Stereo MC’s

From Crystal Palace Festival: We are passionate about bringing music and the arts back to Crystal Palace Park so we are really excited about our great headliners for 2018  – Stereo MC’s on the main stage and Polarbear in the spoken word tent.

We are mega excited to welcome Stereo MC’s to headline the main stage at the festival – one of our favourite bands to come out of the mid 80’s inspirational Hip Hop scene and the DIY UK acid house/club scene. Stereo MC’s reputation grew slowly throughout the late 80’s with their own underground dance label and live performances with De La Soul, A Certain Ratio, EMF and U2 and Happy Mondays.

After early chart success in America for their second LP Supernatural, they recorded the album ‘Connected’ which became an international hit. This period culminated with a Mercury Prize nomination and two Brit awards for Best Album and Best Live Act. Other releases have included K7 DJ Kicks LP, the top 20 LP and single ‘Deep Down and Dirty’ and the classic ‘Tell Me Why’(KomPakt) a firm fixture in the club charts in 2015.

Polarbear (Steven Camden) is one of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK. Performing his work internationally since 2007, Camden has graced stages from Kuala Lumpur to California.

Mouthy, offbeat and energetic, Polarbear’s got a razor-sharp memory for detail and a lot of the power of the stories he tells come from his vivid descriptions of how life physically feels as he experiences it. His stories can be hilarious, gut-wrenching, lovely and physically gross, and sometimes all of the above at once.

Come and see him bounce around the Spoken Word tent on 16 June in Crystal Palace park – its gonna be a very unique experience.

Do head over to our new website  to find more and to see our rather lovely new design for the 2018 festival.

The whole park programme for 16 June will be announced in early April and the full festival programme for 11–17 June later on so watch this space and put festival week in the diary now!

2017 was an amazing year for us with the line up and the move to Crystal Palace Park proving so popular. We are looking to build on that success so we have been working hard on planning and creating some new content for you, our lovely audience, to enjoy.

We have a fabulous new area called the Village Green that will feature all that’s amazing about our very active community with fantastic choirs and bands from the Crystal Palace area, dance workshops, our Think Pawsitive Dog Show, gorgeous food in the Farmers’ Market, refreshing drinks from the bar and many more activities from our great community groups. There will be tons more to see and do all festival week so stay tuned and put it in your diary now!

Our Crystal Palace Park event on 16 June 2018 will be free to enter as will 90 per cent of all the events across festival week so if you would like to support our work please do consider making a donation to help keep the festival free for all.

Thank you so much for your support and we are really looking forward to seeing you all in June!

The festival team x


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