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Portobello Live - Festival Preview

by KarenDelaney
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on 29 April 2017 in Features
Record Label Rough Trade / Wall of Sound Records

Credit: Giulia Bisinella

Back for its 3rd year, Portobello Live! is multi-venue festival of music, cabaret, spoken word and performance art, brought together by Rough Trade and Wall of Sound Records.

Headliners for this year’s edition (April 30th and May 1st) include punk performance poet John Cooper Clarke, Glen Matlock (the Sex Pistols), The Egg, DJ Don Letts, Rusty Egan (Rich Kids) and DJ Noel Watson.

Expect DJ sets from finest record-spinners and a host of new talents. Blatantly Blunt will showcase Hip Hop and Grime acts from the UK and beyond, from Zimbabwe to Canada on every corner of Portobello Road.

Something of a community jamboree, organisers seek to celebrate diversity, local heritage and culture. This year’s edition will also look back on Rock Against Racism, the ground-breaking movement responding to increasing racial conflict and the growth of white nationalist groups in the 1970s – a topic still relevant today.

The event will be running across several local venues including Rough Trade West, The Rum Kitchen, Mau Mau and Westbank. Two-days wristbands can be purchased for the price of £20. One wristband guarantees entry to all acts, performances and venues which are at a short walking distance from one another.

The festival is supported by well-known local artistic personalities in the likes of Mick Jones (the Clash), film director Kevin Allen (Twin Town, Under Milk Wood), Don Letts (B.A.D., DJ, filmmaker and author) and actor Anna Chancellor. For full line up and more information, visit www.portobellolive.com. Tickets are available via www.musicglue.com/portobello-live.

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