BY JAMES TWOMEY
A one-day festival which boasts some of the best talent South London has to offer will take place this Saturday.
Naked City Festival, set to take place tomorrow in Beckenham Place Park, will present some of the top jazz musicians from South London on a day which aims to celebrate talent from the capital.
“Naked City is a brand new music festival for London; a celebration of how London makes us feel,” said the organisers, who have pulled in a range of top performers for the day-long party.
Big jazz artists like Kamaal Williams, Moses Boyd, Henry Wu, Ezra Collective and Laura Misch are just a few of the headline acts to make South London proud.
There is an opportunity to make a big day of it as well, with the newly regenerated Beckenham Place Park as the surroundings.
You can take a dip in the new swimming lake before or after seeing some music, or stroll through the new wet woodlands to see the park’s new biodiversity.
If you bring the kids with you, you can take them to the new skate park or playground.
The organisers added: “It’s a beautiful park close to the heart of the South London scene.
For years it’s been a golf course but they’ve recently converted it into a public park with a wild swimming lake with the help of lottery funding.
“When we first visited the site we were taken aback at how beautiful it was. Undulating lawns, ancient woodland – it just doesn’t feel like you’re in London.
“We wanted to bring the feeling of a boutique countryside festival to London and we felt we could really do that in Beckenham Place Park.
“With a wide roster of talent, bending and blending genres such as jazz, house, afro, dub and disco, the festival draws on the city’s central nervous system of musical influences to create a day-long party with a truly London soul.
“Deliberately looking away from the usual headliners dominating the festival scene, the line-up focuses on home-grown talent, with a particular emphasis on acts that cut their teeth in the boiling South London musical scene.
“Ezra Collective, one of the pioneers of the UK’s new wave jazz scene, will play a main stage set as well as Moses Boyd Exodus.
“Closing the festival is the inimitable Neneh Cherry, fresh off the back of her critically acclaimed 2018 album Broken Politics.
“From further afield, acts like Ata Kak; Afriquoi make for one of the London’s most exciting festival bills.
“It’s a wonderful time to be a Londoner. There is so much great music coming out of South London at the moment.
“The influence of so many different musical cultures can be heard in the new British jazz scene. It’s a beautifully diverse and positive scene. There are eight million stories in this city. Let’s celebrate their sound.”
Further details and tickets can be found at https://nakedcityfestival.com/
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