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Invitation To A Summer Fete

28 June


Brand New Start cordially invites you

to the Summer Fete in the heart of Crouch End.

H o r n s e y  T o w n  H a l l  S q u a r e

Saturday 29th June. | 11.00 a m – 3.00 p.m



“Who Else Wants Improvements

To The Haringey Community They Live In?”

We make it easy and fun – not hard work!

No BS Just Great Results

Giving You Time To Focus On YOUR Life.



arrowred Want more live music events in Haringey?  

Done – We have regular live music events, many featuring local musicians as well.

 arrowredWant more exhibitions of art and photography?  

Done – At Brand New Start Gallery we will be exhibiting many well-known artists from London as well as some from N8.

arrowred Want an opportunity to learn new skills  

Done – We are creating an area in our gallery dedicated to workshops and classes for the benefit of our local residents, young and old.
arrowredWant an opportunity to showcase your talents? at affordable prices?  

Done – We’ve got you covered – We provide a performance space to help talented artists, musicians and others to a Brand New Start!

Improving life in our community should be simple not hard work!


Give us a few minutes of your time and you’ll get the results you want!



When we say it’s simple… trust us. It’s Simple.

We are the masters of simple.

Is our community improvement work ground breaking? No.

But have you seen anything like it ever? Probably not.

Brand New Start is committed to helping YOU and building a better community for all in Haringey.

Join us and let’s get the results you want.



That’s our goal here.

We’ll help you give you all the support and tools needed to do so.

You are OUR priority here.


Making Homeless People Smile

02 June

Here at Brand New Start we are always inspired by how people find new ways to help others and in so doing build a better community. It’s what we try to do every day in Haringey.

So it was that when we saw the video below we knew we had to share this with all of you. Leave us a comment to let us know what you think.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frankdiary of Anne Frank 

Well I hope you liked this video as much as we did – if so then let us know by sharing your thoughts with us. In the meantime here is a quote that sums it all up for us.

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” 
― Charles de Lint

Crouch End Festival Screen Printing Workshop June 8th & 9th

02 June

Screen Printing Workshop | Crouch End Festival Special Event

Elvis screen printLearn how to screen print using materials that can be found at home.  Learn the basics of homemade screen printing, choosing your design, prepping screens from home made materials and printing.

The taster class will focus on the fun part, printing! Have fun composing and printing artworks to take home! Screens, inks and papers will be supplied, please bring t-shirts, canvas bags or anything else for that matter that you would like to print on, (Whites colours only please).

This workshop is for those looking for an introduction to basic home made and affordable screen-printing.  

Where and When

Saturday 8th June & Sunday 9th June 2013

at Brand New Start Gallery, 44-46 Hornsey High Street, N8 7NX


12.00 – 1.00pm – Saturday & Sunday 8th/9th June

1.00pm – 2.00pm – Saturday & Sunday 8th/9th June


We ask that you donate £4.00 to cover the costs of the materials used by you during the class. We will provide all the other materials and utilities needed to create your own masterpieces. **** Please also bring your own T-Shirts****

There will be only 2 classes each day so book early to avoid disappointment


DJ Trojan Pete Live At Brand New Start | June 7th and 8th

02 June

The Legend that is DJ Trojan Pete

 A Crouch End Festival *2 Night Special*DJ-Trojan-Pete

Where and When 

2 shows: – one on Friday 7th June and also on Saturday 8th June.

Doors Open: 7pm – midnight

Where: the Brand New Start Gallery
(44-46 Hornsey High Street, N8 7NX)

It’s part of the Crouch End Festival so there’ll be loads going on.



This is a charity event to raise money for the Haringey community and Brand NewStart Gallery. Donations happily accepted at the door -Please come early as we are not as big as the O2 arena – yet:roll:ultimate-ska-party


Please give generously

Brand New Start Gallery | Artists and Musicians Network | London with a shared vision to develop and improve society. 
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Bert Page Live at Brand New Start | Crouch End Festival

01 June


The Bert Page Band are a talented London based three-piece with bold, original songs. This music is rock that doesn’t fear to travel across borders from folk to jazz. Singer/songwriter Bert plays guitar and fender rhodes while Lenny and Scott hold down the rhythm on bass and drums.  


About the Band


Bert Page Bert-Page

One of the most talented keyboarders and painters we know, Bert blends in solid funk, with soulful tunes and a bit of Bad Plus style proggy Jazz thrown in to make an amazingly tasty cocktail.


