A monthly gathering serving up a feast for the mind and body. Sonic Feast is the second edition, showcasing the correlation between Taste and Sound with inspiring speakers and a multisensory sit down dinner specially composed to highlight the immersive power these two senses hold when brought together. 🍴 🎶
The soundtrack to the event will be provided by Edwin Hind, well-known as part of Anglo-German duo Picnic at the Whitehouse, part of the emerging Berlin underground techno scene (1985 – 1990) and the lead singer/songwriter of Liverpool indie Synth pop outfit “Virgin Dance” who gained fame through an acclaimed John Peel Session on BBC Radio 1.
Sizzling Beef & Veg
Hosted by cutting edge practitioners who will teach you to taste with your ears.
Food historian and Sonic Sensorium
Professor Charles Spence
Professor of the Senses, Experimental Psychologist, Neuroscientist
composer and Lecturer with a particular focus on multi-media connections
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Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
£27.54 book online
Fresh from a sell out carnival stint, the event will see a tantalising line-up of cutting edge acts from the full spectrum of dancehall, grime, garage and jungle, culminating in an unmissable show. Some of the biggest names in the business including Shy FX, D Double E, Donae’o, Crazy Cousinz, Benny Page & Sweetie Irie and more will take to the Boxpark stage, bringing a taste Jamaican heat to Croydon. 🔊
Founded in 2016 by legendary producer Benny Page and manager Hal Hudson, the night was set up as a home for real lovers of Jamaican music right from its roots in the carnival, inspired dancehall and reggae anthems that were on rotation on sound systems around the country, with a huge mix of bass-heavy electronic sounds thrown in for good measure. Previous shows have seen the like of Congo Natty, Gyptian, Frisco, AJ Tracy, Toddla T, Logan Sama and many more perfrom to sell out crowds throughout the UK.
The undisputed king of DnB Shy FX will be taking the reins for the Boxpark Croydon exclusive, bringing his inimitable Digital Soundboy rhythms to eager crowds. D Double E, widely seen as one of the greatest UK MCs to have graced the mic will perform, as well as London collective Crazy Cousinz, Benny Page & Sweetie Irie and many more.
Boxpark Croydon, 99 George Street, London, Croydon CR0 1LD
From £22 book online
TIME AND PLACE:
@ Leyton Cricket Ground, Crawley Road, London E10 6RJ
Join East London’s biggest street party as the Leyton Carnival fills the streets of Leyton with Caribbean colours, music and flavours. The theme this year is Around the World, so expect to be amazed by colours, feathers and all things that sparkle!
Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Watch the carnival parade, join in the fun and visit the tempting food stalls, funfair rides, cinema and music at Leyton Cricket Ground. One of East London’s biggest and best annual events!
The festival will kick off at lunch time with the traditional Caribbean carnival leaving the sports ground at 1pm as they dance and swirl through the streets. Leyton High Road is taken over with the Carnival as it fills the streets with steel bands, mobile sound systems, dancers and performers.
The Family Festival then takes place shortly after this, with performers showing off their elaborate costumes back in the show ground.
But that’s not it! Once the Carnival Parade is finished there will be a host of entertainment back in the Show Ground with music from Aswad and Lovers Rock group filling the stage with their fabulous music.
The Pavillion will host a themed tea room serving coffee, tea and cakes throughout the day plus a variety of local vendors will be selling a wide range of food and drinks to keep you going! Bars will be serving delicious Carnival themed drinks.
TIME AND PLACE:
@ Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL
Free entry, arrive early before it gets to a one-in-one-out policy!
As the opening event of REVEAL, a week-long festival celebrating the opening of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, V&A Friday Late teams up with the online music broadcasting platform Boiler Room to present a dynamic programme of experimental sounds. We invite you to explore what happens when the digital and physical collide. Step into pixel-rich interfaces to question the freedom of online broadcasting, and join global link-ups live from New York and Tokyo.
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TIME AND PLACE:
Doors: times vary
@ The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
Tickets: from £5 book online
VAULT Festival returns at its original home beneath Waterloo Station and, for the first time, at satellite venues Network Theatre and Morley College.
Boldly diverse, the programme features a myriad of shows exploring many themes via many more mediums. New bars and a fresh food offering, plus a dazzling array of late night parties!
For all six weeks award-winning company The Flanagan Collective will immerse audiences in decadence and excess at The Great Gatsby, performed across multiple spaces, ensuring every audience a unique experience, and rewarding those who dive deepest into Jay Gatsby’s world. Following on from Jurassic Park, their hit 2016 comedy, Superbolt Theatre return to VAULT with Mars Actually, which features in Proxima V, a new pulse of Space and Sci-Fi-themed events.
Every week there will be premiers for exciting shorts and features, including are dark_net staring Johnny Vegas and Love Comes Later, a London premiere staring Sarita Choudhury (Homeland). Laughs-a-plenty are in store in Adele Is Younger Than Us, giving voice to a generation of frustrated ‘not-quite-Adeles’. Meanwhile the VAULT Comedy Festival also promises a fresh line-up stepping up to the mic.
