Pop up music festival to demonstrate against Fuller’s and Dulwich Estate pulling plug on music in Herne Hill

DJ Food, O'Connell & Love from Alabama3 are headlining in support of the campaign alongside kids bands and local musicians

This Saturday, 5th March at 2.00pm, local Herne Hill residents have organised a popup up music festival to protest against the decision that one of South London’s most popular music venues, the Half Moon pub, is to become a restaurant putting an end to live music. Dulwich Estate, who granted the lease to Fuller’s, made the decision. This is another blow to the area already blighted by Dulwich Estate’s astronomical rent rises, forcing the local toyshop, Just Williams out of business.

The pop up music festival has an iconic line up including DJ Food, O'Connell & Love from Alabama 3 (the guys behind the Sopranos theme tune), and a range of upcoming kids bands, and local musicians. Mayoral candidates Sian Berry and Caroline Pidgeon will also be attending to help raise awareness of the campaign.

Dulwich Estate, a local charity have already raised rents by 70% in the area, forcing the closure of toy shop Just Williams and putting other local traders at risk, many of whom are still recovering since the devastating floods of 2013.

The £5m revenue generated by Dulwich Estate owned properties is given to three local private schools – Dulwich College, JAGS and Alleyn's, a far cry from the organisation’s original mandate - to educate the poor.

The pop-up music festival will take place from 2:00 – 6:00pm on Saturday, in Station Square, featuring kids band, Identity Crisis, Guy Davies, amongst many others.  Please note that the timing of event has been brought forward to 2.00,  earlier than previously advertised, due to the popularity of event.