Peninsula Festival delayed as Dutch show cancelled
Greenwich’s Peninsula Festival will now kick off a week later than planned after a second event was cancelled.
The Peninsula Festival will now start on Friday, the day of the Olympic opening ceremony, which is due to be shown on a big screen on the site, Area 12, close to the Pilot pub.
It’s the second cancellation to hit the event, which has been given £50,000 of taxpayers’ money by Greenwich Council to fund “community” events including the big screen. The London Blues and Soul Festival was due to have been held on Friday and Saturday with performances from Jools Holland and Bill Wyman, but was also axed from the line-up.
Tickets for a “family funday” featuring reality TV star Mark Wright, set for 10 August, have also been pulled from sale, although festival organiser Frank Dekker said the event was still happening.
Plans for a beach at Delta Wharf and a campsite by Greenwich Millennium Village have also fallen through, and this website understands there is nervousness among companies due to take part in the event after seeing the festival’s plans alter so dramatically. A countdown on The Beach’s website suggests an opening date of 1 August, although no construction work has taken place on the site.
Even though the beach has so far failed to materialise, club organiser Circo Loco is still promoting an event there for 15 September – falsely claiming “no sound restrictions” for the site, a claim which has already landed it in hot water with residents across the Thames on the Isle of Dogs.
The Peninsula Festival also faces competition from other local venues for Friday’s opening ceremony. The Old Royal Naval College is playing host to a big screen, while Greenwich Yacht Club – which pulled out of the PF at a very early stage – is opening its doors to non-members during the Olympics. Lewisham Council is also operating a big screen on Blackheath for the Games.