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ON Blackheath – The Family Festival

The Eve of ‘On Blackheath’ the end of summer Festival.

So what is is about the On Blackheath festival that appeals to everyone? Well as well as fantastic local and international Artists Performing Live on stage, this festival is more than just music, it appeals to food lovers and children’s entertainment.

Featuring special appearances from family favourites and some intriguing and immersive entertainment, young visitors will be encouraged to get out and explore a range of activities across the weekend.


Comedian and writer Julian Clary will be reading excerpts from his best-selling children’s book series “The Bolds” and will be joined by award winning children’s illustrator David Roberts. David has earned great acclaim for his distinctive style as well as his collaborations with some of Britain’s finest children’s authors, including Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson.
Also joining the children’s line-up will be Children’s Laureate (2007-2009) novelist, poet and author of the enduring classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen. Other key highlights include an appearance by CBeebies star Mister Maker, entertaining pre-schoolers in fun and imaginative ways.

They will be joining the festival’s classic Village Green Sports Day with egg and spoon races, three-legged races and tug-of-war. Also on the bill for the children’s area will be festival favourites face painting, a craft zone with Daemon and Doppelganger, Hugh Jart painting wall, flower creation workshops, circus workshops, a pirate ship for climbing adventurers, wandering performers and soft play areas for under 5’s.


The Festival is now tantalising taste buds by revealing the various chefs who will be cooking up a storm over the weekend in the John Lewis Food Village. Curated by Masterchef finalist and private chef Tony Rodd, the food line-up features a number of guest chefs from all walks of life, making sure there is something to suit every palate.

Saturday’s cookery line-up will feature chefs such as Jane Devonshire – the winner of MasterChef 2016. Jane’s catalogue of recipes ranges from the modest Roast Chicken to the more indulgent Fresh Lobster Pasta with Tomato Chilli and Tarragon.
Also making an appearance on the first day of the festival will be Gary Maclean, who won MasterChef: The Professionals last year. Maclean, 45, is the senior chef lecturer at the City of Glasgow College and a father of five. He defeated his fellow finalists with a winning menu of a razor clam starter, a Highland Roe Deer main, and a chocolate pistachio ganache for pudding. Being praised as a “gentleman of the kitchen” by celebrity chef Marcus Wareing, his is a demonstration not to be missed.
The highlight on Sunday will be Michael Bremner, who has appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu, and is the owner and head chef at Brighton’s 64 Degrees restaurant. In his critically acclaimed restaurant, Bremner puts an emphasis on patrons sharing small plates of food with an aim of creating a more social dining atmosphere.

The John Lewis Food Village will also be home to award-winning street food, pop-up restaurants and the local Meantime Craft Brewery Bar – ensuring visitors are both well fed and well hydrated.


12pm – Christophe LeTynevez – Boulangerie Jade and Creme de La Creme
1pm – Jane Devonshire – MasterChef winner 2016
2pm – Gary Maclean – MasterChef: The Professionals winner 2016
3pm – Adam Simmonds – The Test Kitchen, Great British Menu winner 2014
4pm – Tony Rodd – MasterChef finalist 2015
5pm – Dave Mothersill – The Salt Room

12pm – Guy Awford – Hand Made Food, The Guildford Arms
1pm – Saliha Mahmood Ahmed – MasterChef winner 2017
2pm – Mark Stinchcombe – MasterChef: The Professionals winner 2015
3pm – Michael Bremner – 64 Degrees, Great British Menu
4pm – Emma Spitzer – Author or Fress, MasterChef finalist 2015
5pm – Laura Petersen – The Coal Shed, The Salt Room



OnBlackheath Festival, in partnership with John Lewis has announced a change to the line-up for this weekend’s festival with Basement Jaxx (DJ SET) added to the bill on Saturday September 9th, as unfortunately De La Soul have had to cancel their appearance at the festival, due to travel problems caused by Hurricane Irma.
The legendary Brixton duo Basement Jaxx now headline the second stage at the festival with a DJ set and Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club will move across to the main stage for a 3pm slot with other acts Kate Tempest and Steve Mason moving up the bill.

The Basement Jaxx (DJ SET) joins Rationale, Earl, Bad Sounds, Jesca Hoop, Tom Williams and Keir on Stage 2. The main stage is headlined by Travis with a UK festival exclusive performance of The Man Who album.

Some of the best up-and-coming live acts around will join headliners Travis and The Libertines at OnBlackheath, which returns on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

Together with the latest list of emerging talent joining the main stage, organisers have also announced that compering this stellar line-up will be two men who know music inside out – BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt, presenter of The Music News and The First Time With joined by the hilarious long-serving radio personality Danny Baker on Sunday.

