Walthamstow Garden Party, now in its third year, is riding high on the back of two immensely successful festivals in 2014 and 2015 which each boasted over 30,000 visitors.
Taking place in the beautiful Lloyd Park and produced by Barbican and Create in partnership with a number of local organisations, the festival aims to showcase the communities and the creativity of wonderful Waltham Forest.
There are two music stages, one curated by Barbican and featuring contemporary music from artists from across the globe, and the other presenting a number of local acts ahead of the Stow Festival in September.
On top of this there are also venues offering everything from circus to sustainable living to the legacy of socialist designer and craftsman William Morris. And the best part? It’s totally free and family-friendly.
Do turn up in good time, though, to avoid a queue.
They invited their fans singing “come see us play”. So we did it and enjoyed every single minute of it. Sidestepper brought their Afro-Colombian groove to WOMAD Festival and it was simply “chevere!” A few minutes later, we witnessed the brilliant 30-year reunion of Songhai – kora king Toumani Diabate with flamenco guitarists…