This weekend, Dalston is the place to be whether you’re up raving it up all day and night or after a slightly more sedate time to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained.
For all the gig fans out there, popular mini-fest Land of Kings gets compressed into one day this year starting at the earlier time of 2pm, making for a perfect Bank Holiday Sunday blowout. The action happens up and down Kingsland High Street, hence the name – and we mean up and down: events take place everywhere from the dark basement that is The Alibi to the (hopefully) sunny eminence of Dalston Roof Gardens. With cutting-edge music from disco to psych rock, musical bingo, haiku debating, poetry, karaoke and more, Land of Kings is a compelling argument that Dalston still isn’t dead.
Or alternatively, head down on Monday May 6, when the people behind Land of Kings bring together the best that Hackney has to offer younger culture fans (aged two to 12) for this new one-day festival, which takes place across a variety of indoor and outdoor venues in Dalston. Expect a great range of imaginative activities, immersive theatre and workshops with events from top names including Punchdrunk and Lost Picture Show. Young festival-goers will be able to choose from flower-seed bombing, coffee composting, pirate school, bread-head mask making, a video dance party, reggae nursery rhymes, family-friendly raves Momma Loves and Disco Loco and plenty more. Ensuring everyone has plenty of energy for the day’s activities, Street Feast will offer a wide selection of sustenance from Hackney’s finest purveyors of tempting homemade food.