Taking place on the weekend of the 6th & 7th of August, ‘Caught by the River Thames’ have revealed the first acts on an eclectic bill of music, poetry & nature. This unique event will be one of the most exciting to attend this summer.
Caught by the River poets-in-residence Will Burns and Martha Sprackland will curate their own programme in the Faber Poetry Chapel, whilst Pete Fowler, Matt Sewell and Nick Hand will run workshops for the artistically-inclined of all ages.
“Caught by the River Thames is a remarkable new music, arts and nature festival. Bringing together a truly inspirational gathering of bands and brewers, authors and artists, thinkers and drinkers, Caught by the River Thames will be part gig, part literary gathering and part nature symposium. Over two days, it will bridge the previously un-spanned gap between psychedelic high-summer rock’n’roll concert and Springwatch. It will unearth archival London audio-history and provide poetry in the total serenity of a Victorian chapel; play host to jump-up party music from the four corners of the world while holding a low-impact, locally sourced Ten Mile Beer Festival.
Fulham Palace sits the northern banks of the Thames, right where the dirty old river begins to roll out of the city. It’s a best-kept secret in a city that’s not got many unturned stones left; a shortcut to a verdant green space just to the west of the metropolis. Situated an idle ten minutes walk from the tube, its somewhere that makes you feel you’ve stumbled out of the city and into the countryside with the very minimum of effort. It’s the perfect place to host a festival.
This August, Fulham Palace will do just that.
Drawing on nearly a decade of experience promoting stages at events such as Port Eliot, Festival No 6, Field Day and the Good Life Experience, Caught by the River Thames promises to be a unique highpoint of the London festival season – a ready made escape plan for a two-day inner city musical road trip that explores the natural world and a multitude of mind-expanding spaces beyond it.”
Head over to the festival website for all the details & the line-up announcements thus far: http://www.caughtbytheriverthames.com/
Plus, if you haven’t visited the Caught by the River website already check it out here for daily posts on nature,films, poetry, Jeb’s jukebox and a mix of everything from festival announcements to ‘Spoken word & Nature Disco’ mixes.
If you we’re un-aware, Caught by the River was founded by Jeff Barrett of Heavenly Recordings as well as Andrew Walsh & Robin Turner. It’s a vision and a daydream shared between friends one languid bankside spring afternoon.
It was conceived as an online meeting place for pursuits of a distinctly non-digital variety: walking, fishing, looking, thinking. Birdsong and beer. Adventure and poetry. Life’s small pleasures, in all their many flavours. It was – and still is – about stepping out of daily routines to re-engage with nature. Finding new rhythms. Being.