Paddington Covers is a small tribute band/artist festival based in a magical secret garden square in the heart of Paddington. It is for Pop and Rock music lovers throughout the ages, from hippies to hipsters, it’s a bit bonkers, completely unique and you can’t help but love it.
Cover stars – free tribute festival comes to Paddington
If you fancy seeing shows by the likes of Adele, the Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton and Abba – for free, the Paddington Covers festival might be the event for you.
Ok, it’s not quite the real thing, but for three days throughout the summer the festival will bring together a range of top tribute acts in the intimate setting of Norfolk Square Gardens — right next to Paddington station.
The Paddington Covers festival takes place on the afternoons of 28 June, 26 July and 30 August. Entry is completely free, and the event is suitable for the whole family.
The first instalment, on Friday 28 June, opens with musical legends Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Madonna and the Rolling Stones. There’ll be a range of other family activities too, from balloon artistry to stilt-walkers, and you can grab something to eat from the delicious food stalls. The festival runs until 7.45pm, with each act performing twice.
The rhinestones will be to the fore on Friday 26 July, when Dolly Parton, Elvis and ABBA tribute acts take to the stage. And if you fancy something a bit more recent, don’t miss Adele, AKA Katie Markham – so good she’s even had the approval of the real thing.
Friday 30 August is the festival's finale. Mark the end of the summer holidays with a day enjoying the crowd-pleasing contemporary pop of Ed Sheeran and Take That. There’ll be classic numbers too from Bryan Adams and Queen tribute acts.
Paddington Covers has been organised by the area’s business improvement district, PaddingtonNow BID
It takes place from noon each day in Norfolk Square Gardens, W2 1RU. Tickets are free but should be booked in advance - here
Find out more about Paddington Covers on the Paddington Now BID website
or in the Londonist