BY WILL BEDINGFIELD
Excitement is building ahead of the Brixton Splash, as organisers prepare for the annual street party in the centre of town.
The event, now in its eighth year, takes place this Sunday (August 4) from midday until 7pm.
Highlights will include Brixton born rapper Big Narstie, who last year won Best Grime Act at the Urban Music Awards and whose YouTube agony aunt parody Uncle Pain has attracted millions of views, and live acts including Chicken Wing All Stars Band and 7 Suns.
Splash founder member Blacker Dread said: “I am looking forward to our eighth year and am delighted we have secured significant support to bring more music, more acts and more food from every culture in Brixton together.”
The main stage, found on Windrush Square, will showcase an array of musical talent, including soul, pop, ska, reggae, roots, dancehall and grime, with the age of performers ranging from fourteen to sixty-years-old.
Further soundstages will be set up on and around Atlantic Road, Coldharbour Lane and Station Road, playing reggae, world music, RnB, and house.
Asher Senator, chair of Splash, said: “The event is growing in size and diversity to reflect ever more the dynamic culture of Brixton.”
Held to highlight and celebrate Brixton’s positive cultural contribution to London, last year’s event was a triumph, coinciding with Jamaica’s celebration of fifty years of independence and the London Olympics’ 100m final. The race brought Brixton to a ten second standstill before an explosion of delight greeted Usain Bolt and Johan Blake’s gold and silver medals.
For the first year, Brixton’s covered markets will remain open throughout the event.
The Peace Gardens Arts & Family Village will be the choice for those looking for a family orientated day out at Brixton Splash.
US born fashion designer and community artist Lamonte Johnson will be providing the opportunity to ‘Bling Ya Bike’, create puppets, masks, unique clothing and bags.
For more information visit www.brixtonsplash.org