The Lock Tavern Festival – Easter Bank Holiday Bonanza

Posted March 3, 2015

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Tickets: Billetto / Dice

This Easter bank holiday will see the second annual Lock Tavern Festival, in association with Lanzarote, Field Day and Beacons Metro.

Last year’s maiden voyage knees-up featured the likes of Big Deal & Girl Band, and Time Out dubbed the festival “easily the best way to spend your Easter weekend.” This year, the Lock Tavern will be upping the ante with a whole host of talent including The Voyeurs, William Arcane and Flowers, presenting a free-entry, four day blast of musical goodness.

The Line up so far…


Lock Tavern Festival Preview: A Few Words with Pinact

Posted March 31, 2015


It’s just two more days before The Lock Tavern Festival kicks into gear, and today, we’re hearing from Glasgow-based two-piece Pinact. Their frenetic, fuzzed-out pop sound has carried them for two EPs so far, and we can’t wait to hear their debut album, Stand Still and Rot, due to come out on Kanine Records on May 19th. They’ve got a brand new music video for their track ‘Anxiety’ below which premiered on CultureCollide just yesterday. Pinact’s answers to our queries are just below.

LT: Hi, Pinact. How do?

PI: Hi there! Very well thanks.

LT: How would you describe the Pinact sound?

PI: It’s loud, it’s fuzzy, it’s poppy and it’s melodic.  It’s fast, it’s slow, and quiet at times.  The songs are generally quite short and straight to the point.  The band has a pretty minimal set up just now with it being a two piece.  I think I’ve constantly been trying to push the limitations of that so who knows where the sound is going to go.

LT: There’s a lot of talent coming out of Glasgow at the moment. What do you make of the Glasgow scene?

PI: Glasgow is great right now. There are a bunch of really really good bands and there is a real sense of community between them.  It’s kind of the perfect size.  It’s big enough to have the excitement you get from larger cities but it’s small enough that you can get to know people very quickly.  It’s sort of the central hub for music in Scotland, everyone moves here.

LT: Fingers or Thumbs?

PI: Fingers, Always.

LT: Who did the artwork for the Min Diesel Split, and how did you guys and Min Diesel get together?

PI: Izzie Mack did the artwork for it.  Min Diesel are from Aberdeen and we’ve always played there fairly regularly.  We met the drummer, Stu, the first time we played there and then we started booking shows together across Scotland and the rest of the UK.  They’re very very good friends of ours now and they have an album coming out next month which is gonna be so great!

LT: Do you have any favourite venues to play?

PI: I think my favourite show so far was when we played at the Old Blue Last back in July last summer.

LT: It was packed and people were really responsive to what we were doing.  It’s nice to come to the other end of the country and get a reaction like that.

PI: Do you guys have an album on the way?

LT: We sure do!  It’s called ‘Stand Still and Rot’ and it’s coming out on Kanine Records on the 18th May.

PI: We recorded it with MJ from Hookworms last year and we can’t wait for people to hear it.

LT: What’s for tea?

PI: Please no more hummus and pitta bread….

LT: What’s next for Pinact?

PI: Well the album comes out in May which is exciting.  We’re gonna go play it for as long as people want to hear it.  Hopefully we will make it back to the US for some shows and then we’re going to start on the next one.

LT: Thanks Pinact, famous last words?

There’s no way of telling what direction this is heading.

Lock Tavern Festival Preview: A Few Words with The Drink

Posted March 30, 2015


We’re revving up to this weekend’s Lock Tavern Festival, and to get ready, we’ve asked some of our guests to answer some questions to get us in the spirit.

First up is The Drink. Formed of the former rhythm section of Fighting Kites and lead singer and songwriter Dearbhla Minogue, their releases so far straddle angular guitar pop and dark folk. The first unsigned band ever stocked at Rough Trade, we’re pleased to have them on Saturday, April 4th at The Lock Tavern Festival supporting The Voyeurs. Have a listen at this link.




LT: How would you describe The Drink’s sound?


TD: I’ve stopped trying to describe it other than that it’s a guitar band because I only know about 2 genres.


LT: Dearbhla, you’re originally from Galway, but your band is based in London. Do you feel that your hometown is important to your sound, and how has London influenced you?


TD: There was a lot of brilliant folk music, American and Irish, being played in the village where I grew up so I definitely am influenced by the songs and the attitude to music that exists there, it’s very social and accessible to everyone, and also I started joining in sessions when I was about 16 so got my singing confidence up early.


LT: Tell me about the best birthday you’ve ever had.

TD: My sister sent me a rainbow cake last birthday which was very nice, she knew I lived with about 10 people so the cake was the size of a house.

LT: Tell me about the new single, ‘Playground.’ How did it come about, and are you pleased with how it’s been received?

TD: I think it’s been played a lot on the radio which is nice, and I’m glad people like it.

LT: Do you have any favourite venues to play?

TD: Really love New River Studios in Manor House.


LT: Any album plans coming up?

TD: Recording it right now in Sheffield!

LT: What’s next for The Drink?

TD: A good few gigs hopefully and a new album, looking forward to doing some festivals this year too.

LT: Famous last words?

TD: Fix it in the mix!


New line-up announcements for The Lock Tavern Festival!

Posted March 26, 2015


Very exciting news from the Lock Tavern Festival!

Andrew Ashong, Fickle Friends, Snow Ghosts, Wyles & Simpson and Lupo will all be joining the already amazing line-up to play live! And on top of that we have DJ sets from the incredible Murkage Dave (who normally hits the decks with Mike Skinner), Sunday Best and loads more!

