Aquarius Festival Update • New 'Festival Folly' stage

We've already mentioned Nunhead is the place this weekend and here's more detail about the Saturday leg of Elephant & the Nun proceedings at the Aquarius Golfclub in Nunhead/Honor Oak. We caught up with Aquarius Festival organiser Brian Towell last night for the latest details. 

Brian's aim as organiser is to build the Aquarius Festival into one of the premium annual live music events in South East London, and this year it looks like he’s getting there. In addition to The Goose Is Out's folk showcase in the clubhouse, he is excited about the new ‘Festival Folly’ stage on the fairway, with its stunning views across London’s skyline, which will be featuring a full afternoon and evening of both local and more national musical talent. The line-up starts at 1.00pm with local favourites The Hobos, followed by local hero Felix Glenn, who is the founder of Felix School of Rock (fsor.org.uk), with a set that will showcase one of the FSOR young bands, The Otherside.

At 3.00 Steve ‘Boltz’ Bolton (formerly lead guitarist with Atomic Rooster, a spell with The Who, Paul Young, Elton John and a host of great musicians and bands) will dominate proceedings with his incredible and unmissable rock band, The New White Trash. They will probably be heard in Herne Hill, but will sound even better at the Festival site.

Calming order will be restored at around 4.00 by the atmospheric vocal/guitar of Josienne Clarke and Ben Webster, after whom emerging indie band Scarlett’s Roses will take the stage. The main stage evening will end with a long set of Time Out’s ‘Best British blues band’, Blue Commotion.

Following the close of the outdoor stage, music will continue indoors until ‘closing time’ with a solid Jazz set, starting with Alice in Grooveland, followed by jazz guitar/vocal duo Rob Koral & Zoe Schwarz, and closing with the astonishing Esmond Selwyn Organ Trio, featuring international jazz legends Esmond Selwyn on guitar, Robin Jones on drums, and Jean-Paul Gard on Hammond Organ.

If not not enough for you, the trio has agreed to continue to play at an ‘Aquarius After Party’ at The Rose Pub at 108 Forest Hill Road until the wee small hours. Entry for the festival is just £1.00, and the after party will be free, but you can contribute by buying a couple of drinks!

Alongside the music on two soundstages (indoors and outdoors) there will be local caterers selling an interesting variety of food , a bouncy castle and inflatable goalposts for the kids, as well as a coconut shy and other games for the little ones.

Nunhead’s definitely the place this weekend!!!

Check out a sample from Steve 'Boltz' Bolton's track 'Dog Day' embedded in the player below.