Norman Jay MBE’s Good Times in the Park festival in Wormwood Scrubs Park next weekend (September 13/14) has been cancelled. The official line is ‘unforeseen technical difficulties’, which is a bit mysterious, so here are a few theories:
1. The park’s location meant that there was a serious danger of prisoners escaping from HMP Wormwood Scrubs by using Chaka Khan’s headline set as a Shawshank-style noise distraction.
2. The folks at the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre succeeded in their attempts to get the event cancelled on the grounds that horses are scared of funk music.
3. The Queen personally intervened because of an arcane law which states that any Member of the British Empire is prohibited from running a music festival.
The press release suggests that Jay will try again and host some sort of Good Times next year – although after CC14 went into liquidation in June and Jabberwocky was cancelled in August, we’re not sure that’s such a good idea.
If you were going to head down to Good Times in the Park, here are a few cool alternatives…
OnBlackheath: Grace Jones and Massive Attack play headline sets, and Gilles Peterson curates a second stage.
Fred Wesley: James Brown’s old trombonist plays a funky residency in Streatham.
The Fontanelles: Storming ska, jazz and Afrobeat from the 11-piece band.
Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival: Jazz Jamaica, Yolanda Brown and Roberto Pla’s Latin Ensemble are on the bill for this free two-day festival.