The Great Malarkey & Henhouse Prowlers

The New Cross Inn is thrilled to announce that The Great Malarkey and Henhouse Prowlers will be playing on Friday 24th March!

facebook_event_1130026040414884The Great Malarkey

Why did the Irish artist, the Canadian surfer, the Portuguese London tour guide, the Gloucestershire gardener, two UK Guild Hall students, the Latvian paralegal and the androgynous cockney walk into a bar?
Answer: to play some folk-punk-blues of course!

Historically, the Great Malarkey has been very much ‘balls to the wall’ for lack of a better phrase, with influences from Tom Waits, The Pixies, The Pogues, Beirut, Nick Cave, Manu Chao and Toots and the Maytals, the latter of whom they were honoured to support at only their third gig. Their energy remains consistent, now only with an added maturity crafted over five years of writing, listening and extensive touring of the UK, Scandinavia and Europe.
Ultimately, this band does not disappoint. They will bring their whole heart to every song, every show, every album and everyone who wants to listen.

Henhouse Prowlers

Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.

The boys have worked with the US State Department on four separate trips in ten different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Russia, and put yet another notch in their European belt this summer, touring all over the Benelux and beyond. Continuing to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence–with the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.

Supporting acts and timings shall be announced shortly. 

Important info:
Doors 7pm
Happy hour 6-7pm 
Tickets – £5 in advance – get yours now!

New Cross Inn & BeSharp Present: The Talks & The Bar Stool Preachers

Be Sharp Promotions & New Cross Inn are very happy to announce that The Talks and The Bar Stool Preachers will be sharing the same stage again on Thursday March 23rd.
Mar 23rd The Talks
The Talks
 will be playing their first London show in almost a year!
In just a short space of time, they have built themselves a compelling live reputation across the UK and Europe for delivering sweaty, high octane, dance floor filling shows, treading the boards with the likes of Madness, The Specials, Rancid, The Beat and many more. With main stage performances at globally renowned festivals such as ‘This Is Ska’ (DE), ‘Mighty Sounds’ (CZ) and ‘Rebellion’, tweets of appraisal and support from new wave big hitters ‘Less Than Jake’, glowing reviews and cover features from Big Cheese and Vive Le Rock Magazines – not to mention appearing in programmes on various UK TV networks – the bands reputation has surged from strength to strength.

The Bar Stool Preachers are making a triumphant return after a storming headline show in December.
British music magazine Vive Le Rock hails the band as having “all the energy of The Specials in their heyday”, and we could not agree more. They are the perfect antidote to all of the run-of-the-mill, industry standard apathy that we see in modern music today. It’s edgy, new and above all different. Endless packed-out shows across the UK and mainland Europe prove that we’re not the only ones who feel that way.

Support will come from The Pisdicables, a six-piece Ska Punk screw ups from South East London; and The Tips a Reggae, Rock, Punk, Soul band on Long Beach Records.
Important info:
Doors 7pm
First act 7:45pm
Happy hour 6-7pm
Tickets: – £6 Adv / £8 door – get yours now!

Level Up Fest 2017

Be Sharp PromotionsEl Topo Bookings & Fishlock Promotions present, in association with Signature Brew New Cross Inn

The 1st Annual Level Up Fest

The three-day festival will be taking place at the
New Cross Inn in South East London, on 21-22-23 July 2017.

The Level Up Fest was created by four friends who all work in the live music sector and come from London, Antwerp (Belgium), and Bristol. They are otherwise respectively known as BeSharp Promotions, El Topo Bookings, and Fishlock Promotions. The four of them started their careers by booking the bands that they liked simply because they wanted to attend the gigs! They were later on brought together by their love of the Ska Punk genre, and decided to create their own London-based festival in order to gather their all-time favourite bands to play on the same weekend of July 2017.

The 1st annual Level Up Fest will be taking place at the New Cross Inn, in South East London. Over 30 artists spread across three days will be playing on two stages: the main stage will be in the main space at the New Cross Inn, while the second stage will be in the newly refurbished downstairs area of the venue. Beer tastings will also be held downstairs in the afternoon that weekend, thanks to the official sponsor of the festival, Signature Brew.

