Next weekend, thousands of people will again descend on Lloyd Park as the two-day long Croydon Summer Festival returns for a 10th year.

Next week, we will be interviewing Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds, who headline the main stage at the World Party on Saturday, but for now we give you the low down on some of the best Croydon talent that will be on show at both the World Party and Sunday's Mela.

The Damned:

The English gothic punk band might never have been had Ray Burns and Chris Millar not met when working backstage at Fairfield Halls in 1974. Burns soon became known as flamboyant singer Captain Sensible and Miller as manic drummer Rat Scabies as they formed The Damned and released the first ever UK punk single, New Rose, and album, Damned Damned Damned. Scabies may no longer be part of the band but Sensible will be returning to his roots with the longest stable line-up in the band's history hot on the back of supporting Motorhead earlier this year.


When we spoke to this young singer-songwriter from Norbury in January she had just been named in the top 15 acts of the BBC Sound Poll 2010 and was busy preparing to release debut single, My Baby Left Me, and album, Memoirs. She has now released both to wide acclaim and will be following up her appearance in Croydon with a spot at the V Festival having appeared at Latitude on Sunday.

Joe Hood:

The former Whitgift School student won this year's Testing 1,2,3 competition and is another Croydonite tipped for stardom. He spoke to us after his triumph in February about the prize of playing the festival and said: "I didn't actually realise that was one of the prizes and had been harassing the lady who is organising it to book me a spot, but now I have ended up playing there anyway. I live about a minute's walk away from Lloyd's Park too which is great."


Not a name many will have heard of but watch out for him at the Mela. The DJ and music producer has been making a mark on the club scene and is working on his new Bhangra album due out next year.

Community Stage:

The heart of the Mela is run by Malti Patel of Croydon dance school Aspara Arts and will feature a variety of dance styles, from Bollywood to Spanish, by some of our borough's best dancers. There will also be a comedy drama performed for the first time by Aura, a new group who came together through workshops .

Croydon Summer Festival, Lloyd Park, July 31 and August 1, 1pm onwards, free. Visit