Turning Point Festival


Written by Sarah Dixon
31 Tuesday 31st August 2010

Turning Point Festival at Camden’s Roundhouse, which takes place over three days from 17-19 September, is the sort of festival that gets us excited. Forget wading through miles of mud with age old hippies, or funding corporate sponsors, grassroots festivals run by young, passionate and upcoming talent are where it’s at.


The festival is completely created and controlled by young people aged 25 and under, and features over 300 artists across five stages, all under one round roof. If you haven’t been down to the Roundhouse since it’s refurbishment in 2006 you definitely should. With arts budgets being slashed left, right and centre the Roundhouse is an important institution in nurturing, developing and supporting talent.
The team at Turning Point have packed the legendary venue with the likes of Professor Green, Roll Deep, Toddla T and Rob da Bank,to delight and entertain music lovers in the capital.
On Friday night Hackney-born rapper Professor Green brings his cockney style to the Main stage. Green’s recent viral video for Kids that Dance which delves into the weird and wonderful world of chat roulette, is one reason why Green’s wry wit can’t easily be ignored.
Also hitting the decks on Friday is Sheffield DJ and producer Toddla Taka Tom Hall. Tom was given the nickname Toddla T by older Sheffield DJ’s when he started DJing at the age of just 14 over ten years ago. These days Tom DJ’s all around the world, has a residency at Fabric, a regular spot on BBC 1’s ‘In New DJs We Trust’ slot, and dates DJ superstar Annie Mac. The kid well and truly grew up.
On Saturday Bestival founder Rob da Bankwill play out his usual eclectic mix of the best tracks to end your summer with. The radio 1 DJ and businessman needs little introduction and his quirky selections and left field tastes ensure his set will leave you musically enlightened, whatever your tastes.
Bringing an urban flavour to Saturday night, grime collective Roll Deep are set to perform with a full live band. The crew from East London’s Bow are one of the scene’s best and longest lasting grime crews, with successful grime artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder finding their way through their ranks.
To get more of a flavour of the festival head to www.myspace.com/turningpointfestival Last years festival sold out, so if you want to round off your summer with one last hit of musical goodness then the Roundhouse is probably a good place to be.

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