Two days of live performances attract 400 party goers to Greenford Quay
Greenford Quay’s first ever late night over-18s’ event got people moving to music from around the world this summer. GQ LIVE was a celebration of West London’s diverse community, with music and dance performances from international artists – all fuelled by street food and a fully-stocked bar.
This was followed by an afternoon of family-friendly activities — from Bollywood dancing to percussion beats — so people of all ages could join in the fun. GQ LIVE was held as part of Greenford Quay’s Summer Series. The premium collection of studios, one, two and three-bedroom London rental apartments make up a vibrant waterfront neighbourhood on the banks of the Grand Union Canal.
Late-night dance party
The two-day event kicked off on the Saturday night with a set from house DJ Megan Fernandez. This was followed by a headline show from Latin and techno duo We Are Sunana, who filled the canal-side dancefloor as the sun went down. And there was more than just music – people could try their hand at an F1 Simulator or challenge their mates to a game of LED air hockey, table tennis or even shuffleboard in our specially-created arcade.
This was Greenford Quay’s first late-night adult-only event, and for many it was the chance to let their hair down and dance under the moonlight. Hema Patel said: “Good music, great food. It’s the best event I have been to at Greenford Quay.”
The fun continued the following afternoon, with a packed programme of live music, dancing and interactive workshops at Greenford Quay’s Amphitheatre in Grenan Square, the West London flats’ beautiful community space. Asian dance troupe Bollywood Vibes brought some glamour to the festivities with an energetic performance in the sun. This was followed by an interactive dance workshop that got the crowd moving. Meanwhile, percussion pro Phillip Harper taught people of all ages how to find their own beat with a fun drumming session.
There was no shortage of great tunes throughout the afternoon either. Music lovers enjoyed live performances from BBC Radio 1 favourite Chloe Anne, Americana and Blues band Eddy Smith and singer songwriter Natalie Duncan.
One attendee, Wendy, said events like GQ LIVE were great for the Greenford community. “The fact that locals can socialise is fantastic,” she said. “These events are needed. Well done for keeping the community spirit.”
First-class street food
Of course, no party would be complete without top quality refreshments. Ealing market organisers Trash & Treasure brought together local vendors to provide an eclectic selection of food and drink. Reflecting the cosmopolitan vibe of the event, there was Neapolitan sourdough pizza from Sarv’s Slice, Thai dishes and Malaysian snacks from Pad Thai Box, gourmet burgers from Fulton & Thoroughgood, Argentinian steak and empanadas, fried chicken, and Jamaican patties from Port Royal. For pudding, hungry visitors could tuck in to mouth-watering churros, fresh doughnuts and luxurious brownies. All washed down with signature cocktails, local wines, beer and soft drinks.
GQ LIVE was a great opportunity to bring together people from Greenford Quay’s diverse neighbourhood. The apartments in West London not only offer luxury flats to rent just 30 minutes from central London, they provide enviable onsite amenities, a wealth of events all year round and a community like no other. So you can experience contemporary living in the heart of West London, without compromise.
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Apply for a Greenford Quay Community Grant with Spacehive
Spacehive is the home of community fundraising. Their mission is to make it easy for people to improve their local area. Through their intuitive crowdfunding platform and successful funding programmes they have helped crowdfund over 2,000 ideas and raised nearly £30 million to support local projects.
This year Greenford Quay partnered with Spacehive, in an exciting new initiative to fund locally led projects in the Greenford area that create a vibrant and engaged neighbourhood for its residents and the wider community.
Aligning with the Spring funding round of Ealing Council's Ealing Together crowd funding programme which began in March, this partnership will feature a bespoke programme of activity delivered by Spacehive.
Spacehive will reach into the community to find a range of important locally-led projects for crowdfunding that can secure funding from the the £14,500 Greenford Quay Fund, alongside other local funders including the Council (who have a £50k fund on Spacehive) as well as individuals.
So far we have had a fantastic response from the community and shall award funds by the end of the year. This funding round closes at the end of November, to check your eligibility and submit your application please visit the Spacehive website.Visit the website here