Announcement Of The Week
After selling out their sophomore year in 2015, Hackney Wonderland is set to expand to two days this autumn, and its early line-up looks great. So far they’ve announced the likes of We Are Scientists, Swim Deep, Lucy Rose, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, Stealing Sheep, Misty Miller and Hooton Tennis Club. It’s all spread across five East London venues; Oval Space, The Laundry, London Fields Brewery, Sebright Arms and The Pickle Factory, on 15-16 October. Early bird tickets are a bargainous £20.
Gigs Of The Week
The Southbank Centre’s Guy Garvey-curated Meltdown festival continues this week with a feast of gigs, including the magnificent I Am Kloot on Monday 13 June, Connan Mockasin (with support from NCZA Lines) on Wednesday 15 June and Laura Marling on Saturday 18 June. The man himself, with support from Jesca Hoop, takes to the stage on 17 June.
One of our favourite single day festivals returns this weekend, as Bushstock prepares to take over venues across Shepherd’s Bush. The Communion-curated outing has a reputation for showcasing talent early on; its alumni include include Daughter, Jack Garatt, George Ezra, Hozier, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats and Lucy Rose. This year’s line-up includes Bear’s Den, Dan Croll, Palace, Hidden Charms, Albin Lee Meldau, Charlie Cunningham, Palace, Tempest, Vant, Harry Foxx and Marthagunn. The one ticket will get you into places like St Stephen’s Church, K West, Bush Hall and The Defector’s Weld. At a time when small music venues are closing down at a terrifying pace, this serves as a timely reminder of what’s still out there if you look.
Finally, for those seeking something a little heavier, there’s Stone Free, a new two-dayer at the sprawling O2 on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June. The two nights are headlined by Alice Cooper (truly, we are not worthy) and by Rick Wakeman, who’s performing his preposterous The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table for the first time in over 40 years. The supporting bill in the main arena includes The Darkness, Blackberry Smoke, Aylesbury’s finest Marillion and a symphonic reworking of Pink Floyd‘s Wish You Were Here. Brilliantly, the event takes advantage of the complex’s multiple venues, so there are second and third stages hosting the likes of Therapy?, avant-rockers Knifeworld and the legend that is Mr Wilko Johnson at Indigo, along with The RPMs, Colour Of Noise and the unmissable body-painted voodoo psych groove of Vodun on the Entrance Stage. Throw in comedy, a performance of Vivian Stanshall‘s Sir Henry At Rawlinsons End, film screenings, a record fair and a few frothing ales and it’s sure to be an excellent weekend. Shine on, you crazy diamonds! For further information and tickets, visit their website.