Nunhead's the place this weekend Sept 1st & 2nd (Herne Hill's the place next ... 8th & 9th!)

Sorry for this very long news post - but too much to mention and all last gasp!

Herne Hill straddles Lambeth AND Southwark, so here's info about a festival next weekend in Nunhead, which is turning out to be a hotspot for arts, crafts and grassroots music.

Part of Southwark's Elephant & the Nun weekender (billed as "A free family festival like no other" offering 9 events in 9 spaces in 2 days), the 'Nunhead Experience' will happen SUNDAY Sept 2nd. It'll be a largely bicycle-powered arts & crafts fest, reminiscent of the alt energy ethos HH had at the Urban Green Fair in Brockwell Park (remember the solar powered cinema?) which last we looked is dead and gone. On SATURDAY the 1st it is the Aquarius Festival at the Aquarius Golf Links, on the Nunhead/Honor Oak border.

Nunhead Green is the weekend's epicentre for activities on Sunday ... surrounding roads will be shut to vehicles for the day so folks can take over the space. You can get really crafty - create your own screen print, make a film, produce some art, go on a local history walk, listen to live music, watch films ... even pedal power the soundsystem or the cinema in the evening. Why not cycle over from Herne Hill and pitch in?? Wiggo would approve. Same goes if you're doing Paralympics events over the weekend at the Excel or Greenwich Park by bike ... whatever legs you've got left will do!

Things kick off with a film screening of 'Horton Hears A Who' for kids in Nunhead Library (88-138 Gordon Road, close to Nunhead Cemetery) and end with the film classic 'Bugsy Malone' on the Electric Pedals and Free Film Festival's cycle-powered cinema system from 8.30pm at the top of Gordon Road. Bands on include Nunhead Folk Circle, Lewis Floyd Henry, and the Quadrilles and more! Andy Hankdog, who runs the Easycome Acoustic Club at the White Horse in Peckham and Jason Collins of Herne Hill's The Umbrellabirds, will be playing acoustic numbers between the bands.

So bring your bikes to help power all the A/V, drag along some blankets, pack a picnic plus wet weather wear. Best of all, organisers say this event goes ahead, rain or shine! That's the spirit!

As for the SATURDAY, till now little advertised for the local area and now an official part of the Elephant & the Nun, we have the Aquarius Festival which happens at the Aquarius Golf Links/Club (Beechcroft Reservoir, Marmora Road, London SE22 0RY - great views of East London). The links are located in Honor Oak, but nearly on the Nunhead border. Local folk music organisers Nygel and Sue ( will be showcasing talent in the clubhouse to include old time bluegrass from Robin Gillian ( and duo Tim Graham & Rosemary Lippard (

At the same time, all day long down on the fairway, it will be the ‘Festival Folly’ stage. Things begin at 1.00pm with locals The Hobos, followed by Felix Glenn, and the evening will end with Time Out’s ‘Best British blues band’, Blue Commotion. After the the outdoor stage wraps, music will continue indoors until ‘closing time’ with a jazz set, starting with Alice in Grooveland and closing with the lauded Esmond Selwyn Organ Trio, featuring jazz legends Esmond Selwyn on guitar, Robin Jones on drums, and Jean-Paul Gard on Hammond Organ. The trio has also 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 after party will be free, but buy a drink or two!


Local caterers will be running food stalls, there'll be crafts stalls, and a bouncy castle plus inflatable goalposts for the kids, as well as a coconut shy and other games for the little ones. There might even be golfing demos too. Any questions ring the Aquarius Club, find details in the link below.

The 2012 Aquarius lineup poster is up on Facebook:

And don't forget the Peckham & Nunhead FREE film festival will be screening free flicks - indoors and out - two weeks after all this is over! The pedal powered movie in Nunhead Green on the 2nd (Bugsy Malone) is like an unofficial warmup! There's a very concrete tie-in to Herne Hill since the PNFFF will also screen Buster Keaton's silent The General (1927) at Herne Hill Station on Sept 8th (8pm), all part of Herne Hill train station's 150 year anniversary shindig. Renown silent film pianist Neil Brand will accompany! Neil lives locally and has accompanied silent films for over 25 years ... at the NFT, at the Barbican & throughout the world. This alone is worth showing up for!

We've already been on here to let you know about the Herne Hill Music Festival's music bandstand which is happening alongside the Sunday Market the very next day in the same space from 11am - 3pm. An act per hour! Groups/ensembles/bands will be: London Saxophone Choir, The Ingham Swing Ensemble, London Comsorts of Winds, and The Hobos.

Check out a sample of Nunhead Folk Circle's 'Black Dog' - click on the audioplayer below. They're playing the Green on Sunday Sept 2nd. You can check out the Ingham Ensemble doing "Moonlight in Vermont' on the ensemble's Reverbnation (recorded live last month at Dee Dee's, they're playing the Herne Hill Bandstand on Sept 9th):

Other links for the Herne Hill weekender: