Programme 16 August
We hope you stay with us all day for more fabulous live performances streamed directly to your home! Singing, cabaret, dance, performance parkour, live bands and singer songwriters and spoken word, headlined by the amazing JOHN with very special guests Marcus Brigstocke and Jim Bob from Carter USM!
14:00 Live streamed show starts
14:10 Festival Singalong
Join local choir leaders Dominic Stichbury and Katie Rose for a fun, accessible, uplifting singalong. All taught by ear, no need to read music. Dominic is a local musician and choir leader who has performed and taught across the UK and Katie leads the local Welcome Choir and other choral projects including Sing for Water London www.dominicstichbury.com www.therosewindow.org
14:30 Zoo Humans
A response to the shocking fact that over a third of young people in the UK spend less time outdoors than its prisoners, Zoo Humans sees the UPG Team bring their distinctive performance-parkour and David Attenborough’s smooth narrative to a group of humans on the verge of forgetting how to move www.prodigalupg.com
This performance-parkour/dance/physical-theatre show for the whole family is accompanied by 5 filmed tutorials will introduce you to the basic floor and block based fundamentals of performance parkour. This is all agility work, so very soft and gentle, no jumps or big vaults and all the movement can easily be adapted to different settings – free and downloadable from our YouTube channel. Please search for ‘Crystal Palace Festival’.
14:45 The Zealots
The Zealots are a haphazard group of entertainers who hark from deepest south London. Their sound has been described as having “mixed the musicianship of Stevie Wonder, the funk/rock sound of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the positivity and rhythm of Jamiroquai” – godisinthetvzine blog. Throw in a little bit of Steely Dan and you’re there www.thezealotsmusic.co.uk
15:25 Winner of the Young Spoken Word Artist Talent Call Out
We have been searching high and low for new young talent and wow there’s a lot out there! Beating off fierce competition the winner of our talent call out will be a young spoken word artist aged 16-30 to be revealed soon! Judges for the competition are local poet Joe Duggan, Zena Edwards and Brokenpen.
15:45 Lisa Luxx
Performance poet Lisa Luxx explores gender, sexuality, productive outrage, the conflict of a mixed-heritage body and a whole celebration of sisterhood, inspired by her new chapbook Trust Your Outrage www.lisaluxx.com
16:20 Ebony Rose Dark
Ebony Rose Dark is your all singing, all dancing, lip syncing, storytelling, VIP cabaret and performance artist. She will be taking you on a summery, uplifting journey through song and dance with a splash of audio description.
16:45 Rockoake Meets Crystal Palace Lockdown Live
Crystal Palace Lockdown Live’s local artists have been keeping us all entertained during lockdown and 3 of these fabulous artists will be singing live with the amazing Rockaoke!! Rockaoke are the Uk’s original live karaoke band, inviting the audience to ‘live the dream’ by taking to the stage and singing with a live rock band. In the past two decades they have had 150,000 lead singers; from Ricky Wilson and Rick Astley to Roy Walker and Jeremy Corbyn @Rockaoke
Brokenpen’s style is routed in hiphop but he has taken the elements from this genre and made it his own, using metaphors and similes along with word play he paints pictures with his words and allows the listener to visualise the topic he chooses to talk about @Brokenpen_
17:40 Rosie Wilby
Rosie is an award-winning comedian who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends and Four Thought, TV programmes including Good Morning Britain, at major festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury and in the finals of several major comedy competitions. Her first book Is Monogamy Dead? was shortlisted for the Diva Literary Awards 2017, longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2018 and followed her TEDx talk of the same name, articles for The Guardian, Sunday Times and New Statesman and a trilogy of internationally-acclaimed solo shows investigating love and relationships. Rosie also presents The Breakup Monologues podcast, which has been recommended by Chortle, The Observer, Metro and Time Out.
