BLANGUAGE’S BEST BITS
After a sunny day out with the Blanguage Team, we’re here to give you the best bits of the festival that was Jam on Rye. Whether you attended or not, there are a few things you NEED to know about Jam on Rye that will definitely tempt you to heading back there next year!
Hello, South London!
Access to the festival was smooth, safe and sunny. Peckham Rye Park, a stone's throw away from Peckham Rye Overground station was the perfect distance to walk, especially given the lovely weather we had on the day.
Arrive hungry... (we did)
Food was in abundance here, the cuisine ranged from Caribbean food, serving chicken, right through to vegan Taiwanese food in the form of bao! Be sure to take some cash and pick away all day. We all love a food friendly day that caters for both the meat eaters and the plant-based crew!
The taboo surrounding festivals is that they are not too family friendly; well, this one was in fact very family friendly and they had it down to the T for people of all ages. For the newer, young families who still have that party itch it’s a no-brainer! Kids of all ages were out having a great and safe time partying with their parents. Another plus is that while having kids there lightened the mood, it didn’t mean that the rest of us felt like we were in a playground! Also, an honourable mention for the amount of clean toilets on site was superb in comparison to the multitude of other festivals that London houses.
A versatile line up
Spread across four stages (the main stage, corner stage, kids area and balamii), we were privy to quite the many starlings and greats.
Balamii Radio (based in Peckham) stage was home to some of the coolest sounds of the day; with hard-hitting beasts and some silky sounds, including sets from Jordss, Faro and Choedees, as some of our own personal highlights! Despite not being the mainstage, from sunup to sundown, this stage had the festival feeling lively.
Summer vibes were provided by General Roots and Natty & The Rebel Ship over at the visually beautiful Corner Stage, leaving us in a summer time slumber, feeling ready to float away and enjoy the rest of the vibes.
And best until last, which obviously was... The main stage!
The main stage was a sight for not so sore eyes.
So starting with some newer acts, GreenTeaPeng was one of the earlier acts and wow, what a voice; for her first ever headline show, at a festival, she played as if she has been doing live performances much longer. We give major props to a major soul and total babe. Following was Barney Artist who brought life to the main stage with an energetic set, keeping everyone on their toes with a great performance.
And then, we were treated to the legends…
There’s Nothing Like Omar, there’s no one like Omar. The British native excited onlookers with his hit “There’s Nothing Like This”, and thereafter nothing else mattered. Those in attendance were also lucky enough to experience the one and only Jazzie B. OBE, who gave a superb performance. The original Soul II Soul member span some classics and had everyone feeling great.
And lastly, the cream of the crop, Kelis! This time not only was she serving milkshake, but she had also, earlier in the day, been serving Chicken with Only Jerkin’ - and boy was it good.
What to do next?
In short, we had a great time! Get your friends ready and keep an eye out for next year’s instalment of this great all rounder festival. We assure you, it did not disappoint!
Words by Lewis Bloyce