East London’s hipster community came out in force at the weekend as artists all over Hackney opened up their studios and galleries and took performance art – and lethal home-made cocktails – outside to the people.
Hackney Wicked, which has been running for eight years, involved over 600 artist studios showing their work, a lot of drinking, and alternative types soaking up the sunshine around the wishfully-named Hackney Wick ‘Riviera’ – aka the canals by Fish Island and Swan Wharf.
Gentrification may be sweeping into this once dirt-cheap swathe of the East End but the artists who’ve been here for years were clearly determined to celebrate the fact that they are still around despite rising rents. And clearly, the alternative spirit is still relatively wild and untamed.
Our highlights included a man in high heels lugging a fridge around for four hours, a procession of masked men on ‘anchovy alert’ and the Hackney Swingers Club (no, not an orgy, just people having fun on swings).
All photos by Day Priestly – check out his video of the festival: