Brockley Max returns this year in all its glory and in person to celebrate its 21st birthday from May 27 to June 4 2022.
And as part of this year’s festival, Brockley Max will be hosting a FREE PARTY AT LEWISHAM’S LEGENDARY FOX & FIRKIN ON SUNDAY MAY 29 2022 featuring a host of live acts and djs who have appeared at the festival over the years.
“We are delighted to be able to return in person in 2022 and to celebrate that with a terrific free party for the whole community,” says Moira Tait, founder and director of Brockley Max Festival.
“We will be celebrating the diversity and inclusivity of Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Honor Oak … and we hope to make Brockley Max 2022 bigger, better and more fun than ever!”
Kicking off the live music will be FELIX’S ROCK CHOIR who sprung from Felix’s School of Rock in 2007 – originally something for young rockers’ parents to do. They’ve performed over 100 songs at over 100 pubs, clubs, schools and special events doing mostly singalong friendly Rock, Pop & Soul.
They are followed by violin and accordion duo MAZAIKA who have performed at the festival many times over the years, playing Russian gypsy, folk, classical and tango. Expect an evening of “magic and passion” says The Independent.
Next up is veteran blues/country singer CERI JAMES, who has been playing at and organising Brockley Max events for almost 20 years. Starting around 2004 at Moonbow Jake’s Cafe, he also helped compile a CD of Brockley based artists/musicians in 2006 called Brockley Max Trax II in 2006.
Making a second appearance at the festival is relative newcomer and local singer/songwriter PRVNA who “Loved playing Brockley Max just before the pandemic happened, real good vibes – excited to be back this summer!”
And if that wasn’t enough, also appearing are Lewisham-based militant rock and roots reggae band and festival regulars THE FOUR FATHERS, who made their first appearance at Brockley Max in 2014.
Local legend, FLAKY JAKE first played in the Fox & Firkin in 1988, and bought his first accordion in Len Stiles music shop nearby on Lewisham High Street. Now appearing as a dynamic duo with Matthew Goodsmith on drums.
Up next and coming all the way from Memphis Tennessee for the party, energetic southern rapper, COLDWAY who last appeared at the festival in 2019. “My first time travelling internationally was to London to perform at the Brockley Max Festival. I felt so welcomed by the community and it continues to be one of the best experiences I’ve had,” says Coldway.
The final live act is Lewisham’s finest ‘cosmic’ country band, THE TRUE BELIEVERS fronted by musical comedian Steve Gribbin and local legend Alice Renouf. The True Believers have been part of Brockley Max since they formed in 2016 and have played every year since.
The celebrations will be rounded off with funk tunes from DJ mR tiDy, one of South London’s longest standing vinyl DJ’s who’s deejayed for Brockley Max festival numerous times over the years.