During this hot and heavy heatwave I've been garnering for a trip to one of Leeds' suburban parks. Luckily, this weekend sees the John Lewis sponsored OnRoundhay Festival, the sister event of OnBlackheath in London, taking place in one of our city's finest green spaces.
The luscious Roundhay Park, one of the biggest inner-city ones in Europe. This is the first time in ten years that there's been an event there, and it's the first ever music, food and family entertainment festival to take place in the park! Fun fact: Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, and Madonna have all played here in years past.
How to get there?
The number 12 and 2 bus goes from New Briggate in Leeds City Centre to Roundhay Park every 10 minutes.
Bobby Gillespie's outfit Primal Scream are one of the acts topping the bill, alongside headliners and former Factory Records prodigies James, the immersive, incredibly talented Wolf Alice, Max Jury (apparently the hybrid of George Harrison and James Blake) and the Haggis Horns, who promise a live funk extravaganza.
What else can you do there?
There's loads to do for families! Under 12s go free at the festival, and Puffin Books will be hosting the family area. There'll also be a Village Green Sports Day will offer book-themed delights such as egg and spoon races and sack races, with prizes for kids who come dressed as a book character! For everyone else, there's a luscious array of food and drink in the John Lewis Food Village.
Now, this is the line-up I'm excited for! We've got the Ukranian Olia Hercules, cooking from her new cookbook Mamushka. We've got the Leeds Indie Food and Drink guys and girls who've curated their own stellar menu of some of the best culinary wizards surrounding our city! You'll find the Basque cuisine of Pintura, the Italian stallions of North Leeds pizza institution Salvos, York's The Star Inn the City's Matt Hunter, and Layne's Espresso! There'll also be Manjit's Kitchen, who I tasted at Beacons Festival, the impeccably named Piggie Smalls, and the Pizza Bus, most commonly seen outside Brudenell Social Club. My mouth is watering even thinking about all of this... Can I eat it all?
Where can you get tickets?
Here! Go, go go!