The Apple Cart – More Than Music.

As well as some sublime musical goodies, The Apple Cart Festival collides comedy and cabaret in Victoria Park this summer as spectacular and surprising guests joining the dazzling 2012 line up.

Last year, main stage headliner Tim Minchin wowed the crowds in a festival first. This year sees the cream of British talent take the baton on the comedy stage. You’ll be laughing your stalks off with this little line up…

8 Out of 10 Cats’ Sean Lock

TV’s tubby lovie Phill Jupitus Quartet Improv

Cynical, cerebral Rich Hall

Feisty, flirty and funny Shappi Khorsandi

Multi talented Josie Long

Lightening quick Josh Widdicombe

+ many more!

The Cabaret Tent looks camper than Christmas, so it’s a good job the sun will be shining on all that glitter. Check out the cabaret line up on the Apple Cart website and be sure to spare some cider supping time for these intriguing acts.

“Expect the very best cabaret and alt-performance in our brand new cabaret tent, exclusively programmed by Rude Grrl, the people behind The LipSinkers, UnderConstruction and Bistrotheque’s legendary cabaret room.”

It’s really great to see such a mix of talent from all fields of entertainment mingle in the green fields of Hackney this summer.  See you there!

http://theapplecartfestival.com/tickets

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Festival – The Apple Cart 2012

When? Sunday 4th June 2012

Where? Victoria Park

How Much? £33 for the day. BUY NOW. You can also buy a combined ticket for Apple Cart and Field Day HERE

As well as a stellar line up of music, comedy and cabaret, this year’s Apple Cart Festival graces Victoria Park with even more family fun for all ages. Hopefully they’ll be selling cider this year (massive mistake last year chaps!), but we’ll be there to take a big bite of this scrumptious festival.

In the day after Field Day, Eat Your Own Ears present to you some great new talent and well loved favorites including good apple Adam Ant! As well as this legend gracing the outdoor stage, i’ll be looking forward to the following:

Marcus Foster

I discovered this soulful singer songwriter just this year. His voice is strong and filled with feeling, there’s pain and pleasure, soul and blues influences and I can imagine if he delivers live what his album Nameless Path does, it’ll be a punch in the musical guts.

Beth Jeans-Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny

Think of a shape, explode it with colour, stick a crazy hat on it and you’ve got the visual representation of Beth Jeans-Houghton. She can back up her unparalleled looks with a sweet, zany vocal that has heart and an exceptional talent for songwriting. I’m looking forward to a fun fun fun live show, with actual horses on stage.

Stornaway

Dreamy and very cute, these lads should deliver something both ethereal and provocative. They look like they could be a boy band, which, I guess technically they are, but with plenty of instruments and tighter jeans.

Josh T Pearson 

Melancholy and brave, with plenty of apologies for being the bad guy, Pearson bears a heavy weight, both lyrically and melodiously. Don’t expect dancing or dreams to come true; just keep your gun close and your wife even closer.

I should of course mention the legendary Adam Ant, who will be performing after several years’ of rest, so it could be prince charming or it could be more along the lines of watching Gary Numan, a bit like bearing witness to your newly divorced boss dating a 22 year old stripper and buying a Porsche (true story).

There is a host of cabaret and comedy, which i’ll be looking at in more detail in part 2 of the preview.

Grab your tickets now while you still can.

Interview: James Yorkston

James Yorkston made the loooong journey down from his native Scotland’s Fife to embrace the Apple Cart festivalness of Hackney. With a new band, he battled through the rain to reach dreamy vocals in in the ears of an attentive crowd over the thumping background bass.

He took the time out to speak to Hackney Bubble about the Apple Cart Festival, his music and his days in a squat in Hackney.

How was Apple Cart for you?
It was great fun, thanks. I saw lots of old friends and generally had a nice relaxed day.

I love a harp! Who is and how are the new band you were with? 
Well, two of them, Emma & Sarah, have played with me since around 2007 and the harpist – Serafina Steer – is a new recruit. I loved what they added as a trio, the blend of their voices and their playing. Very happy to have them involved.

What would be your dream collaboration? 
Holger Czukay [Can] producing Oumou Sangare.

You looked decidedly unwoozy – lack of cider at Apple Cart? 
Ha! I was on stage at 3:30pm – Believe me, I’d fallen off the wagon a few hours after that!

Not sure if you saw Chili Gonzales, but he got the audience to sing gospel style prayers for sunshine and it actually worked! What did you pray for yesterday?
I prayed for my daughter.

What are your memories of Hackney from when you stayed here?
Crazy times. I was 15 or 16, just out of the village, staying in a squat. I remember it as a foreign country. I had no idea what I was doing down there and probably shouldn’t have been there. Mostly fond memories? Perhaps. Pleased I left though.

Can you tell us a little about your book? How did it come about?
I was asked to write a piece for a magazine called Loops and I enjoyed the process so much that I wrote a books worth. That’s the short and long of it. It’s basically a book of tour diaries, but written retrospectively, using notebooks and such to nudge my memory. It’s supposed to be funny. Nothing happens in it. It’s not an action packed read – if you want that, buy Andy McNabb.

[You can buy the book HERE]

I always imagine that you write sitting on a rock, staring out to the sea – what landscapes or vistas inspire your music?
Ha! No, I sit wherever I am. Sometimes it might be a rock, I guess, but more often a comfortable seat somewhere. I just grab ideas from whenever they appear, then flesh the songs out from there. I used to say a hangover would inspire me but I am so rarely hungover these days. It tends to come from anywhere – but mostly I find from having fun and looking back on said fun.

