More than 10,000 people attended the Overground Festival in Crystal Palace park on Saturday.

Celebrating its return after a one-year break, Festival director Noreen Meehan said “a combination of lots of hard work on the part of our team of staff and volunteers, a great line up and location plus the hottest weekend of the year delivered scenes of thousands of people enjoying themselves in a peaceful and joyous community atmosphere.

“We hit our licensed capacity of 10,000 mid-afternoon and many thousands more passed in and out of the festival during the day to enjoy our beautiful site and packed programme.

“There’s too many great performances and activities to mention but I would like to particularly thank Morcheeba who wowed the crowd with their great performance closing the show on a very special day. ”

“We are mainly volunteer run and led so a huge ‘thank you’ is due to our great staff members and hundreds of incredible volunteers.

“We also get amazing support from local businesses, funders such as Bromley Council, Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Bromley Community Fund, Croydon Council and Big Lottery plus all of the wonderful traders who came to the festival.

“The festival couldn’t happen without all this support so a massive thank you to all.”

The festival ran from 12-18 June with approximately 80 events throughout the week including live music, theatre, visual arts and crafts, spoken word, comedy, storytelling, community activities, sports, amazing food and drink, vintage shopping plus much much more!

Other highlights included a very popular performance from Lemn Sissay, the official poet for the London Olympics, Kianja, a guest artist with the Jazz Warriors, on the Youth Takeover Stage, Temujin Gill and Sunanda Biswas, from the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony creative team, leading mass dancing with the crowd and Sian Evans (Kosheen and DJ Fresh) and long-term writing partner Ron McElroy with a barnstorming performance on the main stage. (Source: Crystal Palace Overground Festival).

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