10 awesome May bank holiday events
Warm up your index fingers – it's time to finesse your flicking and hunt out some hidden gems. The Hackey Record Fair is heading south of the river for the weekend and will be setting up shop in Peckham's Copeland Park. Expect wall-to-wall wax and more audiophiles than you can shake a vintage amp at.
Bagged yourself a new record player from the Peckham Record Fair but haven't got a record player table to stick it on? Swing by the Salvage Yard and discover the treasure trove of vintage goods on offer. Your bank holiday weekend just got even more expensive...
The super group we've all been waiting for will be taking to the stage at this year's Foodies Festival. But if you're not a fan of the music of Brian McFaden or Keith Duffy (aka Boyzlife, obvs), then fear not – there's plenty of other things to get excited about, with a range of masterclasses, talks and tastings on offer.
The fresh faced East London fest is back for its second year, and its 10-day takeover of Victoria will start on the late May bank holiday weekend. The Chemical Brothers, The Strokes and Christine and the Queens are set to headline, with gems dotted throughout the rest of the line-ups.
Festival sites can sometimes be quite a depressing place once all the revellers have gone home for the day, littered with cardboard cups, laughing gas canisters and the odd spew or two. But not All Points East, which will be bringing its free and family-friendly 'In the Neighbourhood' programme to Victoria Park inbetween its weekend shows. Highlights include open-air screenings of 'Napoleon Dynamite' and 'Black Panther'.
Music festivals can sometimes be let down by the food on offer, but this won't be an issue at Jam on Rye. Organised by the good folks at Kerb, the event goes big on sound systems and sustenance in equal measure. Kelis with a side of bao buns? Yes please!
Tickets are flying out the door for this May gathering. It has a big focus on street food and craft beer alongside a DJ-driven artists line-up – beats and eats, as it were. And with a schedule including Gerd Janson and Honey Dijon, expect the one-day fest to cut the mustard.
Gaga for gazpacho and up for tasting some tapas? Andalusia is coming to the banks of the Thames in a big way this Bank Holiday, so make a beeline to the river to sample all things southern Spain. Plus, if the weather plays ball, you could trick yourself into thinking you're actually there. They have big red buses in Malaga too, right?
Got a spot in your flat that needs filling with some furniture? Head down to 'The Horti' and pick up some antique pieces from one of London's oldest fairs. Get there early and pay the extra entrance fee to beat the crowds.
Vegan food is getting easier to find when out and about, but if you're looking for a food market where you don't have to scour the ingredients like the small print of your phone contract, then the Free From Festival might be the one for you.
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