LAND OF KINGS – Dalston’s annual one-wristband, multi-venue festival – returns for its second year on Friday 23rd April connecting local talent, venues, food and art.
The inaugural festival in April 2009, showcased over 60 artists and hours of innovative programming to two thousand plus revellers, who stomped their way through Dalston’s underbelly. Featuring the likes of Fuck Buttons, Faze Action, Idjut Boys, Drums of Death, New Young Pony Club and Stoke Newington International Airport theatre company, it was Erol Alkan’s secret â€œRave in the Caveâ€, that captured the festival’s formula to a tee: the best of local talent in unexpected and exciting spaces.
Looking ahead to 23rd April 2010, LAND OF KINGS will once again throw open the doors of some of Dalston’s off-piste haunts. Hot new clubs, down-at-heel school halls and the many basement venues that make up the buzzing night culture of the area are brought together with local artists and curators. There will be an exclusive cabaret commission from interactive theatre company Gideon Reeling, talent showcases from Thisisnotanexit records and the Pool DJ agency, and club nights from Say Yes, Girlcore and Living in a Disco.
2010’s line-up is bursting at the seams with talent. From the electronic disco of Rory Phillips and Nadia Ksaiba and dirty bass music of Greco Roman Soundsystem through to the noise-rock of the Horrors and Tayo’s new night of â€˜4/4 music without frontiers’. Nationally renowned jazz club, The Vortex, brings rootsy, hip-hop influenced jazz courtesy of Speakers Corner Quartet and hot new Sunday Best signings, Sound of Rum who are currently running around the country on tour with Dan le Sac and Scoobius Pip.
Playing live will be the psych-pop Dignan Porch, cheerful lo-fuzz act Yuck, and Stoke Newington’s white hot electro new wavers The Detachments. 9-piece Hackney Colliery Band brave April showers and mine nuggets of funk, hip-hop and hi-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz for good measure.
Other acts include: A Love Supreme // Arne Blackman // Black Rainbow // Cheatahs // Clancy // Dollop DJs // Feeding Time DJs // Filthy Few // Graffiti Island // Lovvers DJs // Magnets // Matty J // Ronojoy Dam // Sexbeat // Simon A. Carr // Soft Rocks // Spin Spin the Dog // Thomas Bullock (Rub â€˜n’ Tug) // Transparent DJs // Wet Paint Plus lots more TBA (check www.landofkings.co.uk for the latest)