London’s largest one-day free music festival, High Tide, is making waves this year, with Dork along for the ride.
The festival, organised by local vinyl emporium Eel Pie Records, is set to return to Twickenham on 30th July 2023, and has just unveiled the first wave of its exciting lineup of artists.
Leading the lineup are the Eel Pie Island legends Mystery Jets. They’ll be joined by a diverse group of acts, including Flat Party, Scrounge, CHERYM, Balamuc, Living Body, Lilith Ali, Down With The Stereotype, and Michele Stodart. But the fun doesn’t stop there – plenty more announcements are still on the horizon. Dork (Hi, that’s us – Ed) is delighted to be joining up to highlight some of the amazing artists set to perform.
High Tide is a free entry community-led festival that aims to capture the spirit of Eel Pie Island in its prime right in the heart of Twickenham. The event is committed to showcasing a vibrant selection of the best young and established bands and musicians across 16 stages and venues.
Co-founder of High Tide Festival, Kevin Jones from Eel Pie Records, emphasises the festival’s dedication to celebrating local creativity and diversity. “Twickenham is a hive of creativity and the more we celebrate the musical talent we have on offer, the more we see new, diverse bands and artists wanting to participate, as can be seen by the strength of our initial line-up,” he explains.
Jack Clothier, advisor and head of Alcopop! Records, highlights the festival’s commitment to fair artist pay, a progressive gender split on the bill, and genre diversity. “Ever since Kevin and his business partner Phil started High Tide, we’ve been absolutely moved by the commitment and ethics behind it. Some bigger festivals would do well to look at the example set by High Tide!”
This year’s festival is a collaboration between Eel Pie Records, The London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, Discover Twickenham BID, and The Friends of Twickenham Green, with support from local people through crowdfunding and a wide range of Twickenham businesses. The organisers raise funds to pay the bands through a crowdfunding campaign. If you want to show your support for live music in our communities, you can contribute here.
Keep your eyes peeled for more band announcements, and make sure to mark your calendars for 30th July 2023.