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John Metcalfe live @ Bedford Arms, Balham 13 July 
John Metcalfe

London local John Metcalfe plays a free gig at The Bedford Arms in Balham on Thursday 13 July 2017.

John says on his Facebook Page: "Full band in attendance with Rosie Doonan, Daisy Palmer and Ali Friend providing glorious groove and gorgeous vocals. They look lovely too. And it's totally free so no excuse not to come with all your friends and say hello. On around 10."

Stage times

20.30: Tamara Hansson | Facebook

21:00: Liv Austen | Facebook

22:00 John Metcalfe


The Bedford Arms
77 Bedford Hill
London SW12 9HD

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