Walthamstow Garden Party

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Programmed by the Barbican and Create London in partnership with Waltham Forest Council, the Walthamstow Garden Party is a free two-day festival in E17 that combines a cracking music line-up with plenty of family fun: theatre, dancing, comedy, circus, art activities with the William Morris Gallery and a designers' market.

The international music bill includes South African ‘shangaan electro’ originator Nozinja, tub-thumping jazz band Sons Of Kemet, Colombian salsa band LA-33 and Congolese massive Kasai All Stars on Saturday. Sunday’s line-up is even bigger, with afrobeat heir Femi Kuti playing with his band The Positive Force, Ghanaian ’70s funk don Ebo Taylor, Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter/MC Ghostpoet, ska pioneers The Skatalites and punk-funk queen Lonelady.

It’s all well worth venturing up the Victoria line for, and represents yet another reason that this corner of north-east London deserves its new title: ‘Awesomestow’.

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Ben R

This was awesome last year and will no doubt be again this year. It's free to get in and once full is one in one out so turn up early! Good food and beer options, very family friendly and great music and theatre too.

Kev L

Walthamstow, a multicultural village with the beating heart of London.