Summer in Hackney
That’s it Hackney, we’ve decided that summer has arrived! Here’s our pick of what we’ve got to look forward to this season.
African food, music, art and dance, including a Papa Wemba night at Dalston Roof Park and a South African jazz jam at the Vortex. The focus of the event is Africa Day on May 25, inaugurated in 1963 for Africans to celebrate their unity and independence.
Summer isn’t all about incinerating sausages in the park – we also have a river! The River Lea runs Herts through Hackney, and this festival celebrates it, with headliners Hackney Colliery Band, a community choir, walks, talks and food.
This innovative project was kicked off in 1968 with the Antiuniversity of East London, and revived by the Hackney Museum in 2015. It’s now UK-wide, but includes a ton of Hackney-specific events, including a lecture on black British music in the UK, and anarchic experiment Fuck It Let’s Make a Band.
Tenth anniversary of this envelope-pushing Victoria Park festival. Headliners James Blake and PJ Harvey will be joined by the likes of Air and the Avalanches, Beach House, John Grant and Lets Eat Grandma. Hackney’s Five Points are brewing up a Ten Points Pale especially for the event.
A community festival featuring music from Monserrat, Northumbrian bagpipes, a dog show, coconut shy, capoeira, five-aside football and much more.
Founded in 2002 by electronic-music wizards Groove Armada, mighty Lovebox takes over Victoria Park for a weekend of music from LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, Run the Jewels, Jungle and lots more.
Held in the lovely Elizabethan Old Church on Church Street, this is a celebration of Renaissance and Baroque music.
A split new arts festival in an array of locations including Shoreditch Park, Hoxton Square and Birthdays. Elements include InstaGrime’s street party, a pop-up cinema, Hoxton Radio’s fashion throwdown and open-air comedy.
July 1-Aug 7
Brilliantly named Grimeborn is an emphatically un-elitist two-week festival of opera at the Arcola Theatre, showcasing new and experimental pieces.
August, date tbc