Programme 15 August
What a weekend we have for you - we hope you are Festival ready at home! Amazing dance, cabaret, spoken word, comedy and the best in live music streamed direct to your home all weekend. Don't miss today's incredible headliner Andrew Ashong, special guests Rodney P & Blak Twang from Kingdem and Rob Deering, and keep dancing til the wee small hours with our house DJs!
14:00 Live streamed show starts
14:05 Panash Steel Orchestra
A rousing opening from this much loved Crystal Palace steel pan band www.panashsteel-uk.com
14:20 Grounded Movement
Sunanda Biswas, one of the UK’s most accomplished jazz and hip hop dance artists and founder of FLOWZAIC, the UK’s first all-female breaking crew, gets you up off the couch and moving with some easy to follow dance moves that will vastly improve your dance repertoire and make you feel real good! groundedmovement.com
14:40 Made in
India Britain – Rinkoo Barparga
Since leaving home in Birmingham, Rinkoo Barpaga has moved around England a lot, determined to find somewhere to settle. Along the way, he has encountered both racism and discrimination, and as a result he has been constantly asking himself the question “where do I belong?”. British born, Rinkoo discovered at the age of three that not only was he required to tick the box ethnic minority, but also the box deaf. Made in
India Britain is an insight into one man’s life as he tries to fathom out exactly who he is and where he belongs, as he delves deep into past experiences to try and find clues which will ultimately help him realise his true self and a home he can finally call home.
15:00 Jane by Moxie Brawl
A dance theatre piece from Moxie Brawl looking inside the life of pre-Raphaelite artists’ muse Jane Morris. Playing with power, femininity with a touch of art history. With bright blue costumes that turn into puppets, mesmerising choreography and cheeky performers, this show will brighten up your day as we tell Jane’s story www.sarahblanc.com/moxiebrawl
15:10 The Tinmen
The Tinmen play their own blend of blues and grunge rock, incorporating influences from the likes of Tom Waits, The Cure and Neil Young, to paint a picture of our lives today and the rich elements of our past.
15:30 A chat with Lucy Hopkins from Martin & Co. and chair of the Friends of Crystal Palace Park
Find out more about plans for the park and what Martin & Co. have been up to in lockdown.
15:40 Zoë McWhinney – spoken word
“How could I have a completely separate voice, plus have my own – which is silent but omnipresent, like the queue in the word Queue?” You could see my voice plain as day, but you couldn’t hear it. This is British Sign Language. Come the 15th, go on the trail through to the hidden side of my Deaf eyes; a petit-path illustrated with a micro-collection of BSL poems, and an idyllic scenic visual vernacular piece. English voiceover will be provided; Audio Description available on request Insta Twitter
15:55 C3 – the Croydon Creative Collective
Music and spoken word performances from some of Croydon’s most talented young people mentored by some of Croydon’s finest artists. C3 is a partnership led by Croydon Music and Arts and includes Zoo Co, Talawa Theatre, BRIT School and White Hut Studios. Funded by Art Council England’s Youth Performance Partnership. Hear more about what they have been up to in lockdown and a new digital arts programme for young people aged 8-13 in Croydon www.cma-online.co.uk/gallery
16:15 Armorel Weston (The Children)
We know you will be entranced by Armorel’s deep powerful voice and expressive guitar playing as she sings her own compositions, a hybrid of the blues, folk and rock, telling stories from life’s highways & byways.
16:30 Teatro Vivo Presents The Grimms Collecting Agency
The Grimms will be popping up in Crystal Palace’s high street and parks pre-Festival, collecting your stories and turning them into a show for our Festival Weekend programme.. Seek them out and tell your best tales to the Grimms, as they roam our streets on 8-10 August, or drop them a line at email@example.com
17:00 Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
A chat with Sarah from the Friends to find out the latest on the bridge, the Megalosaur and all about their work past, present and future.
7 piece jazz funk fusion band. Inspired by artists like Herbie Hancock and Kamaal Williams, fused with classic jazz sounds @azadevents
17:45 Barbara Brownskirt: The Bus Stop Will Not Be Sanitised
Acclaimed Poet-in-Residence, 197 bus stop, Croydon Road, Penge, Barbara Brownskirt ruminates on the patriarchy, vegan shoes, her ex-Susan and her muse, Judi Dench. Brought to you by prize-winning author Karen McLeod, Writer-in-Residence, The Bookseller Crow. “Rik Mayall meets performance art” The Sunday Times www.karenmcleod.co.uk
18:05 The Jenny Hanivers
The Jenny Hanivers return to the Crystal Palace festival this year after an exuberant performance that forced a reluctant sun out in Crystal Palace Park last summer. Look up a Jenny Haniver and you’ll see a form that’s a misdirection, entirely unusual, yet strangely familiar. The Jenny’s set is a tribute to all the artists the band loves, from Talking Heads to The Style Council, picking up the Velvets on the way. The songs are packed with memorable hooks, wry story telling, sly grooves and finished off with a guilty sprinkle of sweet romance.
