Trick or treat? The answer is that this Halloween, Hackney’s newest multi-venue festival Mirrors will definitely be nothing but a treat.
Taking place on Saturday, October 31st, at the three esteemed venues of St John at Hackney Church, Hackney Round Chapel and Oslo, the festival is set to bring nothing but spellbinding talent to the stage. Familiar names and faces abound – with Nadine Shah, Thurston Moore and Luke Sital-Singh all named to the bill. But best of all, it works out to be about £20 for 20 bands. No trickery involved.
The beautiful surrounds of Grade II-listed Hackney Round Chapel will see The Thurston Moore Band headline with a supergroup made up of the Sonic Youth founder and drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe and guitarist James Sedwards. And if that doesn’t entertain, a kaleidoscopic stage performance is promised from the Heavenly Recordings’ doom rock three-piece The Wytches.
Meanwhile, the enigmatic R&B duo Rhye will be making a rare UK performance to headline St John at Hackney Church. Since the release of their debut album Woman in 2013, they have achieved unprecedented success with a spellbinding sound that pairs a tender production style with the soaring, androgynous vocals of Mike Milosh. Alongside Rhye, Nadine Shah will also feature in the spectacular 18th century venue. Following the release of her second album Fast Food, the outspoken singer and musician will bring her sultry sound and hypnotic stage presence to the arena.
Down at the old Hackney station, Oslo will be hosting a programme with Oceaán, Pixx (recently signed by 4AD), instrumentalist, singer and composer Alex Burey, Declan McKenna (winner of Glastonbury’s emerging talent competition), Dream Wife, Cameron A G and Duck House.
But most exciting of all is the chance to hear the new songs from the noisy Leeds-based rock trio TRAAMS ahead of the impending release of their second album, Modern Dancing. They positively bristle with energy and sense of purpose.
To help you get in the mood, we’ve compiled a stellar playlist of Mirrors Festival bands ready to smash your pumpkin and party the night away with one hell of a sugar rush. Get ready: