Elbow and Madness announced for Blackheath 2015

Elbow will be headlining On Blackheath festival this year. Pic: On Blackheath

Elbow will be headlining On Blackheath festival this year. Pic: On Blackheath

Indie stars Elbow have been unveiled as headliners for On Blackheath 2015, alongside ska legends Madness.

The festival that launched last year combines music, food and family fun on the historic parkland setting of Blackheath Common.

In a statement, Madness said: “We thought we’d left no stone unturned in London: palaces, parks, stadiums – and now the kind people of Blackheath are letting us play there. Let’s hope we don’t cause an earthquake south of the river.”

Madness caused an earthquake during a performance at Finsbury Park in 1992. Police evacuated three tower blocks after vibrations were felt in Green Lanes, Rowley Gardens and Amwell Court.

Following a hugely successful arena tour last year, Madness will headline the main stage in Blackheath on the evening of September 13. Saturday’s headliners, Elbow, have multiple awards to their name and have gained a reputation for producing breathtaking live performances.

Ska legends Madness will be appearing at this year's festival. Pic: On Blackheath

Ska legends Madness will be appearing at this year’s festival. Pic: On Blackheath

Terry Felgate, co-founder of On Blackheath said: “Having lived in this area of South East London for over 30 years, I have always felt it [was] underserved by the kind of music events that are staged across other parts of our city.”

Manic Street Preachers, Kelis and Laura Mvula have also been confirmed for this year’s festival on September 12 and 13.

Over 25,000 fans attended the festival last year, with memorable headline shows from Massive Attack, Frank Turner and Grace Jones.

Felgate said: “We wanted to take the best parts of our own festival experiences, gained at the likes of Latitude, Glastonbury, and End Of The Road and bring these to life within a festival that’s within easy reach of the local community.”

Adult tickets are available for £79, £45 for 13-16 year olds and under-12s get in for free.

Tickets are available on the festival’s official website: www.onblackheath.com

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