This year the Mela has updated its traditional format to include carnival-style “walkabout” acts, such as 4X4 (Dhol Drummers), to lead parades three times per day.
These parades will be built around audience participation, with the attendees forming an integral part of the show.
The parades will weave between stages during short breaks in the programming, adding great variety to the available entertainment. Key to the success of the parades is the revitalised ‘Community Area’ which will be a hive of activities and workshops, where the parade members can go to design and create wonderful parade props.
The area, hosted by Same Sky, will be welcoming of all who want to be a part of this year’s Mela.
Team PBN are headlining on the Saturday and other highlights include; Jaipur Brass Band, 4X4 Bhangra, Gypsy Stars and Nutkhut plus many more.
New for this year is the Urban Room on the Saturday and the Alternative Room on the Sunday: Headlining the Urban room will be KK.
KK, at the tender age of 17, is already a force to be reckoned with. He had been championed by the likes of SBTV, GRM Daily, BBC Radio 1/1xtra and his YouTube page recently surpassed the 300,000 views mark.
The talented teenager has worked with the likes of Preeya Kalidas, Black The Ripper and Big Narstie, as well as supported Chip, NDubz and Bashy on tour.
Headlining the Alternative room, Stop Press! are a soulful ska/indie 5 piece.
Described as music made up of ‘jumpy rhythms and soulful tones’, the band draws influence from technical indie and authentic 1st wave ska/reggae movements to create an inventive blend of contemporary summer vibes. Devoted to their inspirations, Stop Press! aim to elighten minds and lighten moods with the music they have to offer.
The idea behind those two new rooms is to encourage a different generation of Mela visitors to attend the festival and to hopefully offer something which contrast with the more traditional elements of the Mela.
Crawley Mela starts at noon on Saturday and Sunday August 30 and 31 and finishes at 7pm both days.
l Gypsy Stars: 13.30 – 14.30 (Romani)
l 4 x 4 Bhangra & Uzambezi: 15.00 – 15.30 (Bhangra/African fusion)
l Jaipur Kawa Brass Band: 16.00 – 17.00 (Indian Brass band)
l Team PBN : 17.30 – 18.30 (Bhangra)
l Mr Shapouri and Mahmoud Band: 13.30 – 14.30 (Persian/Iranian)
l Nowy Marysia Band: 15.00 – 16.00 (Polish Folk)
l Brothers Khan Qawwali: 16.30 – 17.30 (Qawwali)