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Crystal Palace Festival

s the annual Crystal Palace Festival has grown into a humungous event over the last few years, the organisers felt they needed to regroup and are taking a year out to plan for its future. It will be the summer of 2017 in the blink of an eye, dear reader, so worry not. But in the meantime, SE19 just would not be SE19 if a bunch of traders and residents didn’t get together to Make Something Happen in the absence of our regular summer highlight. So get yourselves ready for the Crystal Palace Triangle Festival on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June. As the name suggests, most of the action will take place at venues on the Triangle: Westow Hill, Church Road and Westow Street. Music rules of course and there’ll be plenty of it about with DJs or live music at the pubs and bars (and outside Bambino, natch). The Grape & Grain will host a Rock’n’Roll All-Dayer (featuring a charity dance-off) and Hot Jazz; The Alma will have a garden stage (with accompanying barbecue); and The Royal Albert will entertain with Digitalsoul + DJ legend Paul Trouble Anderson (plus alfresco dining thanks to #FISH). Add to this kids’ entertainers, face painters and more popping up



throughout our brilliant independent Crystal Palace caffs and restaurants, shops putting on events and offering special deals, it’s kinda like not a good time to be driving down to Dorset for the weekend. Throughout the two-day event, the festival will be raising funds towards the restoration of St John’s Church in Auckland Road. A 10-minute stroll from the Triangle, St John’s will be hosting a tribute to David Bowie on the Saturday with a film screening and media presentation inside the church. Stalls and a children’s area in the grounds outside (bouncy castle alert!) will add to the fun. In keeping with the spirit of Crystal Palace and festivals past, nobody really knows what exactly will be happening until the weekend itself. So find out from your favourite pubs & eateries, look out for posters, check the local social media, and, when the day arrives, just go see what joys and delights you can find Crystal Palace Triangle Festival Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June Midday til late The Crystal Palace Triangle Festival 2016

The Transmitter Issue 40  

A South London Magazine

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