Rotherhithe Festival 2018, a family day out with music and free children rides

Rotherhithe Festival 2018 at King George’s Field

The festival season continues in SE16 with the Rotherhithe Festival 2018 at King George’s Field, just a few minutes walk from Canada Water Station. If you like your music to be played with a guitar, you will probably love this event as rock and guitars will be played during the day event by many of the bands taking place.

The Rotherhithe Festival is a community based festival run by a committee of local volunteers who have had great success in bring the community together and helping to create a better understanding of all the different groups of people who in live in the area.

The event is free and families are welcome to come together and have fun with the activities planned for the day. There will be food and drink vans and entertainment and activities for children.

[alert color=”grey”]The Rotherhithe Festival will run from 11.30am to 8pm on Saturday 14th July 2018[/alert]

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UCLH Charity

The Rotherhithe Festival will be also raising money for the endoluminal endourology team fund (UCLH 1461). The organisers donated 1K to this charity from last years festival which was raised from the generosity of those attending and taking part in the raffles and T-shirts and match funding. If you would like to know more or donate online, please click on the link below

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The Rotherhithe Festival opens its doors from 11.3o and the official opening ceremony by the Mayor of Southwark. The stage line up will keep everyone entertained until 8pm

  • 12.15 Dr Elias on Stage
  • 1.15pm Katie Bradley
  • 2.15pm Bill N Rickey
  • 3.15pm Robin Bibi
  • 4.15pm Midnight Crawlers
  • 5.15pm King Size Slim
  • 6.15pm The Chess Tribute Band
  • 7.15pm Closing The Show / Dr Elias & the Soul Surgeons
  • 8pm The Festival Closes

The music

12.15 Dr Elias on Stage

Live music band playing back in the day Classics, Smooth Jazz, Caribbean, Soul and Motown

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1.15pm Katie Bradley

Kent singer-songwriter Katie Bradley came into the spotlight with her 2012 iTunes Blues hit “I hear the river” which received a nomination for Best original song in the British Blues Awards, which came from her debut album “She’s Ready”.

Katie continues to ascend celebrating a highly acclaimed career supporting and collaborating with artists across the world formerly Luther Allison, Suzanne Vega and most recently Rhythm and Blues greats: Lucky Peterson, Taildragger, Georgie Fame, Geno Washington to mention a few.

In 2015, Katie completed a 22 date UK Tour with US Blues Guitar ace Kirk Fletcher (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Bonamassa Muddy Wolf Band and more)


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2.15pm Bill N Rickey

Steve performs regularly in venues big and small in and around London and the south-east of England. He is always working with new musicians and involved in recording projects. He has just produced a new EP recorded live with the drummer Al Hughes. Steve gets to travel country wide playing the top national Blues Festivals.

Steve has played guitar all his life. The exploration of guitar music from such an early age has created a musician whose performances appear effortless and natural. He is a master of open-chord tunings and he has a bottleneck technique that is fluid, sweet and original. While blues music has constantly inspired this musician his technique and writing style place him as an original. He openly confesses that as a poor copyist he quickly gave up looking just to other guitarists for inspiration. Instead he looked to many other instruments and used their influence to create his own sound.


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3pm Robin Bibi

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Other artists taking part

4.15pm Midnight Crawlers
5.15pm King Size Slim
6.15pm The Chess Tribute Band

Community engagement and family entertainment

Thanks to the Rotherhithe Festival 2018 sponsors, there will be free chidren’s and entertainment once more in this year’s edition and the opportunity to engage with local community groups who will be having stalls in the park. There will also be  food and drinks stalls

Community information stalls including Canada Water Masterplan ,Rotherhithe Bridge, Big Local Works South London Partnership, YHA, Bee Urban, British Transport Police, Mayor’s Common Good Trust Beer Tent and many more including street food and drinks stalls

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How to get there

Rotherhithe Festival 2018 takes place at King Georges Fields, only a few minutes away from Canada Water Station. The main entrance to the park will be via Moodkee Street SE16.

Jubilee line, overground and buses 1,47, 188, 199, 225, P12 and C10 stop at Canada Water Station. Free parking is available in the near Tesco Car Park and adjacent streets.

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