Torino 2009. Hamburg 2010. The next logical location for legendary international skateboarding spectacle, the Vans’ Downtown Showdown? Old Spitalfields Market of course. Tomorrow (12-6.30pm), 12 of Europe’s best skate teams convene at this year’s bustling East London shopping hub to compete for a prize of €50,000, with each squad paying tribute to the capital with massive customised ramps and rails and routines dedicated to Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, Oliver Twist, the Royal Family and, of course, the Old English Pub. To keep spectators entertained in between bouts there’s a pizza parlour, waffle booth, screenprinting stand, athlete signings and an afterparty at Village Underground.
For info, see Downtown Showdown listing.