With the Olympics hogging most of east London’s profile, a fledgling arts and music festival taking place in the area is aiming to steal some of that limelight.
Hoxton Soundgarden takes place over the weekend of 10, 11 and 12 August in the newly opened and aptly named The Garage; a former underground car park converted in to a music and arts venue. Which is very east London.
The festival features a line-up of 14 bands, 9 different DJs and will be broadcast live on Hoxton Radio, with our own Andy Thornley presenting from the venue. For those that need to eat periodically, there will also be food stalls in addition to Oxfam's infamous 'Wheel of Tat'.
Not to be confused with the venue by the same name in Islington, The Garage will be hosting three different days of music; Friday features Folk, Rock and Indie bands. Saturday brings an eclectic mix of indie, rock, urban folk, electro, retro pop and the intriguingly titled ‘Afro–folk’.
Acts to look out for over the weekend include Two Little Boys, who sound like Mike Skinner if he could play guitar, and The 286 who splice up classical music with conventional indie music. The Troubled will also be playing a set, ahead of their singer making an appearance at the Olympics closing ceremony, although they won’t crack on what their role is yet!
Hoxton Soundgarden takes place at The Garage 178 Hoxton Street, N1 6RE (behind Howl at the Moon). Tickets are available for either individual days (£5) or the full weekend (£10). For more information, visit the Hoxton Soundgarden Facebook page or @HxtSound on Twitter.