Afrobeats artist, singer songwriter and producer infusing hip hop, R’n’B, Afrobeats and much more with his live band www.silvastonemusic.com
18:35 The Big Ball re-Imagined – Grounded Movement community film project
This film created in partnership with local community members, is inspired by people’s hopes for the present and future, to share their own experiences and dreams for how we rise to the challenges of surviving, thriving and coming together through this time. It has been a great opportunity for local Crystal Palace people to develop their own filmed movement work, and see it brought together into one dance for camera film production, directed by Grounded Movement’s Temujin Gill in collaboration with filmmaker Ros Witha www.groundedmovement.com
18:50 Marcus Brigstocke
Marcus Brigstocke is a comedian, writer and broadcaster. He was the BBC New Comedian of 1996, and is a regular at the Edinburgh festival, where his shows have included Planet Corduroy, The Museum Of Everything, and The Award Winning Show.He once had a #11 chart smash with DJ Dee-Kline’s Don’t Smoke Da Reefa, and has worked briefly as a podium dancer, and also on an oil-rig in the North Sea. TV Credits: Have I Got News For You, QI, Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week. Radio Credits: The Brig Society, Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off, The Now Show, NewsQuiz, The Wilson’s Save The World www.marcusbrigstocke.com
19:10 Ese and the Vooduu People
Graduating from London’s most demanding performing arts school — the streets, as a busker — Ese (vocals, guitar) is backed by the incendiary Vooduu People. A fiery songwriter, Ese and her band are inspired by a range of legends, from Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone to Led Zeppelin via The Isley Brothers, Bowie, Prince and Skunk Anansie planetvooduu.com
19:50 Zena Edwards
Song and spoken word from one of the most unique voices of performance poetry to come out of London, Zena will journey through the issues of human frailty and resilience, climate change and our resourcefulness to re-humanise ourselves and find joy in a time of global upheaval and change goodnewzeewordpress.com
Young musicians from Youthsayers recorded the audio and video for A Change is Gonna Come and Racist Friend (featuring a guest appearance by original Special AKA vocalist Rhoda Dakar) during the lockdown in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement. Produced by Soothsayers who created and manage Youthsayers, a free of charge music education project based in Brixton supported by Arts Council England. Video production by Soothsayers and Youthsayers www.youthsayers.net
20:20 Mr Cenz
Crystal Palace based artist Mr Cenz has been scribbling on surfaces since 1988 when he first discovered hip-hop culture and graffiti art – he will be chatting about his unique style and his recent work in Crystal Palace mrcenz.com
20:30 Fireflies and Franck Alba
Fireflies are Nina Walsh and Franck Alba. First appearing on Moine Dubh, the bespoke record label set up in 2015 by Nina and long-time creative partner Andrew Weatherall, the duo’s psychedelic folk swirl has accompanied the action in intoxicating BBC psychodrama Killing Eve. Franck has played with the Anglo-French ghostrock group, Piano Magic, and collaborated with Nina and Andrew on various Moine Dubh imprints as well as Andrew’s 2016, acclaimed solo album Convenanza, and various remixes and live performances with the Woodleigh Research Facility (WRF) Franckalba.com
20:55 Jim Bob from Carter USM
South London legend performing songs from his new album Pop Up Jim Bob plus a few hits and classics from his former band Carter USM www.cherryred.co.uk/artist/jim-bob
Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable trait of their live performance, with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies. Alongside the tight rhythmic synchronisation of guitar and drums, introspective lyrics suggest that literature and spoken word are just as important influences as the punk, noise and rock genres they might comfortably fit into. This balance between content and volume has lead them on to stages with bands such IDLES, Mclusky and METZ johntimestwo.bandcamp.com
22:45 Radio Visionaries – Rookery Ensemble
A meditation on the nature of time and space and what we are doing to our planet from Crystal Palace based spoken word artist and musician George E Harris, film-maker and musician Eric Moore, fine artist and musician Mark Hill and musician Alison O’Melia www.worldofsurprises.co.uk
23:00 Zoo Humans
Watch the full film with commentary by David Attenborough as we close this year’s Festival.23:25 Close
Click here to see the programme for Saturday 15 August.
Photos: Main photo – Grimms Collecting Agency © Paul Grace, JOHN, Jim Bob © Naomi Dryden Smith and Zena Edwards © Antonio Olmos