It's the most wonderful time of year...

16 of 2,716   We can't believe it's that time of year again.. Where has the year gone, eh? We've had an amazing year of markets across South London and looking forward to finishing the year with a bang! We have three events this festive season and would love for you all to apply. As always, all applicants must have public liability insurance and unfortunately we cannot accept any food stalls (only cakes!). You will need to apply to each event separately and please make sure you double check all your information is correct before pressing submit. Workshop leaders and musicians please email us directly. Sunday 19th November, Prince of Wales, Brixton. This is our biggest venue, with over 50 stalls trading at the event, there will be musicians and a room especially for workshops. There are two stall options for this market; club room stall or lower roof terrace stall. The club room will be where a majority of the stalls are and the bands, the lower roof terrace is outside but will be covered and with patio heaters and host the kids activity corner and workshop. Please note this market is upstairs with no wheelchair access. Club Room 4ftx 2ft Table: £50 Club Room No Table - Pitch Only: £50 Lower Roof Terrace 4ft x 2ft Table: £45 Lower Roof Terrace No Table - Pitch Only: £45   Saturday 2nd December, The Chancery, Beckenham This is our smallest event with space for 20 traders in this bright venue, which attracts a lot of families. There will be a few options for stalls at the event, upstairs and downstairs. Downstairs Large Table 5ft x 3ft: £40 Downstairs Small Table 3ft x 3ft: £35 Upstairs Large Table 5ft x 3ft: £35 Upstairs Small Table 5ft x 3ft: £30 Upstairs No Table - Pitch Only 3ft x 3ft: £25 Sunday 10th December, Balham Bowls Club, Balham Balham Bowls Club is our longest standing venue - the quirky pub lends itself to our events perfectly. The event will be upstairs in the ballroom with approx 30 stalls, live music and a workshop. There will be three options for a stall, large table, half table or pitch only. Please note this event is upstairs. 6ft x 2ft Table: £55 3ft x 2ft Half Table: £35 Pitch Only 3ft x 2ft: £35 To apply to our Christmas events please click here. Applications close on 20th October, we will respond to all applications within 3 weeks of this date. Unsure that SoLo Craft Fair is for you? Come visit us at our next event at Prince of Wales, Brixton on Sunday 24th September. We'll be there 12-5pm!

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We can't believe it's that time of year again..

Where has the year gone, eh? We've had an amazing year of markets across South London and looking forward to finishing the year with a bang!

We have three events this festive season and would love for you all to apply.

As always, all applicants must have public liability insurance and unfortunately we cannot accept any food stalls (only cakes!). You will need to apply to each event separately and please make sure you double check all your information is correct before pressing submit.

Workshop leaders and musicians please email us directly.

Sunday 19th November, Prince of Wales, Brixton.
This is our biggest venue, with over 50 stalls trading at the event, there will be musicians and a room especially for workshops. There are two stall options for this market; club room stall or lower roof terrace stall. The club room will be where a majority of the stalls are and the bands, the lower roof terrace is outside but will be covered and with patio heaters and host the kids activity corner and workshop. Please note this market is upstairs with no wheelchair access.

Club Room 4ftx 2ft Table: £50
Club Room No Table - Pitch Only: £50
Lower Roof Terrace 4ft x 2ft Table: £45
Lower Roof Terrace No Table - Pitch Only: £45
 
Saturday 2nd December, The Chancery, Beckenham
This is our smallest event with space for 20 traders in this bright venue, which attracts a lot of families. There will be a few options for stalls at the event, upstairs and downstairs.

Downstairs Large Table 5ft x 3ft: £40
Downstairs Small Table 3ft x 3ft: £35
Upstairs Large Table 5ft x 3ft: £35
Upstairs Small Table 5ft x 3ft: £30
Upstairs No Table - Pitch Only 3ft x 3ft: £25

Sunday 10th December, Balham Bowls Club, Balham
Balham Bowls Club is our longest standing venue - the quirky pub lends itself to our events perfectly. The event will be upstairs in the ballroom with approx 30 stalls, live music and a workshop. There will be three options for a stall, large table, half table or pitch only. Please note this event is upstairs.

6ft x 2ft Table: £55
3ft x 2ft Half Table: £35
Pitch Only 3ft x 2ft: £35

To apply to our Christmas events please click here. Applications close on 20th October, we will respond to all applications within 3 weeks of this date.

