This year’s festival season came to a close in the genteel surroundings of Blackheath Common. ONBLackheath is the latest addition to the festival circuit and it aims to showcase the best in local and international artists, serving up amazing food, and offering a world of fun for younger visitors.
Spread across three stages, this year’s festival had an elective line-up to suit everyone’s tastes; from classic rock and jazz/funk, to soul, house and hip hop.
The main stage
On the main stage, Saturday night was headlined by the legendary Squeeze. It was a homecoming gig for their founders Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook who formed the band in 1973 just down the road in Deptford. They charmed the crowed and their set included their classic singalong Cool for Cats. The Divine Comedy (making their only UK appearance), Billy Bragg and Acrylic prepared the way for Squeeze. The Sunday night was a more chilled affair with Paloma Faith headlining, fresh from an arena tour across the country promoting her no. 1 album The Architect, and the likes of De La Soul, Corrine Bailey Rae and the Lightening Seeds performed to the crowd throughout the afternoon and evening.
Stage Two saw the James Taylor Quartet perform an irresistible jazz/funk groove, Huey Morgan played a storming funk set and The Mariachis put a smile on everyone’s faces with a touch of Latino love!
Kiss FM founder, Gordon Mac put together a cracking line up for Stage Three. With MCs Shaq D and Craig Williams presiding, the list of DJs was a who’s who of the capital’s finest with Jumping Jack Frost, Paul Trouble Anderson, Terry Jones and Bob Masters among them. It was also home to the Soulhouse Music Review, bringing the best in soul and house together to keep the grooves coming, with Michelle John, Vanessa Freeman and Hill Street Soul featuring.
Great music were complimented by great food. ONBlackheath had a delicious line-up of food options for food lovers. From London’s own Street Food Union who served its Yorkshire burrito to the Vegan Street Foot Zone, and sweet treats including Churros Garcia and Lickalix Ice Lollies.
With a diverse line-up of artists, food and an up-market vibe, OnBlackheath was another great success.
The Ticketmaster team were kept busy and here are some of the key statistics and facts from behind the scenes:
- Number of box offices: 1
- Number of staff members on site: 4
- Number of scanners used: 12
- Scanning managed by a third party (and TM provided training on their usage)
Ticketmaster Artist Services were busy scribbling notes in panels, sprinting between venues for gigs and picking up the bar tabs.