Purley Festival is back!

By - Monday 15th May, 2017

Back after a break, 2017′s festival will be bigger and better than ever

Photo by Purley Festival, used with permission.

Purley Festival has been a highlight of the Croydon calendar since 2011. After a break last year, this great community festival is back for local people to enjoy this summer.

Starting on Monday 26th June with a week-long series of festival fringe events, the festival builds up to a music and arts finale on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July at Rotary Field on Brighton Road. The children’s area will have free crafts and a fairy grotto, and there will be a magician’s party and dance party with the Funky Chicks. Kids can meet walk-around characters and enjoy workshops, giant games, swingboats and a climbing wall.

There will be lots to entertain adults too. Purley Festival has always showcased great musical talent and this year will cater for all tastes from pop and indie through to folk, jazz and soul. Look out for Narrow Plains – winners of the Hard Rock Rising award – and the majestic Theatre Royal, along with a wide range of free activities for all ages.

This wonderful event will be accessible for all

A full programme of events during the festival week will also include a stand-up comedy night headlined by the award-winning Dominic Holland, as seen on Have I Got News For You.

Film fans can look forward to screenings of The Long Day Closes in St John the Baptist Church, hosted by Croydon’s David Lean Cinema, plus I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, at Christ Church.

Image by Purley Festival, used with permission.

After a successful ‘Cinema in the Park’ in 2015, the Rotary Field will once again turn into an outdoor movie theatre on Friday 30th June. Take your picnic blanket and popcorn along for the kids’ film Trolls and feel-good favourite Grease in the evening. There will be gazebos if it rains!

Local funk/soul/disco outfit Payback will headline on the Saturday and on Sunday the festival will be closed by one of the world’s most iconic reggae groups, the Original Aces. Together with the late, great Croydonian Desmond Dekker, these were true musical pioneers. They will be joined by Ciyo Brown to recreate the golden era of ska and rocksteady in Purley.

There will be food and drink available throughout the weekend and the Street Cocktails gang will be serving up interesting spirits and a sound system with local DJs. Entrance to the weekend finale is by voluntary donation, ensuring that this wonderful community event is accessible for all.

Purley Festival 2017 is shaping up to be spectacular. Don’t miss it!

To find out more, you can follow the festival on Twitter and like it on Facebook. Local businesses looking for advertising opportunities and stallholders with unique products should email or ring 020 8407 3362.

Martin Leay

Martin Leay

Martin has lived in Purley since 2014 and is passionate about the borough of Croydon. From 2015-2017 he presented and produced ‘Happy Sundays’ – an Indie, Rock and Pop show on Croydon Radio. His day job is in politics, carrying out research for Labour MPs. Martin became a Dad in September 2017 and is very proud that his daughter was born in Croydon.

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