The Big Noise Festival

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The Big Noise Festival
© Rob Greig

Set up to raise money for The Big Issue Foundation and awareness of homelessness in Britain, this one-day mini-festival runs lasts an impressive 12 hours (6pm-6am) and features all kinds of DJs and producers chucking around wide-ranging beats and bass, plus live music. Some of the names include sample-splicing DJ Yoda, breaksy hip hoppers Scratch Perverts, jungle chief Kenny Ken, soulful and funky musician Mo Kolours, dubby innovator DjRUM and many more. There'll also be spoken word performance, art, food stalls, live graffiti, a photobooth, circus acts, workshops and much more.


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Festival gets 4 stars. Location zero. Let me explain... 1st we didn't know about it - got tickets free from Time Out. Made donation on doors though to support the cause. 

The festival is cool. Very very alternative. I felt like in camden after dark. A lot of punky / grunge / alternative looking people. To be honest (no offence) but it looked like it was very "private circle" friends of friends that knew about this. And some of them looked like squatters themselves...Why l am saying that? Well it just looked like generic public wasn't really involved - and as we know generic audience makes bigger difference ($$$) Tip - make flyers next time and ask all "big issue" sellers to give it away inviting people to support the festival. 

Good music - mainly ska & reggae. Drinks so pricy £5.50 for a cider..? Hope that was going to charity though...The venue is massive and when we arrived at 8pm is was emptish...then we noticed that people are actually sitting outside in a back yard. Thought for next time - maybe outdoor venue since its summer? Graffiti in making, stand up comedy / spoken word was very good. And live music just tops it up. Enjoyed it. 

On a separate note - Elephant and Castle is a dump. The minute we left we got insulted by teenagers hanging around that gruesome shopping centre. Won't be going back to that SE London anytime soon.

This festival is in full support of the arts, providing a platform for emerging artists with some Huge names where 100% of the profits go to the charity, get involved!!

The Big Noise Festival has been awesome in its last two years, and I love that it raises money for such a good cause. This line-up is off the scale and it's always fun checking out the arts and theatre acts too - can't wait!