OMG! It’s Parliament Hill Bandstand’s annual rave-up (and 2 more festivals)

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A free party on the Heath after work tomorrow. Plus Peckwater Neighbourhood and Queen’s Crescent street parties


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People gather in the bandstand at Palrliament Hill Fields Festival
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Parliament Hill Fields Festival

The Heath’s summer series of DJs and gigs continues with arguably the most hedonistic one-off tomorrow night, as anarchic local ledges Dig-It Sound System take over the iconic bandstand (read its history here) with their mash-up of funk, house and hip hop bangers (6th July, 7-9pm). With an after-party at the Dartmouth Arms, this looks like a joyous way to start the massive annual Pride in London weekend. Prefer something less ker-azy? Check out some free live alternative jazz on Sunday 8th (3-5pm) with the Ash Walker Experience, and the gigs continue in more sedate fashion throughout July and August (more here). Bandstand, Parliament Hill NW5

Peckwater Neighbourhood Festival 2018

If you’re not at Pride (or maybe you can do both?), over in Islip Street the NW5 Community Play Project are hosting a free, family-friendly festival around the Peckwater Estate on Saturday. At 11.30am a carnival-style procession will tour the local streets, while a DJ ensconced on the roof will play a wide variety of music, plus there are stalls lining the streets, live music performances, dance acts, arts ‘n’ craft workshops, face-painting and streetfood. Sat 7th July, 12-6pm Islip Street and surrounds NW5

People browsing at Queen's Crescent Street Party with red bunting
A previous Queen’s Crescent Street Party.
Pic: Stephen Emms

Queen’s Crescent Street Party

One for the diary: this one-day festie in Gospel Oak was always a vibrant celebration of the area’s diversity – until Camden Council took over the running of the market and the annual party vanished with it for a year or two. Boo. The good news is now it’s back – expect lots of stalls, world food, performers, arts, sports, live music and more. In fact, they’re actively looking for volunteers so if that’s you email alex@qcca.org.uk. 21st July, free, 12-6pm, Queen’s Crescent NW5

Main image: Dig-it Sound System/ Facebook


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