We may well be arriving towards the final days of summer, but festival season is not yet over. On Blackheath Festival in South East London provides a final hurrah. Situated in Dartmouth Field, the festival boasts an eclectic line-up, including the likes of Elbow, Madness, Kelis, Manic Street Preachers, Laura Mvulva, Anna Calvi and Temples, and with stages curated by the likes of Heavenly Recordings and Giles Peterson’s Worldwide, there really is something for everyone.
But it’s not just music that On Blackheath offers. Oh no, the brilliant John Quilter (AKA The Food Busker) is curating and hosting a Chef’s Club Banquet encompassing a mini restaurant set in a bohemian grand pavilion in the middle of the Food Village. So it will very much offer something different to the standard disappointing food that so many festivals offer, you certainly wont be going hungry here.
With so much going at the festival, AMBY has made your life easier and we’ve narrowed down five acts that you should definitely make an effort to see at On Blackheath. Tickets for the festival are still available here.
Is there really anywhere else to begin? The Mancunian five piece have been honing their craft for 18 years now. We can’t think of a better headliner to cap off the summer. Their latest record The Take Off And Landing Of Everything saw the band score their first ever UK number 1 album and you can expect their festival friendly set to run through that album as well as their ever impressive back catalogue.
Fresh from appearing at David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival at the South Bank Centre of which AMBY was fortunate to have been at, Anna Calvi returns to the stage in the capital at On Blackheath. The appearance will cap off a busy summer for the Londoner, who has been getting rave reviews for her recent shows with the Heritage Orchestra. A MUST see.
Appearing on the Heavenly Recordings stage is AMBY favourites Temples. You can expect swooping guitars and powerful drum lines from this psychedelic rock quartet. Their debut album Sun Structures received great critical acclaim last year and we can’t wait to hear the songs from it being played live.
DRINKS is the new project of Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (White Fence). Earlier this year we heard their debut track Hermits on Holiday and ever since we have been obsessed with it, a real highlight of the summer. Their debut album was released last month and their appearance at On Blackheath provides one of the very first opportunities to catch the pair live. Not to be missed.
Opening the festival on Saturday is enigmatic girl-boy duo BRITAIN. A few months back we saw them support TOY in London, and it is little surprise to us to discover that that they have recently joined TOY on Heavenly’s ever impressive roster of artists. Producing an acute blend of dream pop and post-punk, they are well worth getting down early for.