The first new act to join the line-up are The Districts who established themselves as one of the strongest US indie-rock exports of recent years with stunning 2017 single Ordinary Day. Philadelphia’s finest will bring their beautiful, layered tunes to OnBlackheath on the Saturday along with the likes of Basement Jaxx, Metronomy and the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club.

Also added to the Saturday bill are local outfit Koates and if a band could ever be described as “hot off the press” it’s this talented trio. Formed through chance encounters in the cultural melting pot of East London, the band’s ability to write killer songs and put on jaw-dropping live performances suggest greater things to come, and this is a great chance to catch them on the way up.

Jarrod Dickenson has supported the likes of Don McLean and The Waterboys but is breaking out of the shadow of others to become a sought-after live act in his own right. Hailing from Texas where musical storytelling is something of an art form, his rich, deep voice has created something of a frenzy at BBC 6 Music where various presenters have joined his fan club.

Combining rock with hip-hop beats and hints of grime, Brighton’s Yonaka have hit the UK live scene like a freight train in 2017 and will bring their storming live show to the festival. Known for the type of shows that have the floors and walls shaking, this is a band that has set their sights high and will make sure Sunday at OnBlackheath is anything but sleepy.

Set to be a recurrent name in the list of bands to watch in 2017, The Lottery Winners will bring their buoyant indie pop tunes to the OnBlackheath stage. The four-member indie pop band from Greater Manchester have taken the North West by storm and promise to be a not just a band festival goers like, but a band they’ll love.

London-based Australian duo The Graveltones will be bringing their infusion of rock and blues to the festival, along with Amsterdam’s rising lo-fi indie star Pip Blom.

Essex boy Joseph J Jones has an incredible, unique voice that he’ll be unleashing at OnBlackheath and another solo artist who won’t have to travel far to the festival – London’s Mancie Baker – will get the chance to show why she’s been playing to thousands of people despite being just 17.

Rounding off the new acts are Naked Six, the Yorkshire lads who are winding the clock back to the classic British rock era of the 1970s in their own energetic way.

Saturday headliners Travis, one of Britain’s best-loved bands, will be treating ticket holders to a festival exclusive of their hugely successful album ‘The Man Who’.

Legendary indie rockers The Libertines will headline on Sunday, when American blues ace Seasick Steve, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, New York City natives Fun Lovin’ Criminals and the soulful KT Tunstall will also take to the main stage.

Now established as a landmark event in the London calendar, OnBlackheath has previously seen the likes of Massive Attack, Grace Jones, Elbow, Madness, Manic Street Preachers and Primal Scream take the main stage by storm. Last year over 25,000 music and food lovers gathered to enjoy the end-of-season festival, across the two days.

Travis ˑ The Libertines
Basement Jaxx (DJ SET) ˑ Metronomy ˑ Seasick Steve ˑ Jake Bugg ˑ Kate Tempest ˑ KT Tunstall
Steve Mason ˑ Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ˑ Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Acrylic ˑ Ardyn ˑ Bad Sounds ˑ The Districts ˑ Tom Grennan ˑ Black Honey ˑ The Cuban Brothers ˑ Dan Caplen ˑ Earl ˑ Graveltones ˑ Jarrod Dickenson ˑ Jesca Hoop ˑ Joseph J Jones ˑ Keir ˑ Koates ˑ Idles ˑ Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir ˑ London Soul Choir ˑ Mancie Baker ˑ Marine ˑ My Baby ˑ Naked Six ˑ Paris Youth Foundation ˑ Pip Blom ˑ Rationale ˑ She Drew The Gun ˑ Stevie Parker ˑ The Chris Holland All Stars . The Lottery Winners ˑ The Mariachis ˑ Tom Williams ˑ Tusks ˑ Vant ˑ Yonaka
Compères Matt Everitt (BBC 6 Music) & Danny Baker (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Day tickets are priced at £49.50 with weekend tickets selling at £90 (plus booking fees). Tickets can be purchased in person at Blackheath Concert Hall or online via SeeTickets.com, Ticketmaster.co.uk, Songkick.com, Gigantic.com, Stargreen.com, AXS.com and Twickets.live.

Entry is free for children under 5 and there will be a limited number of tickets available for children aged 5-12 for £10 per day or £15 for the whole weekend. Teen tickets are also limited and are priced at £30 per day and £55 for the weekend.

Hospitality tickets are offered for the first time this year, costing £100 a day or £175 for the weekend. Hospitality tickets include access to the guest area, a guest festival laminate, drinks tokens and a dedicated guest entrance.

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