Now in its fifth fabulous year, Portobello Live! returns to West London with a winning blend of music, film, spoken word and performance, teaming up this year with
Portobello Vegan and Sustainability On Screen
Held over Sunday and Monday of the May Day bank holiday, Portobello Live! 5 provides maximum accessibility for minimum spend. One affordable wristband allows entry to all Portobello Live! venues over two days. Under 16s go free. A great line up of new and established bands and performers, rock royalty, superstar DJs and special guests will perform at Portobello's iconic pubs, clubs and venues.
Portobello Live! 5 partners include Rough Trade Records, Wall of Sound (25th anniversary), Notting Hill Carnival pioneer Leslie Palmer MBE, Great Brain Robbery (live talismanic blues), Blatantly Blunt (hip hop and grime) and the Westway Trust.
We are also proud to partner with J P McCormack’s Portobello Vegan, whose market will be serving up delicious food and drink as well as ethical clothing, cruelty free beauty products and vegan artisan delights, and the Sustainability On Screen film festival, showcasing a compassionate and environmentally friendly lifestyle. Movies include the community sustainability-themed Down To Earth and environmental films The Hudson, Urban Mermaid and Celine Cousteau’s Tribes on the Edge. We’ve gone vegan here too, with screenings of Dominion, 73 Cows, The End of Meat and Vegan Round the World. There’ll be discussions and Q&A sessions with leading filmmakers, environmentalists and musicians, exploring the impact of our diet and consumption on the communities we live in, with topics including climate change, waste pollution, plant-based diet and environmental sustainability.
Local rap poet Lowkey will perform at the festival for the first time, joining other newcomers including talented siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, as well as Portobello Live! regulars, DJ and filmmaker Don Letts, ska and reggae legends Gaz Mayall and The Trojans, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Youth (Killing Joke), Ben VP (Curiosity Killed The Cat), Ted Key and the Kingstons (Housemartins),
Leah Weller, Rotten Hill Gang, Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness), Tiny Magnetic Pets, My Drug Hell, rapper/poet JC001, WHALLS, Bandante (the Bad Seeds) The Members, Steve Dior, Asheber and the Afrikan Revolution, the Ping Pong Bitches, Jim Jones and many more.
Portobello Live!’s status as a Community Interest Company (CIC) is underscored by its very own Portobello Live Choir, which opens proceedings on the Sunday.
For the third year at Portobello Live!, Blatantly Blunt are hosting a grime, hip hop and dancehall stage to showcase many of the artists they represent.
‘I’m proud of what we’ve achieved since we launched in 2015, and five years in, Portobello Live! is a permanent fixture in the festival calendar,’ says Portobello Live! festival organiser, Micky P. ‘Early bird tickets for Portobello Live! 5 have already sold out, and we’re looking forward to another evolution of the festival, especially our focus on sustainability. We also have a diverse musical lineup with further headline acts to be confirmed.’
Aimed at preserving West London’s rich and diverse artistic heritage, the festival provides a deserved platform for the area’s past and present music and cultural history. Venues are all within walking distance and include Subterania, Mau Mau, Rough Trade, Vinyl Café, Maxilla Social Club, the Muse Gallery and The Italian Job.