By Laura Burgoine
The Crystal Palace Overground festival is going vintage ‘70s for its biggest year yet. After smashing their fundraising target and raising a whopping £30,000 the festival organisers have compiled a jam-packed line-up of events with a plethora of music, vintage fashion, films and activities spanning the four day event.
Programme chair and Festival director Noreen Meehan says support from the local community and volunteers has been overwhelming. “The festival has grown significantly and there are so many fantastic events going on around the triangle,” she said.
Last year over 4,500 people attended the event, and this year’s should draw even more. “We span so many boroughs here that we’re often forgotten about, but the positive is that being on the apex of five boroughs means we get people from all those areas coming to our festival,” Noreen says. “Crystal Palace has become known for a good night out. There’s plenty of places to go and hang out until the wee small hours.”
One festival highlight will be the open air cinema at Coopers Yard, screening the 1953 short film The Pleasure Garden, which was shot in Crystal Palace park. The organisers have also worked closely with local churches to organise tea dances, bingo and a classical music concert, which will be held at St John’s church.
Westow House is playing host to a 1950s extravaganza serving up rock n’ roll, alcoholic milkshakes and hotdogs, while the Gipsy Hill tavern will feature an eclectic mix of live traditional Irish folk tunes, reggae, ska, and a ‘70s fancy dress disco.
South London bands make up the main music component of the festival; the main stage will feature local bands Breezy Lee and the Spaceshipman, as well as urban pop/rock band Offbeat South, who recently won Jamie Cullum’s Big Audition. For the first time a performing arts tent will be set up in the park, while there will also be a storytelling tent for children and arts activities for all the family.
The Crystal Palace Overground Festival runs from June 27-30 across Westow Park and the Upper Norwood Triangle. For the full programme: http://www.crystalpalacefestival.org