Park’s a summer gigs oasis
Finsbury Park set to host eclectic mix of music events over coming months
27 April, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Liam Gallagher plays Finsbury Park on June 29
WITH its huge headline names and ability to draw colourful crowds of festival-goers, Wireless may be the most notorious music feast to descend on Finsbury Park. But there’s a lot more happening in the infamous north London park in the coming months…
Firstly, dance music masters Creamfields mark their arrival in London with their massive 20-metre-high Steel Yard structure, under which a packed line-up of dance acts will preside on May 26-27. Playing Steel Yard London 2018 under Creamfields’ bespoke 15,000-capacity dome on the Saturday (May 26) will be headliners, trance trio Above & Beyond, with support from Eli & Fur, Gabriel & Dresden, Genix & Sunny Lax, Grum, Ilan Bluestone, Oliver Smith and Spencer Brown. Sunday (May 27) will be led by EDM maestro Tiesto with Steve Angello, Faithless (DJ set) and special guests Tchaami x Malaa present No Redemption. Aside from standard tickets, it looks like there was a residents’ ticket scheme, offering the chance to win free tickets to residents of selected surrounding streets. Sadly, the deadline for entries was December 9 of last year.
Don’t be confused by the name as Southport Weekender Festival (June 9) returns to Finsbury Park for the second year with a huge celebration of house, soul, R&B, garage and disco. Having built up its reputation as “the world’s friendliest party” – you’ll have to attend to verify the truth of that claim – this one looks like it may attract a wider age range than many of the other festivals taking over the park this year. Spread across nine arenas, the vast line-up includes Sister Sledge ft Kathy Sledge, David Morales, Hector Romero, with special guests performing live classic songs. Robert Owens, Juliet Roberts, Alison Limerick, The S-Men ft Roger Sanchez, DJ Sneak & Junior Sanchez, Soul II Soul, House Gospel Choir, Leroy Burgess, Alma Negra, Tenderlonious, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Louie Vega, Joey Negro, Sandy Rivera, Jazzie B, Henry Wu, Ronnie Herel, Souldynamic, Richard Earnshaw, Paul “Trouble” Anderson, Brandon Block and many more. True to the slightly more mature nature of this one, lockers are available for those who remember to book early.
Things move up a gear on Sunday (June 10) when the ravers return for Tranzmission Festival, which brings together a line-up of Drum & Bass, Grime, Garage, Jungle, House, Old Skool and UK Funky – and even a comedy roster across multiple stages. Acts include Sas (feat. Phantasy), Heartless Crew, Pied Piper & MCDT FooR, Micky Finn, Nicky Blackmarket, Secondcity, Evil B Vs B-live, D Double E, Devlin, Novelist, Logan D & Majistrate, Matt Jam Lamont, P Money, Chopstick Dubplate, Slipmatt, Shadow Demon Coalition, The Ratpack, So Solid Showcase, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Eksman, and many more.
Things get a little more indie on June 29 when Liam Gallagher takes his solo set to town, playing his own songs and old Oasis efforts. The sold-out gig includes support from Wolf Alice, DMA’s, The Sherlocks, Dream Wife, Twisted Wheel, Easy Life, Belako and Hey Charlie, with more to be announced.
Then, on June 30, there’s some serious rock ’n’ roll with Queens of The Stone Age, Deap Valley, Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, The Hives, Brody Dalle and Miles Kane plus Curtis Harding, Bombino, Hinds and Belako. Visit www.festivalrepublic.com/qotsa
Community Festival, on July 1, aims to celebrate the best in new music, although, while that may be true of some of the support acts, the headliners have been around for a while. Penned for the day are Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, You Me At Six, Circa Waves, Rat Boy, Sundara Karma, Marmozets, Belako, Tom Grennan, Pale Waves, Sam Fender, Bad Sounds, Yungblud, King Nun and Ten Tonnes. Visit https://communityfestival.london/
The big event is undoubtedly Wireless Festival on July 6-9, with J Cole, Stormzy and DJ Khaled leading the three-day urban music festival crammed with top hip-hop, grime and rap acts.
Hospitality In The Park, on September 22, claims to be the UK’s first outdoor event dedicated to drum ’n’ bass, bringing in top selectors, live acts and MCs plus never-before-seen, world exclusive performances playing to 12,000 ravers across seven stages. Headliners include High Contrast, Goldie, Danny Byrd, Foreign Beggars, Black Sun Empire, Etherwood and more.
The park may finally get some rest after electronic music festival Abode In The Park on September 23, although details and the line-up for that have yet to be announced.