Wanstead music festival makes a comeback this summer

PUBLISHED: 13:15 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 11 April 2018

Caitlin Downie, one of the festival organisers, has cut her teeth coordinating her own tours. Photo: Carol J Moir

Caitlin Downie, one of the festival organisers, has cut her teeth coordinating her own tours. Photo: Carol J Moir


A Wanstead brother and sister are calling on musicians and traders in the community to help resurrect a neighbourhood music festival this summer.

Caitlin Downie, 30, and her brother Calum, 23, are teaming up with The Wanstead Tap, in Winchelsea Road, to put on Music in Wanstead Park on July 14.

The one-day family festival was cancelled in 2017, after a 15-year run, when its previous organisers decided not to continue.

“It’s big undertaking to put on a festival for thousands people every year,” said Caitlin, who lives on the Aldersbrook estate.

She added: “I wanted the event to come back.”

“It was really missed last year.

“It is nice to have something that brings the whole community together.

“So we decided to take it on.”

Caitlin, a singer, has honed her festival organising skills by co-ordinating her own tours across the country and said she is working with a strong team.

Headlining the festival is Ukelele strumming cabaret perfomer Tricity Vogue.

Chigwell singer-songwriter Toby Corton, who performed in Trafalgar Square as the winner of Pride’s Got Talent 2017, is also on the bill.

“It is a real family festival and we try to keep it in the community as much as possible in booking stalls for food and drink and musicians,” added Caitlin.

“I attended the festival in 2016 and it was brilliant.

“We had great weather and that always makes a difference.”

Spaces are still available for more musicians and businesses to join the bill.

Estate agent Stow Brothers, in Wanstead High Street, is sponsoring the event.

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