It’s officially the week of Visions Festival! This Saturday, Visions will take the helm at eight Hackney venues for the sixth edition of the festival, and we can’t wait. We’re going to dance to the likes of Girlhood, HMLTD, Idles and Lone (definitely), fawn over dogs at the dog show (100%), peruse the Visions Market (most likely), drink some beers in the Visions Beer Garden (obviously), and get a tattoo at the Old Habits tattoo parlour (… maybe).

At a time when the future of Hackney venues feels particularly unstable, Visions will be a day to celebrate the vibrant scene that the area has to offer.

Ahead of the festival this Saturday, we spoke to some of the key venues to find out what Visions means to them…

Alaskalaska – Sassy 009 – Rival Consoles – Nilüfer Yanya – Marika Hackman – HMLTD

“We’re lucky enough to have worked with Visions Festival from the early days so we have a lot of love and respect for the people involved. This year we’re particularly looking forward to seeing what HMLTD do with the place; Oval Space is a blank canvas, so they can pretty much run riot with the decorations. Also, very up for seeing Sassy 009 here earlier in the day and then catching up with the Marika Hackman crew who are, quite frankly, legends.”

Black Midi – Duds – Sorry – No Age – Yak – Idles

“Alternative culture is a huge part of what makes us and our venue tick, so being part of Visions is really exciting for everyone at Hangar. Playing host to the festival pre-party is going to be a lot of fun, especially with Fucked Up headlining who are sure to bring the raucous atmosphere. Warehouse spaces thrive on energy and the line-up throughout the festival fits this perfectly!”

Honey Harper – Jockstrap – Lauren Auder – Carla Dal Forno  – Blue Hawaii – Sampa the Great – Lone – MILK – Rough Trade DJs

“Music and art are a huge part of London Fields Brewery and it’s great to have VISIONS back under The Arches to celebrate the diversity and creativity of the East London scene. As a grassroots venue it’s always a pleasure to offer emerging talent a platform to reach new listeners.”

Girlhood – Jonathan Bree – Kwake Bass – Laura Misch – Oscar Jerome – WU-LU Live – Stranger Than Paradise DJs

“Visions Festival is always an amazing experience for us at NT’s, it’s very special for us to host such a range of live acts in our unique space. We’re really looking forward to it!”

Porridge Radio – Pardans – Sons of Raphael – Sports Team – Sean Nicholas Savage – Punk Rock Karaoke

“It is a pleasure to play host to our favourite local music festival for another year. Once again, the line-up speaks for itself and we LOVE that you can always guarantee you’re in for a treat no matter where you end up. Multi-venue festivals like Visions are truly special. Much of the talent on the bil started out playing their first or earliest gigs at these venues. We’re proud to be welcoming back Sports Team, a band very close to our hearts!”

The Invisible DJ – Thris Tian – Charlie Bones – Fran Lobo

Singer, producer, composer and DJ Fran Lobo will close proceedings in the Space Studios car park this year, where she’ll DJ from 6.30pm. On Visions Festival, Fran says:

“It’s a great privilege to play Visions Festival this year, it’s a festival I’ve been to many times and it’s always so much fun! Visions provides a great platform to shine a light on all the great music venues in Hackney, somewhere I called home for six years. My DJ set will be lively and eclectic playing music from techno to R&B, maybe with some unreleased music to share.”

Check the visual for Fran Lobo’s new single ‘High’ below…

Visions Festival takes place this Saturday 4th August in east London.