The Queens Yard Summer Party is a two-day festival celebrating the best of the Hackney Wick borough. Bringing together food, music, drinks, exhibitions, shopping and events, the festival, which supports the mental health charity Mind and MAP Charity, providing disadvantaged children creative education, is set to be a fun new addition to the summer festival calendar, minus the cons of mud and tents that sometimes come with festivals in countrysides.
The festival is spread across different venues in Hackney Wick, allowing residents and visitors to experience the different cultural spaces that the borough boasts. It will celebrate the small business owners, the creative minds, the emerging talents bursting with ideas – all within two fun-filled days. The music offering spans many different cultures and genres and includes a host of well-known and up-and-coming talent such as Jane Fitz who one might recognise from their residency at Pickle Factory, techno and bass specialists Peverelist, Hannah Holland bringing the bass-heavy house, and disco king Bill Brewster to name a few. The food offering is just as much of a rich mixed bag of cultures in the form of delicious cuisines. Street food and pop-up vendors will be serving across the borough, such as Barge East serving their famous jackfruit tacos, CRATE with their stone-baked pizzas, beautiful patties at Burger Bear, and many more. There are three breweries on board for the festival – The Beer Merchants Tap who’ll have over 500 bottled beers, alongside Howling Hops Brewery and Tank Bar who are experts in showcasing modern beers full of flavour as well as organic wines.
When you’re not exploring ‘The Wick’, eating, drinking, basking in the music (and hopefully sunshine), make the most of the other unique offerings the Queens Yard Summer Party has in store, such as boulder climbing with Hackney Wick Boulder Project, meditative gong sessions with yogi Delphine, and a fascinating and perhaps enlightening discussion with Dr Alex Pardois about magic mushroom micro-dosing.
Various locations across Hackney Wick.
4-5 May 2019
Day tickets cost £15.50. Weekend tickets cost £25.50. Available via residentadvisor.net