Which festivals are happening in south London in 2021?

Which festivals are happening in south London in 2021?

These summer music festivals are set to return and many of them will take place in south London.

After a year of cancellations, postponements, and live music streams – the festival scene is set to make a comeback in 2021.

From Wireless Festival to Kisstory and everything in between, many popular festivals will be rehomed or return to south London.

Below we have listed 8 festivals that have been confirmed with dates.

Wireless Festival – September 10- September 12

Where: Crystal Palace Park

What to expect: After its 2020 festival was cancelled, wireless announced they will not return to Finsbury Park in September – for south London festival-goers, this will be music to their ears.

Wireless has previously featured some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop, Rap, Grime and R&B since its inception, boasting former headliners like Jay Z, Stormzy, Rhianna and Kanye West.


A$AP Rocky and Skepta were billed to headline Wireless 2020.

A line up is yet to be confirmed.

For more information visit here.

Gala Festival – July 31-August 1

Where: Peckham Rye Park

What to expect: Festivalgoers can expect two days of independent music, food and drink nestled in a woodland corner of Peckham Rye Park

Expanding to a two-day offering in 2021, the festival will celebrate both legends and emerging artists in club culture and dance music.

“GALA is expanding from one day to two, which means double the amount of summer vibes and world-class house, disco and soul.” – Resident Advisor

For more information visit here.

South Facing Festival -August 5-29

Where: Crystal Palace Bowl

What to expect: South Facing Festival is a month-long series of concerts taking place at the historic Crystal Palace Bowl.

After being dormant for over a decade, Crystal Palace Bowl is set to welcome musical talent and reignite its use for live music.

Bob Marley played his largest-ever UK gig at the venue in 1980 at the last ever Garden Party.

This year, music lovers can expect an array of artists from Dizzee Rascal to the English National Opera.

For more information visit here.

YAM Carnival -August 28

Where: Clapham Common

What to expect: YAM Carnival celebrates Black culture from around the globe. The event is set to welcome artists such as Davido, Femi Kuti, Kehlani, Honey Dijon and more.

For more information visit here.

Southport Weekender -September 4

Where: Morden Park

What to expect: ‘The world’s friendliest party’ is set to takeover Morden Park in September 2021.

Festival-goers can expect to hear from pioneering DJs, live music and ‘the next generation of artist’s flying the flag’ for House, Disco and Soul music.

For more information visit here.

Wide Awake -September 3

Where: Brockwell Park, Brixton

What to expect: The festival for people ‘looking for something different’ will feature genres; leftfield Indie, Post Punk, Electronica, Techno, Jazz and more.

Wide Awake will feature the likes of black midi, Tinariwen, Dream Wife, Songhoy Blues, Daniel Avery and more.

For more information visit here.

KISSTORY – September 25 – September 26

Where: Streatham Common

What to expect: This Summer, the Kisstory party will feature the very best Old Skool and Anthems for two days at Streatham Common.

For more information visit here.

Tranzmission Festival – September 5

Where: Morden Park

What to expect: London’s Rave Festival returns for its 5th year, at a new location.

Music lovers can expect a massive line-up for Drum & Bass, Garage, Jungle, House & Old Skool.

For more information visit here.

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Prince Philip’s funeral guest list: The 30 guests who will attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s final farewell

Prince Philip’s funeral guest list: The 30 guests who will attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s final farewell

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on Saturday with just 30 guests because of coronavirus restrictions.

The full list of mourners to attend the funeral for Duke of Edinburgh, who died last week at the age of 99, has been announced, as the royal family contends with heavily downscaled plans to meet coronavirus rules.

Only 30 people will be allowed to attend the service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, which takes place from 3 pm on Saturday.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen faced “some very difficult” decisions as she selected the 30 permitted guests from the original 800-strong congregation that was planned, and had tried to ensure all branches of the duke’s family were there.

Despite the restrictions, the Palace said the funeral would still be a fitting farewell for the country’s longest-serving consort.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will lead the service, and pallbearers will carry the coffin. They are not included in the 30 guests rule.

The Queen will be accompanied to her late husband’s funeral in the state Bentley by a lady-in-waiting, which will set off at 2:44 pm. The vehicle will form part of the procession making its way to the chapel on Saturday afternoon.

While the Queen will be joined by her trusted companion on her way to the service, she will sit by herself in the quire of the chapel, with all mourners following Covid-19 guidelines and remaining socially distanced.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “At its heart, it is still a family event. We are following the Covid guidelines.

“There was a limit on who could be invited as a guest and Her Majesty wanted to ensure that all branches of the duke’s family were there, and had to make some very difficult decisions about who would be there.

