Clapham Common is an area of urban parkland in London that is sometimes used to hold festivals and one-of-a-kind ticketed events. For much of the year, access to it is free and â€“ just like many parks in the UK's capital â€“ there are a number of amenities designed to be used by the public. Every Easter, a travelling funfair arrives at the central part of the common and there are a number of football pitches to play on. Arranged in a triangular shape, Clapham Common covers an area of approximately 220 acres. Sporting events are held on the common, such as amateur cricket matches and the British Australian Football League finals, but these only take up a section of this large park. The common is also widely used for musical extravaganzas, mostly in the summer to coincide the festival season. It is served by two London Underground stations, Clapham Common and Clapham South.
Clapham Common events
As mentioned, a number of ticketed events have been held on Clapham Common in the last couple of decades. Among the more popular ones are Get Loaded in the Park which ran from 2004 to 2011 and Subway Picnic Rocks, a charity fundraising gig that was put on in 2008. More recently, the reputable Calling Festival started operating from Clapham Common, an annual event that had previously used Hyde Park as its base. This summertime event has featured such notable headline acts as Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder. South West Four is another hugely popular urban festival catering for fans of dance music and electronica held each August. Featuring the likes of Madness, House of Common is another multi-act summer festival that uses the same staging area.
Clapham Common history
Maintained by Lambeth Borough Council, Clapham Common took on its present size and shape following a change in the law in the 1870s that made provision for more parkland in London. The famous scientist and Founding Father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, used some of the park's ponds to conduct his experiments when he resided close by. The common gets its name from the common land which preceded the park's creation, a swampy area that needed significant drainage to be installed to make it into the pleasant, green and open space that it is today. A skateboard park, a running track and a bowling green were all added in the twentieth century.
Anyone interested in tickets for events at Clapham Common may also like to look for concerts at Finsbury Park, in North London. There are also regular productions put on at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, a few stops away from Clapham by tube.
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