Pick of the Line August 17 – August 23

Pic: Shoreditch Fringe Festival

This week’s forecast predicts a warm, sunny weekend for London – so enjoy the summer sunshine and some great events this week with our pick of the best on offer in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham.

Friday August 17:

Lunchtime concert in Hoxton Square
Shoreditch Fringe Festival

Come down with a picnic and enjoy live music in the park from 12-2pm as part of the Shoreditch Fringe Festival. Suitable for the whole family.

DJ Chris Amaral to play funky Latin/Brasil vibes

Charlie Wrights – Jazz –Funk

1:35 – 1:55pm
Robbie (of Elephant12) jam session with Zoe, Mesuzat and Jordan

Ticket Price FREE

Hoxton Square
N1 6NU



Saturday August 18:

Last Day. Curated by Paul O’Neill
Cartel Gallery, The Old Police Station, New Cross

Including artists: Bik Van der Pol/ David Blamey/ Pavel Büchler/ Rhona Byrne/ Theo Cuff/ Liam Gillick/ Håkon Holm-Olsen/ Mark Hutchinson/ Gareth Long/ Brighid Lowe/ Ronan McCrea/ Anouk Mercier/ Ian Whittlesea

Featured at The Old Police Station’s do-it-yourself art centre in New Cross, Last Day. is a group exhibition of works gathered together in response to a found object: a text painting on canvas with the words ‘LAST DAY.’ inscribed in bold black letters obtained by the curator on the final day of an artsale. The exhibition at Cartel attempts to invoke a strange (dis-) locatedness for the found work, where it is now re-sited and installed amongst other incommensurable signs.

The exhibition posits a multiplicity of possible ideas for the object as much as for the artworks that surround it. Individual artist’ worlds navigate their way around this found painting and correspond to its value as a signifier, as surplus, and as evocative statement. Equally, each of the works incites a spectrum of readings of the temporal dimension of the text’s assertion: from optimistic declaration, to dystopian disclosure.

Last Day. is a constellation of conversations with this found statement, its potential meanings and multiple points of departure. Together, the works imply a narrative of connectivity as they oscillate with one another whilst circulating ‘around’ and ‘about’ the textual object, as much as they each try to escape completely from it’s hold.

Last Day. is homage to the narrational and symbolic force of the found object.  It is formalised out of, and through, a series of invocations and performative actions. The resultant exhibition is a container of intersecting ideas brought about by the proximate relationship between things, their other worldliness and their (non-) representational form.

Opening times: Fri – Sat,12-6 and by appointment
Until Saturday August 18, 2012


Tube: New Cross (East London Overground)
Buses: 136, 436, 171, 53, 177


Meet me at the Cemetery Gates
Abney Park Festival
Noon – 6pm

Come down and enjoy this festival in aid of the Abney Park Conservation Trust. The event is free but collection boxes for donations will be circulating to raise money for the upkeep of this nature reserve, one of the most important wildlife sites in Hackney.

Meet Me At The Cemetery Gates Music Festival is held in the beautiful and poignant surroundings of Abney Park Cemetery, resting place of political and religious dissenters; reformers and feminists. A free/donations benefit for the Abney Park Conservation Trust, and a heads up for Not Your Average Type Radio show – Meet Me At The Cemetery Gates is the perfect antidote to the foofaraw over the hideously corporate Olympics.


5PM – BURNT TOAST – african-american rhymes/chicago art grind from Blast First’s new signing
4.15-4.45 – MAKAYLA LEANNE – sultry R’n’B/soul
3.30- 4.00 – THE AMUSIACS – filthy blues from Gin Palace/Jooks of Kent bastard offspring
2.45- 3.15 – FRANK BANGAY – mystic blues Blake meets Captain Beefheart round Kevin Coyne’s place..
2 – 2.30 – SHRIEK OF AN EAGLE – folk rock feat. Ex Warm Jets/Divers
1.15 -1.45 – THE LOVEBURNS – disko/electro soul- rock’n’roll legends
12.30-1PM – ELLIE CRYING EYES – spine tingling accoustic folk
12 NOON our DJ’s begin the day with some ska roots favourites.
The full lineup and information on the after party can be found on the event page on facebook.
Sunday August 19:

Weather – It’s Raining or Not
Shoreditch Fringe Festival
All day

RIBA London is partnering with the London Borough of Hackney and consulting engineers Ramboll to transform Hoxton Square with the ‘WEATHER – IT’S RAINING OR NOT’ installation by architects Harry Dobbs including ‘The Weather Yesterday’ by creative practice Troika. The interactive light installation, ‘The Weather Yesterday’, will playfully highlight Britain’s obsession with the weather, with the square set to feature a collection of parasol-shaped structures around a central five metre tall visual creation displaying the previous day’s weather conditions using classic forecasting iconography. 

Ticket Price FREE



At Spitalfields City Farm
12pm – 6pm

ECO-CHIC OUTDOOR MARKET at Spitalfields City Farm is an urban oasis offering a safe family environment away from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane.

This market is for you if you want to buy original work by some of the best designers in London. At ECO-CHIC OUTDOOR MARKET you can choose from a range of local stalls selling food, redesigned, upcycled furniture and clothes, vintage fashions, jewellery, arts and crafts and homeware.

So whether you are looking for something for Sunday lunch or a special unique present or simply looking for somewhere for the whole family to meet and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon then get yourself to Spitalfields City Farm.

Look out for the Strawbale Tea Hut selling a range of herbal teas grown in Spitalfieds City Farm and Alias Cakes for a quick ‘pick me up’ before you have a stroll around the gardens and animal enclosures.

Donkey Rides from 1pm.

Entry is FREE

Spitalfields City Farm
Buxton Sreet, London
E1 5AR

For more information visit the website

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