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Come in from the busy London streets and hear some soul-baring music, insightful lyrics, epic stories, great banter and the warm Grow vibes we've all come to know.

Grow is a a space to experiment.... A place to come down without pressure to enjoy a range of musicians from across London who span genres. Local musician Joel Smith will take care of you on the night, whether you're playing, singing, speaking, reading, thinking aloud or just sitting back to relax!




Billy Boguard (FR)

Billy is a Folk singer-songwriter, who writes, plays and sings from the heart adding to it a blend of imagination and psyche that culminate to betray his own feelings to find the simple truth of storytelling. 

His enchanting sound is inspired by artists such as Neil Young, Bon Iver and Damien Rice. 

We're delighted to welcome Billy all the way from France for a special show to warm your Autumn evening.

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Lily Lyons

Lily Lyons is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from South West London who has been quietly making her way around the UK gigging scene for the past year. She is a soulful artist with a sound that is both timeless and completely her own.


Nick Corbin

Since playing his last show with New Street Adventure in January 2018, Nick Corbin has been busy working on his debut solo record.
With two co-writes, “Don’t Do Me Over” and “Home”, on Lack of Afro’s latest album, “Jack of all Trades”, he has wasted no time getting new music out to an expectant fan base. 

After a busy summer that included two nights at London's iconic Union Chapel, opening for soul legend Mavis Staples, Nick will be touring the UK and Ireland this winter with Stone Foundation and The Spitfires to road-test his new material.




Uncle Errol McGlashan

Founder of the Urban Guerilla Spoken Word organisation Word On The Kerb is a Multiple slam winner, engaging event host and dynamic workshop facilitator. He can be seen on street corners and in pubs and clubs thrilling audiences across London with his own fiery brand of performance poetry.

Not the first time Uncle Errol has graced us with his extensive repertoire, and hopefully not the last. We're delighted to welcome him back to Grow.

- Joel Smith

+ Plus more to be announced!


Host of the evening Joel Smith, is an Australian-born, London-based musician, singer, songwriter, writer, sound engineer and DJ.

Having led bands from Brisbane, Australia before moving to London to pursue new directions, he now performs with multi-national Ambient/Dream/Psych Rock group Los Capivaras, with a debut release due 2018.

Since arriving to his adopted base in Hackney Wick in early 2013, Smith has developed a rich performance vocabulary, performing solo acoustic alongside shifting experimental ensembles. Constant collaboration with a multitude of international artists, designers, DJ’s and musicians have allowed Smith to hone his experimental, effects-laden guitar and soaring falsetto vocals through many improvised and one-off performances.

2017 and 2018 have seen Smith turn his focus towards live, improvised film score collaborations, giving inspired performances, recently extending to France.

You can also catch him regularly singing Jazz standards, acoustic shows, playlisting rare gems from Punk, Folk, Disco, Afro-beat, Turkish to Latin American Folk-tronica, and also running the monthly Open Mic night at Grow, Hackney.

He will be airing some of his written work from his recent residency at THE LAB -


If you're interested in performing or would like to know more, please contact us at email or msg us on Facebook and we'll get back to you!

About Grow, Hackney

We are an independently run space and an experiment in ethical business, which includes working with local artists, musicians on collaborative projects to host free events where everyone is welcome. We pay London Living Wage and partner with community projects to share and nurture local talent. Grow has no investment and is built by local Hackney Wickers and relies on the sharing economy of the area. Profits go back into the community