By Anna Jordan
We love Ealing in the summer! Set in the borough’s idyllic parks and green spaces, Ealing’s Summer Festivals bring people together in a collective appreciation of exceptional local and international talent. Across 8 events, the programme includes: Eat Drink Ealing, Greenford Carnival, Acton Carnival, Ealing Comedy Festival, Ealing Blues Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival and London Mela.
Last weekend kick started the first of the borough’s summer festivals. Eat Drink Ealing returned to Ealing Common for a second course! Run by the established food festival group, this walking banquet of first-class and hand-selected traders showed off fresh produce, cocktails and real ale. The event was a huge success, hosting live music on a bandstand and other entertainment.
On July 8th carnival goers will be treated to an event for all the family taking place in Ravenor Park. Greenford Carnival hosts a wide variety of activities from funfair rides, free art workshops and sport with QPR in the Community Trust to baking competitions, dog shows and live music featuring Brindsley ‘Aswad’ Forde as well as a huge variety of delicious food options.
Ealing Beer Festival takes place over four days, at Walpole Park. Run by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), it will feature more than 300 varieties of real ale from all over the country, including a vast and delicious selection from innovative microbreweries as well as top quality wines and spirits.
The colourful procession will begin at Woodlands Park and start the day’s celebrations. A shiny, sparkly and often feathery collection of vibrant handmade costumes will parade along the High Street with a DJ spinning party tunes to keep everyone moving. The festivities culminate at Acton Park where food, stalls and activities await for everyone to enjoy. A range of performers will take to the stage and perform into the early evening.
The big top tent in Walpole Park will be billowing with laughter in July! With a host of top comedians including Dara O’Briain, Ed Byrne, Rob Beckett and Julian Clary at Ealing Comedy Festival. With tickets at a very reasonable £20, this is an event not to be missed! For tickets visit: https://www.ealingsummerfestivals.com/
Back in 1987, the Blues Festival originally started as an independent event by Bob Salmons (AKA blues musician Robert Hokum). It will feature world-class acts The Blockheads and Mungo Jerry as well as emerging bands from the blues scene. In Walpole Park, the festival celebrates Ealing’s music heritage and will see the likes of Winnie and The Rockettes, George Chapple and Du Bellows, taking the same stage as the headliners. For tickets visit: https://www.ealingsummerfestivals.com/
Returning to Walpole Park, the Ealing Jazz Festival will exhibit an exciting mix of local talent and household names. The first wave of artists announced for this year includes: the visionary saxophonist Courtney Pine CBE accompanied by London-born father of neo-soul, Omar MBE. Joining the ranks is the leading pioneer of Ghana’s guitar highlife and afrobeat scene, Ebo Taylor, while 12-piece afrobeat, dub and jazz collective Nubiyan Twist will light up the stage with their upbeat blend of groove, horn and soulful vocals. For tickets visit: https://www.ealingsummerfestivals.com/
First taking place in 2003, the annual London Mela is hosted in Gunnersbury Park. London Mela celebrates the culture and creativity of London’s South Asian Communities. It’s an event for everyone and you’re invited! The music lineup will be announced on July 31st.