After ‘Royalising Dalston’ for Kate ‘n’ Wills’ wedding weekend last year, Land of Kings – the area’s annual cultural showcase – returns for a fourth year this Friday & Saturday.
“Taking over 15+ venues, the festival sprawls across Kingsland High Street’s basement clubs, live music spaces and art galleries plus forgotten school halls, hidden banqueting suites and secluded gardens.” Live showcases over the weekend come in the form of Warp artist Kes, Ben Westbeech, My Panda Shall Fly and NZCA/Lines. They’ve also drafted in a top-notch selection of London’s club promoters to take over Dalston’s multiple music hot-spots. Promoters such as Black Atlantic, Dollop and Durr have curated a heavyweight selection of DJs including Funkineven, Eliphino, Kutmah, Bicep, Maurice Fulton, Gang Colours, Kutmah and one half of 2 Bears, Raf Daddy.
On Friday 4th May, Red Bull Music Academy presents an event at the Arcola Tent based around the Miranda Sawyer and Colin O’Toole-directed Let Us Be Golden – looking at life as a breaking artist in the capital. Featuring a screening of the film and Q&A with the Directors, Eglo Live Band (ft. Fatima and Olivier Day Soul) and Rinse FM’s Alexander Nut – both involved in the film – also perform.
Saturday 5th May sees a multimedia programme around The Four Aces – the legendary club formerly on Dalston Lane that attracted performers such as Desmond Dekker, The Ronettes and, later, The Prodigy (who played their first gig there). At night, a crew of the club’s original DJs joins Tayo, Breach and Hannah Holland for junglist revival party Wicked! Wicked!
Be sure to check the exclusive Land Of Kings Mix by Public Information below. For further information and tickets head here.