“For those that unfortunately can’t be there, I’m sure they will be making their own private arrangements about how they commemorate the duke, and indeed celebrate the duke. “

The nation will fall silent, as will many other Commonwealth nations, at 3 pm in memory of the Duke.

The full list

1. The Queen

2. The Prince of Wales

3. The Duchess of Cornwall

4. The Duke of Cambridge

5. The Duchess of Cambridge

6. The Duke of Sussex

7. The Duke of York

8. Princess Beatrice

9. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

10. Princess Eugenie

11. Jack Brooksbank

12. The Earl of Wessex

13. The Countess of Wessex

14. Lady Louise Windsor

15. Viscount Severn

16. The Princess Royal

17. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence 

18. Peter Phillips

19. Zara Phillips

20. Mike Tindall

21. Earl of Snowdon

22. Lady Sarah Chatto

23. Daniel Chatto

24. Duke of Gloucester 

25. Duke of Kent

26. Princess Alexandra

27. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden

28. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse

29. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

30. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma

The Duke’s funeral will be broadcast across radio and TV on the BBC from 12:30 pm and on ITV from 1:15 pm.

New business at 46 Hayes Street

New business at 46 Hayes Street

‘Together’ hairdressers has sold not gone out of business due to COVID-19.

A new business Cheeva Thai Spa is being furnished and is looking for employees.

Concerns remain over Bourne Way flats

Concerns remain over Bourne Way flats

Developers of a proposed block of flats off Bourne Way have made some changes to the plans.

The proposals for a five-storey block on the site of the current Bromley & Blackheath Harriers’ clubhouse have already caused considerable controversy. The main alterations are to reduce the size by four units (from 36 to 32), with the top storey being ‘stepped back’ somewhat from both the south-eastern (Prickley Wood) and eastern blocks. However, the visual impact of the flats largely remains from Prickley Wood, Bourne Way and even Hurstdene Avenue.

Some more detailed information has also been filed, including the operation of the ‘traffic light’ system controlling movement on the narrow access road, which now also includes a 1.2m pedestrian walkway. There is still a mention of a holding area for vehicles entering from Bourne Way which appears to rely on the cooperation of the landowners of Woodgrange Court.

We do support the plans for the Harriers’ at Norman Park and the community benefits that will bring, and recognise the importance of the Bourne Way development in supporting that vision. We have not met anyone opposed to the principle of residential development at the Bourne Way site, but we do agree with residents that any proposals must still be right for the area and minimise the impact on the surrounding community and we are highly sceptical that the current proposals achieve this. We remain concerned about a number of aspects of the development not least the height, access arrangements and general visual impact on the immediate area.

The plans are expected to go to a committee for a decision not earlier than 20th May. While the ‘official’ deadline for comments on the latest changes is 15th April, the council generally accepts submissions submitted a little later; nevertheless, we recommend that any comments be made as soon as possible to ensure they are considered.

The plans can be seen and comments made on the Council’s planning site here.

Bromley joins national week of mourning

Bromley joins national week of mourning

Following the sad news and the official announcement by Buckingham Palace earlier today concerning the Duke of Edinburgh, the Council is holding a one-minute silence at 11 am Saturday 10 April.

The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Colin Smith will be present to represent the Council and residents to observe the silence as a mark of sympathy and respect. To maintain social distancing and in line with the current legal requirements, residents and staff are being invited to observe the silence virtually, from home.

The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray said, “It is with sadness that we are gathering following the official announcement concerning the Duke of Edinburgh. Many of us will have our own personal memories which we will reflect on, as a nation and a borough. It is right to come together as we mourn at this time, with our flag flown at half-mast out of respect.”

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Colin Smith said, “This is a sad and difficult time for our nation and for many residents as we come together to mourn. The Duke of Edinburgh served our country with utmost distinction and our thoughts and prayers are naturally with Her Majesty, the Queen, and other members of the Royal Family at this time.”

The Council will be reflecting on whether any civic meetings need to be rearranged in light of this sad news and any changes or updates will be publicised on the Council’s website in due course.

Memorial tribute flowers can be laid in Queens Gardens in Bromley with appropriate social distancing needing to take place.

Residents are invited to join the live stream available from the link on the home page of the Council website from 11 am on Saturday 10 April.

Yours sincerely,

Bromley Council

His Royal Highness, The Prince Phillip Duke Of Edinburgh
The Union Flag flys at half mast at Hayes Village Hall

‘Together Hair and Beauty’ closes

Another business, affected by the pandemic, shuts up shop. Another sad story of a struggling economy. We wish the owners the best of luck for the future and hope another business opens soon.



The HKVA AGM will be held online on 18th March 2021 at 8pm. The official notice will be issued within the next week and all those who wish to attend will be able to get an invitation to the Zoom meeting together with the AGM documents.