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Music returns to the Crystal Palace Bowl this August - our guide to who's on when

It'd be fair to say that I know this part of London well. When my father was a boy he saw the Crystal Palace itself burn down from his home in Herne Hill, that was in 1936 and he was 8 years old at the time. Now 93, he still remembers it well. My memories are more of visiting the park to see the Victorian dinosaur sculptures, the children's zoo/farm, and the adjacent sports centre where it wasn't uncommon to bump into Daley Thompson. But I missed seeing Bob Marley play at the bowl in June 1980, many of my friends went and it's always been a bit of a regret that I didn't.

This year there's going to be a chance to rectify missing some great artists playing in this beautiful open-air amphitheatre. South Facing Festival is a brand new open air concert series taking over Crystal Palace Park this summer, featuring 12 headline music performances and a host of free midweek events for the whole community. It's certainly an eclectic line-up with acts ranging from opera, rock, post punk, rap, to soul. Truly there's something for nearly every taste. We've really missed live music and festivals, so this is going to fill a much needed gap without the need to dig out a tent and sleeping bag!

Friday 6th August: Cross The Tracks presents Full Steam pt 1


Very Special Guest TBA

Nubiyan Twist

Poppy Ajudha

Jaz Karis

Ego Ella May

+ More TBA

Saturday 7th August: Bad Vibrations and Heavenly Recordings present Sleaford Mods All Dayer

Sleaford Mods

Baxter Dury

The Fat White Family

The Orielles

Jane Weaver

Katy J Pearson

Sunday 8th August: Cross The Tracks presents Full Steam pt 2, a Sunday soul all-dayer in conjunction with Soho Radio

Corinne Bailey Rae


Soul II Soul

TRC presents The New Regency Orchestra

+ More TBA

DJ Sets from

Dennis Bovell

Vanessa Freeman

Norman Jay MBE

Sunday 15th August: Worldwide FM 5th Birthday

Kruder & Dorfmeister (Live Audio Visual Show)

The Comet Is Coming


Batida apresenta: IKOQWE

Yazmin Lacey

Gilles Peterson


Other acts include The Streets (now sold out), Supergrass, Dizzee Rascal, Max Richter, and ENO.

We are hoping to attend The Sleaford Mods all dayer. Alex is a huge fan, and made even more so when he saw this video of Iggy Pop introducing his cockatoo to their music. Watch that bird dance!

Baxter Dury singing into a microphone.  He has grey hair and is wearing a white suit.
Baxter Dury a couple of years back - I wonder if he'll be wearing a white suit again?

The genre-spanning series will run from 5-31 August 2021. Early Bird tickets start at £35 + booking fee. Purchase tickets via


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