Hackney Wonderland festival takes place this weekend, 15-16 October at Oval Space, The Laundry, London Fields Brewery, Sebright Arms and The Pickle Factory.
Despite claims from Austin, New York and Berlin, London is still the live music capital of the world. Every night of the week across the metropolis you can find amazing bands playing to the smallest rooms, as well as the more famous ones playing to sold-out Academy venues, and the internationally renowned filling stadium-size concert halls.
Although Camden could be considered the city’s home of rock, Hackney is where you will find the best new unsigned artists, as well as signed and international bands, in places such as Shoreditch, Hoxton, Dalston and Hackney Central. What better way to celebrate this fact than with a two-day festival (one that doesn’t involve camping or standing in the rain) collecting together local, national and overseas acts in a small area of the East London borough.
Hackney Wonderland have added a host of new and exciting talent to their lineup including Yuck, Johnny Lloyd, Saint Agnes, Paradisa, Asylums, Desert Mountain Tribe, John J Presley, Paves and Alice Jemima. They join an already stellar roster, including We Are Scientists, Swim Deep, Mystery Jets, Lucy Rose, Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind, Kitty & Daisy Lewis, Stealing Sheep, Hooton Tennis Club, Crocodiles, Is Tropical, Jake Isaac, Demob Happy, Syd Arthur, Misty Miller, The Shimmer Band, and many more.
Of course, it is going to be impossible to catch all the acts, as there will be the inevitable clashes, but personal favourites Saint Agnes, Moses and Tempesst are definitely worth catching if you want to avoid the crowds and see bands that are going to be headliners in the very near future.
For full line-up details and tickets visit hackneywonderland.com and plan your weekend before you head out.
Words: Chris Patmore