This event is already bound to be a legendary weekend among the Ska Punk scene, as it will host both King Prawn and Big D and the Kids Table – two bands that are considered to be Ska Punk Royalty among connoisseurs – for what will be their smallest and most intimate London show ever.

So far, six headliners have been announced as the official line-up, and more acts are to be announced soon, so stay tuned! You can already buy your tickets on the New Cross Inn Website – find prices and programme below:

July 21st - 23rd

FRIDAY JULY 21 – £10

The Filaments – Punk Hardcore Ska from Essex
The Foamers – Punk Rock’n’Roll from Surrey

King Prawn – Ska/Punk Reggae Hardcore from London
Popes of Chillitown – Ska Punk/Dub from London

SUNDAY JULY 23 – £15
Big D and the Kids Table – Ska Punk Reggae Stroll from Boston
The JB Conspiracy – Ska Reggae Rock Punk from London


The New Cross Inn
323 New Cross Road, New Cross
London, SE14 6AS

How to get there:
Public Transport:
New Cross Gate Station / New Cross Station (10 minutes from London Bridge)
Buses: 21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436, 453 & P13

Artwork: Mark Bell Illustration
All enquiries please write to

BeSharp Presents: Friday Reggae Party

New Cross Inn & Be Sharp Promotions are very happy to give you
an awesome Friday Reggae Party on February 24th! 

facebook_event_213200749090697And we are just as happy to say that the brilliant Captain Accident & The Disasters will be our headline that night.
Captain Accident is a Reggae/Ska/Soul artist who creates a unique blend of soulful lovers rock, roots reggae, ska, dub and rocksteady at his home studio in Cardiff. This sound is then brought to life on stage with the help of a collective of musicians known as “The Disasters” – although in reality, they are far from disasters! The energetic live show is guaranteed to get people up and dancing. With soulful vocals, soaring twin guitars and a truly infectious groove, there’s no standing still when Captain Accident and his clumsy sidekicks hit the stage.

Captain Accident currently has 3 self produced albums under his belt: “Pick up the Microphone” (2010), “Slippin Up” (2013) and his most recent release “Wake & Break” (2016) which has received great reviews and praise, including that from the legendary Sir David Rodigan on his BBC Radio 1xtra Reggae Show.

As well as Toots & the Maytals, Captain Accident & The Disasters have shared a stage with many of the biggest names in Reggae & Ska, including: Less Than Jake, Aswad, The Skints, Prince Fatty & Horseman, Pama International, Mad Professor, Bad Manners, The Toasters, Sonic Boom Six, Neville Staple, Fishbone, David Rodigan and countless others. Since their emergence on the reggae scene, they have become a staple part of the UK festival circuit, having appeared at Glastonbury Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair and several others.

Support that night will come from easydread, a 7 piece Rock-Reggae band from Bedfordshire that combines sounds drawn from a wide range of influences, from punk to rap, soul to ska; The Dub Righters, a Dub/Reggae band from London Town; and Ras Keith & The Organic Vibration, a talented singer-songwriter and his local feelgood Roots Reggae musicians.

Important info:
Friday 24th February

Doors at 7pm
First act 7:30pm
Tickets – £5 in advance – get yours now!

New Cross Inn, Polite Riot & BeSharp Present: Imperial Leisure

New Cross Inn, Polite Riot & BeSharp Promotions are very happy to announce that Imperial Leisure will be headlining at the Inn on Saturday March 4th.

facebook_event_1828588510750257From their humble beginnings in London as party band born out of school friendships, Imperial Leisure go from strength to strength, forever evolving their style but sticking true to their reputation for delivering fun and high energy live performances. Taking influences from all around, the music is a fun-loving throwback to the Ska-2-Tone era combined with more recent Punk/Rock/Hip-hop sounds. They have many tours under their belts having played extensively across the UK and Europe supporting Ugly Duckling, Roots Manuva, UB40, Less Than Jake, Young Blood Brass Band, The King Blues, Sonic Boom Six…. the list goes on! It’s always a party and it’s always huge: gigs are an exhilarating experience from start to end with very little let up in between – don’t be surprised to leave the venue dripping with sweat and cava spray! At the end of the night your clothes may lay about you tattered and boozy but you’ll still be wearing a great big smile.

