne, Founder of the Save London Music Campaign.
Summer feels like it has arrived in our little corner of the worlds greatest city. Even better news is that we have a couple of amazing weekends of live music coming up. On the 19th and 20th, we have the amazing North Finchley Festival. There will be nearly 60 bands playing at six venues in North Finchley. We’ve got an eclectic mix of music with just about every genre of music represented.
The Grassroots music scene has seen a real resurgence in London over the last couple of years. I have seen some of the most amazing gigs at small venues over the last couple of years. As a member of the False Dots, I’ve played a fair few gigs and we’ve seen audiences at some of the recent shows that I’ve not seen since the heady days of the 1980’s. When the False Dots played the Midland Arms in Hendon earlier in the year, the pub was absolutely rammed. A couple of weeks ago, I was at The Five Bells in Finchley for Those Naughty Lumps and The Nice Men. The pub was rammed full and rocking. One swallow may not make a spring, but there is definitely something going on.
Another place that is really starting to establish itself is the Torrington reborn at Old Finchleans Club. This Sunday there is an amazing gig for those of you who like a bit of blues. It is also an opportunity to pick up a copy of the amazing new CD from Del Bromham.
If you are curious and want to “try before you buy” here are a few links to check out
What an amazing aperitif for the North Finchley Festival. Six venues, live music afternoons and evenings. A brilliant line up. Anyone who was at last years festival will know just what a fantastic selection of musicians appeared. We’ve a new venue as well, with Asoo’s joining in the fun!
So what exactly is on the menu! Something rather tasty. Whether you like, Jazz, RnB, Rock, Pop, Choirs, Ska, Reggae, Indie there is something there for you. Make sure you make a note in your diary and tell your friends.
The smaller venues such as Cafe Buzz and M’s place have some great artists who you can enjoy over lunch or an early tea, with coffee and cakes or a beer. The pub venues will be rocking into the night”
— Richard Harrison (@richhaz) May 7, 2018
Get ready to rock with the @RockAndRollSons – headlining #NorthFinchleyFestival on Saturday May 19th at @TheElephantInn – 10pm! ⚡️https://t.co/Vc3Omwnxrk#NorthFinchley#Londonmusic #Londonfestival
— North Finchley Fest (@NorthFinchFest) May 8, 2018
No..no.no…. @TheSilencerz killing it at last year’s #NorthFinchleyFestival! Come see them wrap things up at @Bohemia_N12 on Sunday May 20, as we celebrate the end of a great festival. #NorthFinchley pic.twitter.com/lUuKpR4hUX
— North Finchley Fest (@NorthFinchFest) May 7, 2018
My band, the False Dots are honoured to be playing as main support to Lee Thompson and The Silencerz on the Sunday night. Here is a little taster of how we sound!
Make sure you come down and say hi! It will be a blast
Many thanks to our sponsors, Barnet Council, Joseph Partners, Waitrose and Jeremy Leaf Estate Agents.
Mill Hill Music Complex are sponsoring the sound systems!
Over the next week, we will be making sure you know all the details!