The Ting bottles are at the ready, food stalls are being prepped, the music tunes lined up: Brixton’s favourite street festival hits the town centre this Sunday, August 3, with a packed line-up of events, soundsystems and family activities.
The free festival, which has been running for eight years, was launched to showcase Brixton’s diversity and attracts thousands of visitors every year to dance, eat and sing in the Brixton sun.
Jo Birch-Phaure, from Brixton Splash, told the Bugle: “The festival is the epitome of cool and is well-loved by the Caribbean diaspora that call Brixton or south London home, as well as hipsters and music fans. It is one day in the summer where all of London’s communities can come together in peace over good music and great food!”
Splash experienced major funding cuts this year and organisers launched a crowdfunding initiative in May to encourage the public to donate to the event. At the time of going to press only £540 out of the £20,000 goal had been raised, which means they will not receive any of the money donated according to the rules of the crowdfunding site. But despite the financial challenges Splash organisers have succeeded in getting together a stellar line up for the day.
Musicians playing on the main stage include Endurance Steel Band, Hya P, Queen Addi and Shumba Youth. Soundsystems on Coldharbour Lane and Atlantic Road will host RnB, reggae, house and world music DJs.
In St Matthews Peace Garden, a craft market and ‘family village’ will be set up with arts activities for kids and adults alike.
If your feet aren’t too weary after all that partying and eating, then get along to the official after party at Prince of Wales Brixton, which includes a three-hour set by Norman Jay and DJing from Don Letts, Wrongtom and Count Skylarkin.
Here is a downloadable map of Splash