Summer music festivals are very much en vogue across the UK nowadays. And why not? Whether they be weekend-long affairs in the middle of the countryside that see attendees camp over in famers’ fields or urban-based day-long events enabling hundreds of revellers to congregate together in a city park, they afford eager fans the chance to catch some of the hottest and most popular artists around all on a single bill. But one thing many of them don’t cater for is the more ‘underground’ music scene in Britain – you don’t get to see many acts that are up-and-comers at festivals, which for real ‘muso’s can be something of a disappointment; even a turn-off.
Thanks to Visions Festival held in East London’s Hackney, though, that oversight of the summer music season’s no more. For here’s a full-day event, taking place across various charismatic venues and outdoor spaces in London Fields. And, thus, it’s far from difficult to reach owing to great Tube links wherever you’re based in the capital, say, at the park grand london hyde park – ensuring you could enjoy breakfast around Paddington and then pop along to the festival!
Visions then is all about putting an eclectic and disparate blend of bands and artists – from the worlds of heavy rock, arty indie and folky singer-songwriters especially – on the same hours-long bill. If you’ve heard of any of them then, this year’s line-up is set to include the likes of Amber Arcades, Benny Mails, Liars, Blanck Mass, Cosmo Pyke, Goat Girl, Happyness, Kero Kero Bonito, Jenny Hval, Frankie Cosmos, Wolf Eyes and Zebra Katz. And even if you’re to hear of them you’re guaranteed a great day and evening’s worth of exciting and supreme music – and much, much more.
Because, in fact, over the course of its relatively young five-year history, Visions has established itself as a colourful day out of real creative fun; a celebration not just of music but art, food and culture in general. Indeed, this year’s effort is set to expose visitors to everything from fascinating exhibitions to trinket-rich markets and the finest street foods to an unmissable ale and food festival. And many more surprises and attractions – yet to be announced – are promised too.
Actually, one intriguing addition to the fun this year will be a dog show, to be hosted in association with the canine charity All Dogs Matter and independent music website The Line of Best Fit. Open to all festival goers to watch and any and every dog and their owner to enter, its categories of competition are set to be ‘best overall dog’, ‘best trick’, ‘waggiest tail’, ‘cutest rescue’ and – surely most exciting of all – best fancy-dress-dog on a Twin Peaks theme! All proceeds from the dog show will be donated to All Dogs Matter.
Date: Saturday 5th August
Venues: Various in London Fields, E8 (The Institute of Light; London Fields Brewhouse; Mangle; Netil House Rooftop; Night Tales; Oval Space; Sebright Arms; Space Studios)
Tickets: Visit the event’s official website to purchase tickets