The On Blackheath 2016 festival will be headlined by Primal Scream and Belle And Sebastian, while local boys Squeeze are also set to perform.

The line-up was officially unveiled at a launch event in the recently refurbished Hare And Billet pub close to the heath on Tuesday, February 9.

Supporting Primal Scream on the main stage on Saturday, September 10, will be Hot Chip, Roisin Murphy and Lonelady.

The following day, James, Squeeze and Soak will precede Belle And Sebastian.

On Blackheath co-organiser Tom Wates said: “I can’t believe in 2016 we’re launching the third On Blackheath .

“Right at the start, we sat on the heath and wrote a list of about 10 artists we’d really like to play the festival – our dream top 10.

“Massive Attack were on it and they played in 2014. Elbow and the Manic Street Preachers were on it and they played in 2015.

“I kid you not, Primal Scream, Belle And Sebastian, James and Squeeze were all on that list.

“It’s overwhelming to think that’s been achieved.

Belle And Sebastian will also headline the festival

“The line-up is great but what’s just as good is we’ve got Puffin books involved in the children’s area this year.

“When we’re looking at the festival, we want it to be a cultural experience for the adults and the children.

“So there are going to be lots of stories told, lots of adventures and lots of creative things going on.

“Hopefully they won’t look at their iPads or phones all weekend, they’ll be engaged with their surroundings.”

Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze at On Blackheath launch

Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook, who acted as DJ at the launch and lives in south-east London, said: “I’m playing because I really want to be part of this festival.

“Squeeze are a brilliant band and it’s so lovely to perform here on home turf where we started.

“And now, with the exception of Chris Difford, we all live in south-east London.

“As for the festival, On Blackheath was a tremendous event waiting to happen and now it has. I’m 58 years old and I remember other abortive attempts to get events going here. The fact they’ve succeeded and planned it so well, I think that’s such a boon for south-east London.

“It’s great to establish what can happen here and now. I go with the whole family and we have a fantastic time.”

The band are riding high in the build up to the gig.

Glenn said: “Honestly, 2015 was our most successful year ever – we sold more tickets last year than we’ve ever sold before. It keeps getting better.”

Food will be catered by returning sponsor John Lewis and beer supplied by Greenwich brewery Meantime.

Tickets for the event (day entry and weekend) are on sale now .

Daily festival, Saturday, September 10-11, Day tickets from £56.70, Blackheath

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