Sure, Dalston’s Land of Kings (Sunday May 3) is first and foremost a music festival, but there are plenty of other cool things happening at the one-day east London extravaganza if you want to give your ears a rest. Here are a few highlights
1. Step into a multi-sensory drinking den
Increments present Vitamins, Bunker, 4pm
Increments, aka brothers Ross and Evan Lelliot, will be presenting their immersive audio visual experience Vitamins in Dalston’s subterranean WWII shelter, the Bunker. Designed to stimulate the senses, the show involves therapeutic light installations, original electronic soundscapes and apothecary-style cocktails.
2. Listen to some Royal rants
The Royal Thoughts, Arcola Theatre, 4pm
Land of Kings debuts ‘The Royal Thoughts’, an afternoon session of interviews and ideas around all things arts and community. Hosts include Dalston futurists Let’s Be Brief who will host a panel discussion called ‘Place is the Space’ exploring East London’s cultural heritage. E8’s WI, the Dalston Darlings, will also be present a series of debates called ‘Louche Women’.
3. Get on the mic
Noisey’s Grime Karaoke, Birthdays, midnight
Lost Picture Show presents Film Soundtrack Sing-Along, Bootyard, 11.15pm
Making its first festival outing, Grime Karaoke lets rip at Birthdays, inviting wannabe wordy rappers to step up. Elsewhere, in Abbot Street’s new space The Bootyard, off-piste film curators Lost Picture Show present a diverse programme, including AV installations, live soundtracks and music videos, culminating in the ludicrous, brilliantly painful, Film Soundtrack Sing-Along
4. Find a Blind Date
Gideon Reeling presents Land of Queens, Arcola Theatre, 8pm
Masters of camp irreverence Gideon Reeling makes a welcome LOK return, and can be found holding court at Arcola Theatre for their very own Land of Queens. Guests will be invited to join the Big Queen’s Navy and urged to throw caution to the wind as they set sail for a night of nautical themed shenanigans, including medical examinations by the ship’s doctor, Blind Date show, strutting competition and Best Dressed Queen.
5. Take in late night antics at the flicks
London Short Film Festival presents Midnight Shorts, Rio Cinema, 11.30pm
Staging a late-night takeover at the iconic Rio Cinema, the London Short Film Festival revisits the seedy world of fleapit late-shows. With a genre-spanning selection on offer, taking in horror, comedy, action, trash, and a fair old slice of the surreal, the programme fittingly includes Paul Taylor’s 16-minute ‘FestEvil’, in which a young couple’s hedonistic weekend turns into a brutal fight for survival as they’re terrorised by a gang of masked festival-goers.
Land of Kings festival takes place in Dalston on May 3.