The finest folk and americana live music night in London


Showcasing ”brilliant acts” from the “rising North London folk-ish scene of balladeers.” - Time Out London

  • WHAT IS BTGR?

    Before The Gold Rush is a fortnightly live music event in North London featuring the best emerging artists within, but not strictly confined to, the genres of folk and americana.

    Our main night takes place on the last Friday of the month. You can expect to hear four fantastic acts, from solo artists through to full electric bands.

    Our stripped-back nights on Wednesdays are a more intimate affair, mainly featuring acoustic singer-songwriters and duos. Fantastic food is served at these nights.

    Between acts you can expect to hear music from the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Band, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, The Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Nick Drake, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Fleet Foxes, & many more.

    For the first 18 months, starting April 2012, the home of our main night was The Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell. You may have caught one of our shows there. We have also hosted events at The Gallery Cafe and The Slaughtered Lamb.

    Check out our past nightsphotos, and videos to get more of a feel of what the night looks and sounds like!

  • WHO ARE WE?

    BTGR is run by musician and promoter Stephen Hallam and photographer and host Nina French. You’ll meet us on the door, please say hello!

    Bands and artists, please click here for more info regarding our ethos, how we run our nights, and how to play.

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  • WHAT WE DO AT BTGR

    Simply put, we do everything within our power to promote a very high quality event that we can all benefit from – artists, promoter, venue and audience.

    We do not rely on the bands to supply the entire crowd, as a lot of other promoters do in London. While we do expect the artists that are invited to play to do their best to help promote the gig, you will not hear us issue the tiresome request for you to “bring at least 30 people”. It is our job to provide a respectful, appreciative crowd for you to play to.

    The proprietors of our venues (see Contact for more info) are also fully engaged in helping promote our nights as well as hosting them.

    We always take the time to produce eye catching flyers and posters which we hand out at larger folk/americana gigs in the run up to Before The Gold Rush nights, and we will supply you with a handful of these if you wish. We always list our night in and on all the major music listings publications and websites, we advertise on relevant blogs and sites, and we stay very active on social media. In short WE do the promotion for you, because we are the promoter, a concept many other gig organisers do not seem to grasp!

    We’re eager for bands and artists to make the most of the night and encourage their friends and fans to arrive early and stay to watch all the acts. The performers will be chosen to complement each other and hopefully the fans of each will also be interested in the other performers, providing the chance for all the acts to network with each other, to build their audiences and their status. Many other musicians we have met along the way and people within the folk(ish) scene also regularly attend our nights, providing yet more opportunities to collaborate and make contacts. We enjoy the community aspect of the night and love to see like minded musicians establishing ongoing relationships.

    Last, but not least, the night will feature 4 quality acts MAXIMUM. Each act plays at least a 35-40 minute set. We do not operate a meat factory style conveyor belt of 6-10 bands playing 15-20 minute sets.

  • WANT TO PLAY?

    If you feel your music fits the bill for Before The Gold Rush, and you are interested in performing, please email us at info@beforethegoldrush.co.uk with a link to your main websites, music and videos. We very much welcome submissions.

    It is better if you have a live video we can watch, whether that be from a gig or just recorded in your rehearsal room. Please also let us know of any upcoming gigs you have in London. We will endeavor to respond to everyone who contacts us. 

    Coming down to the night, having a chat over a beer, giving us a CD, and watching the other bands perform also scores massive points with us if you want to play future nights!

    On the night, we endeavour to pay our acts as much as we can after covering our venue hire, sound engineer, and promotional costs. We DO NOT operate a “bring x amount of people and you get x amount of money” policy. We split the door profits fairly. All bands and artists will also be granted 2 guestlist spaces, and will receive some FREE drinks on the night.

    Nina is a fantastic photographer, and is always on hand to catch some high standard shots of your performance. Examples can be viewed on our Photos page.

    We also record your performance with a stereo line out from the mixing desk and a room microphone. After the show we will mix the audio and send the wav file to you. We will also film your performance and synch the recorded audio, providing you with a very good quality live video of your entire set. Some examples of the standard of our videos can be found on the live videos page.

    At our full band nights we always employ a professional in-house sound engineer, and we only use high quality audio equipment. In addition to the standard equipment, we provide a stand up piano tuned to concert pitch, a good standard house drum kit (minus breakables), as well as a bass amp.

    At our stripped back nights there is a small five channel PA, with DI boxes and microphones.

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  • Get In Touch

    To securely buy advance tickets for our events please visit our WeGotTickets page.

     

    To join our mailing list and receive email updates please submit your details.

     

    For all enquiries please email us at info@beforethegoldrush.co.uk

     

    We’d love to hear from you!

     

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  • Our Venues

    The Fiddler’s Elbow is a welcoming 150 capacity dedicated music venue. Our full band night takes place usually on the last Friday of every month. Take the tube to Chalk Farm, or the Overground to Kentish Town West. Buses that run close are 393, 24, 46, 31, 168, 27.

     

    The Haberdashery is an award winning coffee shop and eatery where we hold our intimate acoustic nights. We alternate between the two branches monthly on Wednesdays. The Crouch End branch is a short walk from Crouch Hill or Hornsey Overground. Buses to Crouch End include W7, W3, 41, 91. For the Stoke Newington branch take national rail to Stoke Newington or the Overground to Dalston. Buses include 67, 73, 76, 106, 149, 243, 276, 393, 476.



  • Find Us



    A: The Fiddler’s Elbow, Chalk Farm

    B: The Haberdashery, Crouch End

    C: The Haberdashery, Stoke Newington

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