On Blackheath 2018:
The weekend of September 8th and 9th sees the return of one of our favourite festivals (and it’s not just because we get to sleep in our own dry, comfortable bed at the end of the day!)
This year we are looking forward to seeing The Divine Comedy on Saturday, I love the stories told by Neil Hannon’s songwriting and his observations of people, although I find “A lady of certain age” very poignant, possibly as it reminds me of my godmother who managed to get younger and younger as the years marched forward. If that leaves me a little melancholy I’m sure a burst of “At the Indie Disco” and everyone’s favourite “National Express” will leave us all smiling. As will the headline act, Squeeze.
On Sunday we’re looking forward to seeing legends of hip-hop De La Soul, with Paloma Faith providing the headline. Over the 2 days, other notable musical acts include Billy Bragg, the Lightning Seeds, Corinne Bailey Rae and DJ sets guaranteed to get us dancing by Norman Jay MBE, Huey Morgan (frontman of the Fun Loving Criminals), and Craig Charles.
Of course, the festival will feature new and up and coming acts, and I always enjoy seeing these wondering if we’ve seen that special someone or group that’s going to be enormous. It will be interesting to see if Leon Tilbrook is indeed a chip off the old Squeeze block – no pressure there Leon!
There’s also the possibility of something a little wacky, and London Astrobeats Orchestra play: Talking Heads sounds as if it’s going to fill that niche. Last year we loved waiting to pick up our tickets being entertained by The Mariachis, and it looks as if we can enjoy that again.
Street Food Union has totally revamped the food offering at On Blackheath this year, bringing a great mix of food to the festival from New York Deli style subs, to grilled cheese sandwiches and Yorkshire pudding burritos (I can guarantee that Alex will want to try one of those!). I’m really pleased that Meantime is providing the beer, it’s always great when festivals link to local craft breweries.
As ever, there will be many activities for children, with under 5s tickets free.
Day Ticket: £56
Weekend Ticket: £92
Under 16’s Single Day Ticket: £18
Under 16’s Weekend Ticket: £25
Under 12’s Single Day Ticket: £10
Under 12’s Weekend Ticket: £15
Tickets are available from a number of vendors including See Tickets, Ticketmaster, Festicket etc.
Full details from the Festival website: http://www.onblackheath.com/tickets