Crouch End goes groovy for winter festival

Win tickets to festival featuring Dr Feelgood and Chris Farlowe

A NEW charitable music festival is set to rock Crouch End next month.

An eclectic blend of live soul, blues rock and funk music is set to be played at a series of venues as part of the first ever Crouch End Winter Hooley.

Soul and blues singer Jack Shay, from Crouch End, has organised the event and will take to the stage alongside acts such as Dr Feelgood and veteran rocker Chris Farlowe.

The 32-year-old Haringey Park resident will be backed by his band The Midnight 36, who are currently picking up acclaim for their latest covers album.

Previously Shay has toured with artists such as Tony Bennett, Sir Elton John, Chuck Berry and Courtney Pine. He said he hoped the Hooley would bring the festive spirit to Crouch End when it opens on Sunday November 28.

“This Christmas people will be finding it harder to get by and many will be staying home rather than going abroad,” he said. “So I thought I would stage an event in my area to help the venues and bring a bit more cheer to town over the festive period – and what better way than playing music.

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“I chose Crouch End as I have lived here for almost eight years and also it’s a vibrant and creative place with a very eclectic mix of people and pretty much anything goes.”

The festival will be held across three Tottenham Lane venues –Changa Bar, Music Palace and The Queens pub from Sunday November 28 until December 19 and will raise funds for two charities.

Highlights will include north London born Mr Farlowe – famed for hits such as Out of Time and the original version of Handbags and Gladrags – playing the Music Palace on December 5.

Benefiting from the event will be the NSPCC and The 2Simple Trust, which helps children with a rare form of the childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma.

Tickets can be bought from

To win one of two pairs of tickets to a gig of your choice, a meal and complimentary drink the answer this question:

What is the name of Chris Farlowe’s biggest hit?

a) Out of Time

b)Out of Reach

c) Out of my Head

Email your answer to with your name, address and a daytime telephone number before Thursday October 28.