SIMPLE THINGS FESTIVAL 2018
Crack Magazine’s Simple Things Festival returns with a new format and a line-up which has got us scanning the thesaurus for ‘impeccable’ synonyms. 2018 sees the festival split into Day (2pm-11pm) and Night (10pm-8am) iterations. The day section is blessed with a stack of LiS favourites such as Tirzah, James Holden, Iglooghost, Dena and Slowdive. The night is headlined by the inimitable Helena Hauff (whose recent five-hour set in London was mind-blowing), with company from the likes of Coby Sey, Tasker and DJ Python. Impeccable: faultless, immaculate, perfect etc…
RITA’S DINING IS BACK
Brave souls that we are, we distribute LiS ourselves – often on foot. What this creates is precious opportunities to sample food and drink across the capital. Rita’s Dining on Mare Street was always a favourite stop-off: rad cocktails and – oh wow – a green chilli mac’n’cheese that must have been created by deities and then handed to the Rita’s team. So, wonderful news – Rita’s is back! They’ve taken up residence at one of London’s best breweries (Redchurch) serving up a menu inspired by Mexico, America, Britain and more, plus plenty of actually-good vegan options. And, yes, the mac’n’ cheese is back. 2018’s occasionally very good to us.
FRIEZE SCULPTURE 2018
Okay, this has been on for a bit, but time’s ticking if you want to catch this vital part of Frieze 2018. For a second year, Regent’s Park is full of visual treats as 25 sculptors exhibit thought-provoking, varied work. With exhibitors including the likes of Tracy Emin, Richard Woods and Tim Etchells’ must-Insta Everything is Lost, this is a free London treat you should not miss.
PAPER DRESS VINTAGE: BIGGER AND LATER
One of the most idiosyncratic and lovable venues in London, Paper Dress Vintage is always a great place to hang out, drink a beer or two and watch up up’n’comers or acts doing serious underplays. Plus, of course buy choice vintage clothes. The live room is already great, so no improvement needed there but, excitingly, the hang out and drink option has been seriously ramped-up with their outside yard tripling in size, and they’ve now got a 3am licence!
D.I.Y. ART MARKET
These events always offer a treasure trove of artistic endeavours from an array of creatives across many spectrums. Zines and t-shirts rub shoulders with ceramics, screen-prints, jewellery and more and the exhibitor list is as generous with emerging artists as it is with more established names – and yep, everyone’s favourite Hackney artist Babak Ganjei is there.