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Seven Dials presents: Spotlight

August 14, 2015

Arts | by Harry Seymour

A free open-air free art, music and comedy festival in the heart of London on Saturday 15th August.

Seven Dials, London’s go to art, fashion, lifestyle and restaurant destination is hosting Spotlight, a free one-day music, arts and comedy festival compered by Radio 1’s Alice Levine, who was seen hosting on the stages of Glastonbury this summer. On Saturday 15th August, 12 noon until 7pm, the area will be transformed in to a traffic free alfresco hot spot.

The vibrant art-hub of at the epicentre of Covent Garden, is full of galleries and art book shops – the area has long been associated with the arts – especially being just around the corner from the old Central Saint Martins building, making it the perfect location for an arts festival.

The Dial, Seven Dials, London
The Dial, Seven Dials, London

The open-air stage will showcase an impressive line-up with music from upcoming musicians, named as ones to watch, including Wolffe, Mi’das and Leah Mason. Visitors can also enjoy upbeat music from London brass band favourites the Hackney Colliery Band. As well as stand-up comedy from Kerry Godliman who is best known for her role in the Channel 4 series Derek. Enjoy some of the incredible music from award winning show Beautiful, The Carole King Musical. Be mesmerised by the array of weird and wonderful acts from Seven Dials very own Circus (on Endell Street) from contortionists to dancers, alongside a variety of theatre, dance and performances.

In between the performances the area’s galleries, shops, independent boutiques and flagship stores with a series of indoor and outdoor promotions and activities, including street table tennis at Murdock, a photography exhibition at Finisterre, Brazilian Bosanova music at Do Shop and a slow bike race outside cycle shop Fixation.

Seven Dials is full of top restaurants, bars and cafes, and tomorrow they will be offering complimentary cocktails at Scoff and Banter when you dine, and you can sample some of the delicious dishes at Tredwell’s, pizza at Homeslice and a summer garden at Timberyard, to name a few. There is also going to be a pop-up lawn around the Dial complete with deck chairs and garden games with free juices from Cawston Press in the pop up garden on the corner of Neal Street and free Pimm’s on Monmouth Street. There is even a workshop to make your perfect fresh flower festival headband.

Earlham Street will be transformed into a foodie’s paradise, where you can sit out on picnic benches and enjoy the tasty offerings from a selection of Seven Dials bars, restaurants and food stalls including Earlham Street Clubhouse, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels and Kopapa.

All you need for a perfect summers day out in London with family or friends!

By Sophie Whittaker