This weekend a new attraction will be lighting up Haggertson as Dominic Cools-Lartigue, the pioneer of urban food market, Street Feast, launches his latest project, Fairground.
An office block on 260 Kingsland Road, which has been empty for the past ten years, will be taken over by the festival which combines food, music and inspirational lectures.
The festival is divided over three stories:
Level One is Fairground Live, which will be dedicated to live music, art installations and brand takeovers by the likes of WAH! Nails, Run Dem Crew, and Field Day. Fairground live will be opened by lifestyle brand Love Bullets with a Glastonbury themed party featuring sets from Black Butter Records and Nomad Records.
Level Two is the Grandaad lounge. Billed as a relaxed centre for creative minds, it will host inspirational speakers, workshops and talks. The English Disco Lovers, the counter movement to the English Defence League who specialise in tackling racism and xenophobia, will open the Grandaad lounge with Let’s Socialise Activism.
Level Three is Fairground Diner. This is where Cools-Lartigue’s experience in organizing local chefs and caterers will be most evident, as the Fairground Diner produces a left-field eatery with resident chefs staying put for up to a week. Opening weekend will be fuelled by Thai dishes provided by Busaba Eathai and Andy Oliver alongside Yum Buns.
The Fairground will run for the next ten weekends, entry is free before 7pm.
By Joel Watson