The Tide on Greenwich Peninsula, London’s first elevated linear park, is now open. Hedged with sculptural art works by Damien Hirst and Allen Jones and created by the designers of Manhattan’s High Line, this July it hosts Turning Tides, a festival of art, music and wellness over two separate weekends: 5 to 7 July and 12 to 14 July.
Getting the party started at the weekend, music fans will find consummate rocker and songwriter Gaz Coombes; East London’s cultural collective and music venue Village Underground, who have curated a revolving programme of international and local musical artists spanning both weekends; Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke; Los Angeles-based violin experimentalist, Sudan Archive; New Orleans funk and hiphop ensemble Tank; and the Bangas and Grammy-award winning Malian musician Oumou Sangaré.
Food, of course, will be available, with a rolling line-up of shoreline feasts on artist duo Studio Morison’s Seafood Disco Picnic table – London’s longest picnic table at 27 metres. Ahead of the official launch in August, Mama Fuego is inviting guests to enjoy coffees and cocktails overlooking the river. Also part of their pop-up this month is a restaurant, milk-bar cafe, full service bakery, private garden and Argentinian barbecue. Get their quick and you can grab an exclusive after-hours drinking den.
For those wanting to dig a little deeper into the festival, try one of the many talks and tours on offer. Jazz Sandhu, founder of The Hour Wellbeing, will discuss the shift in our lifestyles and how we can try to reconnect with nature, or get involved in their mindfulness session along the River Thames, where, for 30 minutes, you can forget that you’re still in London.
Greenwich Peninsula, closest to North Greenwich tube station.
5 to 7 July and 12 to 14 July. The festival will be open 6 until 9pm on the Friday nights and 11am until 8pm on weekend days.
It’s free for all and everyone will be made very welcome. Just check out the line-up online here and make your way to Greenwich. And it’s not as far as you might think: it’s only 15 minutes on the tube from Bond Street.