On Friday 4 November, join us for a night of funk, soul, afrobeat, old school High life, all on vinyl capturing the essence of Fela Kuti’s famous shrine in Lagos: “Kalakuta” reminding you of old parties of 1960’s post independence Africa, Malick Sidebe photography, the music of Tabu Ley Rochereux of Congo and many other greats of that time.
Every couple of months we have free live Beat, Bop and Blues at Grow. Over the summer, the bands rocked up on a canal boar ro serenade us in our garden before we headed inside as the sun went down.
Thanks to all the bands who came in 2016, look forward to seeing you again in 2017!
The Excellos / Rockabilly
Sunlight Service Group
Hotdog Grrrl & The Sesame Buns
Jonny Halifax & The Howling Truth
We’re so excited to welcome the legendary A Guy Called Gerald canalside at Grow in Hackney Wick this afternoon. He brings his machines to create an afternoon of live dynamic experimental electronic music using synthesis and samplers. Join us, it's free entry!
The Apathy Band are coming back to Grow. The Apathy Band Demoralize the Motivated. The Apathy Band never rehearse. The Apathy Band can't go on.
Usually found on Resonance 104.4fm, band members include: Bobandroberta Smith, George Lionel Barker Alice Hitazo, George Cleghorn, Leonardo Ulian and Jessica Voorsanger.
Here's a few photos from their performance, if you can be bothered...
Rompa’s Reggae is back with special guest Jacky Murda in the last of this year’s open dec events in Hackney Wick, plus we have Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen with a streetfood special.
On Saturday 17 September 2016, joining resident DJ Jonny Miller are Alan & Ket (Mucho Soul) and Ben Brophy (Southport Weekender/Suncebeat) for a day into night celebration of soulful music from around the world with Balearic bliss, soul, jazz, disco, broken beat and deep afro house.
Legendary DJ Dominic Benjamin takes up residence on Sunday 28 August with a bag of old school rap, reggae, 80s, funk, house and everything in between for your ears. We're serving liquid love at the bar and everything’s looking good… Come thru and get in the groove.
Supported by Red Stripe and Wray and Nephew this event continues to be one for the diary - Sat 27 August - and returns for it’s August edition with a carnival warm up and special guest Marcus Visionary.
Join us for Grow Your Own in Hackney Wick on Saturday 3 September, where we join forces with local DJs to celebrate the music we love.
This coming Saturday, the man whose been on our decks from the beginning, the man whose tunes get better and better and whom we simply love having around, it’s KomaJazzz (Dizzy, Grow ) and he’ll be serving up Soul, Jazz, Funk, Hiphop, Latin Afrique Disco, and beyond. This for this one, he brings alongside his partner in crime Mr David Bryceland aka Dr Pudding (b label records , MBON) who'll be digging out his best out of his amazing record collection and grace us with some percussion blissfulness through this magical musical journey.
Back for it's 2nd year, the Grow Village Fete is about being together, having a good time and raising money for charity!
Raising funds for The Centre for Better Health, on sale we had freshly baked bread by one of their projects, the Bikery Bakery, amazing cakes donated by Hackney Wick locals, Canababes Food Co Ltd., and have-a-go village fete games! On sale, will also be plants from Growing Concerns, a community garden centre just down the canal on Wick Lane.
Slow Fire London will be putting on a BBQ with meat and veg options smoked in an old converted ambulance, served with crunchy slaws and punchy salads!
FRI 29 - SUN 31 JULY 2016
Hackney Wick artists are coming together to organise a DIY Open Studios event at locations in and around Hackney Wick & Fish Island; to celebrate the artist and creative community that currently resides in the area.
We’re excited to announce artist XENZ will be displaying some of his studio work on our walls throughout the weekend.
FRI NIGHT: BEAT BOP & BLUES Hackney Wicked Special w. Hotdog Grrrl & The Sesame Buns
SAT DAYTIME: Live Jazz and workshops by the The Gaia Gallery, Hackney Herbal and photographer Moé Sekiya with music into the night.
