World Party – August 1st
1 – 8.30pm
Croydon Summer Festival returns to Lloyd Park this summer and it’s bigger and better than ever and crucially, in these credit-crunched times, a great weekend of free entertainment.
Headliners at the World Party are evergreen crowd pleasers The Proclaimers who stormed back to the top of the charts in 2007 with a re-working of 500 miles for Comic Relief and have just released their new album Notes & Rhymes.
Candi (Young Hearts Run Free) Staton has recently given her illustrious career a boost with her recent releases on the ultra-cred Honest Jon’s label with “Who’s Hurting Now”, described in Mojo magazine as an ‘Early contender for 2009’s album of the year.’
Kwassa Kwassa king, Kanda Bongo Man, brings his sun-drenched Cameroonian grooves – always guaranteed to nice up the area; as are major festival favourites Dreadzone and Bishi’s mix of British folk and pop alongside her rock Sitar playing.
And as if all that weren’t enough the DJ/ compere on Saturday’s main stage is none other than man about town and cultural barometer, Normski.
Saturday’s World Stage features everything from the guitar virtuosity of the Eduardo Niebla Experience to hispanic stylings of the Latin Dub System via the Balkan beats of Alejandro and the Magic Tombolinos.
Candi Staton (featuring Style Council’s Mick Talbot on keyboards)
Kanda Bongo Man
GMWC (35 strong Croydon Gospel Choir)
+ DJ/MC Normski
Latin Dub Sound System
Eduardo Niebla Experience
Alejandro and the Magic Tombolinos
De’borah (Croydon’s best unsigned music act winner 2009)
+ DJ/MC Geli Berg
Street theatre also looms large over with Artizani’s Desert Island Discs and Close Act’s Giant fire breathing ‘Suarus’ dragons. They will be joined by Bjorn the life like Polar Bear.
A new feature for 2009 is the Bandstand where you can picnic on hay bales and chill out to a variety of acts from smokey blues to fiery folk.
Completing this wide spectrum of entertainment will be a village sport field, Community Stage, interactive Council zone, huge kids’ area, funfair, international food and craft market, dance and music workshops and the giant walk in inflatable Colourdome.
15 min by train from London
East Croydon BR – Tram 3 to Lloyd Park
Car Park: £5 all day