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Crystal Palace Overgreound Festival set to relaunch this summer with a week of events

PUBLISHED: 12:05 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 16 May 2017

Morcheeba will be playing at Crystal Palace Overground Festival

Morcheeba will be playing at Crystal Palace Overground Festival

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Previous performers include Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, and Pixies

The Crystal Palace Overground Festival is making a comeback for 2017.

Crystal Palace Park has hosted many a free concert and the bowl has a history of legendary gigs from the very beginning in 1967 when Pink Floyd performed all the way up to the famous Bob Marley concert in 1980 and finally in 1999 with the last concert by Pixies.

This summer’s festival on June 17, is expected to see 10,000 festival visitors from across London.

Festival director, Noreen Meehan, said: “We have a gorgeous site in the park which we are vert excited about and an amazing line up including Morcheeba as headliners for the main stage.”

Morcheeba’s involvement was initially an accident with Ross Godfrey from the band hearing about the festival from a mutual friend.

Ross said: “Crystal Palace Park has always been a magical place for me and deeply connected to music. I attended the BRIT School when it first opened in the early 1990’s and used to spend weekends hanging out in the park and playing my guitar.

“I used to wonder at the pictures of Cream standing in front of the Dinosaurs and talk to my family about the concerts that took place at the bowl in the 1970’s and always wished to play there myself.

“When we formed Morcheeba in the mid 1995 I got my chance when Paul Weller invited us to play his all day festival in the sports arena with the likes of Travis. But the idea of playing in the park itself was still a dream until I became involved with the Crystal Palace Overground Festival organisers in 2016.”

Not only will there be the main day of concerts, but events will be taking place all week from June 12-18. These include: live music, theatre, visual arts and crafts, spoken word, comedy, storytelling, community activities, sports, food and drink stalls, and vintage shopping.

The festival’s free status is maintained by volunteers and the support of many local businesses and other funders and sponsors.

For more information and tickets visit crystalpalacefestival.org

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