Dalston to host Vortex Outdoors - free open air festival in Gillett Square

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By ABattisby | Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 15:48

This weekend Dalston will once again play host to Vortex Outdoors, a free open air festival in Gillett Square.

Some of London's finest musicians will grace the square for an afternoon of live entertainment.

The day-long music festival will take place on Sunday 9th May and will feature jazz, reggae, soul, funk, folk and hip-hop.

Vortex Outdoors will star Zarif, Don-e, Jamie Woon and Sharlene Hector of Basement Jaxx on stage.

It will be followed by an after party at the Vortex Jazz Club in Gillett Street, featuring DJ sets from Dusty Lungs (Urban Nerds), Aj Kwame (Afri-kokoa) and Koichi Sakai (Ghetto Lounge).

Curated by The Vortex Jazz Club, not-for-profit arts collective BrazenBunch and Hackney Cooperative Developments, artists on the day will include Don-e (currently working with Grace Jones), Zarif (support artist for Beyonce’s UK tour), Jamie Woon, HKB FiNN, Elisabeth Troy, Aruba Red, Kevin Mark Trail, Me’sha Bryan, Sharlene Hector (vocalist with Basement Jaxx), Last Mango in Paris, The Lifeforce Band and students from the surrounding area, including BSix, a 6th form college in Hackney.

As well as music, Vortex Outdoors will include the chance to create a sculpture from junk with Pangolin’s Ark, get free bicycle maintenance advice with Push Cycles and Moustachio’s Bikes, and watch a live art installation by artist Gina Southgate.

Festival organiser, Clemmie Franks, said: “Vortex Outdoors is a great day out for anyone who enjoys listening to quality live music and being part of a positive community event. We encourage people from all walks of life and from different parts of London to help to support our ethos of creating sustainable and cohesive communities.”

Vortex Outdoors live music

Date: Saturday May 9th

Time: 1pm – 7pm

Venue: Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8JH.

Cost: Free

After Party: Indoors at Vortex Jazz Club Gillete Square starts 8:30 pm - 1:00 am.



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