Now an established fixture in the festival calendar, Portobello Live! returns to West London for the fourth year with its winning formula of music, spoken word, film, performance and art.
Held over Sunday and Monday of the May Day bank holiday, the festival again provides maximum accessibility for minimum spend. A great line up of new and established bands and performers, rock royalty, superstar DJs and special guests will perform at Portobello's iconic pubs, clubs and venues.
Acts will include DJ and filmmaker Don Letts, ska and reggae legends Gaz Mayall and The Trojans, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Youth (Killing Joke), Ben VP (Curiosity Killed The Cat), Leah Weller, Rotten Hill Gang, Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness), Tiny Magnetic Pets, My Drug Hell, Ted Key and the Kingstons (Housemartins) rapper/poet JC001, WHALLS, Bandante (the Bad Seeds) The Members, Steve Dior, Asheber and the Afrikan Revolution, the Ping Pong Bitches, Jim Jones and many more.
Portobello Live!’s status as a Community Interest Company (CIC) is underscored by its very own Portobello Live Choir, which opens proceedings on the Sunday. This year we are also proud to welcome for the first time the London International Gospel Choir, the Oasis Refugee Choir and astonishing children’s community orchestra, the Nucleo Project.
Portobello Live! 2018 is looking back 30 years to 1988’s second summer of love. We’ve gathered together a panel of folk who were in the midst of that exhilarating era, including DJs Roy the Roach, Femi Fem (Young Disciples) Phil Asher and Neville Hyde, dance music PR extraordinaire, Nicky Trax and surprise star guests. And as well as discussing it, we’re bringing 1988 back with a Monday all-day rave, with more top DJs joining the panelists to spin house tunes from back in the day.
Stirring up more memories for locals of a certain age, Subterania is back! Portobello Live! is thrilled to participate in the relaunch of the legendary 90s venue by hosting a lineup of acts there across the two days.
There’ll be more club fun as Rusty Egan holds court about being a pioneering electronic dance musician and DJ and looks back to his days at the Blitz and Camden Palace.
For the second year at Portobello Live!, Blatantly Blunt are hosting a grime, hip hop and dancehall stage to showcase many of the artists they represent. At the other end of the entertainment spectrum, the popular spoken word day (Sunday) will feature a tribute to legendary wordsmith Jock Scott, as friends gather to read his poetry.
Film plays a big role, with a Q&A and screening of director Amir Amirani’s powerful war protest documentary We Are Many; we take a dark, retrospective look at a David Lynch classic with Peter Braatz’ Blue Velvet Revisited and Kevin Allen will present new work.
‘We’re delighted with the overwhelming support we continue to receive,’ says Portobello Live! festival organiser, Micky P. ‘Last year we attracted more than 2,000 people from diverse ages, backgrounds and faiths. Portobello Live! is fulfilling its promise of bringing different elements of our community together. ‘Four years in we’re continuously adjusting the festival’s format, building on elements that have worked so well in previous years. This year we’re especially excited to include the beautifully refurbished Subterania, which has been taken over by live music pioneer Vince Power, as a venue.’
One affordable wristband allows entry to all Portobello Live! venues over two days. Under 16s go free. Aimed at preserving West London’s rich and diverse artistic heritage, the festival provides a deserved platform for the area’s past and present music and cultural history. Venues are all within walking distance and include Subteranea, Acklam Village, The Cow, Mau Mau, Rough Trade, Vinyl Café, Westbank, Maxilla Social Club and The Italian Job.