VISIONS FESTIVAL 2016
Following the success of three sell-out years, Visions Festival returns on Saturday 6th August 2016.
The first three years have seen special performances from a diverse and international range of artists including Poliça, Fat White Family, Jens Lekman, Camera Obscura Andrew WK, Perfume Genius, Loyle Carner, !!!, Alvvays, Sophie, Hinds, Songhoy Blues, and many more. VISIONS has progressively grown each year adding new venues, spaces and outdoors areas within London Fields, and has become a firm favourite for many in the local area and beyond. Maintaining the feel of an intimate and welcoming festival, the event is carefully curated and considered to be a real alternative event. This year looks set to be it’s most exciting yet.
The festival will welcome Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers – making a welcome return to the capital as one of the festival closers. Joining them is another Mercury-nominated act, singer-songwriter sensation Anna Calvi. VISIONS is also delighted to host Norwegian producer Lindstrom, plus a handful of talented US acts including rapper and performance artist Mykki Blanco, noise rock duo Lightning Bolt and the visceral New York hard-core band Show Me The Body. Back to the UK talent, we’re excited to announce a special appearance from Gengahr following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘A Dream Outside’ last year, alongside hotly tipped five-piece indie-pop outfit Pumarosa. Newcomer and 19-year-old London based artist The Japanese House is also set to bring her ambient synth-pop to the festival. Elsewhere, rising grime star Elf Kid joins the bill, with London-via-Berlin drone rock band Ulrika Spacek and art-rave project Drones Club all set to perform.
In addition, New York funk pioneers ESG join us for their only UK festival appearance this summer and Jessy Lanza will return to London following the release of new album ‘Oh No’ this May. Another act joining us from overseas is former Le Tigre star JD Samson with her new DJ show, while experimental Norwich teen duo Let’s Eat Grandma will also play, providing a taste of new music from their forthcoming debut album ‘I, Gemini’. Joining them is English-Icelandic girl band Dream Wife, Los Angeles-based sister duo Bleached and psych-doom outfit Baba Naga. Elsewhere, the festival is excited to announce Stevenage punks Bad Breeding and hotly tipped London acts Babeheaven and electro-pop singer-songwriter Kelly Lee Owens, alongside bewitching New Zealand singer Aldous Harding, Brainfeeder signed artist Iglooghost and rising stars Japanese Breakfast - who join the bill for their debut UK show.
Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon will provide a taste of new music from her recently released album ‘Crab Day’. Also joining the bill is London-based singer Rosie Lowe. Elsewhere, additions come from former Let’s Wrestle frontman Wesley Gonzalez, as well as Meatraffle, a band last year’s headliners Fat White Family have declared “the greatest band in the country right now”, and Gabriel Bruce following the release of his new album ‘Come All Sufferers’. Finally, Hackney’s all-female choir, Deep Throat Choir, completes the bill and will perform a set of covers.
Music isn’t the only offering from VISIONS. The festival will also be host to exhibitions and installations from local artists, a special Street Food festival, other one-off market stalls and other extra attractions new to the festival including the event's first ever dog show, screen printing classes, black metal yoga, home brewing classes and exclusive custom design tattoos from Old Habits Tattoo Shop.
Focusing on accessibility and highly alternative entertainment, the festival remains a fairly priced ticket (£35), with a wealth of different acts to see and things to do in some of city’s best new venues and spaces smack bang in the middle of a hazy London in the mid-summer.
Tickets on sale now. Get them HERE.