Free songwriter festival, stellar line-up, 12-8pm, Sunday, 2nd of October, Spitalfields
By Daniela Nadj
Founded by a collective of singer songwriters in 2014, who wanted to create a festival that celebrates original, exceptional song-writing and magnetic performances, the Upstart Crow Festival now enters its third year. Hand-picked from London’s vibrant music scene and beyond, this year’s Upstart Crow Festival presents 13 acts from a variety of genres, ensuring that there will be music for everyone’s taste. This year, the festival is headlined by the new duo comprised of Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Ren Harvieu. Other standout acts include Noel Gallagher-endorsed Pete Greenwood, the acclaimed chanteuse Brooke Sharkey, who sings in both English and French, road-worn Swedish troubadour Benjamin Folke Thomas, the soon-to be-huge Benedict Benjamin, who play captivating songs with dreamy 60s pop sensibilities, as well as other acts such as Adam Beattie, Emily C. Smith, The Roves, and Whom by Fire.
This year’s bill featuring eight bands and five acoustic sets (plus additional surprises), goes to show that great songs come in many shapes and forms, and are not confined to one genre only. Above all, the festival aims to showcase music at its most authentic, bringing songs and artists to a new audience, who craves authenticity in an age of often manufactured and commercialised sound. The stage will be set for a day of unforgettable music, sublime lyrics, fascinating performances and lots of surprises along the way.
There will be food stalls, drinks and merchandise available for sale all day long, giving additional colour to an already uniquely dynamic and creative festival celebrating original music and songwriting. The Upstart Crow Festival is FREE and runs from 12-8pm under the canopy in Bishops Square, Spitalfields on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.
What?: Upstart Crow Festival 2016
Where?: Bishops Square, Spitalfields
When?: October 2nd, (12-8pm)
A bit about Daniela
Daniela Nadj is a legal academic with a passion for music. Fascinated by the quality of music performed at the first Upstart Crow Festival in September 2014, she got involved with the second festival last year as a merchandise manager. This year she is promoting the festival, dealing with the press and generally helping to spread the word about this magnificent event.