03 May 2013

We love weekends

A jam-packed Bank Holiday of festivals, live music and days out for the whole family awaits. Take advantage of the sunny spells and pop down to one or more of these events this weekend.

Monica Vasconcelos presents ‘London Bossa: 20 Years Of Us’

UK based and Brazilian-born singer/songwriter Monica Vasconcelos plays alongside Steve Lodder (piano and keys), Ife Tolentino (guitar), Paul Jayasinha (trumpet), Dudley Phillips (bass), Guille Hill (guitar), Andres Lafone (bass), Adriano Adewale (percussion), Chris Wells (drums), Ben Davis (cello) & more at The Vortex Jazz Club. Expect original songs written by the group over the last two decades plus new readings of Brazilian classics. The night will be filmed for a DVD release. £20/£22 on the door. Fri, 3 May.  

London’s Brewing

Sample a pint or two of craft beer at weekend festival London's Brewing. Enjoy tasty brews from some 40 beer and real ale producers at the London Fields Brewery. Live music, DJs, food stalls and a children’s area will also be on offer. Under 16s free. £15. Sat 4 & Sun, 5 May.

Netil 360-Summer Launch

There isn't a better time to kick off a series of summer parties on panoramic roof top venue Netil House than a Bank Holiday weekend. A fun combination of cocktails, food and music. DJ Rattus Rattus from Urban Nerds is DJ-ing on Sat. While Sun sees Milton Jackson and Kevin Griffiths of leading underground house label Tsuba take over on the decks. £10/free for members. Summer launch, Sat, 4 May. Roof party debut, Sun, 5 May.

Acoustic Sundays

An afternoon of live music in the Crypt Café at St. Peter’s Church from UK-based rising bands and artists. The line-up includes electro-art-pop duo, Seattle Yacht Club, live guitar and vocal quartet, Third Uncle, jazzy singer/songwriter Different Cloth and London vocalist, Emily Capell. Digest the live entertainment with scrumptious food and drink without emptying your wallet. Free. Sun, 5 May.

Markets United

A one-off promotional event showcasing the best of London market shopping, eating and entertainment. Held at Shoreditch Town Hall, the event will also feature a photo contest, judged by the UK creative director of Vice magazine, Ronojoy Dam. Expect live music from the start, street food, and London-brewed alcohol including Hackney gin. Free. Sun, 5 May.

Land of Kings

Dalston’s annual music and arts event, Land Of Kings returns for a 12 hour cultural jamboree in various venues on the Dalston/Stoke Newington borders. Slamming the best of East London’s creativity into a spree of feverish gigs, secret feasts, loft parties, label showcases, basement discos, warehouse raves, rooftop escapes, subterranean games, surreal cinema and all the best bits of a field festival, in the heart of Hackney. £25/£35. Sun, 5 May.


Returning for its sixth event, Streetfest moves to Shoreditch featuring the very best of British culture across the creative worlds of art, design, spoken word, skating and music. Witness battles and join workshops to learn new skills in various classes. Also promising to offer the best in upcoming music. Past performers include Wretch 32 and Professor Green. £15/buy 6 for the price of 5. Sun, 5 May.

A Fête Worse Than Death

All the fun of a village fête with a Shoreditch twist at the Book Club. Make a day of it playing games, watching morris dancing and taking in the colourful sights of a May Day fancy dress parade. The event includes a cider festival, live bands and great food to tickle your taste buds. Free. Sun, 5 May.

Land of Kids

Land of Kids is a family festival for under 12s. Curious youngsters can try a host of fun activities from a scooter paint party where wheels are used as paintbrushes, to taking part in vintage photoshoots with props. Or join in barn dancing, Caribbean steel pan music, disco boogie, and Cockney sing-a-longs. Under 2s free/£19.50/£60 group of 4. Mon, 6 May.


Streetfest returns for its sixth event celebrating music and art. Sunday 5 May


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