Over the weekend we saw Friends Of Ours transform Rye Lane into a creative hub and music lovers paradise. South East London became home to the inaugural ‘Peckham Rye Music Festival’ (PRMF) and it was an event not to be forgotten!
PRMF was not just about providing great music, on a beautiful weekend, across hidden gems in London, but also about encouraging the next generation of artists and helping to build skills for the future. We organised workshops for young people to learn from experts across various fields. SITE : WORK focusing on audio/visual art and CDR on music production and performance. Attendees had the chance to learn and develop their skills with guidance from experts in their field.
It was great to see so many people getting hands-on with synthesisers, projection mapping and drum machines, etc.
Our main spaces Copeland Gallery and Bussey Building collectively explored sounds from across techno and house genres. We ‘Our Mutual Friend’ were honoured to play the first record of #PRMF2016 at 5pm on Friday afternoon on the beast of a sound system supplied by TPI.
From the likes of Church’s super electronic selector Seb Wildblood to soulful producer Kaidi Tatham, from First Word Records it was important for right people to represent the music we feel passionate about. Seeing the crowd react to main room acts such as Benji B and Juan Atkins – it was exactly the buzz we wanted to see!
Main acts and stages aside at PRMF we sought to bring together collectives and tastemakers from a broad range of musical backgrounds such as Grime, Bass, Soul, Electronic and more. It was a pleasure to see and experience these musical scenes in a live capacity.
Resonate Sounds, Next Door With Nikita, Squareglass and Cruise Control individually curated line-ups that represented a particular scene or sound they are passionate about. It’s not often you would see Grime producer Conducta on the same bill as 22a’s Al Dobson Jr and South East’s Vestalus – we are driven to shine a light on these artists and tastemakers. Over the weekend we saw each venue and stage attract its own crowd and create its own individual vibe – bringing fans and new listeners to their spaces. Seeing the real love and passion for music from people is what is most exciting.
For us it is about community – Friends Of Ours is the name for a reason – partnering with local businesses, venues and people is important. With local stalls in the car park to local venues such as The Nines, Four Quarters, Rye Wax and more opening up their doors to us and making us and you feel at home. We love Peckham and its community so being able to work with the people that make it what it is has been a great experience.
We thank you – the people who came and partied with us…from catching the summer rays on the rooftop with an ice cold beer to dancing until daylight in Canavan’s – without you it wouldn’t have been possible.
We think it is best summed up by our final note from founder of Peckham Rye Music Festival Glenn Middleditch…
“I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone that helped make the weekend such a wonderful experience. There are far too many people to name but making this a reality relied upon a lot of favours.
As I’ve said in the past we’re not a festival run by a big group of companies so all of the help we’ve received was necessary to get things started. We really can’t wait to see you all again next year, thank you!
To those of you that bought a ticket and got dancing – I would like to thank each and every one of you, you made the first ever Peckham Rye Music Festival such an amazing weekend.”