Things To Do in Barnes, Battersea, Cheam, Clapham, Epsom, Fulham, Kingston, Putney, Surbiton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Wimbledon

Sun – check! Bands – check! Food – gimme!

With little to no notice, summer is here!

Bedford PubBreak out the deck chairs, dish out the sun cream, this is not a drill; I repeat, THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!

Everyone, we have summer! "But we're not ready!?!" Yes we are my friend! Because we're planning FOODSTOCK!

So what are your summer holiday plans? For me, I’ve got a hunger so I'm busy organising a very tasty food festival, but there’s more than just the food to enjoy. You might be thinking; how can we enjoy the finest food in the park if all I can hear is the Queenstown Road traffic and Battersea Helipad? Well, apologies for showing off, but I'm going to fill your ears with some of the best emerging acts to hit the capital’s open air stages this summer!

I'm trying to wrap it all up together; into one weekend, one location, and one love! And to make it possible, I've been searching for the best music in our borough of Wandsworth and one place kept coming up as a leader in programming the very best and active music scene in South West London...

Back in January I paid a visit to one of the owners of the Bedford Pub in Balham to talk about music, ideas and engagement. After five minutes into our discussion, we were already talking about how the Balham Ukulele Society would bring an extra flavour to any local music festival and how exciting it would be to have high quality folk music on a temporary bandstand...the very same Balham Ukulele Society will open up the festival on the Saturday at 12:30pm.

Whilst I wish I had found our bands through sampling Wandsworth’s finest public houses and clubs, a lot of my time and effort was spent within the local community, finding out who you wanted to listen to. Many local favourites were brought to our attention, and it was a true pleasure to spend my time at work listening to these acts. I'd like to draw your attention to Who's Molly, Mark Sullivan, and Nobel Jacks. The cherry on the top of our Foodstock Fundae, there are few things sweeter than the Thumping Tommys. But please don't just take my word for it, go and check out our artists via the links on our website before the weekend because they’re something special.

Our part wing-men, who I can’t forget to mention - I'd like to extend a big thank you to our festival partner Sambrook's Brewery, who without their support this local endeavour may not have been possible.

To sign off, I hope the above has whetted your appetite. Between now and next week’s blog I'll be sitting down with my team to brush up on the finer event details. We'll be sitting with the team from Kafoodle to tell you how food and technology can change the future of festivals. Tune in to this space next week to learn more.

Noemi Antonelli is Events Account Manager for Enable Leisure & Culture

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