Lenny Greenberg


Lenny is a former dj and producer whose contribution to UK Hip Hop is well-documented. His ear for rhythm and a well-placed bass line led him to take up the electric bass and to his involvement in numerous live and studio projects. His style is integral to this band.


Scott Tayler


Scott is an innovative, versatile and rocksteady percussionist, whose talents put him in high demand. His effortless style and ability to underpin any groove that comes his way make him the band’s sonic chassis.


Where and When


Next show will be on Saturday 8th June at the Brand New Start Gallery
(44-46 Hornsey High Street, N8 7NX)
from 7pm.

It’s part of the Crouch End Festival so there’ll be loads going on.



This is a charity event to raise money for the Haringey community and Brand NewStart Gallery. Donations happily accepted at the door -Please come early as we are not as big as the O2 arena – yet :roll:


Please give generously

The Rebelles at Brand New Start, Haringey | June 8th 2013

31 May


Who Are The Rebelles?

Crouch End local Tracie Hunter with Phoebe White and Anna Randall are a three-piece female harmony group.

I was delighted when Tracie, Phoebe and Anna agreed to come and sing at Brand New Start during our Crouch End Festival celebrations. This exciting new band with equally exciting faces just serves to illustrate the great talent hidden in N8. This is your chance to get to see these beautiful girls and more importantly hear their fabulous voices, not from the “balcony” a million miles away but up close and personal from just a few yards. This is one opportunity you definitely don’t want to miss. OK I’ll admit I am VERY biased because I love these ladies, so here (below) is a video so you can decide for yourselves. ….Jonny.




The Rebelles – Press


If you like your rock to stir the cockles of your heart, Tracie Hunter’s forthcoming album, ‘Vasilisa’, will have you reaching for the Kleenex (though hopefully not the noose). Having heard a couple of other tracks from ‘Vasilisa’, first single …


‘Junkman’ is passionately yet sensibly handled with a slow-burning start that gradually drifts over into passionate singing charged with plenty of energy, blistering guitar solos and above all, two fantastic voices!


The song is a great example of what a power ballad should be, and is sang with both feeling and passion by Hunter and Elliot…


Tracie Hunter is easily as good as most female rock singers and better than most, so let’s have this promised third album from her please…


When & Where?


7pm – Midnight on 8th June 2013


Brand New Start Gallery 44-46 High Street,
London , N8 7NX


This is a charity event to raise money for the Haringey community and Brand NewStart Gallery. Donations happily accepted at the door -Please come early to avoid disappointment.

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Tommy McCook – Tribute to Muhammad Ali

30 May

Brand New Start – Bringing Joy

Here at Brand New Start we like to have fun while we work hard to bring about some fundamental improvements in our community of Haringey. So today instead of a post advertising our services, events or exhibitions we thought it would be nice to just post for your listening pleasure. Lets face it making improvements in the community should be fun not work.

A little background on Tommy McCook (I’m sure Muhammad Ali needs none).

Tommy+McCook & The+SupersonicsMcCook was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to Jamaica in 1933. He took up the tenor saxophone at the age of eleven, when he was a pupil at the Alpha School, and eventually joined Eric Dean’s Orchestra.

In 1954 he left for an engagement in Nassau, Bahamas, after which he ended up in Miami, Florida, and it was here that McCook first heard John Coltrane and fell in love with jazz. McCook returned to Jamaica in early 1962, where he was approached by a few local producers to do some recordings. Eventually he consented to record a jazz session for Clement “Coxson” Dodd, which was issued on the album as “Jazz Jamaica”. His first ska recording was an adaptation of Ernest Gold’s “Exodus”, recorded in November 1963 with musicians who would soon make up the Skatalites.

During the 1960s and 1970s McCook recorded with the majority of prominent reggae artists of the era, working particularly with producer Bunny Lee and his house band, The Aggrovators, as well as being featured prominently in the recordings of Yabby You and the Prophets (most notably on version sides and extended disco mixes), all while still performing and recording with the variety of line ups under the Skatalites name.

McCook died of pneumonia and heart failure, aged 71, on 5 May 1998.



Remember to keep checking this blog for all updates on the events and workshops we are hosting for the Crouch End Festival. Alternatively go to our Facebook page as we’ll post them there also.

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