First East Ender Festival to be held next weekend

�The inaugral three-day East Ender festival of arts and music is set to take place in Shoreditch next weekend.

Billed as a “home-coming celebration for all east London’s residents and artistic talent”, the weekend aims to provide the perfect end to the summer festival season.

The eclectic line-up will feature everything from dub reggae to hip-hop to electronica.

Sam Speaight, one of the festival’s organisers, said: “The festival is a celebration of the creative soul of east London.

“I moved to Aldgate East about a year ago, and since the move I’ve been enthralled by the sheer depth and richness of the arts and culture that exists here.”


Among the artists playing are hip-hop group JJ-Doom, who count Damon Albarn among their fans, and pioneering house and funk DJ Norman Jay, as well as a host of others.

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Sam hopes the festival will provide a unique opportunity for some of the artists in the area.

He explained: “I wanted to profile some of east London’s rising stars by alining them with major international artists, to prove that the quality and character of art and music from the east was as good as anything that exists on the world stage.”

The festival will also feature an open air gallery, where local artists will produce live street art and a series of outdoor installations.

It is to be held between Friday and Sunday, September 21-23, at Shoreditch’s Village Underground in Great Eastern Street and Holywell Car Park in Holywell Lane.

n Tickets can be purchased from, and start at �15.

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