he brainchild of the enterprising team at French bistro Patron NW5, Fête de la Musique is a free family-friendly street party with live music that fills the little street – Fortess Walk – opposite their two restaurants (it runs alongside the Co-Op towards The Forum).
Otherwise known as Music Day, the event is “inspired by the festivals held every year across France to celebrate the first days of summer”, says manager Romain. It made its very busy debut in 2016 – and was so successful that each year subsequently it’s returned for a bigger outing.
What to expect? Throughout the afternoon, a range of musicians and artists will perform diverse genres to please everyone, from ankle biters upwards, plus there are kids’ activities and a dog show. And Kentish Town’s big hitters are all set to be out in force, with booze in all its forms from the upscale triumvirate of Knowhere Special, Ladies & Gents, and Rose & Crown, and food pop-ups from Rossella, the Queen Of Sheba and of course Patron.
Bored already? Well, you could combine the Fete with the reasonably nearby South End Green summer festival, a twenty-minute walk away and Alma-sized in its sprawling range of food stalls, live music, kids’ rides and all the usual shenanigans you’d expect.
(Free) party on, right?