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Croydon - nightlife, accommodation, things to do and general chat

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by strung out, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    Croydon
    I lived and worked here for years mainly 80s then 90s and a stint from 2002 - 2006.
    It changed, some things are better. Still miss the old Underground Club, I saw Balaam and Into A Circle there. Plus that great old pub The Ship, those were the days of good music and a few doors down HR Cloakes record shop. I bought so much vinyl here, the other good one was Bonaparte records by the station.
    Had some good times. In some ways it looks better, but there does seem to be many many bars..
     
  2. hash tag

    hash tag sickness. now light

    From anotherthreadaboutrecord shops :(
    BTW. Is the pub at the top of Surrey St still going, the Green Dragon? Good beer and good music?
     
  3. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    I don't know. left Croydon in 2006 and not been back - except once. my brother lives there.
     
  4. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    some great music shops: our price and virgin :D joker
     
  5. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    I was not joking..but can see the humour. are there any vinyl shops in croydon now?
     
  6. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    I drove past it the other day and it looked like it was still going.

    HTH
     
  7. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

  8. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    The Green Dragon - how long has it been there? I don't recall it from the 80s, or 90s...
     
  9. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    I recently went to Amoeba records in Berkeley and another Amoeba in Haight. Both incredible and so much vinyl. Good reasonable prices. Although the posters were interesting e.g. a picture of the Specials with the title Coventry - i'm not sure if that was linked to a significant event and another of Joy Division stating Stockport....
     
  10. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Ages. Probably. It is on the corner opposite Surrey Street. Don't know what it used to be. Looks like it might have been a bank or something.

    It used to be the Hogshead. I only found that out by googling, but, now that I have been reminded, I do recall it :)
     
  11. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    Thanks. Do not think I will be in Croydon soon.
     
  12. Maggot

    Maggot .

    Believe or not, Virgin Records was a very cool shop. It was staffed by punks and sold stuff you couldn't buy in mainstream stores, like Crass.
     
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  13. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    Indeed it did. It was originally up at East Croydon and was different. But for alternative you could not beat HR Cloakes
     
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  14. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    And I forgot the original Beano's in the market. Always good bargains. I got October here for £2 and Three Imaginary Boys
     
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  15. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Still there, not so much music. They did keep giving it a stab at putting on decent bands, but turnout in Croydon has not been great for a long time.
     
  16. Hoss

    Hoss ...It was the blurst of times...

    It was run for several years by Esther (formerly of The Ship and now of The Oval). Used to be a very good bustling place and the venue of choice before heading to Black Sheep Bar. Haven't been for years so no idea what goes on there now.


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  17. Hoss

    Hoss ...It was the blurst of times...

    Aye, was a really good night! Cracking venue and a great vibe from everyone there.
    The crowd was a real old school Croydon mix. I'm guessing everyone there was 30+

    Someone said to me that there's a generation of Croydon youth who missed out on really decent nightlife.
    From late 80's through to mid 2000's there was Rawnsleys/Alleycats?, Priddys Yard, Rue St George, David Lean cinema, Black Sheep, Cartoon/Cool Rooms, PoNaNa.

    I may be biased because I've done nights at all of these venues but probably not, they were just really venues and nights.

    The next Car Park session is on 16th June and DJ Format is spinning tunes.



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  18. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    I didn't know that about Esther. Interesting :)

    There is live music at the Oval - just in case anyone is interested.
     
  19. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    Esther runs the cafe at that Tmrw tech hub place as well iirc

    And yes Hoss my mate said to me there was actually no one there under 30 and not many under 35 either
     
  20. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    What is TMRW and IIRC?
     
  21. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

  22. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam 'He bloody well thinks he's staff!'

    Anyone know any cafes/coffee shops etc in the town centre that are nice and quiet (have rather long piece of work to do, but need to be in town centre for rest of the week)?
     
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  23. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    Matthews yard off if Surrey at market,
    maybe tmrw hub cafe place near the bus stop towards south Croydon, before the fly over
    Errrm those are probably your best bets. You can sit out the front of Matthews yard if the weather is nice :)
     
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  24. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

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  25. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    PoNaNa! :D bloody hell I'd forgotten about that place :D

    Good to hear you and Dan U had a good time (ha! see what I did there...? ). Not sure id be able to make the next one either. bums.
     
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  26. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    Went to the Cartoon in the 1980s a few times. It was ok. I knew many who went to Cinderella's and The Water Town and the bar called Goodys. I preferred the ship and the underground. Unfortunately the underground crashed and became a terrible crap hole called Joe Banana's...
     
  27. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    I remember seeing some really rubbish bands there and some good ones. Alien Sex Fiend and Flesh for Lulu were the bad - the good was Gene Syndrome, Balaam and the Angel, Into a Circle, sadly missed the only Nephilim gig. I saw Bad News Men in Crawley but it was not at the Rocket. I even saw Balaam at the old Zap Club in Brighton - great night.
    Live gigs were plentiful in the 80's and cheap.
     
  28. wildeye

    wildeye Active Member

    I don't think Alien Sex Fiend or Flesh for Lulu were bad, just live at that venue it was not good. I think mainly due to the sound systems.

    Further north in early 80's I went to the old Marquee club in Wardour street. Saw Marillion, Y&T, Anvil and a few I cannot even recall...that was a great venue.
     
  29. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    That's new! :)
     
  30. Maggot

    Maggot .

    I found this bizarre film on the BFI site. It says it's in Croydon, but I think it's New Addington. Anyone recognise it?

    Watch Inter-action in Croydon online

    They're coming for your children! Three moon men, a cosmonaut and a mysterious professor march through the sparse streets of a new Croydon housing estate. But don't panic, this is a friendly invasion. The performance was designed to parachute a taste of participatory theatre into areas of new-build housing that were often sorely lacking in their own neighbourhood cultural facilities.
     

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