Win: Tickets to Bishi & Lupen Crook @ London Word Festival

By Julie PH Last edited 110 months ago
Win: Tickets to Bishi & Lupen Crook @ London Word Festival


Not content to just throw free booze at you and call it a day, we're back again with more free tickets to that lovely literate arts festival, the London Word Fest. This time we're giving away two pairs of tickets to Sunday night's showcase of the singing-songwriting talents of Bishi and Lupen Crook at Bardens Boudoir. It's an event of "contemporary folk-extremism", say the festival producers, and indeed if the below video preview of Bishi's energetic, head-banging, sitar-playing performance is anything to go by (until now we would have thought those two things incongruous), then the acoustic sets we're promised this weekend are definitely worth turning up for.

Bishi live

Leave your details below - winners will be selected and notified on the morning of 8 March.

Competition closes at 23:59 on Saturday 7 March. The London Word Festival runs through 25 March at venues across East London. Tickets range from £6 to £9; head here for the complete lineup.

Last Updated 06 March 2009

Julie PH

Congratulations to Suhky Dhaliwal and May Yee Tee, winners of our two pairs of tickets to the Bishi and Lupen Crook gig. Enjoy!


On sunny Sunday morning I was more than pleased to receive a text for winning tickets to a London Word Festival (LWF) event. It is my second year going to LWF which gives a stage to writers and musicians on the fringe.

A late start for LWF wasn't a problem for chilled crowd of trendy punters in Dalston. Down the stairs from street level is Bardens Boujiour, with high wooden chairs scattered around the stage. I was getting curious of discovering what is "folk extremism".

First few male performers of the night played sobering music that almost resonant to Spiritualised melodies. Sadly Lupen Crook never made it through traffic but Bishi thankfully made it, even with a hangover from night before.

Bishi's vivacious presence is like a 40s film star, she takes centre stage to intimate crowd of people. I found combination of sitar and ukulele scales to be subtle pairing of folk music from two spectrums of the world. The lyrical portrayal of city life explains what influences the unique style of Bishi that lead to twist of what is known as "folk extremism". Now here is a real fusion in tune.