As festivals become more diverse, more niche, and certainly more boutique (and less London-centric), it's always a delight when a new festival pops up and utilises an old vintage site.
South Facing Festival starts on 6th August and runs for most of the month, located in the decidedly-vintage musical venue the Crystal Palace Bowl. South Londoners rejoice!
The Crystal Palace Bowl has barely been used in the last twenty or so years and had fallen into a semi-abandoned state. A brilliant crowdfunder raised funds to restore it - and now both South Facing Festival and Wireless 2021 will be held here - just as lockdown restrictions ease and the sun comes back out to play. The Bowl used to be a classic staple of many legends of music - hosting many such as Pink Floyd, Andy Williams, Elton John and Bob Marley to name just a few.
The Crystal Palace Bowl doesn't just possess a deep musical legacy - in 2021 it will be celebrating:
170 years since the Great Exhibition where the world's loudest speaker debuted + opened the event by playing the national anthem
110 year since the Pageant of London, UK's largest event to take place in that century
60 years since the amphitheatre stage was built
50 years since it began hosting rock/pop legends - Pink Floyd being the first performance
Back to South Facing Festival, and the 2021 lineup is deeply diverse and eclectic! Ranging from established indie-rockers Supergrass to the finer, cultural delight of the English National Opera. Alongside headline shows from Dizzee Rascal & The Outlook Orchestra, Sleaford Mods, Supergrass, The Streets, Max Richter and the English National Opera (ENO) there'll also be a range of free entertainment on offer. On week days , the platform overlooking the lake will see a variety of free and affordable entertainment for all ages.
All set to be a fantastic addition to the festival calendar! By jove, we've missed festivals!
Confirmed so far
Friday 6th August: Masego, Special Guest (TBA), Nubiyan Twist, Poppy Ajudha, Jaz Karis, Ego Ella May
Saturday 7th August: Sleaford Mods, Baxter Dury, Fat White Family, The Orielles, Jane Weaver, Katy J Pearson
Sunday 8th August: Corinne Bailey Rae, Cymande, Soul II Soul, TRC presents The New Regency Orchestra, Dennis Bovell, Vanessa Freeman, and Norman Jay.
Saturday 14th August: Dizzee Rascal & The Outlook Orchestra
Sunday 15th August: Kruder & Dorfmeister (Live Audio Visual Show), The Comet Is Coming, KOKOROKO, IKOQWE, Yazmin Lacey, Gilles Peterson, and WWFM DJ'S
Friday 20th August: Supergrass
Saturday 21st August: The Streets
Friday 27th August: English National Opera (Performing Tosca)
Saturday 28th August: Max Richter
Sunday 29th August: English National Opera (Performing Tosca)
More concerts and acts are still to be announced.
For the line-up details and day splits see here.
Prices start from £35.
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