London Rule #837: ‘a secret warehouse location in Hackney’ means crammed dancefloors, near-infrasonic bass, and the classic night bus/chicken shop finale. The third year of London’s most irritatingly cool mini-festival on August 19 is a welcome exception. After two sold-out years in SE postcodes, veteran east London promoters have brought Radfest home with them, and the 2000-person capacity of Hackney Downs Studio means that Radfest has doubled in size for the second year running.
That means plenty of room for three stages of indie pop, garage punk, hardcore, and electronica – plus a food and clothes market, a pop-up record store, and a poster exhibition. Among the acts trying to lure their carefully-groomed audience away from the vintage clothing are dreamy Brooklyn surf-poppers DIIV (making their British debut), hyped Swedish synthpunk band Holograms, and recent Odd Future Records signings Trash Talk. Also keep an ear open – but please, use protection – for Throne, a trio of heavy-riffin’ revivalists at the vanguard of Dalston’s current stoner metal underground.
But the best news is that the whole thing runs from 2pm until midnight, so you can forget stumbling out in the early hours and starting the long slog home. Instead, enjoy a well-picked selection of rising talent, relax in the open-air courtyard between bands, maybe even treat yourself to a cheeky mosh; you’ll still be up in time for work the next morning. Warehouse parties have never been this guilt-free. James Manning
For info, see Radfest listing.