Unsure that SoLo Craft Fair is for you? Come visit us at our next event at Prince of Wales, Brixton on Sunday 24th September. We'll be there 12-5pm!

5 Minutes with musician, Lily Ward

Lily Ward will be performing at our event next week at Prince of Wales in Brixton. This singer has a beautiful unique sound, make sure you don't miss her set!

Could you tell us about how you got into music?

I come from a musical family - my earliest and happiest childhood memories are listening to music and dancing in the living room with my Dad - to everything from rock and roll to Billy Holiday. I'm classically trained on Piano, which I've played since the age of 4 and I write piano music, too - but it's only recently, in the past couple of years, that I've started to play guitar. My Mum and Dad met at a classical guitar class so maybe it was in my blood all along! :) 

Can you describe your sound to our readers?

I would say... finger-picking gentle folk. I'm recording at the moment and on the tracks there will be lots of layers of lovely vocal harmonies - but for now, it's just me and my guitar when I'm live. 
 

You perform with a choir as well as solo - could you tell us a bit about your experiences with both?

I sing with London Contemporary Voices - I joined the choir just after they started, almost 7 years ago now, and in it I found the most incredible London-based musical family. They're all amazing, talented, lovely people and through the choir I've done everything from singing on BBC Radio, to backing artists like Sam Smith and Imogen Heap, and having a tonne of fun at festivals.

In terms of performing solo - I actually have pretty bad stage fright, so it's only been recently that I've managed to find ways to overcome that. I love sharing my songs and hopefully giving people something to enjoy listening to... and I'm hoping that eventually the stage fright will disappear altogether!

Where can we find out more about your musical ventures?

I'm @lilywardmusic on Instagram - and in fact just created this new page so any support welcome! On Facebook it's Lily Ward Music and my website is at www.lilywardmusic.co.uk 

Freya Lily SoLo Craft Fair

5 Minutes with musician, Velodrome

Described as "Kate Bush meets medieval minstrels meets the White Stripes" there is nothing to not to like. Velodrome will be performing her quirky guitar set at 3pm in the club room of the venue. We've had a quick chat with Katherine Evans from Velodrome to find out more:
 

You're a classically trained singer and dancer, where did you train and when did you form Velodrome?

Yes I am a classically trained singer. I never got the chance to go to music college but I trained at home with my father who is a pianist and singing teacher. My grandparents were opera singers - though sadly I never heard them sing.
 

We've been listening to your single 'Steady Girl' constantly in the SoLo Craft Fair office - can you explain to us what the song is about and when you wrote it?

I'm so glad you like Steady Girl! It's a song I wrote unusually quickly for me, one afternoon when I was supposed to go and meet a friend. The song just came to me... and it made me late for my appointment! 

 

It's a song about my struggle to make a living as an artist and musician in an increasingly expensive and materialistic London.

 

It's also about my personal experience when I had to sign on at my local job centre: instead of supporting people to get back into long term rewarding work, they humiliate and degrade you and force you into unsuitable roles. It's shameful. 

 

Lastly, the song is about how anxiety and OCD have affected me and how I manage to live my life despite them....It's so important that we talk more openly about mental health and that it's no longer a stigma.
 

Who are your musical inspirations?

 

Oh gosh, I have too many musical inspirations to list them all! I'm inspired by Russian and East European classical composers like Stravinsky and Bartok. Their music is so bohemian, innovative and passionate. I love classic rock n roll bands like the Rolling Stones. And anything from the 80s...Oh I do love a bit of Tina Turner!
 

Where else can we see you perform in the upcoming months?

I'm finishing a busy summer of touring and festivals by playing at 'Loud Women', a grassroots DIY and feminist music festival in September. Then I'm going back into the studio for Autumn to record my first EP! 

 

We love you! Where can we keep up to date with all your news?

You can keep up to date with all my news by following me on social media- I'm on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter... just search for 'Velodrome Music'. Watch out for my first official studio single in Autumn! I'm currently filming a crazy music video in Yorkshire, where I'm going to be running around dressed as a medieval minstrel!


Make sure you don't miss Velodrome's set at 3pm on Sunday 24th September. Come join us for 50 independent traders, workshops and live music on Sunday 24th September at Prince of Wales, 467- 469 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8HH 12-5pm, free entry and sweets!