New Cross Inn

Travellers Tunes Presents: Flying Pyjamas 2

The second Travellers Tunes saw some stiff competition from Field Day, Camden Rocks, Depeche Mode and Elton John but, I think we got away with it.

We had four great acts, raised money for Reverse Rett and caused some pretty spectacular hangovers! Let’s check out the live reviews:

The Bracknall

As the Essex outfit, The Bracknall, take the stage, one thing is more than evident. They look the real deal. They look like a rock n roll band destined to break hearts and leave a trail of destruction in their wake.

So, what about the substance then? In short, bags of it. At times, the spirit of Zeppelin comes roaring to the surface. On ‘The End’, there is a huge hit in the making as the spine-chilling verses combine with the dark euphoria of the chorus.

If they hadn’t proven their rock n roll credentials with this set, they jetted straight off to the Camden Rocks festival in their other great band Electric Child House.

Ruby Delby

“With a little charm and a lot of style”

The Bluetones, 1996

Sandwiched between our guitar behemoths was the sparkling Ruby Delby. Her blend of blues and folk as the sun beamed through the windows was just what the doctor ordered. Her unique ability to lead you somewhere and then twist her vocals to open up unexplored areas of folk music is a sight to behold.

Her interaction with the crowd on ‘guess the song’ and her cover of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ endears her to the audience, but, moreover, it was a display of someone who can have any crowd eating out of the palm of her hand.


The White Tips

This was the Aylesbury trio’s debut London gig and they did not disappoint. Their love of Nirvana and Pixies was worn as a badge of honour, especially on set highlight ‘Camping Trip’.

There are many bands with decent riffs right now, The White Tips will circumnavigate navigate this because, their riffs are crisp and concise like their aforementioned heroes. Even when they are thrashing it out, the pop sensibilities lurk beautifully in the corner.


Hailing from Grays, Essex, the young four piece stole the show. So often with new bands, audiences find themselves trying to depict the genres and influences they can hear. For Queensburys, what is abundantly clear, they’ve found their own groove and it’s a joyous one.

Do not be fooled by the diminutive figure of frontman Thomas Champion, he is a rock music colossus in the making. There’s a hint of the recently departed Chris Cornell as he growls and howls those key moments. Champion also possesses an innocence and purity in his vocals which, gives their storytelling a guts and glory vibe.

It would be remiss to solely mention Champion though. Dan Lamb (bass) George Brown (drums) and Archie Brown (lead guitar) are not just tight, their showing an expansive side to their playing as well.

Having had time to reflect on the horrific attacks from Saturday night, Queensburys have left me with nothing but optimism. Four mates grafting to create something better for themselves and for others to enjoy is peptic symbol of individuality and belonging, aka the human condition.

Keep your eyes peels for the Queensburys, they are set our glorious Albion.

Travellers Tunes presents Flying Pajamas

“If you lose your faith in love and music / The end wont be long”

The Libertines, 2002

Friday 20th January was a bleak day for hope. Saturday 21st January however, was a day of passion, love and togetherness. Men and women marched as one to reject the new US President's odious views.

Travellers Tunes occupied music haven of the New Cross Inn for its inaugural event to raise money for Reverse Rett. Rett Syndrome is a post-natal neurological condition which most often strikes previously healthy little girls between their first and second birthday and leaves them with multiple disabilities and medical complexities for life. We raised over 600 quid and couldn't have done without the generosity of the venue and all the acts playing for free.

Kicking things of was the brilliant Annie & The Make Believe. The jingle jangle flow of 'Lets Get Together Again' delivered the sunshine spirit of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons to the delight of the crowd. They shifted the mood through darker tales of romantic failure on tracks such as 'Shivers' and 'November' but, the melodies never falter. For fans of First Aid Kit, Annie & The Make Believe need to be on your radar!

Next up was former Engineers member Daniel Land and his band. In a nutshell, this was shoegaze/dreampop nirvana. The atmosphere they created with their swirling riffs made the New Cross Inn feel the size of Wembley. Particularly standing out were the set opener and closers 'Glitterball' and 'Echo & Narcissus'. Move over Sigor Ros, Attenborough has a new soundtrack!

How anyone was going to follow this was a question clearly lingering in the air. Thankfully, Hull's finest, The Holy Orders brought their A game and shredded people's faces with their blend of alt-rock. Front man Matt Edible, has a rare ability to switch up from James Dean Bradfield to rock behemoth in a heart beat and, on 'Deviants', he and the band delivered one of the moments of day. The riff, the catchy chorus and the desperate rock n roll poetry all came together gloriously.

Teeing everyone up for the headline slot was the insanely charismatic Billy Doze. 'There Will Be Time' and 'For Now and Then' were so heartfelt, the feeling that the crowd growing attached to Doze was becoming tangible as his set concluded. Plus, anyone who can turn a Christian hymn into a crowd pleaser is definitely going places.

Headlining the night were indie superstars in the making, Luna Bay. These young pups from London were on fire from the off. By the time they closed on their latest single 'Smoke and Mirrors' South East London was putty in their hands. The brevity they enthuse into their songs, lifts them above so many of the established acts on Radio X at present, it will only be a matter of time before they high up on festival line ups.

Saturday 21st January saw this editor's faith in love and music restored. We hope the coming together of disparate music genres gave cause for optimism to all who came.

Watch this space for announcements on our next event.