London’s big end-of-summer party, ONBlackheath, will return to the capital once again on September 8th and 9th this year. The two-day music and food event will take place on the beautiful green spaces of Blackheath, close to Greenwich, with another stellar music line-up at its heart. The Festival Paradise team was there last year and we can vouch for the fact that this is a festival worth heading to during the summer wind-down period. It is conveniently located, just outside London, in the charming Blackheath village and it has a fantastic mix of big headliners, kids' entertainment and workshops.
South London’s own living legends Squeeze will headline Saturday, with Platinum-selling British artist and fellow Londoner Paloma Faith top of the bill for Sunday. Billy Bragg, The Divine Comedy, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lightning Seeds, De La Soul, Craig Charles Funk and Soul and Huey Morgan are just some of the acts announced in the first round of confirmed artists.
Gordon Mac, founder of Kiss FM and the man behind Mi-Soul Radio, the home of soul, R&B, reggae, drum n’ bass and funk, is putting together a cracking line up for Stage Three at ONBlackheath, with Jumping Jack Frost, Paul Trouble Anderson, Ronnie Herel, Terry Jones, Brandon Block, Matt White and Bob Masters just a few of the artists who will keep the grooves going across the weekend with MCs Shaq D and Craig Williams presiding.
Stage Three will also be home to the Soulhouse Music Review featuring, among others, Michelle John, Vanessa Freeman and Hill Street Soul.
And if that wasn’t enough, Farringdon’s hottest nightspot and London’s only non-stop music venue, The Piano Works, will be bringing their unique style of music to Stage Four at ONBlackheath, meaning there will be non-stop requests on offer all weekend.
Squeeze brought the house down when playing the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2016, and OnBlackheath offers the chance to see these British icons in their home city as they make a welcome return to an event they played that same year. When Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook formed the band in 1973 just a short distance from Blackheath in Deptford, it sparked a career which has produced 16 albums, fame on both sides of The Atlantic and instantly recognisable songs like Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Labelled With Love. Some of the best and most enduring songwriters to take the sound of London to the rest of the world, Squeeze’s ability to charm a crowd is still strong and their ONBlackheath appearance is set to be a superb homecoming gig.
With her acclaimed No 1 album The Architect one of the best-selling albums of 2017 and a BRIT nomination for Best Female Artist, Paloma Faith is embarking on a huge UK tour, culminating in her appearance on the Main Stage at ONBlackheath.
The Architect showed the full range of her talent, with singles Crybaby, Guilty and ‘Til I’m Done joining her impressive list of hits which include Picking Up the Pieces, Never Tear Us Apart and Only Love Can Hurt Like This. With a voice capable of the sort of soulful power which deserves the biggest of stages and the ability to write hit after hit, her Sunday set will be the perfect soundtrack to a late summer London evening.
Preparing the way for Squeeze’s headline set on Saturday will be The Divine Comedy and Billy Bragg, with plenty more artists to be announced.
It’s not just about music either, ONBlackheath offers festival goers a weekend of great street food and family entertainment. There’s plenty more news to come as the summer builds towards the festival weekend!
Early ticket buyers for ONBlackheath 2018 can enjoy great discounts with a limited edition first round of tickets, released on May 11th, priced at £44* for a day pass or £75* for the entire weekend. Entry is free for children under five. ( *subject to booking fees)
For more information, visit: http://www.festivalparadise.com/on-blackheath