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06 May 2012

Land of Kings festival reigns supreme in Dalston

SPRAWLING over the weekend of 4 and 5 May, Land of Kings reigned supreme over Dalston for the fourth year running.

The multi-venue festival still managed to surprise and delight party-goers even with a strong head wind roaring up Kingsland Road and the ever-present threat of rain. On Friday, Dalston Roof Park played host to Bugged Out DJs, who despite the lack of sunset and squelchy Astroturf, attracted a respectable number of coat-wearing subjects who were warmed through with a fiesta of retro, Balearic beats.

Later, things hotted up somewhat with O Children playing new venue, Birthdays, and Bos Angeles and Slow Club performing at the Shacklewell Arms. However, if flexing your brain was more your bag, you had the option to witness text jump from the page at Literary Death Match. This fight for literary supremacy saw novelist Jon McGregor take the crown by wowing the audience and the panel of all-important judges by performing his most thrilling excerpt in the Arcola Tent.

For those in it for the long haul, no Dalston night out was complete without a visit to the Moustache Bar with To The Laser Cave DJs. On Saturday, the Magnolia banqueting hall was the scene for some trippy projections and experimental electronica.

Late-comers were left disappointed as hip hop heroine Speech Debelle took to the stage at a rammed Vortex Jazz Club and blew the place away with a funked and rocked up live set. Then it was on to many of Dalston’s finer dancing establishments, a highlight being Trevor Jackson’s set at Birthdays, to see in the early hours.

Land of Kings festival proved a hit with music fans

Land of Kings festival proved a hit with music fans

Land of Kings festival proved a hit with music fans Speech Debelle in action at the Vortex Land of Kings festival proved a hit with music fans Land of Kings festival proved a hit with music fans

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