OnBlackheath: festival launch

A festival of great food and music, OnBlackheath festival is now in its second year of running. With headline acts including Kelis, Madness, Laura Mvula and Elbow playing this year on Blackheath Common, southeast London, music won’t be the only thing to satisfy those going.

At the festival launch on the garden-themed roof of John Lewis, Oxford Street, I had my fortune revealed to me from the back of a sparkly cupcake by a pair of entertainers, one of which had a headdress that was probably taller than her. As I made my way through fairy lights and trees with teapots and parrots dangling from the leaves, John Quilter, infamous Food Busker and star of ITV’s new TV show Food Junkies, revealed that the festival will play host to a string of ‘Michelin-starred talent’ from Paris and London. I have no doubt it will be as delicious as the launch party’s offerings of mini-pizza-calzones and cherry cake with ice cream I was lucky to enjoy that evening.

The festival, which takes place on 12/13 September 2015, is family-friendly and will provide an eclectic range of acts for all music enthusiasts, with special guests Manic Street Preachers, Anna Calvi and Jack Savoretti, as well as the supporting stages showcasing the talents of Gilles Peterson and Heavenly Records. That, along with the festival’s Food Village and Chef’s Club Banquet, will shape up for a solid late summer weekend, with workshops, games and activities for all ages.