Today, GALA reveals the artists who’ll form the double-billing for the festival’s milestone fifth year this May bank-holiday weekend (23 & 24 May 2020). Expanding to two days for the first time, GALA has collaborated with curators including Gerd Janson, Job Jobse, Worldwide FM, Jayda G, Horse Meat Disco and Bradley Zero to produce a line-up which reflects GALA’s intrinsic love of the capital’s dance floors. Returning to its home turf of Peckham Rye Park, the festival's biggest line-up to date spans four stages, with sounds covering house and disco to jazz and afrobeats.
NYC legend François K and modern club hero Motor City Drum Ensemble headline the mainstage on Sunday and Monday respectively. While Franiois K gets support from the likes of DJ-favourite Move D and the influential Nightmares On Wax, MCDE will be joined by Detroit’s Marcellus Pittman and boogie selector CC:DISCO. Other mainstage highlights across the weekend include Eliza Rose, Mafalda, Anu, Red Greg, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Jamie 3:26.
Job Jobse’s Strangelove party makes its UK debut on the Sunday, taking over GALA’s Stretch stage featuring rising talent DEBONAIR and David Vunk amongst others. On Monday the reins are handed to the infectiously energetic Ninja Tune-signee Jayda G who’ll be flanked by Mood Hut’s Pender Street Steppers and Rush Hour’s Antal.
On Sunday, the Pleasure Dome stage boasts Running Back boss Gerd Janson who enlists heavyweights Roman Flügel and DJ Tennis. Horse Meat Disco return on Monday for their now annual residency with Luke Solomon b2b Gideön and Prosumer. whilst queer rave collective Little Gay Brother bring the sweat across both days.
Finally, London radio staples Worldwide FM and Rhythm Section’s Bradley Zero take charge of the Open Dome. With Worldwide presenting a huge billing of Kornal Kovacs, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Dele Sosimi and founder Gilles Peterson on Sunday, Bradley headlines with a not-to-be-missed b2b with the effervescent MC Pinty on the Monday.
And finally, GALA invite local Peckham grass-roots station Foundation FM for a one-day takeover. A female-led platform for the city’s underground music and art, the collective make an exciting addition to the billing. Continuing the South London thread, GALA teams up with YAM Records to host a record fair on site.
While the festival offers a full music programme, GALA’s crafted offering of food and drink from South London’s internationally renowned scene will be announced very soon.
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