There is also going to be all day entertainment from the awesome guys at The House of Hot Breath and their Tape Measure Challenge, as well as the Black Wax Record Shack and lots of other fun and games.  You can also explore the Lock’s famous garden for some tasty treats from some of London’s best pop-ups, so get yourself down for four days of serious fun in the sun.

Check out our Spotify playlist here to have a listen to the full line-up! Grab your free ticket from Billetto or Dice for guaranteed entry.


Coming Up: 16/3/15 – 22/3/15

Posted March 16, 2015


Live music kicks off at the Lock tavern this Thursday with Play It Forward, a collaborative night presented by the online Music channel IAmMusic. Head down for live performances from the brilliant Arcaves and Lewis Paul.

Continuing the fun on Friday is Clockwork with another indie/garage/rock party. Holy Thursday are playing live with support from The Rhubarb Triangle and BRITAIN - make sure you don’t miss their unique brand of freakbeat foot stompers and psych mayhem.

Moonshiner Records are back at the Lock on Saturday, this time celebrating the release of math-grunge-pop Screens new single ‘Smells Like Old Spice’, produced by none other than Steve Albini. Live performances from Screens, Maybug, Lovelace and HOO HA’s, as well as Francobollo DJ’s til close!

Coming up: 09/03/15 – 15/03/15

Posted March 9, 2015


Coming up on Thursday post-wave noiseniks Dressmaker celebrate the release of their new single ‘Love Me.’ Support comes from the post-punk psychedelic Climbing Boys, You The Living and Love Camp. As ever entry is free, so get yourself down.

German rockers Astral Pattern kick off your friday evening with some ace new recordings. This is a unique opportunity to catch their debut material in an intimate setting, and with support from the rock n roll songstress Tess Parks, make sure you don’t miss out.

The weekend continues with a disco-filled Saturday night from the awesome guys at ASBO. Hardway Brother and Weatherall collaborator Sean Johnston will be gracing the Lock Tavern to bring his special brand of beats, its going to be wild!

COMING UP: 02/03/15 – 08/03/15

Posted March 2, 2015


Lanzarote takes over The Lock Tavern on Thursday to present Leave the Planet. Masters of ethereal shoe-gaze and with an arsenal of great songs, the dream-pop duo will guarantee a brilliant night of live music. On Friday Murkage Dave will be seeing in your weekend with some great nineties and noughties tunes – expect the best hip-hop and RnB jams.

Saturday night sees the 3rd installment of The Burger Revolution. PNKSLM and Burger Records are bringing the london leg of their worldwide tour to The Lock, and with free entry and a killer line-up be sure to get down early. Sets from Mozes and The Firstborn, Lucern Raze, Thee MVPs, Abjects and The Whig Whams.

Indie pop moguls Cool for Cats will be hosting their first all-dayer of 2015 on Sunday. Music courtesy of Doe, The Wharves, Chorusgirl, BABIES, Thalassocracy, NUDES, Rodents and Yat. Festivities kick off at 3pm – head down and end your weekend in style.


Coming Up: 23/02/2015

Posted February 24, 2015

Wyldest It’s a busy week coming up at The Lock Tavern. Tomorrow night, (Wed 25th) we have the female-fronted, dreamy shoegaze outfit Wyldest, whose triumphant debut album dropped just this Monday. Wyldest will be supported by South London Riot Pop group Matagot, and the Lanzarote DJs will be spinning tunes for your listening pleasure. On Thursday 26th, Yorkshire heroes Boss Caine will be on Chalk Farm Road, bringing a dose of meaty acoustic fare as usual. The Boss boys will be receiving backup from John E Vistic, Davey James and George Frakes in what looks set to be a cracker of a school night. Friday night sees the latest of out twice-monthly I Need A Rhythm nights, held upstairs at The Lock.Expect to hear a tasty mix of Boogie, New Jack Swing and old school House and Dance from residents Mtthw Midnight and Sensationalist. Saturday sees Slothboogie and Earl Grey at the wheels of steel, playing dirty funk, disco and electro just for you. As usual, all these events are completely free, so no excuses people. See you at the bar!

Coming Up: 16/02/2015 – 22/02/2015

Posted February 17, 2015


This Thursday at the Lock Tavern sees a jam packed show from Pairxdeux, Ayelle, Goodbye Stranger, Sylvia Mwenze and Sophie Ray. This night will have a unique format with the running order decided at random, and exciting collaborations between overlapping artists. With non-stop music guaranteed all night, there is no excuse not to pop down.

Clockwork are back this Friday night bringing with them live performances from Bonfire Nights, Tail Feather, Water Knot, and Tsuki, as well as the Clockwork resident DJs. The music starts at 7pm.

MOHIT, Mother and The Sirens will be taking over on Saturday Night courtesy of Moonshiner Records. Expect DJ sets from the superfun Francobollo.

Moonshiner at the Lock: MOHIT, Mother, The Sirens

Posted February 16, 2015



Moonshiner is back again at the Lock, with three alternative acts and Francobollo DJs until close.

Locals MOHIT headline, with an alternative sound that has been described as ‘power prog.’

At the Christmas Moonshiner, first support Mother covered the room in fake snow. They’re bound to have a great set up their sleeves this time. And rounding off the evening, The Sirens should start us out right, with psych and grunge influenced alt rock.