Back to the Towpath – Strike III

4 Nov

More Towpath fun this Saturday as teams up once again with War Child, Jason Lowe (on the paella pans this time), Nick Strangeway (on cocktails) – and with music taken care of by Lisa Loud, The City Shanty Band + others to get the gravel grinding.

We all had such a good time taking part in October and the British Waterways were so impressed with what’s possible to achieve, in terms of usability and better vibes on the canal, that we hope to be part of many more to come.

This is what it looked like later on in the evening…

And here are the details for anyone wanting to grab a slice of that DIY fun:

The Towpath Festival comes to the City Road Basin.

Saturday 6th November 2010, 12 noon til 12 midnight

…Following the huge amount of fun we had at last month’s Towpath Festival we couldn’t just leave it at that…

Last time we raised £1790.96 for WarChild and this time we’re aiming for more.

The builders have moved onto our last site opposite the Towpath Cafe, but, true to their word, British Waterways have found us another site to continue the tradition of good food & fire related frolics by the waterfront.
We’re kicking off at 12 o’clock noon this Saturday 6th November and going through until 12 o’clock midnight: 12 hours of music, food & drink around a fire by the water with, hopefully, a very special surprise from Lovebullets…

Entry is free, but we’ll be taking donations for War Child at the gate.

This will be a Silent Fireworks event: All hands on deck to light and send off a flotilla of fiery flowery floating lanterns courtesy of Rebel Rebel. All proceeds go to War Child.

THE FOOD is back and we’ve got some great food vendors lined up, some old favourites and some new faces, including:
The Meatwagon serving up our regular burgers PLUS we’re resurrecting The Dead Hippy for one night only.
Healthy Yummies will be back with the best diver-caught scallops you will ever eat.
Jason from The Towpath Cafe will be hauling out his huge wood-fired paella pan to cook, well… paella.
Skye Cooks will be there serving tea & cakes.
Churros Bros are providing something for the sweet-tooth in the form of churros & hot chocolate.
Grass Roots are serving fish caught fresh that morning off the Sussex coast.
The Everybody Lovelove Jhal Muri Express will be rolling in, serving Kolkata-style vegetarian street snacks.

There will, of course, be covered areas to keep us dry and a licensed bar to keep us all refreshed. Once again, the legendary Nick Strangeway will be creating a signature cocktail for us for the night – something hot and warming this time.


A party’s not a party without some tunes, and our line-up this time includes:
The legendary Lisa Loud
Reggae from the Kongo Sound System
Joanna Bin Laughin & Erika ‘Del Boy’ Trotter from ‘Rubbish’
Terry Francis and Keith Reilly from Fabric
The City Shanty Band are back, making noise and getting raucous.


One of Islington’s best kept secrets is a beautiful stretch of water at City Road Basin. A former industrial site which fell into decline in the 50s and 60s, the site remained undeveloped, unattractive and inaccessible to the public for many years, but now a multi-million pound project has brought it back into public use and created one of the largest open stretches of water in North London, complete with a newly landscaped public area facing onto the canal.


City Road Basin plaza is just off City Road in between McDonalds (EC1V 1JQ) and Graham St.
Transport: Angel or Old Street, Buses 43, 205, 214, 394

Thanks to British Waterways,, Lovebullets, NCASS, Groveworld, Nick Strangeway, Fabric, Islington Council and everybody at the Towpath Cafe. Also, thanks to all those whose support and generosity make all this possible.


One Response to “Back to the Towpath – Strike III”

  1. ben November 9, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    only managed to get there in the afternoon so missed any late night messiness….had a great time – the tank was on fire and tucked in to healthy yummies’ scallops, green roots’ fish tacos and a few beers- all top notch…bring on Towpath IV-the return of the tank!

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