With a backdrop that takes in sweeping views across London, acres of parkland to explore and escape to, plus Ally Pally’s architecturally unique indoor spaces, this is a festival with room to spare. At Kaleidoscope you can feel safe, enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings, have fun times with friends, see some fantastic acts and events and get the full Kaleidoscopic festival vibe.
Music comes from Groove Armada, Norman Jay MBE and House Gospel Choir who will now be joined by The Coral, whilst words and comedy features Irvine Welsh, Phil Wang, Sophie Duker and more.
Simon Fell, Kaleidoscope director, says: “To say it’s been a tough last year is a massive understatement, but it’s great to have something to look forward to this summer. Kaleidoscope will provide everything you’d want from a festival experience, with loads of green space to explore, the Palace and world class music, comedy and entertainment, all here on one in day in London. To have Groove Armada headlining too, is the stuff summer dreams are made of. It is part of a packed programme we’re preparing at Ally Pally for when restrictions lift, so come and join the fun.”
Set in the iconic grounds of Alexandra Palace, Kaleidoscope’s main stage boasts sweeping views of London’s impressive skyline. Where better to witness one of the best live dance shows in London this year? With eight studio albums and numerous hit singles under their belt, including I See You Baby and Superstylin, Groove Armada have been at the top of their game for over two decades. In that time, their show has evolved into a pioneering combination of performance and electronics – one that’s not to be missed this summer.
New to the line-up this year is psychedelic-indie-folk-rock band The Coral whose stunning eponymous debut album launched them into the limelight with such memorable tracks as Dreaming of You, and whose sound is as unique and recognisable as ever, 20 years (and nine albums) later.
They’ll be joined at the festival by House Gospel Choir, an electrifying House meets Gospel experience that never fails to get audiences clapping, dancing and singing along. World-respected DJ and co-founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System, Norman Jay MBE, will be another main stage highlight. Good Times indeed.
Much more than just a music festival, Kaleidoscope will once again be playing host to some of the biggest names in comedy including Phil Wang and Sophie Duker. Also taking the stage at Kaleidoscope is renowned Scottish playwright and author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh. As well as incredible live music, mesmerising DJ sets and comedy, there’ll be family entertainment and delicious food and drinks offerings from local traders.
In 2018 the first Kaleidoscope, a 10,000 capacity one-day event, was a huge hit, particularly for North Londoners making the most of a world class festival on their doorstep – no long journey, no camping – it was a no brainer. Approaching 2021 with characteristic optimism the hope is that this year will be even more popular.
Set to be a collision of beautiful noise, brilliant ideas and brazen colour, a celebration of creative delights and discovery set high above the London skyline, Kaleidoscope is a one-day event that welcomes thrill-seekers of all ages.
Kaleidoscope Festival is on the 24th of July from 1pm and tickets start at £39.50. More info and booking via their website: kaleidoscope-festival.com/