After three years of disputes and changed dates, On Blackheath festival is finally set to descend upon Blackheath Common this month.
Taking place over the weekend of 13-14 September 2014, this new Live Music & Food Festival, which is run in partnership with John Lewis, promises a diverse line-up with artisanal food and drink in one of South East London’s most stunning fields.
On the Saturday, larger-than-life musician Grace Jones will be pulling up to Blackheath to take the main stage, joined by dance group Massive Attack, American Singer Aloe Blacc, Young Fathers and Joe Goddard, member of the English band Hot Chip. DJ Gilles Peterson will be curating a second stage of world music and live acts including Hiatus Kaiyote, BadBadNotGood, Swindle (Live)and Anushk. On the Sunday, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls will be headlining, and other artists include Imelda May, Levellers, Athlete and Tom Hickox. The full line-up can be viewed here.
As well as the fantastic musical line-up, On Blackheath offers a fab food experience, with a food stage set to host 8 chefs a day including Gizzi Erskine, Simon Hulstone, Richard Bainbridge, and Neil Rankin. Each chef will carry out a 40 minute demonstration showcasing up to three different dishes. To enjoy eating the dishes each chef will be demonstrating, take a look at the line-up here and book your exclusive Chef Club session at £27.50 for a 2 course meal with a drink.
If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, On Blackheath will also have a whole range of food stalls and a Farmers’ Market at the festival offering fresh delicious products, with many of the traders selling organic and fair trade produce. There will also be a number of bars selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks plus drinks from award winning local brewers.
Being a day festival, as opposed to a camping one, On Blackheath avoids the toll that most camping festivals take on the land. It is also clear that the organisers of On Blackheath are really trying to drive home the issue of sustainability with initiates such as using fresh, sustainable and local produce and making arrangement with local food banks and charities to manage any excess food. They have also ensured that the festival is a car-free zone meaning there will be no parking available in the vicinity. As such, visitors are advised to use the local transport links. Info on this can be found here.
Other attractions planned for OnBlackheath include a silent disco, street & fringe theatre, mixology demonstrations and drinks from local brewers. There is also lots on offer for the kids, with the Kids Fun Factory providing a world of interactive fun, games, workshops, entertainment and activities for kids of all ages. Activities include face painting, hoola hoop classes, storytelling, swing dance classes, DJ and Beatboxing workshops and graffiti, t-shirt painting workshops.
Adult Day Ticket – £57.50
Adult Two-Day Weekend Ticket – £99.00
Under 16s Day Ticket – £35.00
Under 16s Two-Day Weekend Ticket – £60.00
Under 5s – FREE
Under 12s – FREE
Please note that under 5s and under 12s still need a free child ticket to access the festival and must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or nominated guardian.
Tickets can be booked online here.
For more information on the festival visit www.onblackheath.com
Angie is our resident features writer on location in London, specialising in festivals, food and nutrition, and with a keen interest in ethical fashion.