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Another great event for Waltham Forest residents

“It sounds like a brilliant weekend for the residents of Waltham Forest to enjoy, yet again,” said Council Leader Chris Robbins on hearing of the line-up for the latest event planned for the borough this summer.

Grillstock – the UK’s leading barbeque aficionados – will shortly be opening a restaurant in Walthamstow’s The Scene on 17 April and bringing their festival to the capital for the first time on 5 and 6 September.

Chestnuts Field behind the Town Hall in Walthamstow will host the weekend of ‘Music, Meat and Mayhem’ that is expected to attract over 20,000 people.

To welcome them to the area, the Council is working with the organisers to offer residents of the borough complementary tickets to the festival on a first come, first serve basis – details to be announced soon in the Council’s newspaper Waltham Forest News.

While barbeque food is at the heart of the festival, music provides the soul, with Chestnuts Field set to host indie rockers Razorlight, Hip Hop legend Grandmaster Flash, club favourite DJ Yoda, the madness that is The Cuban Brothers, and off the wall hillbilly hybrids and creators of the musical genre ‘Rockgrass’, Hayseed Dixie. And as if that’s not enough, more special guests are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Chris Robbins said, “I’m sure lots of residents are as excited as I am that we are able to host these sorts of premium events right here in Waltham Forest. Over the last few years we have seen some truly special occasions take place in the borough that have been attended by huge numbers of local people.”

Last year over 30,000 people attended the Walthamstow Garden party over one weekend and the Chingford Big Weekender saw over 15,000 people attend on the Saturday.

Festival organisers have said anyone attending Grillstock can expect ‘the very best BBQ food this side of Kansas City’, plus a smouldering hot US style low 'n' slow BBQ competition, chilli-pepper and hot-dog eating competitions and over 40 bands and DJ’s playing across music stages.

Food fans can check out the Weber BBQ Academy, imported craft beer and New York Dive Bar, bourbon dens, and a village of BBQ traders serving up pit-smoked meaty treats and Grillstock’s very own Pale Ale – created especially for BBQ food.

For more information visit the Council’s website at or go to and watch out for the announcement in Waltham Forest News for how to get hold of a ticket at no cost if you are a resident of the borough.

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