Food will be provided by Balkano, a kitchen inspired by chef Martin H Shaw’s exploration of Eastern Europe. Shaw has worked for the Conran Group, alongside Tom Aiken and at the award-winning Cake Shop Bakery, Woodbridge. At Balkano he offers up heart-warming dishes including Hungary Hot Potato and Smoky Serb Salsa, plus larger plates such as Chicken or Courgette Souvlaki with Labneh.
TIME AND PLACE:
Doors: 10:00-17:45 (Friday 10:00-22:00)
@ Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Tickets: £16 book online
How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?
Major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future.
TIME AND PLACE:
G-SHOCK Sessions 2 and 4pm
Crepe City 12 till 6pm
@ G-SHOCK East, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
@ Crepe City 15, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
G-SHOCK Sessions free (first come, first served)
Crepe City pre-book sold out (limited £5 tickets on the door)
G-SHOCK is set collaborating with Europe’s largest Sneaker Festival, Crepe City, at their 30th April Event at East London’s Truman Brewery. 20 steps away in G-SHOCK East, grime sensation Ghetts will be shutting up shop for a series of sets through the course of the day.
The world’s toughest watch brand will take up residence at Crepe City to showcase of some their best collaboration timepieces from the world of streetwear over the past decade, from Huf to The Hundreds. Sitting alongside the most sought-after sneaks on the planet, G-SHOCK will be displaying the wristwear that launched thousands of collections, in a unique celebration of street culture.
Just around the corner, G-SHOCK Sessions will make a long-awaited return with Ghetts (FKA Ghetto, real name Justin Reginald Clarke Samuel). Touted as one of the most talented grime artists on the scene, having been nominated for three MOBOs and awarded the Hardest Working Artist at the AIM Awards, he credits much of his success to his label, Disrupt, and is notorious for his fast flowing, hard hitting lyrics and unique brand of Syllable Rhyming which has garnered critical praise and respect amongst his contemporaries.
TIME AND PLACE:
@ Various venues around London
Tickets: check website
Now in its third year, back bigger and still independent, featuring a series of gigs around the UK.
This year’s Ambassadors are Mercury Prize Shortlisted Artist Wolf Alice who are taking over from Frank Turner (2015) and Colin Greenwood (2014).
Artists performing over the week include Everything Everything, Matthew E. White, Mallory Knox, Childhood, Misty Miller, Beans on Toast, Eliza and the Bear, Saffron (Republica) Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Georgia, Get Inuit and Edwyn Collins who is following up his involvement last year. As well as playing live, he is also curating the week at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.
Other curating partners include Rob da Bank and Sunday Best, BBC Introducing, PIAS, Domino Records and The Joe Strumner Foundation with a DJ set from Shikari Sound System. More artists will be announced across social media in the coming weeks.
229 The Venue
93 Feet East
Aces & Eights
The Dublin Castle
Elgar Room at Royal Albert Hall
The Good Ship
Half Moon Putney
New Cross Inn
The Silver Bullet
The Workshop @ Roadtrip
World’s End Finsbury Park
Zigfrid Von Underbelly
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Exhibitions open 11am-6pm (Thu 11am -9pm)
@ ICA (Institute Of Contemporary Arts) The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s is an archival exhibition looking back at the early tower block pirate radio movement which emerged in the UK during the 1980s, prompting a new musical phenomenon that would change the face of British music.
Pirate radio is often associated with the off-shore broadcasting of the 1960s, but in the early 1980s it enjoyed a renaissance. This time stations were broadcasting music from the roofs of residential tower blocks rather than at sea, and were distinctive in the way in which they celebrated black culture.
Dread Broadcasting Corporation (DBC), Radio Invicta, Kiss 94.5 FM, London Weekend Radio (LWR) and Horizon, were among the first UK pirate radio stations dedicated to soul, funk, jazz, reggae and hip hop.
Although often overlooked, these stations were pioneers, championing music of black origin and paving the way for burgeoning rave scenes; jungle, garage and house.
TIME AND PLACE:
@ Sounds of the Universe, 7 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DA
This Saturday Sounds of the Universe are opening at 9am for the early birds at Record Store Day and throwing a massive party featuring two soundsystems, one outside and in the shop which has been newly fitted out with the original soundsystem from legendary Jamaican operator Duke Vin.
12:00-13:00 Josey Rebelle (Rinse FM)
13:00-14:00 Thristian (Boiler Room)
14:00:15:00 D.Vyzor (Boom Brew)
15:00-16:00 Illum Sphere (Ninja Tune)
16:00-17:00 Four Tet (Text)
17:00-18:00 Soul Jazz Records Soundsystem
18:00-19:00 Sounds Of The Universe
9:00-10:00 Ashley Beedle
10:00-12:00 Beat Routes
12:00-13:00 Johnny Roast
13:00-14:00 Tenderlonious (22a)
14:00-15:00 Mr Thing (First Word)
15:00-16:00 Sam (Zero7)
16:00-17:00 Capracara (UTTU)
17:00-18:00 Alexander Nut (Eglo)