Croydon Cultural Partnership
Did you know that Croydon has a rich and diverse cultural heritage? The Punk Rock movement started here in 1976 when the single 'New Rose' was released by local band 'The Damned' which counted Captain Sensible as one of its members. Croydon is home to 2019 Glastonbury headliner Stormzy and the late reggae artist Desmond Dekker. It was also the birthplace of the dance music genre 'Dubstep' created by local DJs and producers; Artwork, Skream, Benga and Hatcha who produced their music above Big Apple Records which used to exist on Surrey Street.
The Fairfield Halls
, located just 7 minutes walk from the hotel, is South London's largest art's venue. The halls were built in 1962 on the site of Croydon's historical Fair Field and opened by Her Majesty Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Concert Hall is internationally recognised for its acoustic design and is also home to the London Mozart Players as its resident Orchestra.
The Beatles, David Bowie and Elton John count amongst many of the wide variety of artists who have performed at the Concert Hall over its 50 year history. View upcoming shows at the Fairfield Halls here
Croydon's multicultural community is celebrated through the borough's many festivals. The Croydon Pride, Mela and Food & Music Festival events have attracted record numbers, while the 2019 'Ends Festival' brought a variety of international artists such as Nas, J Balvin, Burna Boy and Damian Marley to Lloyd's Park for an amazing 3-day festival.
Recently Croydon has also developed its own vibrant street art scene with the emergence of Turf Projects and RISE Gallery who have hosting various competitions and exhibitions, including a Banksy exhibition.