FESTIVAL: Land of Kings

When? Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May 2012

Where? Dalston – various venues

Tickets? A two day pass is a mere £30 and day passes are £20 BUY TICKETS

Website? http://landofkings.co.uk/

Touching down this weekend and exploding itself all over Dalston, the Land of Kings Festival promises an eclectically gig-tastic kick start to the bank holiday weekend. Spanning two days and several venues, the line up showcases local bands, DJs and world class acts.

Included in the expanding line-up are:

Alt country stars, All the Queen’s Ravens

Good time tunes from Moshi Moshi DJs,

Soul, funk, cookin’ disco from Caze Nove

French four piece Femy

Plus LOADS more…

Check out the line up and schedule on their website.

Venues range from the Moustache Bar to the Arcola Theatre & Big Top, Dalston Rooftop Gardens and The Print House right down to The Bunker and Vortex Jazz Bar.

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All The Queens Ravens


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.


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.

Festival – Field Day

When? Saturday 2nd June 2012

Where? Victoria Park

How Much? Tickets are £45 here for the Day or buy a combined ticket for £76.45 here

Eat Your Own Ears know a thing or two about music. It seems, in fact, they know over 60 good things about music if the unbelievable line up of Field Day 2012 is to be believed. For one (hopefully) summer’s day in June, Victoria Park will be jangling with the sounds of sublime bands with the hip young things of Hackney and beyond dancing into the small hours (hat poised at a jaunty angle and skinny jeans are optional).


Expect aural as well as visual delights from the ever evolving Metronomy, the light show eponymous with sweet male / female vocals and a kick ass baseline.

Beirut are incredible live, playing every instrument you could imagine from an entire baltic orchestra with dreamy vocals and impressive songwriting that tells a thousand stories stretching from Mexico to Nantes.

Indie legends Franz Ferdinand make a much admired appearance. Feels like just yesterday I was leaping like a loon in the indie disco to “Take Me Out”. Expect jumping, and lots of it.

Also Andrew Bird fiddles his way into the line up alongside Austra, Gold Panda, Mazzy Star (who hasn’t performed for a few years!), Liars, Summer Camp, and Sleigh Bells to name but a few. Check out the rest of the line up.

Field Day is Saturday’s slightly scruffy teenage brother to Sunday’s more friendly, family pet The Apple Cart. But everyone knows that teenagers have the most fun, they drink the most drinks and also have the biggest hair, so get your ready-to-shake booty down to Victoria Park on Saturday 2nd June 2012 and celebrate the eclectic vision Field Day provides. And you don’t even have to leave the borough!

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