A one-day dance festival originally due to take place on Clapham Common is the first event to be unveiled as part of the Peninsula Festival, due to take place on waste ground next to Greenwich Millennium Village during the Olympics.
Eastern Electrics had been due to take over part of Clapham Common on 4 August, but was left homeless after Pink House – a gay-themed event which had been planned for the common for the three weeks of the Games – was cancelled after reportedly failing to attract sufficient sponsorship.
Without Pink House’s facilities, Eastern Electrics had been left homeless, but has now been scheduled to take over “area 12” on the Peninsula – surrounded by the southern side of GMV, the Pilot pub, the O2’s car park and the Blackwall Tunnel approach – from 11am – 10.30pm on 4 August, with a 10,000 capacity.
According to Resident Advisor, the site, which is still being used for storage of roadworks materials, will “feature a main stage and four tents, with a “huge” man-made structure built from shipping containers at the core of the site”. “There’ll also be a VIP area with views over the main area and bar, food and “luxury” toilet facilities.”
This was all announced last week, but has not been reported locally until now. No other events have yet been announced for the Peninsula Festival, which also includes a Dutch campside on the east side of GMV, a beach by the River Thames at Delta Wharf, due to open next month, and a procession of tall ships.
The festival has also been given £50,000 by Greenwich Council for delivery of a “community element”, with the council’s website claiming it will “welcome top artists to Greenwich Peninsula for a series of fantastic music concerts and big screens showing live coverage of the Games”.
Meanwhile, work is under way on a similar event on the north side of the Thames. Backed by Newham Council and City Hall, the London Pleasure Gardens, inspired by Victorian parks at Vauxhall and North Woolwich, is close to the Royal Docks cable car terminal, on the south side of Royal Victoria Dock.
It promises a “free family festival with live music and entertainment”, dance event Bloc, Latin American event Carnaval del Pueblo and a stage for the River of Music event, which is also taking place at Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College.