Saturday 1st July 2017

Bermondsey Carnival 2017Bermondsey Carnival 2017

Bermondsey Carnival 2017 | Southwark Park | Saturday 1 July 2017 | 12pm to 8pm | FREE

Bermondsey Carnival 2017 welcomes a fantastic line up of artists. This year Bermondsey Carnival presents the major innovators of the UK Reggae and Ska scene in a special one-off showcase.with Indika and Friends to the stage.

As one of Southwark’s most popular annual events and now one of London’s best free summer events, Bermondsey Carnival will be returning to Southwark Park bandstand with a whole host of festival fun for everyone. The carnival is a great big family day out and once again Bermondsey Beat have created a great music programme for the occasion.

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 Bermondsey Carnival also have Rumble in the Jumble, its very own mass jumble sale where you might be lucky enough to find a hidden treasure and Reuben Bonds Fun Fair with all sorts of rides and games to keep you busy throughout the day.

There will be plenty of street food and drinks outlets to choose from and many community organisations and local businesses will have a stall in the park.

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


Bandstand programme

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 showcase begins at 6.00pm in order of appearance: The Marvels, Dennis Bovell, Neville Staple and Janet Kay, all Held Down by the Countries Finest Reggae Backing Band, This will be preceded by full supporting programme featuring Redcliffe, Decks and Quartz, Sambossa 4 (thanks to London) and Mancie Baker and Indika

And all day – DJ George

  • 12:00 | Southwark Park Bandstand

Bermondsey Carnival 2017 Frog MorrisFrog Morris & Friends

  • 12:15 | Southwark Park Bandstand

FROG MORRIS is an artist, performer, poet and much more, who will be your compeer for the day’s entertainment on the bandstand.

“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  @frogmorris  frogmorrispresents

Bermondsey Carnival 2017 Kindred SoulKindred Soul

  • 13:00 | Southwark Park Bandstand

KINDRED SOUL are distinguished dance producers and songwriters from Bermondsey. Comprising Dave Deller, Nick Gatt and Jimmy Dineen they craft uplifting and soulful original mixes inspired by their UK House & Garage roots.

  @kindredsoulukg   kindredsoulukg



Bermondsey Carnival 2017 Sambossa 4Sambossa 4

  • 14:00 | Southwark Park Bandstand

SAMBOSSA 4 are led by renowned guitarist Paul Rumbol – who for more than two decades has performed at the top of the Brazilian/Latin and World Music scene – presents the sounds and rhythms of Brazil with styles ranging from Bossa Nova, Afro Funk to sultry Samba.

Brought to you In association with TunedIn.London   


The Mayor

  • 15:00 | Southwark Park Bandstand

Bermondsey Carnival 2017 Kelly Bourne NewKelly Bourne

  • 15:20 | Southwark Park Bandstand

KELLY BOURNE is a gifted singer/songwriter whose distinctive and powerful voice holds a fragility that has captivated audiences who have witnessed her extensive live performances, earning her the recognition that her talents richly deserve and generating interest from major record labels on both sides of the Atlantic.


  Kelly Bourne In facebook

Bermondsey Carnival 2017 Decks And QuartzDecks & Quartz

  • 16:00 | Southwark Park Bandstand

DECKS & QUARTZ are still in year 9 at school but have cut their teeth performing around the South London whenever and wherever they get the opportunity playing cover songs as diverse as the Beatles, Bowie and Ed Sheeran.   @decks_quartz   Decks and Quartz in Facebook


  • 16:50 | Southwark Park Bandstand

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   redriffeband


Bermondsey Carnival 2017 The MarvelsWith Very Special Guests from the origins of Jamaican Reggae THE MARVELS

  • 18:00 | Southwark Park Bandstand

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

The King Of UK Reggae Mr Dennis Bovell

  • 18:20 | Southwark Park Bandstand

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   dubmaestro

Bermondsey Carnival 2017 Neville Staple

The King Of Two Tone, Neville Staple

  • 18:45 | Southwark Park Bandstand

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 to enjoy another string of big 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.   @NevilleStaple   NevilleStapleBand

Janet Kay

  • 19:20 | Southwark Park Bandstand

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 followed and 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 as well as recording many well received albums, with her sweet, uplifting vocals winning her many new fans.   @JanetKayMusic   janetkaymusic



Other activities

Jonathan Baldock: There’s No Place Like Home

  • 11:00 – 17:00 | CGP London – The Gallery & Dilston Grove, Southwark Park

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

  • 15;30 | Meet by the Lake , Southwark Park

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 marke


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
  • No knives or weapons of any kind
  • No alcohol
  • No illegal substances
  • Cyclists to dismount
  •  All persons on site may be searched through a targeted search policy
  • The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission.[/info]

Getting there

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                          Bus stops nearby: 1, 47, 188, 255, 381, C10, P12.  The Canada Water bus terminal  in only 0.5 miles

Train                       South Bermondsey station 1.7 miles

Bike                        Bike parking is available at the event

There will be signposted information and first aid points located at the event. For more information on how to get to the Bermondsey carnival use transport for London’s Journey Planner

Disabled Access

This outdoor festival takes place in a public park made up of tarmac roads, gravelled and grass areas.

Accessible toilets are available on site.

Blue badge parking is available in they park via the Southwark Park Road entrance.

For more information you can contact or call 020 7525 5000   @lb_southwark   southwarkcouncil


Disclaimer: The information in this website is subject to changes and cancellation. We always recommend to check with the organiser.


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