A few months ago I happened to have a lovely chat with a member of St Stephens' who explained to me that the hall was built with the very intention of being for the local community. I was told that the hall was intended to be an inclusive, positive place in Shepherd's Bush for local residents to benefit from regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds. To demonstrate this the hall is now being used for a film club for local elderly residents (and soon the homeless as I blogged about earlier this year) and by Ballet Black, a dance school which aims at providing "dancers and students of black and Asian descent with inspiring opportunities in classical ballet", amongst other similarly local pro-community causes.
Among the other artists who will grace the acoustics of St Stephens are my three favourites:
Fink - Jose Gonzales-esque intense folk
Sarah Blasko - Aussie singer who is similar to but way, way, way, way better than Katie Melua.
Marques Toliver - (fast forward to 0:28 to ignore two silly people messing about behind a barrel of hay) who received an outstanding reception at Brighton's Great Escape (which I sadly missed as I was busy on a hen do playing get the chocolate willy into your mouth from your forehead, without using your hands). This is my kind of music; unique, soulful, eclectic, skillfully delivered by a hot man in a checked shirt messing about with a fiddle. Marques is DEFINITELY a Birdie top tip for Bushstock (I''ll be the one at the front of the audience reaching out trying to stroke his bow)