World Party Saturday 31st July- Croydon Mela Sunday 1st August
Lloyd Park, Croydon
The Croydon Summer Festival returns for its tenth year and is now bigger and better than ever before with a compelling mix of acts from across the music spectrum and entertainment for all the family… and all this for free!
With a special emphasis on ‘Made in Croydon’, the line up for the main stage on Saturday includes local punk rock legends The Damned, family favourites The Lightning Seeds, Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Croydon’s new soul/reggae sensation Rox. Other live acts include the afro funk outfit Nhasfariti and the renowned IDMC Gospel Choir. This year the stage will be compered by DJ Ritu who hosts a weekly show on BBC Radio London.
Saturday’s World Stage, compered by DJ Cal Jader, presents a wholly diverse mixture of sounds from around the world including Peyoti For President who encompass the spirit of punk and the heart of the sixties in Hispanic grooves. Also appearing are one of the very few UK female Muslim hip hop crews Poetric Pilgrimage, tropical psychedelic rock band Los ChinChes, the 21st century hillbilly anarchists Cut A Shine and winner of Croydon’s unsigned artist of 2010 Joe Hood. As well as music there are workshops in flamenco, Mongolian overtone singing and beatboxing. A great new addition to site is the Club Soda Pop Tent hosted by Croydon adults with learning difficulties – a chance to dance the day away and see the world’s No.1 Michael Jackson impersonator! Pull up a hay bale for the Green Dragom & Black Sheep Bandstand which will showcase a cross section of Croydon’s finest musicians from fiery folk to Croydon dubstep.
Sunday brings the much loved annual Mela featuring on the Main Stage Jassi Sidhu, Taz, FAZE BLACK, and Raghu Dixit. A special highlight is the premiere of Baluji Shrivastav’s Rhythm Of Life Percussion Orchestra who will be joined on stage by local amateur musicians. Some of the leading lights of the Asian Music Circuit will appear on the ARCC Classical Stage and the popular Community Stage will feature back to back Asian influenced amateur performers. There will also be the Betar Bangla Folk Bandstand of new folk and Baul music from Bangladesh.
Other activity across site with the global market, fantastic street theatre (including a giant helium balloon and outsize whale), a huge kids’ area, youth zone, tug ‘o’ war, funfair, Green Village and the motorbike daredevils Wall of Death in their only London show in 2010!
For regular updates on confirmed acts please check www.croydonsummerfestival.org and don’t forget it’s only 15 minutes by train from London and 40 minutes from Brighton.