Written by Felicity Poulton
September 10th saw us heading to London for a VICTA first – a music festival! We had tickets for the OnBlackheath music festival near Lewisham in South London. VICTA staff and volunteers met our seven participants at Lewisham station and once everyone had finally arrived (thanks to the standard Saturday train delays and cancellations) we headed off to the festival. For this event we had 1 to 1 support to enable participants to get as much as possible from the festival.
The glorious sunshine turned to a typical English downpour, however we didn’t let this dampen our spirits. Our first port of call upon arriving was lunch! As OnBlackheath is a food festival as well as a music festival, there was plenty to choose from, with stalls covering all corners of the globe. Attendees were then free to take their pick of any one of 4 music stages plus a chefs tent featuring many famous cooks. This tent was particularly popular with one of the participants, who even got his photo taken with his favourite Bake Off winner, and an autographed copy of his book!
There was a variety of music from alternative to pop, from ska to dance. The biggest hits of the night were definitely Hot Chip and Primal Scream. The group stuck it out in spite of the weather, and were rewarded with a good dance and singalong!
The festival was really fun for everyone involved, and a great success. We feel this quote from one of the participants mum’s sums it up perfectly: ‘It was wonderful for my son to be able to do this activity. I was so thrilled for him – he could go and be like everyone else his age’.