South Park Gardens Set to Rock

Music Festival line-up is finalised

The line-up for the South Park Gardens Music Festival, showcasing the work of local musicians aged under 22, has been finalised.

The event, which takes place in the gardens in Trinity Road from 12 noon to 8pm on Saturday July 10, opens with a performance from Wimbledon-based dance school, Dancebites.

They will also be offering street dance classes during the afternoon.

Also not to be missed are Cherry Pie Music School, who will be showcasing the talent of their students between 12.30 and 1pm, as well as offering Drum workshops during the afternoon.

Cherry Pie will also be running a demonstration Cherry Pods class during the afternoon for very young children (aged 1 -4). There will be plenty of instruments, and capable leaders and tutors on hand to guide them through their first musical steps.

Last year's event, which featured rap, rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical and even opera drew an audience of more than 2,000 people and organisers hope this year's event will be even bigger.

The festival was started by Mandy Mallen and Julian Butler, along with Jil Hall and Helen Fuller from the Friends of South Park Gardens. They wanted to put on a music festival that would attract young people to South Park Gardens, and also to give young performers a chance to play in front of a large audience.

The 2010 festival will also include face painting, food, a bouncy castle, as well as arts and crafts.

There will be two stages - the South Stage for acoustic acts and solo artists, and the Park Stage for full bands - with around 20 acts performing throughout the day. It ends with Dec and his Diagrams, who will take to the stage at 7.50pm.

Entry is £1, including a free programme. For more information, see the South Park Gardens Music Festival website.

June 27, 2010