A five-week, loosely Scandinavian-themed pop-up in Hackney Wick featuring top bands, DJs, bars and street food
The pop-up, Scandinavian-themed musical forest that landed in Dalston last summer is back for 2015. Again hosted by cider manufacturer Kopparberg, this time the action takes place in Hackney Wick, but as before it still offers a packed programme of gigs and DJ sets, plus two bars (as you might expect, there's a lot of cider on offer) and street food from Mama's Jerk, Buffalo Joe and Le Bun.
The first acts to be announced include Katy B, Submotion Orchestra, Citizens!, Slow Club, DJ Yoda, Chromeo, The Cuban Brothers and Norman Jay, with many more to be announced. There'll also be a special edition of much-loved London club night Hip Hop Karaoke.
The forest comes alive every Wednesday-Saturday from June 10 - July 12 and entry is free, though last time around there were some entry hefty queues to negotiate when big names were playing, so get there early if you're gagging to get in. If you do make it in, you'll be able to enjoy a little of the ambience and aesthetics of a Swedish pine forest without any of those pesky pine needles getting into your shoes or having to pay for a plane ticket. Oh, and loads of great bands, booze and food, too. Line-up details below.
Fri Jun 19 – Blancmange
Sat Jun 20 – Dinosaur Pile-Up
Sun Jun 21 – Norman Jay
Wed Jun 24 – Kal Lavelle
Thu Jun 25 – Karin Park
Fri Jun 26 – Jubilee Club v Camden Rocks
Sat Jun 27 – Supa Dupa Fly
Sun Jun 28 – Trevor Nelson
Wed Jul 1 – Submotion Orchestra
Thu Jul 2 – Slow Club
Fri Jul 3 – Rock The Belles
Sat Jul 4 – So Fresh So Clean x Tuckshop x Soundwave Festival
Sun Jul 5 – Ms Dynamite + Hip Hop Karaoke
Wed Jul 8 – Chromeo (DJ set)
Thu Jul 9 – Cuban Brothers
Fri Jul 10 – Citizens!
Sat Jul 11 – The Date
Sun Jul 12 – Summer Heart
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It's a good option for a Friday night. I will come back next year.
Apart from the food & drinks, i would point out the quality of the bands on stage. It makes the difference between this Feast and others like Dalston Feast.
It's an interesting venue with a great range of bands. NYPC were amazing - a lot of energy and they just looked like they were having fun.
It's not the biggest but then it never felt that crowded - I've certainly been in smaller more cramped London venues. Drinks were a very reasonable price considering it was free to get in.
The Fika pop-up was the only thing that let it down for me. We waited a long time to get a very tiny portion of ox cheek. I'm assuming that Fika is Scandinavian for "very over-priced food with terribly disorganised service". Definitely avoid.
That'll be why the queue for the Jerk Chicken place was so long!