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The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High Street (below the Three Crowns)
London N16 0LH
Phone: +44 207 2415511

A nice little no-frills live venue underneath the Three Crowns. The Waiting Room has a late license to 4am and offers some great live gigs as well as DJ nights.

Mascara Bar

72 Stamford Hill
London N16 6XS
Phone: +44 7432 255357

The only bar around that’s always open late these days, and also the only one left in Stokey that has great random live gigs, spoken word and other events on a regular basis. Basically one of the last remaining pieces of the original Stoke Newington we used to love.

Really nice and vibrant bar then, though with some maybe slightly odd rules… good behaviour is definitely recommended and appreciated, but anything else can get you kicked out or barred at the drop of a hat depending on the mood of the staff, unless you’re part of that special crowd that gets away with murder and more.

They will never make you go home in the pouring rain though, or fail to look after you if you need looking after. Old school Stoke Newington, for sure!

Stereo 92

92 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 7NY
Phone: 0207 241 1579

Stereo 92 is a new café and music venue, offering food and live gigs. We’ll post a review once we’ve checked it out.

Opening Times:
10 am to 11:30pm
Closed Mondays

Rest in Peace, Rod de’Ath

Sad news today that Rod de’Ath, local legend, and pretty much part of the furniture at the Prince, has passed away at the age of 64. Rod used to drum for Rory Gallagher back in the 1970s, until his accident that cost him an eye and caused brain damage that meant he couldn’t drum anymore.

Let’s all raise a pint to Rod the next time, and every time we’re at the Prince!

Rod de'Ath

You can read more about Rod on Wikipedia…

Tin-Tone’s Magical Guitars

All photos by Ben Hopper (

I’ve always loved guitars. Even though I can’t play to save my life I just can’t help but stop in front of music shops or any other collection of those beautiful shiny instruments. Imagine my surprise then to find a collection of the strangest and prettiest little guitars I have ever seen in a random window on our very own Church Street.

A selections of custom guitars at Jon Free's Tin Tone

A selections of custom guitars at Jon Free's Tin-Tone (photo by Ben Hopper)

Here lives and works Jonathan Free of Tin-Tone, who has been a musician with bands like Gin Palace, Penthouse, Country Teasers and The Cesarians for over 23 years, a live sound engineer for 10, and who has been building and repairing guitars for a very long time. The window in question is where you find his workshop, and what I found there was a little guitar magic…

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Tallulah Rendall and the art of independently producing an album

Tallulah RendallLast year we interviewed Tallulah Rendall about her first album, Libellus, which turned out to be a bit of a beauty. Now she is back at work on her second offering, and to finance it she has found an ingenious way of mobilising her fans and support a charity on the side. We caught up with her to find out how it’s going.

I wrote the second album, which is sounding much rawer and more up tempo than the first, whilst we were on tour in Japan, and in June we will go into Hookend Studios to record. This is being funded through profits from the first album. However, there are lots of additional costs that we are raising money to cover, hence I got involved with Pledge Music. All kinds of things are up for grabs, from signed CDs and a chance to be in our video to private gigs and personalised songs.

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Reel Rebels Radio

Long time friends and sometimes collaborators Charlotte Delaney and Alicia Graham are at it again, this time they are busy setting up a brand new community radio station in Stokey.

Based in the new Politi Arts studio, will offer a unique mix of music, talk, documentaries and radio plays – sort of a like a funked up Radio 4. Unlike some other internet radio stations, Reel Rebels will be broadcasting 24/7 and will offer programmes on everything from erotica to religion.

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La Sera – Seafood and Parties

Isn’t it funny how you can live in a place for 10 years or so, and still there are locations you haven’t explored properly.

La Sera has always been one of those places for me. Tucked in between the Coach & Horses and the 24/7 Turkish supermarket, two of my favourite haunts in Stoke Newington, this seafood restaurant has gone unnoticed in the eight or so years of its existence – at least to me. I occasionally hear that the food is quite good actually, and Luca, the manager, is certainly one of the friendliest people in the Coach a lot of nights, but I’ve never made it inside.

But recently things have started changing, and now La Sera has the potential to become one of the more interesting locations in Stokey. You might have seen tables appearing outside, and every once in a while a large crowd of people seems to appear from out of nowhere. So I just had to ask… and Luca was more than happy to show me around.

The club below La Sera

The owners (who also run the Bricklayers Arms down in Shoreditch) have recently made some changes… opened the place up so that the downstairs bar is accessible from the restaurant, added a few nice touches like a big sofa in the front… and very soon now, with its new late license, you will find that there are some rather interesting club nights going on down in the bar. Well, actually, there have been a couple already… the Urban Voodoo Machine had a NYE party down there, and last Saturday Julien from Loser Superhero kicked things off with a Latin Rock party. Continue reading

The fabulous Section Eleven

Regulars at the Sovereign are in for a real treat on Saturday night as not only is it the pub’s Christmas party, the fabulous dance band Section Eleven will be playing their infectious mix of Latin grooves.

I have to confess, the first time I heard them play I had been dragged rather reluctantly, protesting loudly “I don’t like Latin”, but was soon converted. Section Eleven play an eclectic mix of Latin sounds including Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Colombian and Brazilian rhythms. The band certainly lived up to its ‘dance’ tagline and in fact I didn’t sit down once during their set, swept along with the band’s big sound and irresistible beat.

Section Eleven

Section Eleven

So when I heard they would be playing at the Sovereign again I caught up with Venetia Bennion – who plays both Alto and Soprano Saxophone as well as providing some of the vocals – to find out a little more about the band.

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The Puppini Sisters in Stoke Newington

Oh my, this one will be sold out in no time, you better get your tix fast…

Described simply as ‘fabulous’ by Vogue, the stunning Puppini Sisters grace the Pangea Project stage on 26 September 2009 for one of their most intimate performances to date.

Puppini Sisters

The Puppini Sisters

The 40’s style musical trio sing unique 3-part harmony arrangements of old classics as well as unexpected contemporary chart toppers such as Crazy In Love, giving it the ‘swing-punk’ tag.

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