The Weekender’s guide to Brockwell Park’s big event
July 15th-16th 12 noon-8pm
The sheepdogs, owls, musicians, and artisans make their pilgrimage to this year’s Lambeth Country Show.
With over 170,000 people attending last year, the show is one of the biggest public events in the UK. Now in its 43rd year, festival-goers can expect all the attractions of a traditional country show plus plenty more, including: horticultural shows, sheep dog and owl displays, home grown vegetable and flower competitions, numerous craft and food stalls, and an on-site farm.
Music is always a key part to the Show featuring a mix of dub, afro-beat, disco, folk, ska and soul. Sunday welcomes back Roots Reggae Day to the Main Stage while the Village Green stage showcases an eclectic mix of local talent playing acoustic folk, soul and pop, along with steel orchestras and samba bands.
Entry is free, and there’ll be an A-Z Show Guide available for £2 on the day. You can BYO food and non-alcoholic drinks, or visit the plethora of stalls selling everything from paella to curried goat to Chucklehead Cider.
ARTS AND CULTURE VILLAGE
- Aim High Dance Academy Performance & Workshop
- Brixton Dance School Performance
- Cool it Art Workshop
- Diverse Dance Performance & Workshop
- Evelyn Grace Academy Performance
- GDND Academy Performance
- Gozart Carnival Mask Performance & Workshop
- Shamha African Drumming Workshop
- Something’s Gonna Happen presents Ralph Tillier Circus Skills Workshop
- The Old Vic – Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax Workshop
- South London Samba
- Blackheath Morris Men
- Joy of Sound Workshop
- Urvashi Dance Performance & Workshop
- Reggae Aerobics
- Moving Into Age Performance & Workshop
- Spare Tyre Workshop
- UDM Samba
- Das Brass
- The Hot 8 Brass Band
Transcending genres and trends, Hot 8 have performed and collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Lauryn Hill to Mos Def, and were nominated for a Grammy in 2013. In the live arena they continue to win over audiences with their old school street brass approach, fusing it with fresh versions of Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, The Specials and of course, Marvin Gaye with their cover of ‘Sexual Healing’.
- Ady Suleiman
- Absolute Bowie
Roots Day announcement coming soon
- The Cracked
The Cracked are the hazy Balearic vibe of Ibiza to the rich Latin sounds of South America, dropping funky African beats and harmonies like you wouldn’t believe.
With highly original material, scorching rhythms and sumptuous brass these guys will blow away even the most stubborn rain cloud!
London based DubMarta fronts a 5-piece band performing her original music; an explosive mix of reggae, dub and soul with a distinctive and original sound.
- Josephine and The Artizans A Hip-Hopera band that consist of classical strings, operatic vocals, heavy beats and energetic rap.
- Lambeth Music Network
A collective of young musicians performing as 3 separate bands. These include Jazz/afrobeat, pop and singer songwriters.
- Paul Lynch
Featuring a trumpet, voice, loop pedal and guitar. Paul Lynch’s songs use interesting lyrics and rhythms that you would not usually see in your every day gig!
- Real Voices
South London based Choir, are a new, forward-thinking choir that dares to share your most unique attribute – your voice – in a creative and supportive musical environment.
- Winnie & The Rockettes Expect the unexpected – Funk, Rock & Soul.
- The Basie Millers
A six-piece, London-based function band who play a killer selection of dance-floor-filling soul, funk and pop.
- Crown Lane, Vauxhall and Jubilee Primary School Choirs
A collection of contemporary pop, soul and funk including original arrangements and lyrics by these 3 school choirs.
- Lucy May Walker
Singer/Songwriter Lucy May has supported the likes of The Dunwells & Marc Wilkinson. She is a regular busker at London’s Borough Market, London underground and on the Southbank.
- Megan and The Common Threads
Weaving a unique tapestry of country, blues, folk, funk & rock’n’roll.
- The Obscuritones
London Greaserbilly for Rock-a-Hulagans. Playing the best rockabilly rarities from the fifties . . surfin’, spy and garage rock from the sixties.
- Tall Poppies
Eccentric indie-pop four piece fronted by Australian identical twin sister songstresses Susan and Catherine on vocals, bass and guitar with Diarmuid pulling at heart strings on violin and Doug injecting the energy and danceability on drums.
- Worldwide Welshman
A world-folk-fusion band featuring lead singer Liam Rickard and the former Timestealers plus various instrumentalists from different countries.
Another new zone that the Show introduced in 2016 is back after huge success. Lambeth Sustainable Travel Team is again hosting a wide range of cycling elements at this year’s show. Find their Cycle Zone next to the cycle parking by the Herne Hill entrance to the park.
- HGV Awareness Jump up into the cab of their Veolia lorry to check out blind spots and have a chat with the driver about how we can safely road share.
- Cycle Parking There will be 4 convenient cycle parking areas this year each holding between 200-250 bikes each. They are located at:
Herne Hill Station park entrance (Gate 5)
Brixton Water Lane park entrance (Gate 7)
Norwood Road park entrance (opposite Rosendale Road) (Gate 4)
Tulse Hill entrance (Gate 4)
- Sustainable Travel Stall Come and have a chat to them about some of their projects Try Before You Bike, free cycle training and pedal some music!
Back after a successful first year in 2016, Discovery is a chance for you to learn more about science and innovation. All day activities, talks and experiments from some of the world’s leading organisations.
Featuring organisations and activities based around the environment and sustainability, this is the place to sign up to new initiatives and learn about how you can care more for our environment and be more sustainable in life.