Where: Fairground, 260-264 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London E8 4DG
£: Free admission before 7pm (£5 before 9pm and £7 after)
What is it?
For 10 weekends only, East London will become a cultural and culinary destination as the Fairground comes to town.
From the founder of Street Feast this new pop up creates a unique festival experience, showcasing the best of the capital. From up-and-coming and established music acts, to street food, restaurateurs, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
Set in three floors of a disused office block in Haggerston, each level will deliver a distinctive and extraordinary experience, from the ground floor live event space, to the top floor restaurant. Fairground Live on Level One holds the main bar and event space. Saturdays will host famed record labels and brand takeovers, seeing the likes of WAH! Nails, Run Dem Crew, Field Day and Love Bullets delivering the freshest talent on the music scene to get the weekend started. Sundays will stage both up-and-coming and established music artists.
For those looking to engage with like-minded creative-types, Level Two hosts the Grandaad Lounge; a relaxed space encouraging discovery and inspiration. This is where the weekend supplements will come to life, with inspirational guest speakers, workshops, master-classes, talks and interviews.
On the top floor with spectacular views across East London is the Fairground Diner. There will be a changing roster of left-field restaurants and chefs taking over the kitchen. The two levels below will see Street Feast’s Dominic Cools-Lartigue bringing in his favourite traders including Yum Bun, who will debut their new fish bun.
This weekend’s launch line-up:
The Fairground Diner will open with an exclusive Busaba Eathai takeover from Chef Jude. It will feature a selection of curries, grills, salads and desserts in line with SongKran (Thai New Year). All recipes will be showcased for the first time, having been inspired by a recent month-long trip to his homeland Thailand. On Level Two Andy Oliver from The Begging Bowl will be hosting his new venture Som Saa; a selection of great Thai dishes, using a combination of quality British and Asian produce. Level One will have Yum Jungle serving up their awesome Thai Fried Chicken.
Saturday 12th April
Fairground Live (Level One): Love Bullets innovative jewellery and lifestyle brand present a LBHQ takeover, with a pre-Glastonbury celebration reminiscent of their parties in the Shangri-La field. The line-up includes sets from Black Butter Records, Nomad Records and Kubicle x Hot Natured.
Grandaad Lounge (Level Two): The first adult Saturday workshop will introduce ‘sustainability for our creative lives’, followed by a master-class on ‘how to start a movement’ from activists English Disco Lovers. The evening session will see music legend Kwame Kwaten on the couch hosting a range of special guests including Alex Logan, founder of English Disco Lovers and Paul West, artist and co-founder of the respected design studio Form, on how to harness your creative spirit.
Sunday 13th April
Fairground Live (Level One): Sunday will see a mix of immersive Thai-themed activities take over the event space. The day will offer 25-minute Thai cookery classes, Pandan cupcake decorating, a kids craft area, Chang Beer foosball tables, an exotic Thai fruit tasting stand, fruit carving, and a Thai massage hut.
Grandaad Lounge (Level Two): Sunday kicks off with a relaxed master-class from the forces behind the Move Your Money campaign, on how to take positive actions with your money. The afternoon will have a crafts focus, with lessons on how to create the perfect Bloody Mary. The evening will host a silent cinema in the lounge showing the best in film and documentary.
More info: www.fairgroundlondon.com