September, Norman Jay MBE launches Good Times In The Park curating West London's first ever musical festival. Norman is bringing together many of his musical friends for the greatest Good Times party ever held. This is the first time that Good Times has appeared outside of the Notting Hill Carnival in their illustrious 30 year history. Good Times In The Park is a fully inclusive weekend event, embracing community vibes and a carnival party atmosphere.
Joining Norman are one of the planet’s best-loved and biggest selling dance acts - Groove Armada. The duo of Tom Findlay and Andy Cato are one of dance music's most successful and enduring pairings; after releasing 8 acclaimed albums, in recent years their work has been focusing on more underground sounds, taking it back to the roots of dance music.
Tom and Andy from Groove Armada say: “We’re really chuffed at being able to perform for Norman at his first festival. The spirit of a festival starts with the crew of people who are involved in it, and that’s the lovely thing about Good Times In The Park, as Norman has people he grew up with and who were a part of the scene involved. That’s where the love and good vibes come from. This is a real full-circle vibe for us. Norman headlined at Lovebox the first year we set that up, so it wouldn’t be right for us if we weren’t able to be a part of Good Times In The Park! There’s a real gap in the market for a London festival like this, with friends and love and the heart of it, as well as raising money for great charities.”
Also joining Norman with an exclusive festival show is London legend Idris Elba. Star of The Wire and Luther and a DJ since he was 14, this summer he has been playing on the White Isle with a storming residency at Ibiza Rocks. Expect a proper party set, as Idris gets behind the decks at Good Times In The Park!
Idris says: “Norman is an absolute gent. When he asked me to play at his festival I was well happy! Good Times on a festival scale, in West London is going to be really special, especially as I haven’t been able to perform in the UK this summer. A banging weekend and I am so happy to be a part of it – boom!”
They are joined by drum and bass innovator and Good Looking Records founder LTJ Bukem; drum and bass icons Fabio and Grooverider; legendary house music DJ and star Jeremy Healy; Secretsundaze’s architects Giles Smith and James Priestley bring their seminal session; classic cuts come from Seb Fontaine; Radio 1 airwave beat-master Toddla T stars with DRS; one of house music’s original peers, Maurice Fulton, joins the party - and many more!
Here is an interview with did with Norman Jay MBE last month.