18:50 Rob Deering
Rob Deering performs stand-up comedy with music, using a guitar, a loop pedal and his voice to create impressive rock and pop soundscapes – and do jokes, of course. Along with being one of the most in-demand headliners on the UK circuit, he’s toured nationally and performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe many times since starting out in comedy in the year 2000. Rob has performed throughout the world, in shows from the Middle East to Melbourne, Shanghai to the South of France, and he has appeared on any number of Radio and TV shows, often using his extensive knowledge of film, popular music and… well, ‘general’; he has won Celebrity Mastermind and a comedians’ special of the Weakest Link on BBC One, for example. Rob runs, presenting the podcast Running Commentary with fellow running comic Paul Tonkinson, and fundraising for his favoured charity Parkinson’s UK; he has run fourteen marathons and raised over £100k. During the Lockdown he has busied himself writing his first book robdeering.com
19:05 Ruby Pharaoh
Started in lockdown 4,000 miles apart RubyPharoah unites singer-songwriter Ruby Barker and drummer/singer songwriter Pharoah Russell. Their sound mixes electronica, low-fi beats, soulful vocals and emotive lyrics. Their debut single Walk in the Park a bubbling summer tune is out at rubypharaoh.bandcamp.com
19:45 Super Bird
A peacock inspired music phenomena, a colourful pop-funk n’ roll power package, freshly delivered from the stork of love…Superbird was recently crowned BBC Introducing’s Band of 2019, concocting a sound that echoes Prince, Jamiroquai and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whilst flirting with more contemporary influences such as The 1975, Harts and Blossoms www.wearesuperbird.com
20:05 Their Lives Matter – a Ragtime to Grime Jam
A celebratory show hosted by Grounded Movement with special guests Rodney P and Blak Twang.
20:08 Ragtime to Grime
Premiere performance. This reworked extract of a collaboration between Grounded Movement’s artistic director Temujin Gill and the late Ty, explores through dance and rap, a story of troubled young people mentally adrift and disenfranchised from history. A celebration of the cathartic impact of music, the sense of connection it gives, and the power this has to anchor us in our own lives. www.groundedmovement.com
20:19 The Jam
A rich line-up of hip hop artists, old school pioneers and local emerging talent come together to perform and celebrate the amazing impact black artists have had on both culture and the creative community.
2019’s Kingdem tour saw three of UK Hip Hop’s most heavyweight artists join forces for an explosive experience but now sadly Ty, one of the UK’s most prolific and beloved rappers, is no longer with us. We are honoured to have Rodney P and Blak Twang reuniting for a very special performance of Kingdem material, celebrating Ty’s huge impact and talent. With five studio albums under his belt, including Awkward, Upwards, Closer, Special Kind of Fool and A Work of Heart, Ty had set the bar for up and comers to bring musicality, soul and heart to the British rap landscape www.kingdem.co.uk
Supported by Croydon Council Culture Relief Fund
21:20 Two 5
They say it all started with the blues. That’s where Crystal Palace locals Ron McElroy and Andy Burke started, and they liked it so much they decided to stay and enjoy the view www.two5.co.uk
21:40 Andrew Ashong
We are super excited to present Andrew, a British-Ghanaian soul singer-songwriter, DJ and producer from Forest Hill with his band, described by Paul Lester of The Guardian as “a hazy, jazzy dreamer of a young soul rebel who in his music references Roy Ayers and Shuggie Otis, Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye.” His single with Theo Parrish, Flowers, was Gilles’ Peterson’s single of the year in 2013 andrewashong.tumblr.com
23:00 DJ Mamasutra
Crystal Palace Festival resident DJ Mamasutra (Daphnea Wenham) has been keeping the crowds engaged and entertained in between acts since 2012. Inspired by the diverse crowds the festival draws, Festival Artist Line up and the Crystal Palace Community and beyond, reflects in DJ Mamasutra ’s selecta style. She can be best described as an imaginative musical chameleon, crowd pleaser who keeps the vibe alive. For this year’s festival, she will be serving up a Best of Bo Selectas to mark an almost decade of entertaining festival goers.
00:00 King Michael
Old school progressive and tech house, some classics and some less well known, from King Michael, a known associate of The Orb who mixed their sound system into his warm up gig at their last Royal Festival Hall show.
Producer and composer Jono Podmore aka Kumo has, together with his band metamono and other undercover operations, been part of the festival since the early glamour of Westow Park. His DJ set will reflect that journey and bring new flavours for 2020. Think analogue electronics, thumping beats and shake your pants www.psychomat.com
Click here to see the programme for Sunday 16 August.
Photos: Main photo Silvastone © Pawel Gawronski, Andrew Ashong, Ruby Pharoah and Moxie Brawl.