Visions is a one-day music festival, returning for its second year after a sell-out launch in 2013. A single wristband gets you into the four festival venues, which are a short walk apart in Hackney and Bethnal Green. There are also two markets: one for zines, records and art, the other (on the roof terrace at Netil House) selling food, drink and clothes. Tickets cost £25, or £35 including a pre-party on Friday night.
Who to see at Visions Festival 2014
Working from his parents’ house in Manila, 23-year-old producer Idris Vicuña lives up to his reputation as the most exciting musical act from the Philippines since… well, ever. Hip hop, dreamy pop samples, R&B and edgy electronica all feed into what he calls his ‘spacey-assed beats’, and he was recently invited to support shit-hot London band Jungle
It takes something pretty special to rise above the kind of hype that’s been thrown at this noise-punk five-piece from upstate New York. Fortunately, Perfect Pussy have that something in spades. Their debut album ‘Say Yes to Love’ is a furious half-hour energy burst, and their frontwoman Meredith Graves is rapidly becoming a latter-day riot grrrl icon.
Dank, dark and seething with scabrous rage, Eagulls are pretty much the exact opposite of The Eagles. The Leeds post-punk band have already released one of the year’s most brilliantly harsh records – their self-titled debut – and had their house raided by police as a result of a video shoot involving a rotting brain. As you can probably imagine, they’re an intense live act too.
After all that punk energy, we’d recommend a palate cleanser. American producer James Hinton scours YouTube for vocal samples, lacing his lush, crystalline dance music with cryptic and sometimes threatening voices. It’s proper ear candy with a hard centre: just the thing for an early evening set in a railway arch near London Fields.
When it’s time to party – you know the rest, right? New York punk dude and motivational speaker AWK is a regular source of internet wisdom thanks to his ‘Party Tips’ on Twitter
(sample: ‘The best way to heal a broken heart is by partying it back together’). He’s also got a deep discography of fist-pumping rock tunes that should get Visions seeing double. Party hard!
It’s a rare privilege to see Mike Hadreas performing live in London. Performing as Perfume Genius, he turns out beautiful, tender and provocative soundscapes inspired by ’90s pop music and queer theory. He’ll also be giving new songs from his third album ‘Too Bright’ their British debut. Visionary indeed.