Now in its 5th year, and having provided sets from the likes of Madness, Primal Scream, Elbow and Frank Turner, this instalment of Blackheath’s huge jamboree is promising its biggest ever lineup.
Sitting on the top of this year’s bill is Paloma Faith, who shot to stardom in 2014 with her number 1 single ‘Changing’ and then BRIT award for Best Female Solo Artist. She maintained her success with a stint as a judge on The Voice, followed by another platinum album, ‘The Architect’. Her set will bring elaborate production and soul tinged vocals, as well as a good few singalongs. Closing the Saturday night at On Blackheath is Squeeze. London locals, much like most artists on the bill, the classic band will be drawing on their extensive back catalogue. Expect performances of hits like ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Tempted’ and ‘Pulling Mussels’ to sound as good as they did over 40 years ago, despite a lack of Jools Holland for nearly 30 of those years.
Aside from this year’s headliners, the main stage will welcome a varied lineup of exciting acts. Hip hop giants De La Soul will bring their jazzy rap to the main stage on Sunday, while a UK exclusive set from The Divine Comedy supports Squeeze on Saturday. Billy Bragg’s combination of socialist anthems and love songs will unite the audience in a celebration of the London accent, Corinne Bailey Rae will bring her worldwide hit ‘Girl Put Your Records On’ to the stage, the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir will bring local spirit to the festival, and The Lightning Seeds will spark another celebration of English football.
Elsewhere, we’ll see DJ sets from the likes of Craig Charles and Huey Morgan, the jazz-funk of The James Taylor Quartet and a magical set of experimental-electro-prog from Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi. And yes, that is Steve Davis the snooker player doing an experimental-electro-prog set. Incredible.
Aside from all that, we’ll be treated to a huge amount of non-musical entertainment, and of course the finest street food London has to offer. On Blackheath is a must this year.
On Blackheath is on September 8th and 9th this year.