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The London Expat American Meetup Group Message Board › Massive Free New Orleans Festival at The O2! October 24th and 25th

Massive Free New Orleans Festival at The O2! October 24th and 25th

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 978
New Orleans Festival at The O2!
Massive Free Festival Celebrating New Orleans Music and Culture!
Free Festival at The O2­­

Friday, Saturday
October 24th and 25th 2008


The unmistakable sounds, sights, tastes and styles of New Orleans are set to descend on London later this year when, for two days in October, The O2 will become home to Festival New Orleans. Coinciding with the New Orleans Saints' official NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Wembley, London is preparing for one of the largest ever celebrations of New Orleans music and culture outside of Louisiana and the USA.

A city steeped in history, New Orleans is famed around the world for the wealth and diversity of its cultural heritage. 'The Big Easy' has a deserved reputation as a party town, where the residents and visitors know how to have a good time and let their hair down. It is this spirit of energetic exuberance that The O2 will welcome in October, as the capital prepares to fully embrace the character of Louisiana's greatest city.

As well as performances from over 20 bands and musicians including Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Kermit Ruffins, Marcia Ball, BeauSoleil, The Rebirth Brass Band, John Mooney and Buckwheat Zydeco, the free undercover two day event will feature Louisiana food demonstrations, the Mardis Gras Indians and a host of authentic New Orleans attractions, including a recreation of the French Quarter's famous Bourbon Street.

Since opening in June 2007 The O2 swiftly confirmed its position as the world's most popular music venue and is ideally suited to host this extraordinary celebration of New Orleans culture, the first festival ever to be held at the venue. Using all the venues and the full extent of the facilities on offer, The O2 will present music, performance arts, dancing, traditional New Orleans style cuisine and more besides across three stages and one performance area. The venue itself incorporates a 20,000 seat arena, the 2,350 capacity indigO2 venue, the brand new Matter music venue, an eleven screen Vue cinema, twenty bars and restaurants, and much more. The venue attracts up to 50,000 visitors a day, depending on what is on the entertainment schedule.

Quint Davis, CEO of Festival Productions, Inc.- New Orleans "This is the largest gathering of Louisiana artists ever assembled for a festival outside of the United States, For about two years Festival Productions and AEG Live have considered producing a major international event showcasing Louisiana culture. With the scheduling of the Saints football game on October 26 by the NFL and the availability of AEG's state-of-the-art O2 facility, we simply couldn't pass up this perfect opportunity to launch Festival New Orleans."

David Campbell, Chief Executive of AEG Europe, owners and operators of The O2 added: "Festival New Orleans will be The O2's first festival and will no doubt prove a must see event for the capital. Autumn at The O2 is looking pretty good already and bringing some of the culture and incomparable music of New Orleans to The O2 is a great addition to an already exciting calendar."

Stuart Galbraith, of Kilimanjaro Live LTD, says, "New Orleans culture is some of the most famous and festive in the world. We are greatly looking forward to offering a complete New Orleans experience to London, and The O2 is the perfect place to present it."

Proud partners of the festival include, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Tabasco, Southern Comfort, Marriott London West India Quay and The Greenwich Express by Holiday Inn, all of whom are contributing unique aspects to the event to ensure its success.

Artist line up: Dr John, Allen Toussaint, Buckwheat Zydeco, BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and The Barbecue Swingers, Marcia Ball, John Mooney and Bluesiana, The Annointed Jackson Sisters, New Birth Brass Band, TBC Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Bordreaux, Apache Hunters and Hardhead Hunters Mardi Gras Indian Tribes, Young Men Olympia Untouchables Social Aid and Pleasure Club, We Are One Secondliners, New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section­

Festival New Orleans Music Schedule

Friday 24 October
Venue Time Activity
matter 1600 - 2100 Marcia Ball
Beausoliel avec Michael Doucet
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
New Birth Brass Band

London Piazza 1700 - 2300 Buckwheat Zydeco
Allen Toussaint
Rebirth Brass Band w/ Monk Boudreaux
Anointed Jackson Sisters
John Mooney & Bluesiana

Parade 1600 - 2200 Hardhead Hunters
New Birth Brass Band (w/ Untouchables SAPC)
Hardhead Hunters
New Birth Brass Band (w/ Untouchables SAPC)
Apache Hunters
Rebirth Brass Band
Apache Hunters

American Bar and Grill 1730 - 1815 Tabasco Food Demonstration
1915 - 2000 Tabasco Food Demonstration
2045 - 2130 Tabasco Food Demonstration

Saturday 25 October
Venue Time Activity
indigO2 1500 - 2300 Rebirth Brass Band / w Monk Boudreaux
Marcia Ball
Kermit Ruffins
Anointed Jackson Sisters
Hardhead Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

matter 1500 - 2200 Beausoliel avec Michael Doucet
New Birth Brass Band
John Mooney & Buesiana
Beausoliel avec Michael Doucet

London Piazza 1500 - 2300 Dr. John
Allen Toussaint
Buckwheat Zydeco
Rebirth Brass Band
Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Parade 1500 - 2200 Apache Hunters
Hardhead hunters
Rebirth Brass Band
Apache Hunters
New Birth Brass Band (w/ Untouchables SAPC)
Hardhead hunters
New Birth Brass Band (w/ Untouchables SAPC)

American Bar and Grill 1630 - 1715 Tabasco Food Demonstration
1815 - 1900 Tabasco Food Demonstration
1945 - 2030 Tabasco Food Demonstration

indigO2 1545 Southern Comfort Cocktail Demonstrations
1700 Southern Comfort Cocktail Demonstrations
1835 Southern Comfort Cocktail Demonstrations
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