Reasons To Be Cheerful today (apart from this gorgeous heatwave we’re having) are as follows:
1. Lattitude Line Up
Lattitude have really out done themselves this year with an absolute insane line up.
The proof is in the pudding: I’ve just asked Sybil and Joe which are their top five artists to watch (to make an orderly list) and recieved a torrent of names thrown at me all in one go.
We will be definitely watching Miss Janelle Monae (whose Glasto gig last year was outstanding), Elbow, SBTRKT, Alabama Shakes, Tuneyards, Team Me, We Are Augustines, Lianne La Havas, Alt-J, The Horrors, Ben Howard, and Richard Hawley. Luckily there’s three of us so we should be able to get coverage of this delectable selection plus more.
2. Soho Flea Market
Sunday May 27th
12pm – 8pm
Dean Street, Soho London
Soho Flea Market isa unique new one-day event happening in the heart of London on Sunday 27 May, which will bring together London’s up and coming creative talent in support of HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
Organiser City Showcase will host an outdoor stage at the event featuring new and emerging music and comedy acts. Performing live will be musicians Sam Gray, Hudson Taylor, I Am Harlequin, Jason Clarke, Nina Baker, Akayzia, poet Tim Wells, and comedian Paul T Eyres.
Between 12pm and 8pm, the historic length and breadth of Dean Street will be closed to traffic and Soho Flea Market’s specifically-curated ‘creative market stalls’ featuring artisans, artists, fashion designers, jewellery designers, and filmmakers will exhibit and sell their works directly to the public.
City Showcaseis a not-for-profit year round festival of new music, responsible for helping break some of the best names into the industry since 2003. City Showcase: Spotlight London hosts over 200 new musicians performing in Central London, covering a range of musical genres. Artists that have previously taken part include Amy Winehouse, Keane, Laura Marling, Gabriella Cilmi, N-Dubz, Newton Faulkner, Ray LaMontagne, Razorlight, Hot Chip, Scouting For Girls and Seth Lakeman.
Businesses in and around Dean Street will be supporting Soho Flea Market, including Pizza Express, The Groucho Club, The Soho House Group, Dean Street Studios, The French House, Cay Tre, Candy Bar, Toucan, Zenna Bar, and Soho Theatre, many of whom are hosting special events including art exhibitions, fashion shows and live music.
Nanette Rigg, Founding Director of City Showcase added: ‘We are proud of our track record for helping and supporting new talent in the field of music and are delighted to be able to extend our work to showcase all creative talent in one of London’s most iconic streets’.
Hopefully we’ll see you there,
Fiona, Sybil & Joe