• Hot August Fringe

    It's great to see London getting in on the Fringe act, and while the Hot August Fringe at the Royal Vauxhall Taven might not match Edinburgh Fringe in volume, it makes up for it in diversity and enthusiasm.

    I was asked by the lovely folks at Wotever World to do a set for them as part of their weekly residency during the festival. I decided, for such a special occasion, to do a rare mash-up of spoken word and songs with my harp with the theme 'lessons in heartbreak'. I was incredibly excited to discover, after years of haunting the RVT, that I was actually on the building having been included in the fringe billboard. What an honour!

    As the performance approached things were complicated the weekend before by some naughty looters and wild-fire riots across London. It really was a very fraught time for the city and nobody knew whether things had calmed down or not on the night of the show. While it was decided the show would go ahead, we had no idea if riots would kick off around the area, things felt still very on edge. As I took the bus through riot-torn Brixton with my harp, I was thinking about how much I love London despite the events of the previous weekend. I decided to add 'Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner' to my set. The sense of mollified panic in the air wasn't helped a lot when the venue briefed us on what would happen if the riots flared up around the building, but we got a plucky audience and the majority of performers on the bill were able to make it. But, the lovely Wotever audience were dedicated and charming as ever, my slow, spooked-out rendition of 'Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner' with the harp was much appreciated and it was good to share the London love.

Nick Field


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