Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Thousands rock at festival

By Natalie Vincent - Tue 4 September 2018, 11:03 am

Around 5,000 revellers attended Barking's annual Roundhouse Music Festival on 27 August in Central Park.

Photo by Jimmy Lee

The headline act, Seventies glam-rock band Sweet, closed the festival by performing some of their greatest hits including Ballroom Blitz and Love is like Oxygen.

The festival started with the final round of the Roundhouse Unsigned contest, a live competition to find the best singers and groups in Barking and Dagenham. Josh Gleaves was declared the winner and received £500 and a trophy plus a performance slot at the Dagenham Roundhouse pub. The competition was followed by a succession of tribute acts including to Queen, Bon Jovi and Madness.

Saima Ashraf, deputy leader and cabinet member for community leadership and engagement at Barking and Dagenham Council said: "Roundhouse is always one of our big attractions of the Summer of Festivals and this was another memorable event.

"Our community came together once again and made their own carnival atmosphere in Dagenham as they enjoyed great music and sang their hearts out."

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