Cute Owl Festival

Sat 11th May 2019
@ The Old Church - London

The Old Church STOKE NEWINGTON. SAT 11 MAY. £5 EARLY BIRD :: £7 ADV :: £10 OTD

Cute Owl has built up a reputation for putting on festivals of original and highly individual music where each event is a once in a lifetime experience, and this one will certainly be no exception, joining forces with Samba Sisters Collective and Intox Extravagazas at arguably the most atmospheric small venue in London to bring you a show that will take your breath away.

Imagine the mysterious atmosphere of London’s only remaining Elizabethan Church filled with the sounds of various, rare and unique musical instruments and catchy electronic beats… samba dancing down the isles… you will discover a side of punk that you didn’t expect to find and where you least of all expected it… shadows of forgotten ancestors from the Carpathian Mountains raving before the altar, a tad of French pop sensibility, the odd Yorkshire murder ballad, a tale or two of toxic soil & grandma… All this carrying a huge political message which will inspire you! The cherry on the cake – a ritual dreamy and dancy night pilgrimage through the world of Twin Peaks.

Have you experienced this before? The owls are not what they seem.


Raw powerful cinematic electronica with punk attitude. Stunning lead hurdy-gurdy with effect pedals, fierce yet tender vocals, personal political lyrics, floaty flutes, massive drone bass and DIY samples seamlessly combine with industrial-rave beats in an utterly captivating show.
The nomadic duo tAngerinecAt was formed in 2008 in Ukraine as a collaboration between Ukrainian Eugene Purpurovsky and English Paul Chilton. Inspired by their studies, travels and music experiences in remote parts of the Carpathian Mountains, their music has also absorbed different forms of Ukrainian and Soviet counterculture; the classical music skills, composition, poetry, acting, directing and stage experience of Eugene since 1990 as well as influences from EDM, drone, blues, metal, prog-rock and more.

They have four independently released, successfully selling albums that have had airplay on BBC 2, BBC 3 and BBC 6. The band has toured internationally in Ukraine, UK and Russia from 2010 and since relocating to UK in 2016 have quickly gained momentum, intensively touring with headline shows all over UK.

Based on personal experience, themes of resistance are repeated throughout their new album Many Kettles, and also in the form of images and symbols that help you to survive.

?“tAngerinecAt brought not just synth to the table, but a whole range of physical, classical instruments into the mix – most noticeably their use of the hurdy-gurdy, to make their music the deep notes of severe doom and dread that gave it the feeling of a rave in a mausoleum…”- Ben Knight, LEFTLION

?”Watch out for: tAngerinecAt… this is some of the most powerful music I have heard in a long time…” – LOUDER THAN WAR

?”I’ve never seen someone play a hurdy-gurdy so punk…”

?”Tangerinecat exploded into my world and I’m a happier man for it! Awesome energy and multidisciplinary. Myself and the team at New Art Exchange really appreciated your work.”
– Jason Pollitt?, NEW ART EXCHANGE

?”Album is immense. Exceptional…”
– John Hywel Morris, PRS for Music Senior Membership Development Manager, Wales

?“…the most important piece of art you need to navigate these times…” – David Eggleston (Mirrorkill)

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Greenness is an indie psych-folk band featuring English musician and producer Graham Pratt and French singer-songwriter Cess Frangi.
Greenness have been performing regularly in and around their adopted home of Brighton (including Fringe Festival, The Alternative Escape, VegFest, Oxjam, Sofar Sounds…) as well as a sell-out event at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall (Collide Festival), national tours, several shows across Europe and an appearance at San Francisco’s historic Sacred Grounds.

Their live performance, as a duo or with a full backing band, aims to create an immersive and emotional journey through the use of various acoustic and electronic instruments, field recordings of wild animals and poetic lyrics carrying a deep message.

?”An absolute revelation, combining a French pop sensibility with the sort of avant-garde vocalising Tim Buckley used to excel at.”
– Brighton Source

?”The panache of a 60s French film, with modern synths and guitars […] Greenness hypnotised the crowd into submission, using the power of sound.” – Headlights and White Lines

?”This Brighton duo incorporates elements of folk, psych-rock and the natural world around us to craft transfixing and beguiling subtle bangers.” – Latest 7

?”Beautiful, versatile vocals with a Grace Slick resemblance.”
– Nat’s Life Blog

?”Electro-acoustic duo Greenness from Brighton are a revelation, with Cess’ awesome voice superbly complemented by Graham’s distinctive guitar work.” – The Morning Star


Samba Sisters Collective

All-female community Samba-Fusion band. Formed at the Women’s March in January 2017 they have been lending their beats to the causes they believe in ever since, breaking gender based pre-conceptions and turning every place they occupy into a feminist space.

Samba Sisters Collective also love getting the party started and they always do it with a BANG! From parades to parties via weddings and fundraisers, they are versatile and adapt to all situations to turn up the volume with the sole power of their drums: people get up and dance and car alarms are triggered in the streets, adding to the joyful anarchy and disruption that their sounds demand.



Punk/rap/noise/wonk songs with saxophone, percussion, bass and gaudy electronics. Angular and danceable. Stories include murder, lust, toxic soil & grandma.

“SPeW band somehow merged upbeat punkiness with danceable funk and noise! On top of all that there were some chantable chorus’ and I had the most fun watching a band for years. It was pure pleasure to witness this bunch who totally engaged me with their quirky lyrics and dark moments.” Grip Tightly, Stink Magazine.


Yorkshire Vs Essex

Formed in London in 2015, Simon Yorkshire (singer and trombonist), Chris Essex (bassist/effects monger) and Iain Hounslow (flutist/guitarist/synthist) narrate songs from fictional toymakers to Sheffield murderers…with cheeky slices of embellishment. YVE are Influenced by the likes of Robert Wyatt, Current 93, Scott Walker, Miles Davis, Nick Cave, The Residents, Bjork, Death Grips and Iannis Xenakis – without sounding much like any of them…

This event marks the official vinyl launch of their debut album, ‘Dismembered Tales’, which spins the listeners far beyond the murky Milky Way…

?‘One of the things that intrigued and attracted me to Yorkshire vs ESSEX was the very diverse and unexpected nature of their live set – recalling Gong and early Hawkwind, with sudden electronic dance after trombones and poetry. Great!’
– Donald Strachan from Mad Wasp Radio…


DIANE (A Walk Through Twin Peaks)

NikTheDeks (LOFE/PRODUkT) on various electronic buttons, knobs and faders, & Andy (DJ Dumb Blonde) on upright bass & FX.

”It is happening again …….”



– The venue has completely flat access from the pavement. Wheelchairs and buggies should use the entrance on the right (as you look at our two entrances from the street). There are two small steps if you use the entrance on the left.
– Space is available for wheelchair users. No advance booking is required.
– There is no on-site parking but there are plenty of metered bays nearby.
– Bikes are not allowed inside the building. There is plenty of railing space outside.

– Two clean, modern toilets – one fully wheelchair accessible, also containing baby changing facilities.

Food and drink
– The venue sells wine, beer, lager and soft drinks at concerts and public events. The bar is currently cash only.
Drinking water is always freely available.


The Old Church
Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 9ES
We are on the corner of Clissold Park, opposite St Mary’s New Church.

Public Transport
Bus: The 393 route runs past The Old Church. The 73, 476, 141 and 341 routes run nearby.
Tube: The nearest stations are Manor House, Arsenal, and Highbury and Islington
Overground: The nearest station is Canonbury.
Rail: The nearest station is Stoke Newington.