What is Cro Cro Land?

We are a brand new multi-stage South London indie music festival, presented by the Croydonist, which launched in the centre of Croydon on 6 April 2019. Our mission is to:

  • celebrate the area’s rich musical history by bringing guitar bands back to the birth place of punk

  • curate a line-up of the UK's most exciting established and up-and-coming indie and alternative bands

  • ​keep gender equality at our heart of everything we do, including  a balanced bill, and a crew where women are fairly represented.

  • create new opportunities for the young, including a music mentoring programme

  • promote Croydon’s as a place of entertainment.

Our 2019 venue

Croydon’s cool and creative new event hub, Urban Xchange, part of Lansdowne Hotel, hosted the 2019 festival in three of its spaces. The venue is just a stone’s throw from East Croydon Station, one of the busiest transport hubs in the UK, which meant the festival was highly accessible (10 mins from London Bridge, 15 mins from London Victoria, 15 mins from Gatwick, 30 mins from Brighton). ​

2019 VENUE

Cro Cro Land took over Urban Xchange, part of Lansdowne Hotel on 6 April 2019.

See more photos from the day here.


Our 2019 stages

Town Square was the main stage at Cro Cro Land 2019 where festival goers enjoyed a bill headed up by some exciting established artists from the UK and beyond, including Blood Red Shoes, The Lovely EggsNova Twins, Bang Bang Romeo, and She Drew The Gun.

Concrete Playground was our more intimate stage for all the hottest new talent, including Moses, Sisteray, Chorusgirl, and Fightmilk.

The Tram Stop was our dedicated acoustic stage, and a place to chill out, where festival goers enjoyed music from many artists including Emily Magpie, Kristina Stazaker, and Rob Doherty.


All stages had licensed bars.

Our 2019 charity partner, Lives Not Knives

Lives Not Knives is a youth led charity for young people in London, working to prevent knife crime, serious youth violence and anti social behaviour as well as giving support and guidance to young people most in need. 

We worked with Lives Not Knives (LNK) in two ways. Firstly £1 from each general release ticket sold was donated to the charity. Secondly we ran a mentoring programme with the LNK team to give young people the opportunity to shadow professionals across different aspects of the event, not only giving insight into the myriad of roles involved in live music outside of performance, but also valuable work experience. Find out more about our 2019 mentoring programme here.

Croydon's musical history

Croydon is already number one on the music map, according to research commissioned by Deezer and Pringles, as the place for new music talent, with the most streamed artists coming from this area. But Croydon is currently lacking serious music venue outlets, for these artists to play on home turf.

Croydon has a rich musical history – alumni include; Ray Davies, David Bowie, Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager), Jamie Reed (artist/creator of all Sex Pistols art work), The Damned, Peter Grant (Manager of Led Zeppelin), Stormzy, Nadia Rose. The famous Greyhound Club used to be on every band's tour schedule including names such as The Cure, The Velvet Underground, and the Buzzcocks. The Croydonist are on a mission to reclaim Croydon’s indie crown.