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The Ends Festival, Croydon: What you need to know about the lineup, timings, travel and road closures

The Ends Festival, Croydon: What you need to know about the lineup, timings, travel and road closures
Jun 01, 2019 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by My London on 29/05/2019.

The Ends Festival, Croydon: What you need to know about the lineup, timings, travel and road closures

Artists including Damian Marley,Wizkid and De La Soul are coming to the first ever event.

The much-anticipated Ends Festival will open in Croydon for the first time this Friday (May 31).

The 15,000 capacity festival will take over Lloyd Park for three days with international artists NAS, Wizkid and Damian Marley headlining.

Other artists booked to play across the weekend include Ghetts, J Balvin, De La Soul, Kranium, Donae’o, NAO and Nadia Rose.

It’s being put on by Metropolis Music and MAMA Festivals both part of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live events business.

What are the timings?

On Friday and Saturday, the event will open at 1pm and close at 10pm.

And on Sunday, it will run from noon until 9pm.

Building stages and facilities for the event was due to start on Monday, May 27, and it is expected to be cleared by Thursday, June 6.

Public transport and road closures

Information on the festival website states that most people are expected to use East Croydon station.

And trams can be used to Lloyd Park, but not at the end of the festival due to crowd control.

Information for residents explains: “We expect the audience to use East Croydon as their main train station and that the trams will be used for entry, but not exit from the park trams will not stop for passengers (boarding or alighting) at Lloyd Park stop for a 45-min period around the event [closing] times.”

Festival goers will be directed up Coombe Road towards Park Hill Road.

Coombe Road will be closed for an hour on either side of closing times to allow this. That is from 9pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 8pm to 10pm on Sunday.

Organisers state that they will provide security, toilets and litter management along this route.

As well as the short evening closure of Coombe Road, there will be parking restrictions in place.

This will mean that non-resident vehicles will not be able to park in some roads around Lloyd Park.

What are people saying about it?

Croydon Council’s cabinet member for culture leisure and sport,  Councillor Oliver Lewis, said he thinks the festival will be a boost for the borough.

“I think the level and the size of the festival is brilliant,” he said.

“It is good that the producers have seen Croydon as a place they want to work.

“Croydon is the capital of South London, it is well placed, it’s got a large youth population – why wouldn’t they want to come here?”

Although Mr Lewis admits it’s not his favourite genre of music, he will be heading down on Sunday to see young Croydon musicians take to the Future Stage.

The Ends Festival, Croydon: The 37 prohibited items you need to know about

From bottled water to high viz jackets, it’s worth knowing what you can’t take into the festival.

This post was first published by My London on 01/06/2019.

The much-anticipated Ends Festival kicked off in Croydon for the first time on Friday (May 31).

The 15,000 capacity festival will take over Lloyd Park again today (Saturday, June 1) and tomorrow with international artists Wizkid and Damian Marley headlining.

Other artists booked to play across the weekend include Ghetts, J Balvin, De La Soul, Kranium, Donae’o, NAO and Nadia Rose.

It’s being put on by Metropolis Music and MAMA Festivals both part of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live events business.

Whilst festival organisers aim to make it as safe as possible for ticketholders, there are also things that you can do to help.

These are the 37 items you are prohibited from bringing into the festival this weekend:

Aerosols over 250ml

Airhorns

Alcohol

Animals (except for assistance dogs)

Balloons

Barbecues and any kind of cooking apparatus

Bicycles

Blowtorches

Chairs of any sort (including stools, floor seating and shooting sticks)

Drinks including bottled water

Drones

Drugs

Gas canisters

Gazebos/parasols

Large umbrellas

Glass (including glass makeup or perfume bottles)

The Ends Festival: Public transport and road closures

Information on the festival website states that most people are expected to use East Croydon station.

And trams can be used to Lloyd Park, but not at the end of the festival due to crowd control.

Information for residents explains: “We expect the audience to use East Croydon as their main train station and that the trams will be used for entry, but not exit from the park trams will not stop for passengers (boarding or alighting) at Lloyd Park stop for a 45-min period around the event [closing] times.”

Festival goers will be directed up Coombe Road towards Park Hill Road.

Coombe Road will be closed for an hour on either side of closing times to allow this. That is from 9pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 8pm to 10pm on Sunday.

Organisers state that they will provide security, toilets and litter management along this route.

As well as the short evening closure of Coombe Road, there will be parking restrictions in place.

This will mean that non-resident vehicles will not be able to park in some roads around Lloyd Park.

Food or drink may only be brought into the Event if it is required in relation to a medical condition. If required, please bring supporting evidence.

Food hampers/cool bags/boxes

Fireworks

Flags on poles

Flares

Illegal substances

Items which may be regarded as weapons

Legal highs (inc Nitrous Oxide and associated equipment including balloons)

Laser equipment/pens

Liquids/gels over 100ml

Megaphones

Pyrotechnics

Recording or transmitting equipment

Roller skates

Scooters

Sky or ‘Chinese’ lanterns

Smoke bombs

Sound systems (including personal speakers)

Spray cans

Tabards/high viz jackets

Tables

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