Lewisham Council - Headliners announced for People’s Day festival 2018

Headliners announced for People’s Day festival 2018

Published on 23 May 2018

South east London’s much-loved free family festival returns to Mountsfield Park in Catford on Saturday 7 July.

​The 34th People’s Day will feature an amazingly eclectic programme with seven stages of music, dance, comedy and cabaret. Plus there will be great street food and bars, a funfair, artisan craft market, sports arena, sound system and lots of free activities for all ages.

Home-grown headliners


This year’s headliner is Mercury Prize nominee ESKA, who was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Lewisham. She’s a female solo artist who has been compared to Joni Mitchell, but her sound is a unique and complex tapestry of folk, soul and rock ‘n' roll that must be heard to be believed.

Chainska Brassika

Also on the line-up are local band Chainska Brassika. The mischievous rabble from Lewisham have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn-driven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.

Other attractions include:

  • a rock, folk and roots line-up on the bandstand
  • Fusion sports arena and healthy living displays
  • a new stage showcasing the very best up-and-coming local young talent
  • Millwall Football Club have-a-go sessions
  • Disco Bingo with the Positive Ageing Council
  • a celebration of 250 years of circus
  • talks from Goldsmiths, University of London on Windrush and 1977’s Battle of Lewisham.

Getting to the festival

The festival is free. Gates open at 12 noon and festivities run until 8pm. Roads around Mountsfield Park will be closed, so you should walk, cycle or use public transport if you can.


There is step-free access at the George Lane or Brownhill Road entrances. A British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter will be available on the day to sign performances. People’s Day is proud to be dementia friendly.

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