Review: Peckham Rye Music Festival

Artists from across the electronic and instrumental music spectrum met on the weekend of 12-14th of May to bring exclusive tunes to South London, for the latest edition of Peckham Rye Music festival.

The event kicked off on Friday afternoon with New Town Kings, a reggae and ska band opening the outdoor stage, located in Copeland Park, an old industrial area of Peckham.

The venue, spread across 4 stages, both inside and outside was the only place to be this weekend. Festival goers could enjoy cold ciders and pints, while dancing to the rhythm of reggae and dub played until the sunset on the main stage. KOKOROKO, Laura Misch and Alfa Mist were among those artists who got the crowd hyped and prepared for the long night ahead.

And for those fancy ones, there were cocktails in form of Mojitos, wine and of course, a Jägermeister bar for all the daredevils who couldn’t resist the ice cold Jägerbombs. But who would on such a sunny weekend?

When speaking about the sun…Rooftop D, a stage located on a roof of an old factory was the place to be, and there was a que of people waiting to get up in need to get some techno down their veins. The weather was astonishing and sun rays added up to the energy and chill vibe, spreading quickly across the whole festival.

Names such as Profusion, Apes, Axel Boman, Andy Lemay and Children of Zeus were hitting the rooftop stage without offering the visitors a break, while people could take a peak on the SE15 from above.

And if you felt like losing your legs after all that dancing, you could relax in the rooftop bar or hit one of the street food vans for some extra fuel. Spaghetti, Indian cuisine and other types of snacks were served during the whole day and night. And one thing is for sure, their burgers were to die for!

For some real festival lovers and for those who forgot their glam at home, there was a glitter pop up stall, where skilled artists did their magic to your face and body, giving you the extraordinary sparkly look. However, most of the Londoners came fully prepared, with colourful hairbands, festival clothes and fun accessories to show off their free spirit.

Sarah Proffitt from South London took her bestie, Sarah Cole to the festival on Saturday afternoon, to have some girl fun and enjoy the sunny weather. “It was really random, we weren’t even supposed to come here but we couldn’t waste such a nice day by spending it inside,” said Sarah.

And she’s right, the opening weekend was a perfect opportunity for everyone to forget about work and responsibilities, and to come out to play in the sun.

“We’re quite party animals, so we’re gonna aim for at least 2 AM tonight” added Sarah before disappearing into the crowd of jumping youngsters.

The festival’s opening weekend, hosting more than 50 artists and DJs from the London’s electronic music scene was definitely one of a kind. The relaxed atmosphere, great people, drinks, food and the weather made it a memorable experience for everyone who came along and brought the quirky venue back to life.

For those of you who missed it, don’t lose your festival feeling just yet, Peckham Rye Music festival continues with its fringe events until the next weekend and a closing party on Sunday, 21st of May, when the DJs on rooftop D will end the week full of music and entertainment.