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The Music Connection: Hornsey Music Festival


Hornsey Music FestivalHello people of London and thank you for taking the time out to check out October’s edition of ‘The Music Connection’.

As many of you may be aware, last month, North London hosted the first ever Hornsey Music Festival, which ran from Friday, September 13th through to Sunday, September 15th 2013.

music festival reviewThe Hornsey Music Festival is an annual non-profit venture, organised by local musician James Hayto, whose musical credits include Tina Turner, George Michael & Kylie Minogue. All profits from this year’s festival went to Action For Kids, which is a charity set up to give young people a chance to learn, love and be more independent. You are able to check out some of their good work at www.actionforkids.org

This year’s Hornsey Music Festival featured a range of events at a number of local venues, which included the Great Northern Railway Tavern, 3 Compasses, Village Green Stage, Kids on the Green, Brand New Start, The Garden Shop, Hornsey musiciansTavern, Italica, Tomo & Total Boxer. As well as this, food for the community was provided by the Great Northern Railway Tavern, Italian, Gozleme and a number of local food stalls.

The festival was also fortunate enough to gain sponsorship from local businesses, including Philip Alexander, Bracewells Estate Agents, Ladders Property Maintenance & Renovation, Italica Delicatessen, Terry’s Kebab House, Tomo Pizzeria, The Garden Shop, Total Boxer and Boxing Yoga.

This year’s music festival proved to be a huge success, with crowds enjoying a range of local entertainment, including live bands, poetry readings and delicious food.  Visitors were also able to pop in and watch performances for free, in the featured venues in and around Hornsey High Street in North London.

musician at the Hornsey Music FestivalHighlights of the event included The Great Northern Railway Tavern, The Three Compasses and The Hornsey Tavern showcasing a mix of folk, big band swing and blues groups; Café Italica featuring a ska and soul DJ and an under-16s acoustic gig; restaurant Tomo featuring live jazz and The Garden Shop featuring Live folk music, face painting and stalls.

Crowds were also given a chance to taste a variety of food from the stalls along Hornsey High Street including Caribbean and Mexican food, Spanish tapas, hog roast and much more,

Actor Roger Lloyd Pack and Novelist Elspeth Barker, also read the poems of George Barker in the Hornsey Church Tower.

Some of the artists who featured at the festival and deserve a very special mention include The Lantern Society, Dana Raza and The Shrouds, Henrik, Jenny, Linfors, Simon J Alpin, Simon Stanley Ward Band, Case Hardin, Society, Aser, Son of Jack, Foghorn Leghorn, The Bonfire Band, Hallelujah Trails, Eva Abraham, Jamie Freeman Agreement, Gabriel Moreno, James Lawson, Me and Debore, The Cuginis, Martyn Bonanza, Joe Wilkes, Laura Tenschert, Lorraine Wood, James Burton, Chritian Lee Magician, Swing Patrol, The Clean Cut Kids, Blues Prescription, The Daddios, The Odyssey Blues Band, The Kings of Oblivion, The Swingtime Serenaders, The Lazy Rhythm Boys, The Urban Big Band, Tam Ward as Sinatra. Total Boxer, Kaos Signing Choir, Kats Whiskers, Tottenham Community Choir and Supersmasher Games.

All in all, the event was a very huge success and we look forward to the Hornsey Music Festival in 2014. Full details about the festival can be found at www.hornseymusicfestival.co.uk. 

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See you all again in next month’s edition…

Mark Anthony
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