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South London Is Getting A Massive New Music Festival This Summer

By Alex Landon

South London Is Getting A Massive New Music Festival This Summer

South Facing Festival will bring the headliners back to the Crystal Palace Bowl, and tickets have just gone on sale.

Earlier this year, we expressed the hope that a new crowdfunding campaign would bring live music back to the iconic Crystal Palace Bowl, a stage that’s been graced by the likes of Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Elton John, The Beach Boys, and The Pixies. Well, all that wishing appears to have paid off, as new music festival South Facing Festival will hit the stage there this summer. The open-air concert series hits the Bowl from August 5 – 31, with a stellar line-up of acts on the roster already. Oh, and you can find your tickets right here!

South Facing Festival
Photo: @crystalpalacebowl

South Facing Festival takes the form of twelve open-air concerts running throughout the month, with each weekend seeing a new array of acts. For instance, on August 7, post-punk heroes Sleaford Mods take to the famed stage, with support from Baxter Dury, Fat White Family, The Orielles, Jane Weaver, and Katy J Pearson. You can find tickets for that date here.

From there, the festival just goes from strength to strength: Dizzee Rascal headlines on Saturday, August 14, performing alongside drum’n’bass heavy Outlook Orchestra, and with support from Ghetts. On Sunday, August 15, you can catch Kruder & Dorfmeister, The Comet Is Coming, Kokoroko, Yazmin Lacey, and Gilles Peterson, whilst the weekend of August 20-22 welcomes Supergrass, The Cribs, The Streets, Greentea Peng, and JJ Rosa to the stage. Get your tickets for those dates here.

South Facing

It’s a truly eclectic festival, as you’ll see from the final week when the English National Opera rock up to perform Tosca on August 27 & 29 (tickets available here), in between an appearance from Max Richter on August 28. South Facing Festival comes to us from the same team who produce Field Day, Cross The Tracks, and Winterville, and is planned as an annual affair that brings the crowds back to the soon-to-be-renovated Crystal Palace Bowl, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Rusty Laptop’.

You can pop down on weekdays during the festival to enjoy free events for the local community, and organisers aim to make it one of London’s most environmentally-friendly festivals, to achieve as close to a net neutral impact as possible by 2024. A really excellent option for your summer music fix, then!

South Facing Festival 2021

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Also published on Medium.