CONGRATULATIONS to South Woodford / Leyton band The Skints who played two packed shows to thousands of people at Reading and Leeds Festival at the weekend.
The ska/reggae group have been growing in popularity in recent years, boosted by Radio One airplay, and later this year play a headlining tour of the UK.
While this wasn't their first appearance at the festivals, it was great to see a such a huge crowd turn out, and they put on a typically tight performance.
Check out their website theskints.co.uk for details of their autumn tour, with their most local next gig being the Scala at Kings Cross in October.
Meanwhile in Essex, the quirky Queen Christina, a.k.a Christina Brodie, plays a headline set at Loughton Folk Club on Thursday (August 30).
Entrance to the show, at the Loughton Club building in Station Road, is £3 and doors are at 8pm.
Walthamstow Folk Club returns from a brief summer break to showcase the talents of the skilful and erudite singer-songwriter Pete Morton on Sunday (September 2).
He plays a mixture of his own tunes and some traditional ditties too.
Note that the line-up has changed from the originally-billed Jim Causley, who unfortunately cannot play due to illness.
The gig takes place at ye Olde Rose and Crown in Hoe Street and costs £6 – or £5 for concessions.
Doors open at 7.30pm.
Waltham Abbey Folk Club has a singaround jam night on Monday (September 3).
It costs £1.50p and starts at 8.30pm.
The musically diverse Chiara Giacobbe plays the Birkbeck Tavern in Leytonstone's Langthorne Road on Friday night (August 31).
Promoting her début solo release, the violinist, singer and songwriter is known for playing everything from country to classical.
Support comes from Yorkshireman Robery James Selby.
It begins around 8pm ish.
The venue hosts Toronto singer Doug Paisley and Benjamin Folke Thomas on Wednesday (September 5).
The gig starts at around 8.30pm and is free – although donations to the acts welcome.
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