7 Oct 16

To celebrate such a monumental launch, we’re hosting a two-day music festival in partnership withEskimo Dance and NME. On Saturday 29th October Eskimo Dance will play host to a line-up including Wiley, Ghetts, Novelist, Solo45, Elf Kid, President T, P Money, Flirta D, Cadell, Merky Ace, Blakie, Splurgeboys, Mistajam, Preditah, Maximum, Rude Kid, Hatcha, Sian Anderson, plus a secret guests to be announced. On Sunday 30th, NME will host a free showcase celebrating the future sounds of London with the best up-and-coming musical talent.

“We are delighted to announce our Boxpark Croydon Opening Festival. We hope to make Croydon one of the most exciting London Boroughs and this is just the beginning of many events for the local community and wider areas. Expect everything from festival warm ups to organic food markets, plus daily programmed events.” – Roger Wade 

Joining forces with legendary grime promoters Eskimo Dance, the brainchild of Wiley, Boxpark Croydon will open its doors to a very special event that sees a fantastic line-up of grime’s superstars.

Eskimo Dance continues to give the big breaks to the genre’s top talent with previous alumni including JME, Skepta and Kano, returning in 2016 for a tour that saw the troupe play Glasgow, Manchester, and Bristol, plus London’s seminal Red Bull Culture Clash. Now taking the heat to Boxpark Croydon for round two, expect a who’s who of grime and bags of competitive spirit from a group born out of underground culture.

Stephen Campbell from Eskimo Dance says “We are ecstatic to be teaming up with Boxpark for their launch festival in Croydon. Following our recent successes touring across the UK and after the incredible Red Bull Culture Clash we’re excited to bring the grime sound home to London. Expect grime legends span across an energetic all-dayer!”

In partnership with world-famous music brand NME, a roster of the best breaking talent championed by the music title will descend on Boxpark Croydon to celebrate the launch. A2, Alfa Mist, Barney Artist, Club Kuru, Nova Twins and Tailr.Mde.Lvn are all confirmed to take to the stage. More acts will join the line-up and will be announced soon. 

NME editor-in-chief Mike Williams says: “At NME we’re passionate about championing emerging talent, grassroots scenes and the venues that nurture and support them. Partnering on the launch of this great new music space is the perfect opportunity for us to put that support into action. It’s an exciting event, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: “One of the things I love most about London is that its cultural gems are not just limited to the city centre. Around every corner of the capital there is something new and exciting to discover and Croydon is full of fantastic things to see and do.

“Having just been named the fastest growing economy in the UK, Croydon is fast emerging as a hub for culture and development thanks to the extensive regeneration it has been undergoing in recent years. Growing London’s cultural sector is one of my core priorities and I’m delighted to see top innovators and entertainers setting their sights on Croydon. Boxpark will be a great addition to the town centre and a festival of this scale and calibre is the perfect way for Croydon to really get itself noticed on the capital’s cultural map.”

Boxpark Croydon will follow its successful sister site in Shoreditch, opening Croydon’s doors to over 40 rising food & drink traders including MeatLiquor, Chilango, Mama Lan, Breakfast Club and many more.