Purley Festival 2015 announces headline acts

By - Monday 25th May, 2015

Now in its 5th year, the community-run festival has announced an eclectic line-up across its four stages, including UK soul sensation Omar who will close the 2015 festival on Sunday 5th July.

Image by Purley Festival, used with permission.

Release begins: Omar will be joined by Saturday headliners Shakatak, who join a bulging array of talent across the two-day finale to the festival.

Joining Omar, who had a hit single and album ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ in 1990, and British jazz funk legends Shakatak are northern soul influenced Trambeat, South London jazz band The Expansions and Hot Border Special, among many others.

Omar is a British soul singer, songwriter and musician. Born in Kent, Omar moved to Croydon in 1988 and has released 7 albums in a career that has seen him work with Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Angie Stone amongst others.

Multi-talented Omar, who moved to Croydon in 1988, said:

*‘Having lived in Croydon for most of my life I very much look forward to returning to headline the final day of the Purley Festival 2015. It is an excellent community festival and I’m delighted to have been invited to perform.’*

Shakatak, founded in 1980, have had two top 10 hits with ‘Nightbirds’ and ‘Down on the Street’ as well as a further 12 entries in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles.

Jill Saward, lead singer of Saturday evening headliners Shakatak, said:

*‘Shakatak are delighted to be playing this year’s Purley Festival. We look forward to entertaining the crowd at this brilliant local festival with all of our classic songs as well as some new tunes.’*

The festival runs from Mon, 29th June and culminates in a two day finale at Rotary Fields, Purley on Saturday 4th and Sunday, 5th July.

Run by a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers, Purley Festival boasts three distinct music stages and a huge children’s festival area, making it an ideal event for people of all ages. Showcasing local traders with a wide range of food and drinks, including REDFEST’s Cocktail Garden and an acoustic bar run by The Two Brewers, this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Companies and organisations involved in this year’s event include The Oval Tavern, running the main bar and acoustic stage, and the BRIT School, who will manage sound and electrics across the festival site and add their musical talent to proceedings.

Lives Not Knives – a Croydon-based campaign group which raises awareness of the dangers of knife crime and supports young people into education, employment and training – will be running the Soapbox stage.

Festival organiser Fiona Lipscombe said:

*‘To have two terrific headliners in Omar and Shakatak, as well as the strength of the rest of the line up, goes to show how far Purley Festival has come. 2015 is shaping up to be the best edition yet and I hope everybody is excited about it as we are’*

With more than 7,000 people attending the festival last year, 10,000 printed programmes distributed around the borough and more than 38,000 website hits, Purley Festival can make brands visible to a very wide audience. Companies that sponsor a marquee can have their banner displayed for the duration of the weekend event. The festival organisers are also seeking sponsors for a Silent Disco.

Anyone interested in sponsorship and advertising opportunities can contact Fiona Lipscombe on 020 8407 3362 or by e-mailing info@purleyfestival.co.uk for full details.

Release ends.

Release sender: Purley Festival.



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  • Anne Giles

    Exciting. Hopefully, they will have parking for Blue Badge holders.