Blackheath has been home to many a historic event over the years. Once the site of a huge peasant's revolt, in the Middle Ages it became of a Plague pit for London's dead. Said to be a favourite of highwaymen targeting cars travelling East along the River Thames and out of the city, it's always sat just outside the minds of the great city it looks over.

Though its future incarnations aren't quite as historic, every year it's home to annual fayres, fireworks displays, not to mention the London Marathon, but never a festival site. That is until this year, when Massive Attack, Grace Jones and more take Blackheath's festival virginity as part of the two-day festival, On Blackheath.

The latest venture of Harvey Goldsmith (Live Aid, Teenage Cancer Trust) promises an eclectic musical line-up, alongside a celebration of food, all packaged and sponsored by John Lewis. And whilst this might sound like a corporate landmine waiting to be pulled apart, it delivers on all accounts. The line-up itself prizes some of the most forward-thinking musicians of the last twenty years, including Grace Jones, Massive Attack and selections from Gilles Peterson, who's bringing his favourite new musicians to the second stage.

There's something refreshingly different about the idea of hosting a London festival South of the river. Whilst Clapham Common was home to Stevie Wonder this year, none of South London's other green spaces are ever really bought into the limelight. With hundreds of green spaces, hidden woodlands, and huge commons, it makes perfect sense, especially when considered in the light of years of complaints from festivalgoers and residents about shows in Hyde Park.

Luckily too, this weekend's event looks like the brush of buzzy East London won't tarnish it. Completely outside of the hipster triangle, On Blackheath looks like it will be an all round family affair, prising together the best of 'music and food' with icons from each industry. TV cooking legend Gizzi Erksine will be heading up a chef's club full of Michelin star restaurateurs. At the foot of the On Blackheath bill, there are lashings of experimental jazz and electronica, bringing together the sound of a new London. South London has always had its heritage in musical exploration - and with Haitus Kayote, Swindle and BadBadNotGood all making appearances over the weekend, On Blackheath gives a nod to the creative buzz South of the river.

Over the last 10 years, it's been Bestival that's always seen the summer off with a bang, but with On Blackheath set to refresh the London festival market, that could all be about to change.