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Bermondsey Carnival

Bermondsey Carnival


Bermondsey Carnival 2017

Southwark Park Bandstand, off Jamaica Road
Saturday 1 July 2017
12pm to 8pm

Free entry

Spend a relaxing afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Southwark Park and enjoy a day of great live entertainment at Bermondsey Carnival.

This year’s Bermondsey Carnival will be a summer festival like no other, as it welcomes a UK Reggae and Ska showcase with Indika and Friends to the stage.

Featuring a fabulous collective of the great innovators of UK Reggae and Ska, who for more than half a century have been leaving their mark with their own work and collaborations with many of the biggest and most diverse names in the game. Featuring The Queen of Lovers Rock JANET KAY, The King of UK Ska and member of the Specials NEVILLE STAPLE, UK Reggae legend and hit producer DENNIS BOVELL, Very Special guests from the origins of Reggae THE MARVELS, all held down by one of the UKs finest bands INDIKA Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s longstanding touring band

The carnival is a great big family day out and once again Bermondsey Beat have created a great music programme.

We also have Rumble if the Jumble our very own mass jumble sale where you might be lucky enough to find a hidden treasure and Reuben Bonds funfair with allsorts of rides and games to keep you busy throughout the day.

Programme of Activities


From 6pm
Headlining this year we are proud to present the major innovators of the UK Reggae and Ska scene in a special one off showcase

The Queen of Lovers Rock JANET KAY
After three No1’s in the UK Reggae charts, Janet shot to national fame in 1979 when her breakthrough single ‘Silly Games’ hit No 1 making Janet the first British born female reggae artist to top the British charts.
Her debut album became a best seller and she was hailed as the Queen of the emerging Lovers Rock genre. Through the years Janet has maintained a successful career touring and recording many well received albums, with her sweet, uplifting vocals continuing to win her many new fans.

The King of Two Tone
As one of the original members of the Specials, Neville was one of the pioneers of the ‘Two Tone’ movement. Too Much Too Young and Ghost town have become standards and defined a new Ska generation.
Five more hit singles followed before the band split to morph into Fun Boy Three and enjoyed another string of hits. Neville went on to form his own band and released the critically acclaimed album The Rude Boy Returns and is still in constant demand on the global Ska scene, touring the world later in 2017 to promote the new album, Return Of Judge Roughneck.

The King of UK Reggae
As a songwriter, musician, producer and engineer Dennis Bovell has earned himself the reputation of being Britain’s top Reggae maestro. Dennis began his career breaking new ground and giving the UK its own style of reggae, with his first band Matumbi and followed by becoming the architect of Lovers Rock - a movement that put British reggae on the world map.
In recent years his influence has been immense and has worked his magic in the studio for artists as diverse as Joss Stone, Boy George, Arcade Fire, Sade and so many others and still manages to record, produce and play live all over the world.

With Very Special Guests from the origins of Jamaican Reggae
 The Marvels started life in the 60’s with their own brand of doo-wop Reggae and were one of the original Trojan artists who helped Reggae crossover from Jamaican dance halls to UK chart success. Steeped in the traditions of early Jamaican Reggae the Marvels are still traveling, singing and delighting audiences with their subtle harmonies.

All Held Down by the Countries Finest Reggae Backing Band INDIKA
Since the emergence of the UK Reggae movement Indika have toured with a who’s who of legendary Reggae artists across the UK and abroad and are established as one of the most respected bands on the scene and ‘lay it down’ behind legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry as his longstanding touring band.

REDRIFFE as their name suggests are a local band who specialise in their own faithful renditions of classic rock tunes with a vast range of legendary songs from the 60's to the present in their repertoire, performed with a blend of energy and solid musicianship, Redriffe ROCK!

has strong family roots in Bermondsey and though only 17 writes all her own songs and has been performing for four years to critical acclaim at venues ranging from local pubs to over thirty thousand at last years Car Fest and has featured on Dermot O’Leary and Chris Evans’ Radio Two shows.

Although in year 9 at secondary school, DECKS & QUARTZ have been performing around the South London scene whenever and wherever they get the opportunity playing cover song as diverse as the Beatles, Bowie and Ed Sheeran.

is a London based group that presents all the sounds & rhythms of Brazil with music ranging from sultry bossa nova & grooving afrofunk to blistering samba, they have the ability to delight both the listener and the dancer                                  

"Frog Morris is a man, a poet, a comedian, an artist and a real ale drinker. Nobody is quite sure which of these is the most important one, but we suspect it's the real ale part. His poetry takes you on journeys through a wild and wacky world of insane animals, beer, travel, space, bar snacks, pig semen and, indeed, more beer." Daren Callow, Musician

Other activities

CGP London - The Gallery & Dilston Grove

11am - 5pm
This summer Jonathan Baldock takes over both galleries at CGP London presenting his largest solo show to date. Dilston Grove will play host to a cast of bodily gods; pagan votives made monstrous. Over at The Gallery an installation of new and previously unseen works including wall hangings, sculpture and painting will play with the notions of inner/outer, public/private.

Official unveiling of the 'Family of Dolphins' by David Backhouse
By the Lake at 3.30pm

The ‘Family of Dolphins’ sculpture – designed by renowned sculptor David Backhouse had originally been  installed at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and was later gifted to Southwark Council and in 2016 the park welcomed three new inhabitants – a family of bronze dolphins.     

Running throughout the day

• Millwall FC Bus community scheme with giveaways and have a go sessions and special visit from Zampa the Lion
• Reuben Bonds traditional funfair
• Friends of Southwark Park with traditional games
• Storytelling from Southwark libraries
• Food from around the world
• Rumble in the Jumble, our second hand and vintage market

Admission policy

Please note that to keep the carnival as family friendly and safe as possible we enforce a strict admissions policy.
• No dogs
• No glass bottles
• Cyclists to dismount
• No alcohol
• No knives or weapons of any kind
• No illegal substances
• All persons on site may be searched through a targeted search policy
• The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission.

Getting to Southwark Park and access information

Bermondsey Carnival takes place in Southwark Park around the bandstand, in the north area of the park. It is a combination of large expanses of grass with tarmac paths. There are sheltered areas (marquees) and non-sheltered areas. Weather and ground conditions may be variable.

There is very little parking around the park and we suggest that visitors make use of the brilliant public transport around the park.

Cycle parking is now in the events site near the bandstand. 

Disabled badge parking and a drop-off/pick-up point for disabled people is available on site via the entrance on Southwark Park Road.

Accessible toilets will be available on site, all of which will be signposted.

Distances from main transport hubs are as follows:
Underground     Bermondsey 0.3 miles
                         Canada Water 0.5 miles

Overground      Canada Water 0.5 miles
                         Surrey Quays 0.6 miles

Bus                   1, 47, 188, 255, 381, C10, P12 
                        Canada Water terminal 0.5 miles

Train                South Bermondsey station 1.7 miles

There will be signposted information and first aid points located at the event.

For more information
You can contact events@southwark.gov.uk or call 020 7525 5000 or follow us on Facebook or Twitter

Thank you to our friends and supporters

Bermondsey Beat
Friends of Southwark Park

Southwark News
Continental Drifts
The good people of Southwark

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