SUN DAYTIME: We’re joined by a live brass band, ceramicist Adele Brydges and from 4pm It’s Nearly Friday take over with music and spoken word.
Every Thursday at Grow@Grow we celebrate music, art, conversation and community and on Thursday 7 July, Marie Brenneis presents a night of DADA fun! Expect the unexpected presented in a truly Hackney Wick DIY style. If Marcel Duchamp were alive, he’d be here!
Featuring local artists:
Fear of Fluffing
DJ sets from Dan DADA and Reuben Sutherland
Customes are encouraged.
Daytime thing Sunday today (3 July 2016) in Hackney Wick with live band and djs-selektors.
DUB - ROOTS REGGAE - LIVE BAND - FUTURE DUB
On Sunday 8 May, once you’ve crossed the finish line and cheered your loved ones on, you came to Grow to refuel with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, (who are donating 50p for every sale to charity) coffee or something stronger, relax on the canalside terrace enjoying the tunes and soaked up the good vibes. After 13.1 miles we’ll needed soul, uplifting and funky tunes so Mr Boogie a.k.a The Vinyl Junkie (Soulsa/Shoerditch radio and DJ KomaJazzz spun vinyls on the decks to melt those achy legs away….
A couple of the Grow team also ran the 13.1 miles with you to support amazing charity Lively Minds .
Stairway to heaven? Possibly not, but it'll pretty good once it's ready!
Things are coming together. Our stairs that take you straight out to the canal are now almost finished! Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time or money to source recycled timber that met building regs. We did however make sure we stopped buying from our local Jewsons timber merchants, once we heard the source of their hardwood timber was at the very least questionable..
So, things are building up to the big Hackney Wicked weekend.
Realised it was time we had some lighting other than fluorescent strip lights. As electrics is one area where you can’t reuse that much (Health and Safety regs) other than the fittings, we went as simple as possible and industrial. Pretty happy with the results!
Yes that is a canoe at the bottom of the picture- long story!
After what appeared an interminable lull, things are now happening fast at Grow. We have a temporary license for the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd August 2014 and we have assembled quite a line up!
We are pleased to announce that on Saturday 2nd August, The Heliocentrics land for an exclusive London date! Taking over pur riverside warehouse in Hackney Wick (Grow!). Playing new & unreleased material from their forthcoming album….
Be prepared for a unique brand of astral funk, psychedelic instrumental hip-hop & ethereal intergalactic vocals taking you on an infinite mind trip! Support will come courtesy of DJ set from the world renowned record collector, producer & legendary drummer Mr Catto himself with visuals provided by Collective 98.
The Heliocentrics are a collective of musicians who are linked by a common aim to create their own musical identity, not following trends or genres but making the music they want to hear but cannot find.
Searching in a parallel reality where the orbits of funk, jazz, psychedelic, electronic, avant-garde and “ethnic” music all revolve around “The One.” Currently The Heliocentrics are back in the recording studio: new odyssey, new ride, and a new star in the helio-galaxy, Slovakian vocalist, Just B. WARNING: some songs may be performed in a language you may not understand!
The Heliocentrics have earned lifetime fans in the likes of questing spirits like Madlib, DJ Shadow, Quantic and Ethiopian jazz legend, Mulatu Astatke, with whom the Heliocentrics recorded and released Inspiration Information 3, the fourth classic Mulatu album – released nearly forty years after his other three.
* This time next year we won’t actually be millionaires** because this is an attempt at building an ethical, sustainable enterprise and business model. What we mean by that phrase was that by next year we hope to have a functioning bar, kitchen & creative space and not be bankrupt! This is how we put together our bar...
**For people under 25, this is a reference to Derek Trotter’s catchphrase “this time next year Rodders, we’ll be millionaires” from the 80’s sitcom Only Fools and Horses.