South East London’s biggest free festival is in our Manor. People’s Day has been Catford based for the last 33 years and is proud of it!
When: Saturday 8 July
Place: Mountsfield Park Catford
South east London’s longest-running free family festival is back for another year of live music, food, art, crafts, sport and dance.
Over one thousand performers will grace six magical stages with headline acts announced so far including The Ska Vengers, William D Drake and Margarita Pracatan.
Plus everyone’s favourite fun fair will be returning!
The People’s Day Team are thrilled to announce that our first three headline acts at People’s Day on 8 July are:
The Ska Vengers
Hailing from New Delhi, The Ska Vengers are India’s first ska band, fusing political messages with ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, jazz and punk, with some Cuban and Latin influences thrown in for good measure.
No strangers to controversy, The Ska Vengers received widespread media coverage after performing for 2,000 inmates inside India’s largest jail. They have also played Secret Garden Party, Bestival and Notting Hill Carnival.
William D Drake
Journey through the surreal and psychedelic with Catford local William D Drake, former member of the cult English rock band Cardiacs. Drake and his band serve up a feast of gorgeous instrumentation, masterful piano, ancient grinding hurdy-gurdy, harmonium, clarinet, guitar and drums topped with growly vocals and angelic choral singing.
Regularly championed by Marc Riley and Stuart Maconie (BBC 6 Music) and snooker legend turned DJ and broadcaster, Steve Davis, Drake was simultaneously voted 89th and 14th greatest artists of all time (solo and with Cardiacs) in Prog Magazine.
Check out his fifth solo album, Revere Reach, for a hearty, thumping folk-tinged romp.
Margarita Pracatan is a self-described ‘comedienne, singer, pianist and STAR, baby!’
Pracatan achieved cult-figure status in Britain after becoming a regular feature on Clive James’ Saturday Night Clive show with her renditions of New York, New York and Lionel Richie’s Hello. She also became a favourite of Martin Kelner, who regularly featured her on his BBC Night Network and BBC Radio 2 programmes.
See her taking on ABBA’s Mamma Mia on the Saturday Night Clive show.
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