Imperial Leisure may be playing that Saturday night, the doors will actually open at 4 o’clock in the afternoon as we have prepared for you an entire day filled with the best from the South East London Alt-Ska scene. Support acts will therefore inclue Riskee and the RidiculeKarl Phillips & The Rejects, Mid ReflectionThe Petty Thieves and Ferocious Lopez, among others. So you better make sure to come down early and enjoy some great music, and benefit from our cheap deals on drinks until 8pm!

Important info:
Doors – 4pm
First act – 5pm
Tickets – £7 in advance – buy yours now!

Just announced: Pat Savage at The New Cross Inn

Pat Savage PosterWe are very excited to announce that Pat Savage will be headlining on Wednesday 1st February at The New Cross Inn for an incredible night of Americana Country Rock.
For over 35 years, Pat Savage has opened for, as well as shared the stage with rock & blues greats such as Joe Cocker, Foghat, The Animals, Saxon, Savoy Brown, Matt Guitar Murphy, Albert Collins, Uli Van Roth, The Scorpions, Manfred Mann, Slade, Sweet, Uriah Heep, Steppenwolf, Molly Hatchett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, BB King, Georgia Satellites, Marshall Tucker Band, Grand Funk, Georgia Satellites, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healey and Colin James to name but a few.

Supporting acts will be The Tom Browne Band, The Otherness Rock, Hume and Gadd. See more on our event page.

Doors will open at 7pm, and you can book your tickets in advance for £10 following this link.



Our New ‘Stocks’ Basement Bar

Over summer we closed for a few weeks to renovate our venue; upstairs got a much needed lick of paint and we also introduced a brand new downstairs area called Stocks Bar.

If you haven’t already been to visit, then the new 150 capacity space serves over 24 different ales, ciders and beers along with a large range of liquors behind the bar, while also offering comfy booths to sit in to enjoy your pint away from the crowd upstairs. As the area has thrived there is now also an area for DJs to set up for late night shows or small acoustic acts for a different vibe from the main room.

Why not come for a visit and see it yourself, or check out the snaps below. We will see you down there soon!

*Booths and the bar are available for hire, get in touch if you would like more info!*



The History of New Cross Inn

Recently the events team were contacted by someone who had an interesting claim: her great grandfather had apparently been a previous owner of the New Cross Inn. Jen Sadler, who now lives in Australia, had been doing some digging into her family history, and during her research into the 1910 Census it was discovered that her great grandfather, one William Robinson, was in fact the publican at the New Cross Inn in 1910; his family migrated to Australia in 1913, but Robinson stayed behind until 1917. [1] On the rest of the census form, the names of all the bar-workers at the time can also be seen, which is a snazzy little glimpse of life in the past that you don’t often get to see.

william robinson

Consequently, this information sparked off a wave of research into the history of the venue, which turned up some pretty interesting nuggets of information. For a start, the New Cross Inn has been so named for a long time, since the late 1600s in fact, as Samuel Pepys (of diary-writing and cheese-burying fame) referred to it by name in 1675; before this point, it was known as the Gold Cross Inn. [2] Furthermore, it appears that it was not all that popular with the historical German air forces, as the pub was hit by a zeppelin in the First World War and then again by the Luftwaffe in the Second World War. [3, 4] It’s always cool to find out something new about London, and it’s extra-cool to know that the New Cross Inn is a long-standing part of the area’s history (even if it is mainly for being unlucky during air-raids!). We’re very grateful to Jen for getting in touch with us, as all this history would have remained unknown to us without her input.

Ben Poole Show Cancelled

It is with regret that we have to inform you that this show has been cancelled. Ticket holders with receive a full refund – please contact for details

Green Jello Gig Postponed

Hi everyone,
We’ve had some bad news from Mr Bill Manspeaker this morning that he isn’t able to get flights out for his UK tour in a couple of weeks.
Unfortunately this means we’re going to have to postpone the Green Jelly gig – which completely suxx.
The good news is that we’ve already confirmed a new date with the band – SEPTEMBER 25th 2016. I hope you will all still be able to make it. 
All tickets already purchased will be valid for the later date or can be fully refunded. Email for details.