Rock star Steve Harley and his band Cockney Rebel have been confirmed to play at this year’s Bermondsey Carnival, the News can exclusively reveal.
Thousands of people are expected to watch the group perform at the summer celebration in Southwark Park on Saturday July 4.
Russell Dryden is co-chair of Bermondsey Beat, who organise the music for the event. He said he was ‘delighted’ to be able to confirm the group’s appearance, especially given their links to the area.
He said: “It’s great that we have got Steve Harley to play. He is only from Deptford, so he’s local to south London and has a big fan base here from people who remember when him and the band were popular during the 1970s.”
Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebels had twelve singles in the charts during their musical heydey, including smash hit ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’, which reached number one and sold over 1.5m copies. It was also covered by Duran Duran and Erasure.
Previous performers at the Bermondsey Carnival have included Chas ‘n’ Dave, The Real Thing, Alexander O’Neal.