The Diamond Jubilee Festival, Battersea Park
Monday 23, April 2012
Tickets are now available for The Diamond Jubilee Festival, Battersea Park, which will celebrate design, music, art, film, fashion and food from the past 60 years and provide an ideal vantage point to watch the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
A line up of top DJs headlined by Norman Jay and the Good Times Sound System will be appearing at the festival and on The Crown Stage acts include The Noisettes, The Selector, Fairey Acid Brass Band, Urban Soul Orchestra, The Boxzettes and Brassroots. And appearing at the 1952 Bandstand, hosted by Viv the Spiv, are: The Bombshellettes, Paul Taylor’s Vintage Teadance Orchestra, The John Miller Orchestra, Paul Casper’s George Formby tribute and DJ Jeff Two-Tone Boogie.
From a portrait of The Queen made out of 3,120 cakes to a knees-up featuring Pearly Kings and Queens, the event, which is being curated by Hemingway Design (Vintage Festival) and Clare Patey (Feast on the Bridge) will mark The Queen’s reign in a wonderfully eccentric, inimitable style.
Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ with a charge of £5 per person to cover administration costs. Tickets for children aged 12 and under, who will need to be accompanied by an adult, are free.
Wayne Hemingway, festival co-curator, said: “We’ll be creating a completely immersive environment – a timeline through the 60 years of our Queen’s reign. This will be a proper knees-up with dancing and plenty of activities – it’s a chance for people to put their glad rags on, polish their dancing shoes and take a sideways, creative and uplifting look at British eccentricity.”
Clare Patey, festival co-curator, added: “The Diamond Jubilee Festival will be a celebrationfit for The Queen and a party which will hopefully remain in the collective public memory for many years to come. Artists, designers, film-makers, chefs and bakers have all been brought together to create a spectacular celebration for everyone.”
The festival will provide a truly creative day for the whole family to get involved in. Festival-goers will get the chance to play traditional British games with a Jubilee twist, listen to historic fairy-tales, feast on cake made by London's hip new wave of Women’s Institute members and create their very own souvenirs of the day. They can also enjoy a ride on the vintage steam fair, shop in the Right Royal Department Store, watch films in the open air cinema and learn to dance 1952 style.
In The Diamond Geezer pop up pub, the knees up begins with a Punk Choir (made up of elderly ex-punks) joining forces with London's Pearly Kings and Queens to perform Sex Pistols covers. Hosts Sink The Pink will be leading a conga of mega proportions, Daz n Chave, the original Chas n Dave tribute band, will perform along with appearances from Elton John and Dame Shirley Bassey tribute acts.
Bringing the Music Hall era alive to The Diamond Geezer pop up pub are The Dead Victorians and it’s eyes down ears open for Musical Bingo who will provide a journey through The Queen’s reign (via the obligatory Freddie Mercury tribute).
Bringing proceedings up to date will be the talented 16-25-year-olds from Battersea Arts Centre with their beat boxing brilliance. The Queens of Noize will bring the day at The Diamond Geezer to a crescendo.
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