With April being so gorgeous and sunny, we’ve had a taste of what we hope will be the summer to come and it’s no doubt getting everyone in the mood for plenty of outdoor events and summer festivals.
There’s something magical about a summer music festival… languishing under a blue sky with a cold beer, surrounded by happy people enjoying the vibes. But when it comes to eating, it can be an anti climax if you’re faced with nothing but a row of deep fried junk food when what you’d really like is something a bit more tantalising to munch in the sunshine.
Food loving festival goers are apparently in for a treat this year though, with the The Big Feastival which will take place on Clapham Common on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd July.
The Big Feastival is a sensational new three day event on the festival calendar combining mouth-watering food from some of the country’s top chefs with a top drawer selection of the finest live music acts around. The list of restaurants, chefs and food suppliers involved reads like a gourmet guidebook – Giorgio Locatelli, Benares, Redhook, Vinoteca, Cafe Spice Namaste, Canteen, Barbecoa and Giant Robot to name but a few.
There’s more cheery news too, because The Big Feastival will be helping to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust and The Jamie Oliver Foundation to help change the lives of disadvantaged young people.
Amongst the first wave of acts announced for Friday July 1st are the majestic Soul II Soul who have reunited with acclaimed vocalist Caron Wheeler and are currently recording material for a brand new album, new wave electro-pop sensations New Young Pony Club, national treasure Norman Jay, who will be on hand to curate The Good Times Bandstand and Shoom legend Danny Rampling. Saturday’s musical entertainment is headed up by The Charlatans, who will be wowing the crowds with a stream of classic hits. More amazing bands and DJs will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.
“The Big Feastival is something unique that we’ve wanted to try for a while. A really good festival for everyone with great music AND great food, all for charity,” said celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who is behind the event.
And as Charlatans Lead Singer Tim Burgess summed up – “You can’t really argue with Shakespeare and he said that music is the food of love, so there’s always been a link between the two. Festivals were often known for their dodgy burger vans and some gigs were a bit ‘chicken in a basket’, so it’s good to redress the balance and have great bands and fantastic food in the same place.”
Tickets for The Big Feastival start at £50, or you can opt for a £75 ticket, which covers the music, entertainment and food with 5 Feastival ‘scoffs’ included in the price. There are family tickets, VIP options and young person tickets and best of all, under 12’s get free entry.