Glenn Tilbrook to play free Parksfest show in Charlton Park

Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook is to play a free show at Parksfest in Charlton Park this Saturday, organisers have announced.

The Charlton-based musician is a late addition to a line-up which also includes his son, Leon. Other acts performing from 1-5pm will include the Baby Blues Choir, DJ Mikee C, Central Vibe and Ronnie Ripple and the RipChords.

It will also include community stalls and the Great Charlton Cake Off, a free, open-to-all baking competition. There will also be sports day games with prizes donated by Asda and Sainsbury’s.

The event is being held by the Friends of Charlton Park as part of Greenwich Council’s wider series of Parksfest events across the borough.

“I am so pleased that so many fantastic musicians, artists and local people will be volunteering their time to share their skills and talents within our lovely park community – there is still time to get involved by turning up and tuning in, or entering the amazing bake off,” said Annie Drewry, the chair of the Friends group.


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Squeeze star Glenn Tilbrook asks fans to help foodbanks at Blackheath Halls show

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Glenn Tilbrook’s show is part of a nationwide tour

Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook is asking fans to bring food to his solo show at Blackheath Halls next month, which is part of a tour aimed at helping the Trussell Trust charity.

The Charlton-based singer is promoting awareness of the charity, which operates 420 foodbanks across the country, including the Greenwich and Lewisham foodbanks which serve Blackheath.

There will be food drop points and collection boxes at the show on Friday 14 December, while all Tilbrook’s profits from merchandise, which includes a four-track EP, will be donated to the trust.

Tilbrook says: “It is shameful that in the 21st century there are people that can’t afford to put food on the table. Anyone, from any walk of life, can fall upon dire times, and I hope that by doing this tour it will remind people that there is a very real need.

“Most of us can do something to help – be it giving some food or a little money – and I hope people coming to the shows are inspired to donate.”

Three years ago, Tilbrook changed the lyrics to the Squeeze song Cradle to the Grave during a live performance on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, on which David Cameron was a guest. “There are some here who are hellbent, on the destruction of the welfare state,” he sang.

Earlier this year, Tilbrook spoke out against developer Rockwell’s plans to build 770 homes close to his studio on the Charlton riverside, saying he feared noise from construction would make the site unusable. The scheme was rejected by Greenwich Council, but has now been called in by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Tickets for the show are £25 (£23 concessions) and can be bought direct from Blackheath Halls, including in person at its box office. For more information on Greenwich Foodbank and what it needs right now, visit greenwich.foodbank.org.uk.


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Squeeze star Glenn Tilbrook to play Thorntree School benefit show at Blackheath Halls

Glenn Tilbrook at the Tall Ships Festival - photo Sarah Coburn

How would you like to thank the teachers at your local school for their excellent work in educating your kids? If you’re a nice guy like Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook, you decide to play a benefit show. That’s why he’s holding a special show for Thorntree School at Blackheath Halls on 18 May. Here’s Thorntree parent Paul Chapman with more…

On May 18th, one of Charlton’s finest – Mr Glenn Tilbrook – is headlining an evening of music and comedy to raise money for Thorntree Primary School. Supporting Glenn on the night, at Blackheath Halls, will be cult R&B band Nine Below Zero and The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir. Also on the bill is ex-Thorntree student Leon Tilbrook, himself an accomplished musician. Compering the festivities is comedian Nick Wilty.

If you’ve been lucky enough to see Glenn perform before, whether as part of Squeeze or solo, you’ll know what a great performer he is. And if you haven’t this is your chance to put that right! Tempted?

Nine Below Zero, like Squeeze, are another band rooted in South London and can sometimes be found playing local venues such as the Pelton Arms in Greenwich or Charlton’s White Swan. A great live act, Nine Below Zero and Glenn have collaborated in the past and are firm friends, all adding to the family feel of the line-up. Fun fact: Nine Below Zero performed their track Eleven Plus Eleven on the first ever episode of The Young Ones!

Not least because Glenn’s son Leon is also on the bill! An ex-pupil at Thorntree (his younger brother has also been through the school) Leon is making his own way in the music world and it’ll be a proud moment for his former teachers and friends to see him up on the stage. You can see the father and son performing a medley of songs here.

Rounding out the line-up are The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir,  first seen on Gareth Malone’s BBC2 show, ‘Sing While You Work’, where they were narrowly beaten in the final but went on to score the 2015 Christmas Number 1 with ‘A Bridge Over You’.

The whole evening promises to be great entertainment, and is in a great cause so let’s pack the place out! Tickets are £22 and £20 concession from www.blackheathhalls.com. You can contact the box office by phone on 020 8463 0100.