OnBlackheath is very London. As you’d expect. What does that mean precisely? It means doing things differently.
Different music, including some amazing tracks from Primal Scream and The Parrots and James. Different and delicious food as well, (only if you can include this, I didn’t list) plus the old traditionals of burgers, fish and chips of course..
With quite a different set up also, in the incredibly spacious Black Heath (by any measure, not just London), several number of stages joined forces. This was slightly distracting in terms of some clashing sounds now and again, however that did not turn us off from the great sounds of Neneh Cherry and Jazzie B. The volume was suitably turned down to prevent it being too much which also suited the many families who come to the event.
And it is a festival for families. Albeit those with a bit more money, London prices were definitely around, however we’d argue total value for money as it was not the usual family stuff again – first time in many years of festival -going, that we have ever seen a DJ bus where children as young as 5 are recording their views on favourite stories and the best characters that then get emailed out to you as a permanent memoir. .
Plus a free talking maze, where story figures suddenly bellow out from behind a bush or a spindly tree, – just the difference of it all made that really cool, even better if you know all the best stories.
What else was different? Oh three legged races; family tug of wars; life sized book characters and story telling stages galore; a booth to get your family video – where anything goes, use the holiday props as you will and a very err alarming-hilarious video is emailed out to you on the spot.
With all of these included under the ticket price of £99 for the weekend, this is one of the coolest gigs around, definitely worth getting to Blackheath for.