Monday, 3 May 2010

Forest Gap 4 - 21st May 2010

Forest Gap 4 is almost upon us. Friday, 21st May 2010 we are looking forward to another great night of local, live music and DJ-ed disco at the Forest Gate Hotel clubhouse.

Doors are at 7:30pm with an 8pm start. We have three bands: Dock Road; Cisco Pike; and headliners Rare Device. You may have caught Rare Device at Forest Gap 1 and we know they are bringing another great set. We also have solo acts to start the evening and a DJ-ed disco to end the night right.

We hope you can join us for what is sure to prove another barnstorming evening of great live music. Forest Gap was recently advertised in The Newham Magazine (click here for pdf version).

As it explains, we are always looking out for new bands and performers for future Forest Gaps. The Forest Gap Executive meets regularly to discuss future line-ups. So remember that if you would like to perform at Forest Gap, please contact us at:

If you have a MySpace page or videos on YouTube, be sure to include a link so we can see what sort of music you play.

Here's to many more exciting Forest Gaps to come: Forest Gap - filing the gap for live indie and rock music in East London.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Forest Gap 3 Friday March 19th at the Clubhouse, The Forest Gate Hotel

The third Forest Gap Music Night was a lot of fun and a great success. 'Third Eye' were a late cancellation which was a real shame, but we hope to see them perform at the Gap soon. Spiral Compass headlined and they were awesome! A big thank you goes out to Ryan and the guys, especially the bassist who was brought in especially for this gig. Their virtuosity and musicianship was sheer class. The band performed mostly their own tunes together with one or two covers. We would love to have them back - absolutely brilliant, you've raised the bar guys!

In support were 'For One Night Only' playing covers of old rock classics, and solo acts Casey [first time performer at the Gap - well done, you were great], Richard and Angus [of course!].
Thanks to all the performers.

Some of you may have noticed that as well as the quality of the playing there was an improvement in the over all sound. Well, this was because Forest Gap have purchased their own PA system with monitors and everything!It had its first run-out on Friday and it was great. Thanks to Robin for being the sound guy. Also cheers to Angus and Tim for being the efficient hosts/comperes for the night [people you were lucky, Tim was going to wrap a few of you up as parcels....seriously he'd brought paper, strings, scissors - everything!]. The night ended with a DJ set from John.

Thanks to the Forest Gate Hotel, especially the landlord Kelvin for all his encouragement and support.

The next night [Forest Gap 4] will be on May 21st. Watch this space for more details.

Thanks to all that came. See you in May.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Forest Gap 3 Friday March 19th at the Clubhouse, The Forest Gate Hotel

The line-up has been confirmed for the next bi-monthly Forest Gap music event. Forest Gap is a music night of quality local talent which aims to develop a dynamic music scene in the East London area, particularly focusing on indie/alternative/rock music.
On the bill for this next extravaganza will be: Solo singer/guitarist Casey,local music students 'For One Night Only' and the excellent Spiral Compass. Headliners will be Third Eye,a rousing local band who will certainly be blowing the cobwebs away with their Stooges/Who sound. Angus will be the compere for the evening and John will be DJ for the night and will be playing music 'till closing.

Doors will be at 7.30. Entrance will be free but get there early as the event kicks off at 8. It will be great to see everybody there. The last two Gaps have been brilliant successes.

The venue is the Forest Gate Hotel in...Forest Gate, East London! It's in the Clubhouse at the back of the pub. The Clubhouse has it's own bar. The pub is located at the corner of where Godwin Road meets Tylney Road, just down from the Wanstead Flats.

So see you all on the 19th.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Great Success for 2nd Forest Gap Night!

Last Friday 22nd January was the second Forest Gap Music Night. It was a huge success. Headliners Sneezy T's put in a storming performance, with their final number 'The River' bringing the house down. Support was from Irish solo performer Ciarán who brillaintly stepped in at the last minute, and the acoustic covers band The Scumbags. Angus compered the night and began procedings by doing a couple of numbers including his now almost legendary 'Mind the Gap' opener! The night was topped off by a wonderful retro disco from Tim and Boris. Thanks to all the musicians and DJ's who performed. A very special thanks goes out to rock veteran Ed Furst for loan of his PA and for being the sound man.

The next Forest Gap should be Friday March 19th, but watch this space for confirmation of date and line-up. Speaking of which - we've had lots of people coming forward and asking about playing at future 'Gaps' which is brilliant as the whole point of the Forest Gap is to showcase local indie/rock/alternative music. If you are in a band that wants to play or interested in doing a solo act and you think you're pretty good then send us an email at
If you or your band have songs on a myspace page or videos of performances on YouTube, then please include a link in your email.

Thanks - Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you, whether you play or not, at future Forest Gap nights.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

22nd January 2010 - Second Forest Gap Night!

We'll have more information soon on the second Forest Gap night of live music at the Forest Gate Hotel.

In the meantime, we have a video from the first night. It's the band Rare Device with their cover of Joy Division's Transmission.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


Thanks to everyone who came out Friday (20th Nov.) for the first (of what we hope will be many) Forest Gap nights at the Forest Gate Hotel.

We had a terrific turn-out and a really great atmosphere.

Thanks go to:

Tim for his work as compere and Shelly as DJ.

And to the performers:

Angus and Richard; Nick; Ciarán; and the band, Rare Device (John D., John L., Pete and Robin).

We look forward to more good nights and will keep you posted on upcoming Forest Gap events!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Inauguration - MIND the GAP

Tonight is the inaugural Forest Gap music night at the Forest Gate Hotel Pub in, you guessed it, Forest Gate, East London.

There will be live music from 8.30pm, followed by DJs till late. Free Admission - come along and support your new local, alternative, live music scene!