Northcote Road Festival 2019 served an ace of a day for local residents and businesses!
The Oval might have experienced an action-packed day on Sunday 14th July, but Battersea’s Northcote Road was no-less exciting with its renowned street festival and Wimbledon big-screen broadcast. Famed for its huge selection of specialist shops, boutiques, hair-salons, restaurants, bars, fishmongers and butchers, the Northcote Road was flooded with colourful bunting and over 150 stalls. The diverse selection of stall offerings ranged from china, clothing, homeware and jewellery to a children’s funfair and a dizzy array of street food from across the globe. Festival highlights included the special open-air screening of the Men’s Wimbledon Finals and a host of performances on the Main Stage.
Sports enthusiasts were treated to a fine game, courtesy of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who thrilled fans with nearly five hours of extraordinary tennis in the Men’s Singles Final. Undeterred, the loyal crowd stayed glued to the end. The Main Stage, sponsored by the local restaurant and bar, Archer Street SW11, delighted the audience with spectacular live stage performances from Fancy Footwork, Be Dance Company, Dance Force United, plus a powerful performance from the Battersea Station Choir. Rock music from the children’s band ‘Kidz N Rock’ drenched the air, and a performance from Let’s Act Drama School was much admired. The West End also came to SW11 in the form of West End actress and panellist on ITV’s Loose Women - Brenda Edwards - also famed for her X-Factor appearances. The IDolls - three stunning West-End divas from the award-winning musical ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’– entertained the audience to a spectacular medley of popular songs, while the talented Archer Street Singers, with their high energy performances, wowed the crowd. The Kids’ Zone, delighted children and families with a myriad of activities including Carousel rides, Bungee Run and Bumper Cars.
The Festival organisers were delighted that The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Mrs Jane Cooper and her husband, visited the various stalls, businesses and public services who were represented on the day - such as the local police and fire brigade. After sampling some of the delicious Festival food, the Mayor enjoyed watching the afternoon entertainment on the Main Stage.
Huge thanks to the Northcote Business Network who championed and led the event, chaired by Jonathan Dyson, the Regional Director at Countrywide PLC. Jonathan Dyson commented,
“This event has been held for the last twenty-nine years and I have been involved for the last seven. Over the last few years the event has really gained momentum and become the event of the summer in southwest London. We were, no doubt, helped by the moderate weather (not too hot, not too cold), but visitor numbers were without a doubt the best ever. I'd like to say a huge thank you to the ongoing support of Wandsworth Council, and to all of the team from Think Events who have run the event for the last few years and make everything look so easy. It really is a mammoth task! Next year marks the thirtieth year of the event, and we are already starting to make plans for it to be even bigger and better than this year. A huge thanks to all concerned in organising it, and an even bigger thanks to those who attended on the day."
The event was sponsored by the new Clapham Junction Business Improvement District (BID) Ltd, Northcote Business Network and Archer Street SW11, with special thanks to Wandsworth Council and Wandsworth Councillors.
A large shout-out of thanks also goes to the local residents who supported by joining in the fun and the local businesses, of whom some, for the day, extended their businesses onto the street.
Don’t forget to put next year’s date in your diary - Sunday 12th July 2020.
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Northcote Road Festival 2019 line-up and number of stallholders revealed!
The Northcote Road Festival returns on Sunday 14th July for its 20th year from 12-6pm.
With over 150 stalls, a food court, six hours of music and dance, children’s rides and the Wimbledon Men’s Final on the big screen, the event promises to offer an unbeatable day of family entertainment.
Throughout the day, festival-goers will be able to explore over 150 stalls selling arts and craft, jewellery, clothing, prints, greeting cards and more; while local businesses extend both their shops and their hospitality by bringing their wares out onto the street. There will even be a Maths tutoring stall – what a plus!
Children can enjoy the festival’s bumper cars, bungee run and car rides; while food-loving adventurers can discover their own excitement at the food court between Salcott and Belleville Roads, tantalising their taste buds with streetfood from around the world: from Lebanese to Japanese to Guadeloupean.
Live stage performances will include local dance groups Fancy Footwork, Be Dance Company and Dance Force United, plus performances from the Battersea Power Station Choir, children’s rock band ‘Kidz N Rock’ and drama from Let’s Act Drama School.
This year, the Northcote Road Festival sprinkles us with a little stardust, with performances from Brenda Edwards, the X-Factor singer, West End actress and panellist on ITV’s `Loose Women’; and from the IDolls, three soulful West-End divas from the award-winning musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Add the Archer Street Singers and you have a true festival of talent.
See you there!
P.S. BREAKING NEWS! Except for when we break for the tennis, we’ll also be showing England playing the World Cup Cricket final!
On Stage, Sunday 14th July
12-12:30 Ballet by Fancy Footwork
12:35-13:10 Drama Performance by Let’s Act
13:15-13:40 Kids ‘N’ Rock
13:45-14:15 Singing & Dancing with Be Dance
12.20-14:40 Battersea Power Station Choir
14:45-14:47 Dance Force United
14:52-18:00 IDolls, Brenda Edwards, Archer Street Singers (order TBC)
The 2018 Northcote Road Summer Fete - looking back
photography by SarahWillsPhotography.com
With temperatures soaring, the Northcote Road Summer Fête served up another fantastic community event on Sunday 15th with local residents and visitors out in force.
Thank you again to sponsors Douglas & Gordon, Killik & Co, Flight Centre UK, Mamas & Papas UK, Baby Room Nurseries, Portico Property and Hamptons International for making this year’s Northcote Road Summer Fete another great day out for all the family.
And thanks to all the people who came along and made it so memorable!
While it’s still fresh in your mind why not mark the 2019 date in your diary, as we are already planning for next year’s Summer Fête to be held on Sunday 14th July.
In the meantime please read all about it here >>