It’s not been an easy summer for festivals, and each week brings further cancellations. The good news is that a surfeit of one-day music events is happening in London’s various green spaces. Most festivals have reached their final ticket release, so if you’ve got your eye on something, best snap those tickets up without further ado.
Alexandra Palace has a long history with music events stretching back to the 1960s. It’s not surprising really as its grounds are an ideal spot – a perfect for relaxing and taking in the views of the city centre, plus its sloping grounds mean that everyone can get an uninterrupted view of the main stage. And now family event Kaleidoscope is taking place for its second year at the iconic spot on Saturday 24th July.
Headliners this year are the iconic Groove Armada. More artists were added to Kaleidoscope’s stage once the festival was definitely going ahead. The full music lineup sees these artists on the bill: The Coral, The Staves, Ibibio Sound Machine, House Gospel Choir, Norman Jay MBE, Greg Wilson, Matt Jam Lamont, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and The Glory ft. John Sizzle.
Kaleidoscope also features a Comedy and Words tent which includes playwright and author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, plus additions to the comedy lineup, Reginald D Hunter and Glenn Moore. In true family festival style there will be lots going on for kids of all ages: The Flying Seagull Project, a mix of comedy, clowning, magic and circus; Storystock, exploring the joys of storytelling; Spare Room Arts and world-famous bubbleologist Samsam Bubbleman!
Tickets are now available for Kaleidoscope 2022
Ealing Blues festival
Till very recently it looked like the annual Ealing Summer festivals weren’t going to happen. But then Ealing Council decided to go ahead and a grateful local community breathed a sigh of relief. As usual, the festivals take place in Walpole Park. Ealing Blues festival takes place over two Saturdays, 31st July and 7th August this year, and there are lots of other festivals sharing the same space over the month including Jazz and Comedy. Tickets are very reasonable, at under £10 per person.
This brand new, month-long, outdoor concert series takes place at the Crystal Palace Bowl, where the amphitheatre which has been untouched for the last decade will come to life again. Hmm, how to pick a couple to recommend? Well, we like Saturday 7th which features artists on the Heavenly record label plus others: The Orielles, Fat White Family and Jane Weaver and more are set to appear; Sleaford Mods top the bill. Sunday 15th August features Kruder & Dorfmeister, The Comet Is Coming, KOKOROKO, Gilles Peterson and more. The Streets has two shows, an extra has been added as the first is sold out.
Check out https://southfacingfestival.com/
Wide Awake festival
Wide Awake makes its inaugural appearance Friday 3rd September. This festival gets our thumbs up for its fabulously varied and inclusive lineup, including indie, post punk, electronica, techno and jazz. It’s an impressive, and impressively big line-up with over 30 acts set to play, so making your choices is not going to be an easy task.
Scalping, Dream Wife, David Avery and Black Country New Road are among those appearing. DJs include Dr Rubinstein and Ivan Smagghe.
Please note: Tinariwen have cancelled their tour due to Covid issues. Boy Harsher are sadly no longer appearing. Please refer to the latest lineup for details
Tickets for Wide Awake are on their second and final tier. Tickets available here
Cross the Tracks
Cross the Tracks first took place in 2019 and gets its second outing this year on Sunday 5th September at Brockwell Park. The jazz, funk and soul extravaganza has just added Lianne La Havas to headline. Also Sons of Kemet, whose albums encompassing rock, Caribbean folk and Afrobeat have seen them win numerous awards. South London singer songwriter Sasha Keable, 10-piece jazz group SEED Ensemble, and British rapper Kofi Stone.
They join En Vogue, The Cinematic Orchestra, Sister Sledge, Jordan Rakei, Giles Peterson, Greentea Peng, Nubya Garcia, Yussef Dayes, Ashley Henry, Channel One, Children of Zeus and Norman Jay MBE, plus many more. Like Wide Awake, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Tickets have sold out but 3‑day tickets are available on sale now via xthetracks.com.
Main image: Cross the Tracks
All ticket info correct at time of posting