Croydon’s newest music festival, Radfest, announces its line-up

By - Tuesday 21st June, 2016

On Saturday 16th July the Oval Tavern in Oval Road will host Radfest, a music festival to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Photo by Radfest, used with permission.

Release begins: British Blues Awards 2015 songwriter of the year, Katie Bradley, will be amongst almost 20 top bands and musicians raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support at The Oval Tavern on 16 July.

RADFEST runs from noon to midnight with artists performing in the main bar and in the extensive beer garden.

The festival, takes its name from a much-loved mutual friend of many of the bands taking part, Mike Radford, who sadly passed away following a diagnosis of an aggressive brain tumor in 2014.

The first event was held that same year after members of Croydon’s popular funk-soul band, The Old Avengers, gathered together local musicians for a charity event that eventually raised some £7,000, keeping people dancing well into the evening.

One organiser, Russ Parker says, “As friends gathered to mourn Mike’s passing, conversation revealed just how prevalent cancer had been in everybody’s lives. Some of us had experienced their own diagnosis; others had lost family members and loved ones. We all realised how grateful we were for the support we had witnessed or received from doctors, nurses, carers, volunteers and those who gave their time to care for those with cancer. We want to give something back”

Fellow band-member Mark Roadnight adds, “As much as it was a sad event that kick-started this, we want Radfest to be a celebration! It is a tribute to the friends we have lost and it’s our way of paying respect to those who continue to give up their time and care for cancer sufferers.”

Other bands booked to perform include Yoka and the Sugarbeats, who recently headlined the Croydon Beer Festival, local blues favorites Roadhouse, and the recent headliners of Kent’s Unfest, folk-rockers, The Breretons.

Tickets are £10 and available from They can also be bought from the Oval Tavern on Oval Road. Everybody involved is donating
their time for free, so all money raised from ticket sales and donations will be going straight to the charity.

The organisers have given their guarantee that the day will be both an entertaining and poignant one; with music, prizes, food, a well stocked bar and an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the lives of those we have lost to cancer.

Full line-up:

Katie Bradley Band


The Hipster Ray

Yoka & the Sugar Beets


The Tony Carling Band

The Breretons

The Voodoo Sheiks

Tony Patience

Rg Winfield & Double shuffle

Brooks & Gray

Awen Temple

Red Skye


Release ends.

Release sender: Radfest.



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