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Lewisham People’s Day music festival lineup announced

Lewisham’s longest running free outdoor music festival returns after four years with its biggest lineup yet.

The much-loved People’s Day returns to Mountsfield Park on Saturday July 16 to celebrate the best of Lewisham.

The line-up has been curated by Lewisham-raised BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Shahlaa Tahira, who will feature local musicians alongside rappers Koder, Don Strapzy and CassKidd.

Shahlaa Tahira is a Lewisham-raised 1Xtra DJ (Photo: Lewisham Council)

Shahlaa said, “As a local girl, I know how important the People’s Day is to the community, so it was a huge honor to be asked to host the Blue Borough Stage.

“There is a huge pool of talent from Lewisham, emerging from the local scene.

“I am delighted to be able to present it.”

The festival returns as part of Lewisham Council’s We Are Lewisham project, which began as part of the London Borough of Culture 2022.

Councilor James J Walsh, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: ‘People’s Day is a Lewisham institution I am proud to have grown up with and can now bring to a new generation for 2022.

“Lewisham has always been chock-full of talent.

“Elevated by our year as the London Borough of Culture, this year’s free festival will provide the biggest platform yet, showcasing the high quality and diverse music, arts and culture scene that Lewisham has to offer. .

“Unfortunately, during the pandemic, this sector has been one of the hardest hit.

“Through this festival and our wider Borough of Culture programme, we will not only be supporting hundreds of local artists and creatives, but also the industries that support their recovery, bringing together the people of Lewisham at events amazing like this.”

Grammy-nominated reggae singer Tippa Irie is back on the festival’s main stage.

He will co-star with music royalty Hollie Cook who will bring her own tropical pop style to Lewisham.

The festival will also feature seven-piece all-girl disco band All Day Breakfast Café.

The Blue Borough stage will be headlined by local talent, novelist, grime MC and singer-songwriter Nina Rose.

Unit 137 will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Sound System showcase of friends and family, including DEM1NS, Bun Dem Out Records and Lionz Den.

But it’s not just about music, family activities will also be offered throughout the day.

The Flying Seagull project, known for its work with refugee children around the world, will take over from the Kids Stage.

There will also be community and craft stalls, food from around the world and craft beers.

It’s the perfect way to come together and mark Lewisham’s year as the London Borough of Culture.

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