South Bank, London, SE1
The Mayor’s Thames Festival is London’s largest outdoor arts festival, which takes place over a weekend every September along the River Thames from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.
It one of the capital’s most-loved events that brings together Londoners of all ages and from all communities to celebrate their city and the River Thames through a fabulous free weekend of arts, spectacle and entertainment. It transforms outdoor spaces on and around the River Thames with a mixture of music, dancing, street arts, river races, carnival, pyrotechnics, art installations, massed choirs, food and feasting. The finale is a magical illuminated Night Carnival followed by a fireworks display fired from the centre of the river itself.
In 2010 & 2011 The Shrine programmed the Barclaycard Main Stage, which brought the best underground and up & coming music acts to the festival. In 2010 the stage was located under the London Eye in Jubliee Gardens and in 2011 it was outside the Tate Modern overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral.
The 2011 the line-up included the fantastic hip-hop of Mercury Music Prize nominated Ghostpoet, the beautiful soul of Amy Winehouse’s niece Dionne Bromfield, the Afrobeat/grime mash-up of Afrikan Boy, ESKA, Lewis Floyd Henry and many more.
And in 2010 the line-up featured the Mercury Music Prize winning rapper Speech Debelle; cuban party band Ska Cubano; experimental rock band The Invisible; Hip Hop legend Ty; Kitty, Daisy and Lewis; and many more.
Check out some pictures from 2010 below: