New East London bash emerges

It has been dubbed London's “coolest” postcode by The Guardian and now you can see what all the fuss is about for yourself when Dalston's very own Land Of Kings festival returns for its second year running.

If you only go to one city festival this year, it should most definitely be this one. This is a local festival, for local talent, and Dalston is positively dripping with the stuff. Tapping into the creative mine of East London's arty party community, the organisers have found gold. Lots of spangly-disco-jazzy-electro-lo-fi-hip-hop gold, and they want to share it all with you.

“There was just such a buzzing atmosphere in Dalston with all of its local artists and we wanted to introduce people to all these new spaces and music,” says Land of Kings organiser Connie Harrison, on the inspiration behind the festival.

This one-wristband, multi-venue event transforms modest caverns into thriving rave pits and school halls into raucous rock dens. From the decadent basement sleaze of Barden's Boudoir to popular Turkish restaurant the Stone Cave, the organisers have got all bases covered, with eleven venues already on board and yet more expected.

Last year saw the likes of New Young Pony Club, Drums Of Death and Erol Alkan perform to packed crowds of sweaty revellers. And Clash are excited to announce this year's line-up, which will see a variety of acts weave their magic into Dalston's rich sonic tapestry.

"We're back this year because it feels genuinely unique and because there is still so much more to discover,” says Connie. “Highlights to look out for are Horrors DJ set in UV heaven, Juicy.  Hackney Colliery Band. Obscure installations in the Second World War bunker under Kingsland Road. Cabaret in the Old Boys Club Victorian Hall and a secret dining experience to be found too with the Rebel Dining Society."

23rd April 2010 will see disco kids Rory Phillips and Nadia Ksaiba play alongside the throbbing bass of ubiquitous party lords Greco Roman Soundsytem, and the glistening noise of Clash favourites, The Horrors .

Jazz hands at the ready, for seedy joint The Vortex will be hosting Sunday Best's hottest new signing, Sound Of Rum and the notorious Speakers Corner Quartet . Another contender for the lo-fi surf pop crown, Graffiti Island , can be filed alongside Lovvers , who incidentally, will also be Djing at Land Of Kings. Stoke Newington boys Detachments will be bringing their industrial tinged, Mancunian soaked electro post-punk to the table. Check out a Clash interview with Detachments

Listen to Graffiti Island HERE

There really is something for everyone, a delicious smorgasbaord of aural delights to tickle those tastebuds.

But it doesn't end there. There's cabaret theatre a la Gideon Reeling , club nights from Girlcore , Say Yes and Living In a Disco , more refined cultural pursuits courtesy of Arcola Theatre and regal food fights courtesy of The Rebel Dining Society , where you can get an amazing three course meal for just ?20, (or ?30 with the ticket price). For a good dose of art with a very local angle, head to design studio Patternity for impressive UV exhibitions.

And all this for just £12 advance? What a bargain. Go HERE to get yours.

Go HERE for the latest lineup info!

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