Five reasons to go to Kaleidoscope festival this summer

ICYMI: the legendary Ally Pally is now host to a brand new festival, Kaleidoscope. With an eclectic line-up of excellent comedy, music, theatre and food, the event in July is the perfect way to spend a midsummers day. Need convincing? Here’s why it’s going to be excellent.

Because The Flaming Lips

Cmon, it’s The Flaming Lips, like you need us to say anymore! With their Greatest Hits compilation having come out last month, the psychedelic rockers are sure to put on a blistering, career spanning performance; but if we can’t convince you, frontman Wayne Coyne recently chatted to NME revealing that revellers can expect “an insane amount of enthusiasm,” adding, “we blast as much confetti and balloons and all the sort of stuff to get you into the mood of what we feel like is the best scenario to experience the Flaming Lips.” Sounds glorious.


Because the rest of the line-up is banging

Asides from The Flaming Lips, there’s also a stellar choice of musicians to get your groove on to. Ghostpoet will be bringing his own brand of spoken word and trip hop to the main stage, there’ll be sparky indie pop from London lads Mystery Jets and Beth Orton will treat your earholes to a gorgeous set of folktronica. And if you want something a bit different, there’ll also be the London African Gospel Choir performing Paul Simon’s Graceland, and you can join in the worship of #SexyJesus with Oh My God! It’s The Church’s brilliantly bonkers show.

Beceause you’ll be able to dance the night away

On the diverse line-up of musical acts, the inaugural Kaleidoscope festival is also boasting some of best DJs on the planet. Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell’s The 2 Bears will be heading down, and are sure to spin an eclectic mix of house, disco and everything in-between. In addition, the carnival’s Good Times Sound System co-founder Norman Jay MBE will be bringing good vibes, and icon Don Letts will also be there to get you on your feet.


Because there’s going to be excellent comedy

One of the best things about Kaleidoscope is that there is a hugely varied line-up, so for those of us who want to take a brief respite from dancing, there’s a killer selection of comedians to watch. With sets from total hero Katherine Ryan, musical comedy duo Jonny & The Baptists and the wickedly funny Mark Watson, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to lolls.

Because you’ll be able to fill your belly with delicious food

We all know that in 2018 a soggy burger on a stale bun isn’t going to cut it for festi-food; but whilst most festivals have slowly begun to up the food options they have available, Kaleidoscope have totally revamped the idea of mid-mosh grub. Fill your belly with the best of London’s food and drink scene: from classics like Anna Mae’s Mac N Cheese and Mother Clucker chicken, to delish options from Pink Cactus and Bow Belly, your festi-feast will be the envy of your pals.

Kaleidoscope Festival takes place at Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday, 21 July. Ticket are available here.