Our team at the event are Christina Adamidou, Koos Couvee, Milly Dawson and Penny Permal. Milly will be performing onstage with her band Shiva and will be bringing all the news and gossip from back stage.
The festival, now in its 27th year is aimed at showcasing the best the borough has to offer, whether it is music, theatre, dance, magic, cabaret, sport or the spoken word.
A total of eight themed stages will feature an estimated 1,000 different performers in every field from rock to cabaret to circus.
One of the highlights of the day will be a performance by the legendary rude boy hero Neville Staples of the Specials. As well as Shiva, other local bands taking part include Edit Select and the Real Bad Habits.
In addition to the performers, there will be craft displays, rides, children’s activities and many stalls selling food and drink from around the world. Visitors will be able to strut their dance moves at Electro Swing, join the BBC singers at Sing Out!, learn circus skills, or relax like a true Brit with a cup of tea or a pint of ale.
Full details of the programme can be downloaded here
Around the park there will be many representatives of community groups, public services and businesses who are being given a platform to tell the borough what they do and how you can get involved. Representatives from Goldsmiths, where the EastLondonLines website is based will be among those present.
7:57pm: Shiva singer, Camille Dawson says, “What a wonderful day out in Lewisham! I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came down to support Shiva and celebrate our last gig. Highlights of the day were the real Bad Habits, the dance groups, playing our last gig and the general vibe of our creative community. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!”
7:20pm: Lorna Kembale, 40, PA in Catford says, “I definitely had a good time; I went on a few rides too, the food was good… I will be coming next year!
7:18pm: Wilfred Heart, 46, a council worker, says, “It’s been a lovely day. We’ve been coming here since Day one and we never get tired of it. The kids enjoyed it and we’re definitely coming back for more!
7:10pm: Shiva have just finished their last gig ever and went out with a bang! Great supportive crowd filled with loved ones. Spot a couple of tears from a proud mum too. Fantastic show!
6:19pm: Shiva just about to go on stage. Camille tells us how she feels very excited and sad. “An end to an era is an understatement,”she says.
6:06pm: ELL’s very own reporter-rocker, Camille Dawson, about to go on stage. Sitting with the rest of her band, Shiva, cherishing their last moments as a band together. Set list is written, can’t wait to see them live!
6:00pm: Lewisham people are thoroughly enjoying this kick off to the summer holidays!
5:55pm: Just at the stage bus watching the Dre Zone. The musicianship here is just insane. So much talent in Lewisham today!
5:42pm: A great selection of stall stands here today: Hughes Syndrome Foundation, Deaf Self and Casa Alianza (international non profit child care organziation.)
5:30pm: Liz Fowler, 32, council worker from Greenwich says, “I’m here today as part of a safer neighbourhoods crew for Lewisham People’s Day. I think it’s a really good event; family orientated with a lot of things for older kids to do this year. I’ve been coming for a couple years now, and I especially like the music.”
5:26pm: Performing at the big top : Swing Patrol (made up of five boys and five girls.)
5:25pm: Just watching a great indie rock band right now called the Floodliners performing on Rocklands. Five strong, three ladies, two on the guitar and one on the bass. One lad on the keyboard and another on the drums. The singer sounds like M.I.A meets Lilly Allen. She has a very mature stage presence. Man, can she hit those high notes! Think our reporter, Koos Couvee has a little crush…!
5:15pm: Some crazy dance moves here for Bad Habits!
4:33pm: Quick pit stop for some ‘fine chips.’
This is the rock soul group called Vall. It is their second time performing. Vall says “Lewisham People’s Day is great, theres a great mix of people everyone is very open and it has a great family vibe.”
4:30pm: This is a dance group called Captive. It’s their 4th time performing at lewisham peoples day. Aaron the teacher and chorographer for captive has been coming to peoples day for 4 years. Aaron says’lewisham peoples day has been very inspring because of the community atmosphere, all the dance groups come together once a year’ the age group of captive is 8-16.
4:10pm: Got talking to Andre from Rolling Sound, a company that tutors kids in music and video production and DJing. “It is a great opportunity for the kids. Rolling Sound is particularly active in Lewisham. Youths can also get qualifications to put on their CVs,” says Andre.
2:43pm: Take a look at this giant white ball. They are planning on a long queue of people to line up and roll the ball over them!
2:18pm: Just met Princess Amy and Isabelle. They told ELL the princess palace is just up the M1. I can’t wait to get hold of those outfits!
1:45pm: J’s Dance Factory – after school dance class for kids in London – are now on stage. What a big crowd!
12:59pm: Good afternoon. Lots of traffic on the way to Mountsfield Park and summery people walking down. How exciting!