As someone who deeply despises the summer months, I’m happy to see it finally drawing to a close. Now it’s time to pack up those muddy festival tents and return home from massively over-booked party destinations afar for some serious music line-ups in this season’s calendar of gigs and events. With the increased enjoyment factor of the cooler autumn and winter months (entirely a matter of opinion, of course), not much more proof of potential is needed than the upcoming Concrete and Glass art and music event right here in East London. And what a line-up it is: Lykke Li, Fujiya & Miyagi, Skream, Kim Hiorthøy, TV On the Radio, Kimmo Pohjonen, James Holden, Telepathe, Errors, Steve Lamacq, Bjørn Torske, and the list goes on…
The new two-day festival debuting on Thursday, 2nd October, aims to bring innovative music and contemporary art to over thirty alternative-site exhibitions, eighteen music venues, and various gallery spaces in the increasingly artsy Shoreditch, Hoxton and Brick Lane areas. Dotted between the various performances will be art exhibitions from A Foundation, Flora Fairbairn Projects, Gerry Fox, Mark Neville, Riflemaker, Artprojx’s David Blandy and Manasseh Sound System — as well as the beloved Saatchi Online community — all within a walking distance from each other. And though it may be a bit pricey for some (standing at thirty-five quid for both days), it’ll be a fantastic way to kick-off this winter season and celebrate the best that the East End has to offer.
Sarah Badr © MMVIII
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