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Spicy flea market in street—then it’s Chuck Berry on stage

PUBLISHED: 18:36 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:27 05 October 2010

THE Spice Festival is spilling out of the Hackney Empire on Sunday (July 20), bringing a bit of culture to the Town Hall square opposite. Rock’n’Roll grand-daddyo Chuck Berry heads the stage line-up in the evening. But organisers plan to fill the plaza outside in the afternoon with a free flea market, fashion stall, arts & crafts and food market

THE Spice Festival is spilling out of the Hackney Empire on Sunday (July 20), bringing a bit of culture to the Town Hall square opposite.

Rock'n'Roll grand-daddyo Chuck Berry heads the stage line-up in the evening.

But organisers plan to fill the plaza outside in Mare Street in the afternoon with a free flea market, fashion stall, arts & crafts and a food market, 12 noon to 6pm.

Hackney Play Bus is also expected to roll up and there are workshops and oodles of activities for youngsters.

Choice FM's Wayne Rollins entertains the crowds, along with the Grand Union Youth Orchestra, Super Jazz, Hackney Gospel Choir, Nostalgia Steel Band and Aruba Red.

If that isn't enough, there's an all-comers quest to find the next 'local talent' new star in the Empire's Marie Lloyd bar.

Clowns are going 'red nose to red nose' on the square to compete for a chance to win a two-week performance master class in St Petersburg with legendary clowning company Teatr Licedi.

But a legend of a different kind is on stage at the Hackney Empire Saturday and Sunday evenings when Rock'n'Roll pioneer Chuck Berry headlines the annual extravaganza.

Classic hits Johnny B Goode and Roll Over Beethoven will fill the auditorium as the audience get a glimpse of the 81-year old guitar superstar.

Shows start 8pm both nights. Tickets: £35-£45. Box office: 020-8985 2424.

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