COMING UP: GALA, Brockwell Park, Brixton
The end-of-May bank holiday is going to be a busy one for music lovers in the capital, with several festivals taking place across the city. If you’re lucky enough to be London-based then Gala festival is happening right on your doorstep, at Brockwell Park in Brixton. The festival is on Bank Holiday Sunday (28th May), giving you the Monday to head down to the pub for the inevitably required hair of the dog.
GALA is billed as an ‘independent music, food, and drink’ event, which means it has your three favourite commodities in one handy little site. Nice!
In terms of music, you’ll be treated to some of disco’s most well respected artists. Joey Llanos will be dropping by to represent one of the most iconic discotheque nightclubs of all time; Paradise Garage. The club is notable in its involvement in modern dance music’s history. Expect all manner of underground disco classics.
On a similar disco tip, Studio 54 will also be there in full effect, with disco legend Nicky Siano pulling out all the usual stops to get asses moving on the dancefloor. The NYC club is quite possibly the most famous nightclub on the planet, and was regularly attended by celebrities such as Rod Stewart. Woody Allen, and Michael Jackson.
Also on the roster for the weekend are disco-house duo Mood II Swing. These guys really know how to throw down a party vibe, testament to which is their regular bookings worldwide will provide. Horse Meat Disco are hosting a stage takeover, which will continue the disco-house theme provided by Mood II Swing.
If you like your dance music with heaps of soul, then you’ll be pleased to know that Crazy P will be bringing their full live band to Gala. The five-piece have regular festival spots this season, either as a live band or as the Crazy P Soundsystem. Either way, these guys rock, so you are bound to enjoy their performance.
House music’s most tattooed DJ and producer, San Proper, will be greasing the wheels at Gala too. His energy filled sets really set the party off – expect plenty of solid house cuts throughout his performance, fresh from the underground scene.
Obviously, we’ve mentioned the food and drink too. Well Gala organisers have gone all out this year to provide various tasty dishes to sample from some of South London’s most well-respected artisan catering companies. Honest Burgers will be knocking about providing some delicious meaty treats (obviously the format of said meat will be of the burger variety), while The Joint will be doling out some of their wonderful BBQ food. Craft ales will be provided by Brixton Brewery and Canopy Beer Co., amongst others.
Tickets for Gala now stand at £35, with afterparty tickets selling at £10. The afterparty takes place at Jamm.
For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and line-up information, head to our Gala Festival page.
Author: Ste Knight