Ballymore’s Islander Festival at London City Island has been bringing Londoners together throughout the summer for evenings of movie screenings and live music beside the River Thames at Leamouth Peninsula. With summer now moving into autumn, the festival will be coming to its close on 10 September in a big finale that will feature a performance by singer and X Factor winner Dalton Harris.
Harris promises to end this first ever Islander Festival in style with his appearance at London City Island’s pop-up venue, The Lockdown Room. Best known for his X Factor win in 2018, he says of that time, “Winning The X Factor was a huge accomplishment for me and was one of those moments when I felt like my life’s hard work had paid off. But of course, this is in hindsight. At the time I was overwhelmed and just so focused on trying to do well and work hard”.
Fast forward to 2021 and the Jamaican singer is based in the UK and performing at the Islander Festival, in an event organised with London City Island based recording studio Into the Woods and music production company Three Bears Ent.
Like many artists, Harris has returned to the stage this summer after a lengthy lockdown absence. He says he is looking forward to “truly feeling I am being myself on stage”, adding, “Because lord knows it’s been a while with everything happening with Covid and in the industry.” As an experienced performer, Harris says he doesn’t usually get stage fright before performing, but he explains, “I definitely get nervous, especially since lockdown, since I’ve not been on stage for a long time. I think it might be a bit more heightened than usual but if I don’t get the butterflies then something is seriously wrong. It’s almost a rite of passage, part of appreciating being on stage and my artistry.”
You can catch Dalton Harris on stage at The Lockdown Room on friday 10 September at 7pm (doors open at 6pm). Tickets cost £10 per person and are available to purchase here with 10% of all ticket proceeds going to charity Street Child’s Afghanistan appeal.