Carnaby Street has for a long time held a strong affiliation with London’s musical culture. With the likes of John Lennon and Mick Jagger roaming the streets in search of their next look, and The Who and Hendrix rocking out in the area’s various clubs, its heritage goes much further than the bright shopping street that represents it. This Saturday the street will celebrate just that by hosting ‘Carnaby Sound’, a free one-day music festival featuring music that has played a major role in Carnaby’s past.
From 1.30pm the likes of A*M*E and Kids in Glass Houses will be gracing the main stage, while acts including Young Knives and aptly named The Carnaby’s will be entertaining revellers in the Newburgh Quarter. To compliment both stages, bands and DJs will be filling local bars and shops, and keep an eye out for the Dr Martens van on Broadwick Street, as well as ukelele band The Fleas strumming in Carnaby’s food quarters.
Many of the local shops will be looking to draw in the punters by offering 20% discounts all day, plus drinks and, if you’re quick, freebies. Without wanting to feel left out from the festivities, some of Carnaby Street’s cafes, restaurants and bars will also be serving up special deals. Plus, the White Horse and Shakespeare’s Head pubs are getting involved with ale and cider festivals.
Saturday July 6, 12-7pm. For more info, see our Carnaby Sound listing.