LONDON EVENTS – Outdoor music, comedy, fitness and more are back – all to save a local Park!
Chiswick Festival: A 20-day calendar of socially-distanced events taking place in Chiswick House & Gardens this summer.
With the event industry on its knees, a group of furloughed event directors have put together an impressive line up to raise funds for Chiswick House & Gardens after the financial devastation that Covid has caused. With comedy from Russell Kane, Dara O’Briain, Tom Allen & more, a talk with Jeremy Vine, music from local bands as well as international performers, there’s no shortage of talented acts who are buzzing to be back on stage in the Park, from August 21st till September 9th.
With the audience seated in socially-distanced pitches (along with numerous other safety measures in place), the health risk will be minimal while giving the local community something to look forward to after a dry spell in live entertainment that has already lasted longer than most predicted.
Founder of the Chiswick Festival, Thorfinn Armstrong, says, “I grew up on the Park’s doorstep and spent most of my childhood there, so when I discovered the depth of the financial impact of the pandemic, I started thinking up a way to help. Everyone in the area is desperate for something to do, and meanwhile there are acts and performers with no outlet for their talent. So when the guidelines changed to allow outdoor events, we had a perfect combination that I felt could solve a lot of problems. We will of course be going overboard when it comes to safety and reducing risk of transmission – many of my family and friends will be there so it’s absolutely the number 1 priority. I can’t wait to see some of these acts myself, but even more than that I’m looking forward to making as large a contribution to the Park as possible when it’s all over!”
There will also be outdoor fitness classes taking place through August and into early September, again providing an outlet for anyone who’s missed their regular yoga, pilates or HIIT workouts, but isn’t quite ready to return to the studio or gym.
For the full line up, and tickets, head to http://chiswickfestival.com/full-line-up
List of evening acts as follows:
Friday 21st August – COMEDY – Russell Kane headlining with 2 other acts.
Saturday 22nd August – COMEDY – Simon Brodkin (Lee Nelson), Alan Francis, Dana Alexander & Geoff Whiting
Sunday 23rd August – CLASSICAL – Milly Forest (Soprano), Lauren (Metzo) + a pianist
Monday 24th August – SOUL/POP MUSIC – Annabell Williams with band (voice coach for BGT and Xfactor)
Tuesday 25th August – AN EVENING WITH – Jeremy Vine
Wednesday 26th August – COMEDY – Tom Allen Headlining with 2 other acts.
Thursday 27th August – BOGAN BINGO
Friday 28th August – COMEDY – Joel Dommett headlining with 2 other acts.
Saturday 29th August – BAND – The Bohemians,Queen Tribute
Sunday 30th August – CLASSICAL – Camilla Pay (Harpist, along with a Flute player, clarinet and Violinist).
Monday 31st August – COMEDY – Norman Lovett (Holly from Red Dwarf)
Tuesday 1st September – BAND – Phil Ryan (Lead singer from The Animals) & Lucy Garrioch (Chiswicker & West End lead actress)
Wednesday 2nd September – BAND – Old Dirty Brasstards (10 piece Brass Band)
Thursday 3rd September – BOGAN BINGO
Friday 4th September – COMEDY – Dara O Briain Headling with 2 other acts
Saturday 5th September – BAND – Britpop night with local bands
Sunday 6th September – CLASSICAL – Emma Fry (Electric Violinist) along with 3 other string members
Monday 7th – Wednesday 9th: OPEN AIR CINEMA – films to be announced