Monthly Archives: September 2017

Balabam, South Tottenham

Balabam South Tottenham!

Balabam! Just like that South Tottenham has gained a fab new music venue / community pub / hangout.

Both Stamford Hill and South Tottenham have an important and fascinating musical history (on which, more another time). So it is doubly fantastic for our area to play host to a venue that clearly puts the love of music so full-square at the centre of what it does. Not least after London has lost so many brilliant venues in recent years to “development”.

Last weekend saw Balabam open, described by one Gladesmore resident as “absolutly brilliant!”. The line up looks to be forming day-by-day but it seems fair to expect more quality live music from around the world. This weekend alone features a pirate takeover, Mediterranean funk from Al-Maranca )“multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, producer, video artist, cultural activist”), and the sounds of West Africa from Koroleko – Moussa Dembele.

We’re expecting great things from this place… Keep an eye on Balabam’s FaceBook for the latest news.

Travel to Balabam in South Tottenham

For those of you coming from outside the area to visit Balabam…

Nearest tube: Seven Sisters

Nearest Overground: South Tottenham* (on Gospel Oak – Barking Line), Stamford Hill (from Liverpool St)

Buses: 67, 76, 149, 243, 318, 349, 476

Night / 24hr buses: N73, 76, 149, 243

Balabam, 58-60 High Road, South Tottenham, London N15 6JU

* be warned, South Tottenham station is closed for much of the rest of 2017 for a line upgrade


Gospel Oak – Barking trains suspended AGAIN

South Tottenham station will be closed again for over a month from this Sunday.

There will be no service on the entire length of the Gospel Oak and Barking Line (GOBLIN) from Sunday 17 September to Sunday 22 October 2017. The closure is to continue electrification of the line that was originally slated to be complete last February. The work has been beset by problems and looks like it may take a while to finish. According to the latest newsletter from the ever-informative Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group:

“There is still plenty of work that has to be done however. A number of support masts for the overhead wires are still needed east of South Tottenham, and as yet very few masts have the fittings from which the overhead wires are suspended. Then there is around 70 miles of various cables to be hung from the mast fittings.

“Once the cables are energised and tested, electric trains will be able to start using the line.

“Network Rail predict the new passenger trains could enter service around Easter.”

More closures ahead … but new, clean and bigger trains should be running by next Spring

Replacement buses will run, but once again these will only cover sections of the line. One bus will run Gospel Oak –  Seven Sisters (for South Tottenham) while another will cover Walthamstow Central – Barking. Those wishing to travel between South Tottenham and Walthamstow will need to rely on the Victoria Line. TfL promise “regular users” of the line will be automatically refunded the extra cost of zone 1 travel made by Tube or rail

The electrification of our line is long overdue and this blog joined to campaign to make GOBLIN electrification happen. Once complete, it will double the current passenger capacity on the line and improve near-by air quality.

Another weekday full closure of the line (but hopefully the last!)  is expected between Saturday 25 November 2017 and Sunday 14 January 2018, although these dates are still subject to confirmation

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Haringey Food & Drink Festival on Tottenham Green

This year’s Haringey Food & Drink Festival will take place on Sunday 24 September on Tottenham Green. It will feature 40 Haringey Urban Food Producers, Growers, Breweries, Bakers, Cheese makers, Vegan & Street Food Stalls.

Building on the ongoing success of the weekly Tottenham Green market, this year’s event follows the success of the Haringey Food & Drink Festival 2016 which featured Burger Bear, Tokunbo’s Kitchen, Angostura Steak House, The Green Bean Cafe, Tangy Tasty Thai, Tri Prana Smoothies, Wildes Cheese, Fruit Magpie, Crop Drop, Living Under One Sun, Tottenham Marshes Honey, Wolves Lane, Themptation, The Coco Den, From The Larder, Soflies Chips, Soleshare, Courture Surprices, Beavertown Brewery, Redemption Brewery, Longflint Craft Bottled Cocktails, The Wine Scouts, Craving Coffee, One Mile End Brewery, Wood Green Hopping, Wine Scouts, L’atypique Cidre, Vita Bio Italian Deli, Flour Station, The Greek Cafe, Bee Happier, Marsh Produce Ltd, Riverdale Organic Farm, Lemon & Ginger, Floral & Vintage, Natural Abundance, Spurs Health Stall, Start, Massage In Motion, and Silmar Taste.

This year’s event promises a similar mix of live music, entertainment, DJs, fairground, workshops, mini beer festival, street food, Haringey producers and regular Tottenham Green market traders.

See you there!
11am – 6pm
Sunday 24 September 2017
Tottenham Green, Town Hall Approach Road. N15 4RY