How is the new guitar coming along? We’ve been watching it get built on Facebook. Looks lovely!
Yes, I’ve been very lucky there. It looks like an amazing guitar, but as yet it’s way over yonder in Australia (!) The guy is making it for me for free as he’s a fan of my music. I’m flattered and don’t think I’ll quite believe it until I have it in my hands!

What’s coming up? More books, more music, recording or live shows?
All of those things. Hopefully a new record first. We’ll see. My fingers are crossed.

The Apple Cart Festival Flies By

The Apple Cart festival came to Hackney, following on from promoter’s ‘Eat Your Own Ears’ ‘Underage Festival’ and ‘Field Day’ last weekend. And what a mixed up, jumped up, pulled around and start up festival it was!

In Victoria Park’s bosom there nestled tents, bandstands and stages awash with teatowels, haybales and gingham for the one day family fest full of comedy, cabaret and music.

Arriving just as the rain started, luckily, just in time to shelter in the folk tent to watch Peggy Sue. Would have been nice to wash their sultry style of harmonising down with a nice, cool, English cider (being Apple themed n’ all) but the entire place was in drought, deciding to serve only piss weak perry. The girls were lovely though, playing new and old songs with a heap of instrument swapping and some cute smiles picking crooning melodies.

The rain battered the tent, but we braved the outdoors to go and find our bearings in time for the Magic Numbers set on the main Apple Cart stage. With an ever-so-polite audience evenly spaced, it felt friendly and that’s what you want when watching the Magic Numbers! More sing-a-longs than you remembered so looks like it didn’t all go wrong! (sorry!).

On to James Yorkston in the Cabaret tent (an odd choice you might think!?). I was really excited about seeing him play again. He has created many a beautiful album and really should be better known. The tent was rammed, but the ethereal noise was immense so the acoustic four-piece were fighting to be heard over the top of distant base thumps. All acts played short sets of about half an hour slots, tops. Enough time for James to run through a few songs (showing incredible talent at finger picking) and to read aloud some of his book “It’s Incredible to be Here”.  He had said before that the set might be “erm, random” with the new band and it was a bit! Lovely harp, clarinet and violin creating beautiful complimentary, just wish I could have heard them properly!

Patrick Wolf, for me, was the biggest let down I had bigged up, but I have read a lot of positive reviews so maybe I am not the best person to listen to! He was very… red?

Taking some time out to explore the rest of the offerings it was clear that the acts that made it, not the atmosphere. Or art (neon painted milk bottles for a fiver!?). Some Hipster inspired Mac n’ Cheese was quite nice to scoff down. Though not out of a dumpster. The best part of the “extras” was seeing a policeman get repeatedly spanked while carrying on walking. I only got one girls reaction to that though, see orange car below…

Strangest act had to be Chili Gonzales – a piano player that could have been a muppet in a previous life spouting intricate comedy lyrics and furiously hammering on the keys, full of charisma and possibly martinis. One incredible moment was when the sun came out to gospel prayer from the audience… no, really!

Tim Minchin was the absolute STAR of the festival. This was the first time he had played a main stage slot at a festival and, by jingo, it worked! I don’t think I even need to say any more, but it was so much funnier than on the tele. Rocked it rude style. Nobody makes cancer more fun.

You’ve never seen hoola hooping unless you’ve seen Marawa! I think she eventually hoola’d about fourty seven hoops. Stunning! Loved the leopard print too!

And then a quick dash to catch the end of Soul2Soul. Lottsa fun. Lottsa soul and some diiiivaaaas with violins. And that was the end for me! Just time to get fish and chips on the way home from The Fish House. Yummy end to a tasty day.

As London festivals go, this was a really nice one. Exceptionally middle of the road middle classes, but nice. Y’know… nice. Just please remember to have cider next year!?

Festivals: Apple Cart

Apple Cart Festival, Victoria Park

www.theapplecartfestival.com

Sunday 7th August, Victoria Park, Hackney

Victoria Park’s Apple Cart Festival is a feast for the eyes, ears and feet. Organised by the people that bring us Field Day, it’s got a more leftfield flavour including comedy, dance, magic (yes, magic) and cabaret as well as the usual, yet fairly unusual musical fare. There is promise of food and fairy tales, clothes sales and carousels as well as a load of balearics.

The line up goes a little something like this….

MUSIC


James Yorkston

Badly Drawn Boy

Balearic Folk Orchestra

Chilly Gonzalez

Magic Numbers

St. Etienne

Soul II Soul DJs

Giles Peterson

COMEDY

Tim Minchin

Abandoman

Doc Brown

Jon Richardson

Kevin Eldon

Mark Steel

ART

Candlelit Matinee by The House Of Fairy Tales Charity.

“A live arts project for all ages from Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis’ House of Fairy Tales. Under themes of light and shadow, young artists will make and present interactive art projects, workshops and performance exclusively for the Apple Cart audience to get involved in. The results – in a wide range of media, from fashion to film, painting to puppetry, gaming to gastronomy and much more”

Art Carboot Fair – “A fete within a festival”

CABARET

Mawara the Amazing – Hoola Hooping as seen on Britain’s Got Talent.

Bourgeois and Maurice

Literary Death Match

The Erection Section

Find out the full line up and more information as well as how to get your hands on some tickets at http://theapplecartfestival.com/

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