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Cally Festival is a knockout!

Sunday is sun day as the crowds turn out for the area’s biggest street party

23 June, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Sunday is sun day as the crowds turn out for the area’s biggest street party

THOUSANDS of revellers descended upon Caledonian Road on Sunday to soak up the sun at the Cally Festival.

A festival feast of cakes from N1 WI, from left: Anna Kidd, Rosie Harvey, Helena Anderson and Ximena Alberttis

From The Blues Brothers and Bollywood dancing, to street art, martial arts and rap, Islington’s biggest street party returned for a seventh year, boasting something for everybody.

Entertainment included The Voice semi-finalist Ruth Brown, above, and the Brunk band, below

There was no doubt which part of the festival seven-year-old Rana Naser thought was the biggest hit as she stepped in the ring with coaches from Times Boxing Club for a knockout training session.

There was a wide range of live music from up-and-coming and established artists, keeping the party pumping throughout the afternoon.

The crowd joining in Bollywood dancing

Emma Ballantine, who recently hit number one in the iTunes singer songwriter charts with her EP Somebody’s Story, shared her sound with the doting crowd.

The Voice semi-finalist from 2012, Ruth Brown, also took to the stage to show her support for Key Changes, a charity that helps people with mental health problems. She brought the festival to a standstill as she performed I Will Always Love You, a song made famous by Whitney Houston.

Blues Brother, ‘Ant Blues’

The festival is supported and funded each year by local businesses and organisations from around the Caledonian Road area.

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