Visions Aftermath

15 Aug 2017

Visions Festival hit London Fields 5 August, here's what it left behind...

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"Now in its fifth year, Visions continues to celebrate obscurity and eccentricity. The Hackney one-dayer, taking charge of five hip venues and three outdoor spaces conveniently close to each other in London Fields, showcases some of the most exciting, interesting and individual musical talents that are yet to be discovered."

"Fresh acts and big draws spread across much-loved hotspots of East London, and it's well curated, trendy, and diverse. The practical execution is also fantastic: not too many queues, lots of nice spots for a beer, and unexpected surprises ranging from Twin Peaks-themed dog shows to crepe making competitions. It’s always a delight, and this year's edition is no different." - The Line of Best Fit

"Before the music, though, there’s an irresistibly cute dog show judged by Girl Ray and Mystery Jets to raise money for the All Dogs Matter charity. It might only be for an hour, but it creates a community of adoring dog lovers, bringing people together in a way that most other festivals can only dream of. If you like your festivals with something unusual to boot, then Visions is perfect – there’s also a crepe cook-off with Kero Kero Bonito vs. Frankie Cosmos, a beer pong tournament with Happyness and punk-rock karaoke. What more could you possibly want?" - Dork

"The ‘bigger’ acts climb onto the stage at Oval Space, worthy of note for its never less than excellent sound as well as its position next to the canal, overlooking the area’s famous, dystopian-looking gas works. At the opposite end of the scale, at the festival’s southernmost point there’s the classic indie pub vibe of The Sebright Arms. You get the feel that this is the artists’ festival – the programme notes on each act are written by another of the acts playing, which is a nice touch." - Loud and Quiet

"It’s a simple idea, executed perfectly, creating a wonderful day. It’s a perfect day in Hackney. As the day wore on, and the sun came out, I had a beer or two on the roof terrace overlooking the Overground tracks, and I felt very blessed to be enjoying a day of such fantastic music in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant communities. There are few events which can so reliably expose you to such quality new music alongside such strong established acts. Fewer still do all of this with live punk rock karaoke in the local boozer as an official afterparty. Long may Visions Festival reign." -  The Line of Best Fit

"So, once again, Visions Festival has delivered. Another gloriously sunny day with some of the most glorious new music the world has to offer right now." - Gigslutz

"But it’s the stuff happening around the acts though which helps to mark Visions as a little different. Aside from the rooftop bar at Netil House, where punters and artists mingle while gazing out across the capital, there’s strange happenings such as an actual dog show at a church, judged by members of Girl Ray, amongst others.  Any multi-venue indoor festival runs the risk of queue panic, so the day does need to be planned out, but where Visions really scores is in its boundary-pushing line up, born of expert curation by promoters who give a damn. A festival of this kind needs three things to be a true success on the day – great acts, of course, but also great venues and great weather. This edition of Visions got the hat trick." - Loud and Quiet

"Yet again Visions succeeds where so many similar events fail. An astute and varied lineup is served by good organisation. This year’s slight rejig has made it even easier to float between venues, and even when the queues look prohibitive, they generally dissipate pretty quickly. The only thing you’d change if it were possible would be to increase the hours in the day, as there are so many other acts you’d love to be able to fit in – Frankie Cosmos, Amber Arcades, Marie Davidson and Soccer Mommy to name but a few. When all is said and done, Visions is worth £30 of anyone’s money. Long may it continue." - MusicOMH

Visions Festival - See you next year!

Check out full reviews here:

The Line of Best Fit

Loud and Quiet

Dork

Gigslutz

Music OMH

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