What’s on at this year’s Islington Christmas Extravaganza

Drummers at last year's Nags Head Extravaganza. Photo by: Keith Emmitt

Drummers at last year's Nags Head Extravaganza. Photo by: Keith Emmitt - Credit: Archant

Check out the top entertainment wowing the crowds along Holloway Road

Richard Burrell

Richard Burrell - Credit: Archant

Light Parade with the Barbican Drum Heads

The Barbican Drumheads will be lighting up the festival route, with an amazing light parade, along with pupils from Grafton Primary School.

Drum Heads is an ensemble of talented young musicians that has grown out of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning’s Drum Works project. They have performed at events and festivals all over London and have collaborated with artists from around the world.

In 2012 they worked with musicians from the Pracatum Social Action Group from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, towards a performance at the Back2Black Festival.

Tara Minton. Photo by: Anna Orhanen

Tara Minton. Photo by: Anna Orhanen - Credit: Archant

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Nominated for ‘Best Female Artist’ at The Unsigned Music Awards 2014, singer/songwriter D’Lys’s sings soulful stories of love, loss and life.

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D’Lys will be performing brand new material from her forthcoming EP live for you at The Nag’s Head Christmas Extravaganza.

Tara Minton

Tara Minton is a folk/jazz harpist from Australia. Her music is the combination of intricate harp playing, powerful and soulful vocals and engaging story telling. Tara has just released her debut UK single, “Rock n’ Roll Romance”.


London singer-songwriter Miri recently supported Laura Veirs at Bush Hall and Heather Peace in Newcastle.

Tailoring her unique vocals and soulful indie sound, Miri continues to gain support and recognition with radio airplay on BBC London and three of her songs featuring in British film Fear Of Water staring Lily Loveless and Sara Stewart.

Ciaran Dempsey

Ciarán Dempsey plays acoustic guitar and sings many of his very favourite songs. As a solo performer his eclectic choice of material and gentle approach to music is very pleasing to the ear.

Richard Burrell

Richard Burrell has been living and breathing music since his early teens.

A keen composer and performer, he takes influence from a staggering range of musical genres and incorporates them into his own compositions.

Richard is currently balancing doing sessions for a variety of projects and performing solo.

His guitar playing has been broadcast on Channel 4 and BBC Radio 2. Richard has performed at notable venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and o2 Academies.

He has alos toured in a band supporting Rita Ora, Tinchy Stryder and Rudimental.

Winspear & Williams

Based in Kentish Town, W&W stand for strong melodies, the joy that can be found in the flawed and the happiness that can be extracted from the melancholic.

This is all washed down with some intricate close harmonies and considered lyrical content and instrumentation.


Main stage

Drumheads / 11.30pm - 12pm

Key Changes / 12.00pm - 12.30pm

Grafton Choir / 12.45pm - 1.05pm

Steel band / 1.20pm - 1.45pm

Winspear & Williams / 2.00pm - 2.30pm

D’Lys / 2.45pm - 3.25pm

Jake Chisholm / 3.40pm - 4.15pm

Light Parade (Drum Heads and Schools) starts at Seven Sisters / 4pm - 4.30pm

Speeches / 4.30pm - 4.35pm

Light switch-on / 4.35pm - 4.45pm

Itchy Teeth / 4.45pm - 5.30pm

Roaming street theatre

Christmas Fairy Emma Nias / 1pm and 3pm

Tinsel Toes the Giant Foot / 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm

Ice queen stilt walker Juliana Teichert / 12pm, 1.30pm, 4pm

Paul Lyall (in the Haiku Igloo) / 12pm – 4.30pm

Nag’s Head Shopping Centre

North London ukelele collective / 11.30pm - 12pm

Steel band / 12.15pm - 12.45pm

Sister Sidney / 1pm - 1.30pm

Tara Minton / 1.45pm - 2.15pm

Everybody Sing choir Lower Holloway / 2.30- 3.00pm

No Direction / 3.15pm - 3.45pm

Tom Hyatt / 4pm - 4.30pm

Lillith Aii / 4.45pm - 5.30pm

The Hollaway Boulevard Dancefloor

Simona Scotta flash mob / 1.30pm - 1.35pm, 1:45pm - 2pm, 2.30pm - 2.35pm , 2.45pm - 3.00pm

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