Visions Festival – for tunes and dogs (downward and dapper)

Want to know why you should head over to Hackney Wick on Saturday? Not convinced just by the prospect of over forty bands and artists playing this multi venue festival that is now in its fourth year and has sold out and received rave reviews in its previous three? Read on for some more reasons as to why Visions Festival should be your destination.


You can get your own Visions t-shirt custom made there and then. Head over to see The Positive Press, the screen printing service run by Sauna Youth bassist Chris Murphy. They specialise in special eco friendly water based inks and Murphy will be there printing festival t-shirts to show you how it’s done, as well as exhibiting his own work.


A dog show. Yup, no festival is complete without a dog show right? This is Hackney, and moustached men with little dogs are all around. Come join in the fun at the contest, hosted by Jen Long and judged by The Big Moon and Marika Hackman.


Talking of dogs, you can practise your best downward dog at the Black Metal Yoga class at Oval Space, and get all limbered up ready to dart around the six venues taking part in this year’s festival.


Brew your own. Dodge the queues and make your own booze. We’re not suggesting illegal moonshine, but swinging by to see the One Mile End brewery and Home Brew Depot collaborate over the creation of their Snakes Alive Double IPA and teach enthusiasts how they too can knock some up.


Let’s be honest, no event in London is complete without a street food market, and no matter how great the music is, Visions would be the same. It seems that only vendors with amusing or pun names are allowed, so feast at The Cheese Truck, Oh My Dog, MotherClucker  and Mama’s Jerk among others.


The fun doesn’t stop on Saturday. Not even Sunday. For those of us who want to keep going until Monday  there will be a special festival encore. You can hear old and new tunes from Johnny Flynn, rock out again to Gengahr, and carry on the party with the vibrant Ibibio Sound Machine. Only catch – you have to be at Oval Space at 7am on Monday 8 August.


To hear the sound of burgeoning romance when The Japanese Breakfast play, dance yourself into a lollipop frenzy when Let’s Eat Grandma break out, feel summer air as Bleached ride into town, enjoy some art rave with Drones Club, get lost in Cate Le Bon’s exquisite voice and sing along with Hackney’s all-female Deep Throat Choir.


Published by Francesca Baker

Passionate about music, the world, exploring, literature and smiling. Writing, marketing and events for all my favourite things.

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