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Line-up announced for Becontree Forever music event

The Boomtown Rats will play on Sunday, 15 August (Credit: Kieran Frost)

The line-ups for two music festivals taking place over one weekend in Becontree have been revealed. 

A host of famous faces will take to the stage as part of the Becontree Forever Weekender on Saturday, 14 August and Sunday, 15 August. 

It will kick off with the Becontree 100 Festival which will see performances from MOBO award winner Yolanda Brown, London rock duo the Nova Twins and a headlining performance from singer-songwriter Frank Turner. There will also be a DJ set from IDLES frontman Joe Talbot. 

Yolanda Brown 

The event is being produced in collaboration with Love Music Hate Racism to promote unity through music and celebrate the centenary of the Becontree estate. 

It will be followed by the Roundhouse Music Festival on the following day, which will feature rock and ska bands from the 60s and 70s. 

The Boomtown Rats, The Blockheads, John Coughlan’s Quo and the Neville Staple Band from The Specials will all take part.

A host of new musicians will also compete in the Roundhouse Unsigned Competition which is being held in partnership with Studio 3 Arts. 

Frank Turner (Credit: Mark Dektor)

Both festivals will have a range of entertainment available throughout the day including creative workshops, fair rides and exhibitions.

There will be a flamingo carnival parade on Saturday as well. 

Love Music Hate Racism National Organiser, Alex Losardo said: “Love Music Hate Racism are thrilled to celebrate the achievement of Becontree’s 100th year with the vibrant local community by doing what we enjoy most, bringing people together with music.

“We have so much more in common than we do different, and nothing demonstrates that better than the music we all listen too. We refuse to accept division, racism, and hate while we continue to absolutely Love Music.”

The Nova Twins (Credit: Arthur René Walwin)

Rock duo, The Nova Twins, said: “We are so proud to be involved with such an amazing community. Giving a voice and a safe space to people like us is so important, in a world that can seem so divided.

“We must unify and lift each other up, now more than ever. We have played at a previous Love Music Hate Racism event and it did exactly that. It’s such an electric atmosphere. We encourage more people to get involved.”

Both festivals are free to attend and will take place in Parsloes Park. 

You can find more information about Becontree Forever online here

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