Saturday's Highlights from the Heath
We’re over the moon to be back on the glorious Heath and we’ve brought with us the glorious sunshine, a whole host of amazing artists, tantilising food and even more. If you couldn’t be with us today, or just want to relive the fun you’ve had, you’re in the right place.
Immerse yourself in our line up and activities below.
SG Lewis opened up the Main Stage and warmed up the lunchtime crowds with a set packed to the brim with good vibes and feel good lyrics. Accompanied by his two backing singers and band, he got the whole crowd onto their feet within minutes.
His electronic beats, chilled out guitar and dreamy vocals were the perfect combination to get the crowd’s arms in the air. ‘Throwaway’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Warm’ were standout songs from the talented young singer which set the bar high for the rest of the weekend’s entertainment at ONBlackheath.
Swing Out Sister ‘Breakout’ on the Second Stage. Bringing their magical, ethereal vibes, Swing Out Sister treated us to their rendition of Barbara Aplin’s ‘Am I The Same Girl’. With the crowd spilling outside the edges of the tent, everyone was there to enter the band’s ‘Kaleidoscope World’. Bringing positivity to the festival, Corinne demanded, ‘Let’s expel all that bad energy and just enjoy the music!’ before getting the tent to shout out whatever they were happy about to the rest of the song. We’re going to have them on our minds for the rest of the weekend!
James Morrison gave us a show and a half on the Main Stage at ONBlackheath - after living through a string of personal adversities, he’s a changed man with a new sense of purpose and artistic vision and that clearly shows through his live performance. His silky smooth vocals combined with rhythmic bass lines saw the crowd moving their hips as the sun started to set.
“Ladies and gentlemen of Blackheath, this is the place to be right now. This song is nearly 13 years old, so if you know it sing along” prompted James before launching into ‘Undiscovered’.
James’ rough and textured voice kept the crowd entertained from the moment he stepped on the stage. Weaving in tracks from his new album, ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’ and crowd pleasers, ‘Broken Strings’ and ‘You Give Me Something’ - this was the perfect festival set.
The Roots TURN IT UP on the Heath. If you wanted to see one of the biggest parties to ever hit Blackheath - you didn’t need to look further than The Roots’ epic set on the Main Stage. Masters of their instruments, controlling them as if they were an extended part of their body, they were the perfect band to say goodbye to the sun and welcome the warm evening. ‘Conception’ saw the Philadelphia-band step it up a knotch and get the crowd grooving. The funky beats just kept on flowing with ‘Dynamite!’, ‘You Got Me’ and their versions of ‘Change (Makes You Want To Hustle), ‘Dance Girl’, ‘Move On Up’ and ‘Men At Work’. The Roots proved once again that music moves right through them and it was clear to see the crowds were devouring every word.
Things got cosmic on the Main Stage as our very own Space Cowboy, Jamiroqaui headlined Saturday at this year’s ONBlackheath festival. With a crowd as far as the eye could see, Jay Kay stepped out to rapturous applause stating, “It’s nice to be home!”
The futuristic set saw the London singer kick off proceedings with the synth heavy ‘Shake It On’, quickly followed by the sensual grooves of ‘Little L’ and the pulsating ‘Alright’.
Even for casual Jamiroquai fans, it’s hard not to be impressed with their huge back catalogue of hit after hit. ‘Canned Heat’ saw children raised high on shoulders to bop along and catch a glimpse of the infamous hat placed proudly upon Jay Kay’s head.
This was the ultimate party in our outdoor spaceship with flawless delivery and outstanding visuals. Finishing his effortlessly cool and sensual performance was the ultimate funk masterclass to take place on the Heath.
Who's joining us for Sunday at ONBlackheath with the mighty Grace Jones, Rag N Bone Man, The Brand New Heavies, Morcheeba and more?