London hall replaces concerts with wrestling

London hall replaces concerts with wrestling


norman lebrecht

March 01, 2020

Keeping you informed with the precipitate decline of the desperately struggling Fairfield Halls, Croydon, the site operators brag:

Highlights in new space The Recreational (the 750-capacity space being used for live gigs, conferences and private hire events)…include: All Star Wrestling, Frank Turner, the VIP Record Fair and the So Last Century Vintage and Retro Fair.

Not a peep of music.

Read on here.

Croydon has ben designated London’s Borough of Culture for 2023.


  • sam says:

    Wrestling is what boomer conductors and tenors did with the young women they fancied.

    All Star Wrestling, I understand, is consensual.

  • Karlo says:

    Frank Turner is a singer…….and a ‘record fair’ usually has music on sale….I’d say there’s more than a peep while they try to keep the doors open……

  • Steven Holloway says:

    As the Halls’ prospectus says, those concerts/shows above are in the Recreational, on which see post. But the Halls encompass more than the Recreational, it need hardly be said. Looking at the Phoenix section of the website, I see concerts of VW, Elgar, Butterworth, and Rachmaninov. Another that includes Glazunov’s saxophone concerto. The Mozart Requiem. A recital of violin sonatas. Well, you get the idea. No, they are not star performers, though the RP0, London Mozart Players, and others, are not to be idly dismissed, even around here. The point is that it is classical music, it is at the Fairfield Halls’ between March 1 and July 1. FH is not dead, but if social media sites such as this keep giving the impression that it is or close to it, then soon it will be.

  • DC says:

    That’s because it’s the Recreational. Don’t post things that are deliberately misleading. Plenty of music, and lots still to come.

  • James says:

    Fairfield Hall has been a wrestling venue for years. I have attended both wrestling and music at this venue. Non news story

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Whatcha gonna do, brother, when these 24-inch pythons come for your string quartet?

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    The Royal Albert Hall has staged many wrestling matched in its time – hundreds. But I don’t see complaints about that.

    Glazunov saxophone concerto is coming up in Croydon – there’s lots of good stuff and I can’t understand all the doom and gloom on these pages

  • pjl says:

    wasn’t Toscanini a big fan of tv wrestlng?