This weekend see’s the return of one of the more quirky dates on the festival circuit. After last year’s roaring success ‘On Blackheath’ returns bigger and considerably better – with the sort of line-up that is certain to interest music fans from all genres.
The Saturday is a plethora of indie-rock stalwarts, mixed with a myriad of extremely talented up-and-coming artists that one would normally associate with your more hard-lined festival dates. Heavenly recordings return with a stage featuring new indie darlings ‘Hooton Tennis Club’, psychedelic rock band ‘Temples’ and dance legends ‘808 State’ to name but a few. On the main stage it’s more of a who’ who of festival favourites; with ‘Elbow’ and the ‘Manic Street Preachers’ sure to pull in a large crowd. Also gracing the stage on the Saturday is the Twickenham artist ‘Anna Calvi’. If you’ve not seen Miss Calvi live before then make sure you are stage-front at 17:15 – as she produces the type of sets that are at times mesmerising. Her axe wielding approach to playing the guitar is also quite unforgettable.
The Sunday turns the musical genres from the previous day completely on their head with ‘Kelis’, ‘Laura Mvula’ and ‘Madness’ headlining. This eclectic group of artists certainly offers a more approachable day to introduce children to the festival scene; last year On Blackheath was widely applauded for the various activities and events for the younger music fans and this year promises more of the same.
On Blackheath is really a rather unique festival experience and certainly one of the more laid back events you’ll stumble across. If you still haven’t had your fill of live music this summer then this years On Blackheath certainly showcases some great artists and offers that twee village feel at the same time (yes, there was a stall selling chutney last year).
The full line-up can be seen at www.onblackheath.com