Preview: 1-2-3-4 Shoreditch Festival

By johnmcga Last edited 113 months ago
Preview: 1-2-3-4 Shoreditch Festival

Image of The Rakes courtesy of darkmavis under a Creative Commons Attribution licence

Ok, so it's got a website that's trying a bit too hard and a rather contrived name. But if you put those minor grumbles aside, next Sunday's 1-2-3-4 Shoreditch Festival looks like a good opportunity to catch a decent mix of new and established musical talent.

Taking place in Shoreditch Park (you'll want Old Street Tube then), the whole shebang runs from midday through to about 9pm. If that's far too early for you to think about heading home, the £15 ticket also includes entry to a host of aftershows at various trendy local spots. Just watch out for the scenesters.There are three stages and a 6,000 capacity, so the festival promises to be a reasonably intimate affair. Art-rockers The Rakes headline the main stage, competing for attention with Chrome Hoof, a ten-piece experimental orchestra and electro wizard Krazy Baldhead, who'll be on the other stages at the same time.There'll be plenty of treats earlier in the day too. We like the sound of Ipso Facto, who've been likened to an all-girl version of the Horrors. Then there's art-punkers LR Rockets, Hatcham Social and Crystal Fighters - not to be confused with Crystal Castles or Crystal Stilts, who aren't playing the festival.Finally, if intelligent-but-glittery pop is more your thing, the ever-flamboyant Patrick Wolf will be one of many other acts on hand. Expect lots of costume changes.1-2-3-4 Shoreditch takes place on 26 July. Tickets are £15, which seems pretty reasonable. Check the official website to find out where to buy them from.

Last Updated 19 July 2009