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Purley Festival lives and breathes music. Our goal is to give the stage to local artists and showcase the best of music out there.  We take our music very seriously – and this year we’ve gone bigger and bolder than ever before with not 2, not THREE distinct music stages! Apart from our very own headlining stage programmed by the fabulous Stephanie Darkes, we have teamed up with the the queen of Croydon music scene – Esther from the Oval and the influential and and community immersed Lives not Knives to run their own, distinctive music stages.

We will be seeing all music genres represented in the vibrant local music scene and bring you everything from rock, pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Indie, Country and folk, spoken word to name a few…

Programmed by Stephanie Darkes and Alex Chum, this year we are excited about the about the level of talent and very pleased to have the opportunity to book a couple of headliners for the first time! On the main stage expect to hear funk, reggae, soul, jazz and much more – we are going to rock you!

1.00pm – 1.40pm : The winner of Purley Sound Check + Adam Hughes

‘Purley Sound Check 2015’ is the brain child of Adam Hughes and aims to raise awareness for Dementia by running a competition to find local talent. Adam is a Singer/ Songwriter, Events Organizer, Advocate and Mentor. He will be performing his blend of acoustic and RnB.

The winners of the Croydon Performing Arts Festival – Nicola Catley

Croydon Performing Arts Festival is a large annual Festival that runs over 4 weekends in April and May. It includes all kinds of music, dance, speech and drama. There are many winners in all sections, chosen by professional adjudicators. The winner of the Rock, Pop, Jazz and Percussion section will be performing live on stage.

2.00pm – 2.40pm: Da Groovestation

Funked up jazz/ soul outfit whose music features in BBC series “The Baby Boom”. Sweet harmonies and soulful beats – feel da groove!

3.00pm – 3.40pm : BRIT School

The BRIT School is the only free specialist Performing Arts School for 14-19 year olds in the country! This year the students of Year 12 will be showcasing their talent!

4.00pm – 4.40pm : The Cracked

The Cracked are the hazy Balearic vibe of Ibiza to the rick Latin sounds of South America, dropping African beats and harmonies to a backdrop of English pop on a sunny summer afternoon.

5.00pm – 5.40pm : The 286

By clashing rock and roll riffs with cellos and violins, the 286 create a unique sound that you expect from a musical collaboration between the Beatles and Beethoven.

6.00pm – 6.40pm : Trambeat

Northern Soul influenced originals band from South London. Real soul music played live and released on vinyl. Keeping the Faith.

7.00pm – close : Shakatak

Chart topping 80s British Jazz Funk Legends

“This music still glows as brilliantly as that first hearing…Shakatak aren’t just a band, they were the soundtrack of our lives”. RONNIE SCOTT’S House Magazine (UK)

10.00am – 12.30pm : Church Service

Join our Christian neighbours in a lively church service organised by Purley Churches together.

1.00pm – 1.40pm : Shan Smile – Reggae Icons

Ex Brit School songbird Shan Smile’s beautiful vocals blended with musical pros. Reggae Icons are a perfect aural treat for the sunshine – they will have you bopping!

2.00pm – 2.40pm : Payback

Payback is a local soul funk outfit brimming with musical talent. Band members have performed and recorded with the likes of Celine Dion, Michael Ball, Barry Manilow, Seal and Cliff Richards, to name a few.

3.00pm – 3.40pm : Hot Border Special

With musicians from the Noisettes, Quantic, Heliocentrics, JetTricks and more. Art Rock four piece with ambient, trip-hop and rock influences. Their live performances are exhilarating experience which you can’t afford to miss; with dancefloors in and around London dancing and jumping all night to the freshest sound around!

4.00pm – 4.45pm : The Expansions

From the gritty suburbs of South London comes a fresh take on a classic sound. The Expansions craft slick jazz with a funk groove into towering landscapes that reflect the sounds of the city they live in.

5.00pm – 6.30pm : Omar

Internationally acclaimed Omar Lye-Fook MBE is a British soul singer, songwriter and musician living in Thornton Heath. Omar’s ground breaking 1990 debut album There’s Nothing Like This earned the British singer/songwriter the title of “the founder of nu-classic soul”

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This year local heroes “Lives not Knives” will be running our soapbox stage, they have put together a great roster of up and coming talent, so make sure you pop along to have a listen. You can find them between the main stage and the cocktail garden.

1.45pm – 2.00pm: Tubby Boy.

Tubby Boy is an up and coming UK artist from Croydon South London that is going to blow up the charts with his brand new sound that he calls “vibrant, energetic, and soulful” with this unique mix he is aiming to take the uk charts by storm.

2.45pm – 3.000pm: Sophie Plumb

A young lady singer. Also a strong competitor in the youth talent contest ‘unsigned stars’

3.45pm – 4.00pm: Bessy Naidu

An aspiring young singer/ songwriter/ model/ actress, Bessy is one to watch out for on the big screen, small screen and screens in between.

4.45pm – 5.00pm: Brynley Rose Plumb

Younger sister of Sophie Plumb and following of her footsteps, also aspiring and talented singer

12.30pm – 12.50pm : Hope Dealerz

1.40pm – 1.55pm : Sophie Plumb

A young lady singer. Also a strong competitor in the youth talent contest ‘unsigned stars’

2.40pm – 2.55pm : Bessy Naidu

An aspiring young singer/ songwriter/ model/ actress, Bessy is one to watch out for on the big screen, small screen and screens in between.

3.40pm – 3.55pm: Tubby Boy

An up and coming UK artist from Croydon South London that is going to blow up the charts with his brand new sound that he calls “vibrant, energetic, and soulful” with this unique mix he is aiming to take the UK charts by storm.

Situated at the top of the Rotary field, this is the Oval on tour, programmed by lovely Esther Sutton, politico extraordinaire and featuring some quality local artists playing all kinds of styles and bound to be a bit quirky.

12:00 :  Tom Janssen

Tom Janssen is a Welsh bloke with a London accent, a Belgian surname & supplementary Irish ancestry. He is also a London based acoustic guitarist. He plays original instrumental music and sometimes has a beard

12:30 :  Brit School

1:00 :  Homebrood

Traditional Celtic Folk four-piece. Homebrood play dynamic, charging, stomping, electric and vibrant floor fillers to soulful, poignant ballads and honour songs.

1:30 :  Niffer Williams

Making music to make you smile. A mixture of fizzlewhizz, pompiduke, hobbily-wobbily and giggle-biggles. 

2:00 :  Croydon Ukulele Jam

A set of Pop/Rock covers by Croydon’s Ukulele group, who meet every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month at the Green Dragon Pub.

2:30 :  Dillon White

Multi instrumental multi genre singer songwriter.

3:00 :  Joe Head

Acoustic funk rock with a loop and vocal harmony.

3:30 :  Serenity Plays

Passionate, gutsy vocals, often a cappella, drive poignant original songs.

4:00 :  The FezHeads

The Fabulous Fezheads are England’s Premier Sand Dance Illusionists carrying on in the tradition of Old ‘Blind Ned’ Cleggett with his famous stage act of the 1920’s and 30’s, and actually starring his Great-Grandson Pete ‘the Flying’ Cleggett

5:00 :  Magic Brother

Lilting psychedelic melodies with more than just a hint of funk.

12:00 :  Lorna Wall

A jazz saxophonist and singer based in Purley. Her band play a mix of classic jazz standards and modern jazz

12:30 :  Famous Last Words

Folk’n’roll played by acoustic fundamentalists.

1:00 :  TruStar

Urban Music with a twist.

1:30 :  Susie B

Left handed, independent, lyricist and songwriter, self-produced artist, interested in both lyrical detail and the melodies that tell a story.

2:00 :  3times7

Jenny Lawrence and David Holdstock play the blues…. bringing you everything with one voice and one guitar.

2:30 :  Matt Mansfield

Solo acoustic singer songwriter performing melodic bittersweet folk/Rock songs.

3:00 :  The Higher Planes

The Higher Planes are a psychedelic-tinged folk-soul four-piece with influences ranging from atmospheric, plaintive acid-rock songs by Jefferson Airplane and Country Joe and the Fish to the insistent rhythms of Stax soul.

3:30 :  Jenny Lockyer

A gifted musician and comedian who likes singing songs that make people laugh and maybe have a think.

4:00 :  Junkyard Choir

One half Scottish grit, the other half Caribbean spice; one hundred percent dirty south coast blues-grunge explosion!

4:30 :  The Brothers of Mothershovel

The Brothers of Mothershovel are on a mission to free your soul so your hips will follow!