What's the deal with… Visions Festival?

Here's everything you need to know about the Hackney one-dayer



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Festivals schmestivals.

Oh, come on. Think of the buzz, the good times, the great bands…

The crowds, the toilet queues, the bar queues, the queues to get in and out… And you need a stepladder to even see anything.

All right, grumpy. Maybe you should just head to one of London’s small, indoor music festivals this summer.

I’m listening…

Pere Ubu and Toy headline East End Live (July 13), and Merchandise and Michael Chapman are at Yard Party (August 16-18). But for you, we suggest Visions Festival, held across three Hackney venues on August 10.

Who’s playing?

Loads of really great bands, covering everything from funk-punk to indie to hardcore. Highlights include jittery bass-slappers !!!, blissed-out electronic pop by East India Youth, the woozy and synth-soaked Still Corners, and searing shoegaze-pop band Childhood. Add in a record and vintage fair, trendy food stalls including Lucky Chip and a maximum venue capacity of 1,000 people, and you’ve got a great mini-fest rammed with good vibes.

Sounds rad.

It should – it’s filling the space in the London festival calendar formerly occupied by the cutting-edge one-dayer Radfest. Tickets are only £22.50 for now, so book right away.

The Bottom Line

Great bands, small crowds, no rain: ideal festival.

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