Streetfest in Shoreditch will break the festival mould on Bank Holiday Weekend

Most festivals now try to offer the audience a bit more than a succession of bands on one stage and a few pints of warm lager, be it food stalls, film screenings or clothes shops.

Few can surely complete with the eclectic offerings of StreetFest though, an urban celebration of graffiti art, break-dancing and grime and hip-hop music which takes place in the Hearn Street car park in Shoreditch on May 29.

Now in its fifth year, having previously taken over nearby Rivington Place for the day, founder Bayo Alaba, 38, who also runs the Juno bar in Shoreditch High Street, believes it takes up a unique position in the summer festival season. He said: “We close off the road and combine that with the car park to get a really great space.

“It lets us put up these really big canvasses so we can have lots of live art going on.”

The performance art side to the day’s events will be worth seeing, including Secret Wars, a live art “battle” which is billed as “working in similar ways to Fight Club”.


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Having previously been set up in such obscure locations as a deserted meat factory in Malmo, Sweden, competitors take each other on not with their fists but with spray cans and other artists’ tools

Mr Alaba said: “Some artists come from a fine art background, some from the tagging scene. It’s always interesting to see what people come up with.”

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Artists on the bill include Andy Council, Best Ever, Inkfetish and celebrated graffiti artist Inkie who will perform alongside Remi Rough.

That’s before we even get started on the music with acts including Wretch 32, The Nextmen and DJ sets from The Urban Nerds and DJ Motive.

Plus b-boy and girl street dance-offs and spoken word performances from Greeds and Phresh Mentality and a ramp course for skating and rollerblading… the list goes on.

The event runs from 1pm to 11pm, for over-18s only from 7pm.

For tickets and info visit streetfest.net.

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