The Somers Town Festival

Neighbourhood
Location
Chalton Street
NW1 1JB
London
Event time
12pm–6.30pm
Date
13 Jul 2019

Get ready for the biggest, brightest free street festival in Camden! Now in its 21st year, this annual party is the borough’s biggest street festival, attracting thousands for a celebration of what this unique part of London brings. The stalls, the stages, the community groups and the performers prove the theory that every country on Earth has a representative in Somers Town. 

 

We are hugely proud to be an 'Access to All' festival. No entrance fee. No wristbands. No barriers with security going through your bag. Just walk in and be a part of it. The street food stalls are run by local residents and not the same old tired vendors. This is real street food – from flats in kitchens straight onto the kerbside – the stalls on Chalton Street will take you all around the globe. This is a festival by the community for the community.

 

To celebrate 21 years, Somers Town Festival has been invited onto the British Library Piazza for a Somers Town takeover. A spoken word stage and a pop-up Somers Town history museum will grace the library concourse. The event will also mark the opening of meantime space The Story Garden, built by Global Generation on the land behind the library. 

 

This year sees four live stages. As well as the music, there will be our always-popular funfair, poetry, parades, film screenings, a rock n’ roll market, comedy, street theatre, sport and city gardening all finding their place on the bill. Plus a special guest, Sir Keir Starmer MP, on hand. 

 

Performers announced so far: 

Peter Perrett plus John Perry and Alan Mair from The Only Ones

Suli Breaks

Pete Astor 

Yizzy

Oh!Gunquit

Imaginary Millions

Knox (The Vibrators) 

AMM All-Stars (Frank Zappa tribute)

Beki

Blues Orchestra

The Speedways

Mickey 9s 

Regent High School Samba Band

Bengali Stage 

The Caretakers

Maria Fidelis School Choir

New Horizon Youth Centre 

Faith and Lewis 

 

Comperes: Gwen Ever, Khalid and Perry Benson 

 

Dance 

The Action Men

Bhangracise and Dhol 

Irish Dancers 

 

Spoken Word

Sudanese poets 

 

Film 

We're really excited that this year's festival will include film screenings. Artist Jeremy Deller's ‘Second Summer of Love' documentary explores the social history of the UK between 1985 and 1993 through the lens of acid house and rave music and is being screened at the festival at the artist's request.

Plus A Long Way to Nowhere – the documentary about The Parkinsons 

 

Chalton Street Gallery Exhibition 

 

PLUS 

Kids Zone

Pearly Kings and Queens 

Sports

Youth Tribes Exhibition

Street Parade

Rock and roll jumble sale 

 

Crowd Funding 

We need a little help with funding the festival – we want to keep it free entry, but it costs money to put on. So we would like to offer up some gifts for all of you who would like to help us.

£5 will get you a Somers Town Festival tote bag.

£10 will get you a reserved VIP seat at the Cock Tavern Stage

£30 will get you a wonderful Somers Town Festival poster signed by all the performing artists.

£50 - get the chance to perform the Hokey Cokey live on stage with St Pancras Pearly Kings and Queens

£100 - All of the above plus a free pass on all the fair ground rides.

 

Find us: 

somerstownfestival.co.uk

Facebook: Somerstownfestival 

Twitter @somerstownf

Insta @somerstownfestival 

Email: somerstownfestival18@gmail.com 

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