Ambition is a four-day mix of performances and installations in the heart of South London offering music, theatre, comedy, dance, and the visual arts running from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th July, will be funded by the council but is to be largely curated and programmed by a diverse range of promoters and arts groups.
Already on board are Ariwa Sounds, Busk in London, Heroes of Fringe, GastroPub Live, BoxedIn, and Stand.
Soul II Soul, Tinariwen, and Mad Professor (with special guest) have been announced as headliners. They join Forleigh, Neck, Tony Wright, Swing Zazou, The Tribe, Flash Mob Jazz, Lewis Floyd Henry, SwingPatrol, Whitestar, Farida Momtaz, Mashville, Mike Galsworthy, Kings Parade, Shareefa Energy, Black River Wild, You & Me, Under a banner, Ragz Cv, The Arhai, I & Ideal & Eyesis, Smitha, Jonas McCloud, Dubmarta, Lazy Habits, SIMMS, Too Many Ts, The Tailormade, Lucan Mills, Mee and the Band, Karl Phillips and the Midnight Ramblers, Movie, Ragz CV, Endurance Steel Orchestra, D-Kel, Little Blue Light, Grace Savage, Man Bites Dog, Suffice, Olly Reeves, Alternative Dubstep Orchestra, Leslie Lewis Walker, Noemie, Differential, Simon Scardanelli, Drumscapes, Natalie Shay, Jean Genie's Massive Hugs, Harry Houseago, Elephants & Castles, JamFam, Superman Revenge Squad, Aylmer the worm, Cassettes, Ivanmore, Brothers of Mother Shovel, Mark Bowler, Beans on Toast, Corky, Glenn Hodge Banned, Dandlemann, Gilli Bloodaxe, Stephen McGourty, Debbie Bond and the Tru Dats, Dave Sears, Unitary, Tom Janssen, Solar Wolf, Jenny Lockyer, New Groove Formation, Superman Revenge Squad, Skip MacDonald, The Tethers, Akasha, Mara Simpson, King Size Slim, Michael Sebastian, Funkt Up, F.O.X., and Tall Tales.
For the line-up details as available see the Ambition line-up page.
Almost 100 other acts, including comedians, dancers and spoken word acts will perform in 30 different venues and outdoor stages across the long weekend in the town centre.
Tickets prices vary depending upon event.
Many stages around Croydon town centre will be free of charge, but most evening shows in the Fairfield Halls and some other venues will require tickets or weekend wristbands.
Alongside the ticketed parts of the programme, organisers promise some really special, secret, intimate performances in unusual locations, including rooftops or inside old and disused buildings around the edges of the town centre. As well as this, the two main nearby churches, Croydon Minster and St Michael's, will play host to a series of unique gigs in spectacular settings.
There will be other free-entry performances and activities in open spaces and smaller venues throughout the town. These will feature activities for families as well as some less well-known performers who are being hand-picked for talent and originality.
The festival is welcoming approaches from other music and arts organisations with ideas about how they could take over a stage or venue for a day - or even the whole weekend.
This event does not offer camping. There are plenty of accommodation options in Croydon itself.
More information will be here when available.
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