Fancy something a little different for Sunday lunch? Afrobeats might be just the thing.
For a few hours on a Sunday, perched above Camden Lock, there is a secret slice of Africa in London. With blazing beats and incredible food, Afrobeats redefines Sunday afternoons.
The converted stables at FEST were great to explore.
We arrived at 13:00 with a large crowd eager to see what Afrobeats had to offer. After being wrist banded to show our meat or vegetarian preferences, we were greeted by an hour of bottomless rum punch in the bar.
The free rum punch was definitely popular!
After entering into the spirit of things, it was time for the main event. Seated on long tables in from of the stage, the show kicked off with a slick DJ and entertaining MC spinning a mixture of classic hip hop/RnB (Maleek Berry, Mr Eazi, WizKid and Keche all featured) and some rarer African beats.
The former stables have been converted into little rooms, each with their own character.
With the arrival of the food came three dancers on stage, taking turns to show off some amazing moves. Our starter was a delicious spicy banana dish, followed up by a super succulent chicken thigh with Jollof rice, sauce and some crisps deep fried potatoes to the MC calling out to each table and engaging with the crowd.
The DJ, MC and dancers put on an awesome show.
By this time the crowd were up and dancing to the tunes before a citrus fruit explosion of a dessert arrived.
Our spicy fried banana starter.
Quiet and refined it was not but that wasn’t the point, this was a supercharged Sunday lunch party with a nightclub vibe brought to Camden via Africa. If you fancy something a little livelier than the usual meat and two veg down the local, Afrobeats could be just the thing for you.