Get ready to be entertained as this year’s Thornton Heath Festival returns with guaranteed Caribbean dance and beats provided by a mix of old favourites and new artists.

Thousands of people are set to flock to Thornton Heath on Sunday (Sept 9) to be entertained by artists from eh told of rap, hip hop and reggae who will take to the main stage awn with a troop of vibrant costumed dancers.

Triniboi Joocie will top the bill and regular festival goers will recall that he blew the roof off the two years ago with hits that made him the UK’s national Soca Champion 2016.

He will be singing earlier hits and more, including his latest release ‘Wild Ting Riddim‘.

Newcomers to the event, now in its 11th year, include Frederica Tibbs a brilliant reggae artist who has a performed with the legendary Gregory Issacs. Frederica  will perform a duet with fellow reggae star Winsome Moncreiffe-Mitchell.  

The event from 12 to 6pm offers staged entertainment alongside a funfair,  face painting, a mix of stalls and food. 

It is run by a management committee and includes Labour councillors Callton Young, Pat Clouder, Karen Jewitt,  along with Labour stalwart Adrian Dennis, Agnes Forbes and Tony Rowland who is chairman of the festival.

To mix things up the festival is proud to introduce newcomer, rapper Taylor-Leigh Sandiford who will be performing her official remix of ‘Addison Lee‘. 

Other newcomers include Natz and Marshel Walker out of the stable of artists at Artistic Jam, Sandie Sinclair along with Suzie J and the Cool Breeze Band.

Soca giants Flagz Mas Band and One The Band, featuring Ms Desire, will be back at the festival on Thornton Heath High Street which, as usual, will be closed to traffic for the day.

Festival regulars, Aim High Academy and Salsa Naturally will also be returning  much to audiences delight and for the second year running there will be a Poet’s Point, led by Well Versed Ink, following its popularity with revellers last year.

Festival vice-chair Callton Young said: “Thornton Heath Festival has evolved to become an awesome spectacle of sounds, colour, dance and food and is a ‘must go’. There is something for everyone to enjoy.”