Preview: Stoke Newington Music Festival

Multi-venue music festival takes over Stoke Newington this weekend

AT the last count, there were 13 music festivals based in Hackney, and that was just the summer ones.

The latest edition to the fold, Stoke Newington Music Festival, is taking place this weekend, when we could all use a wiggle to warm us up. Artists such as Howie Reeve (pictured above), We Used To Make Things, and Eighteen Nightmares at the Lux will be part of the exciting local line up.

From 23 to 25 October, Stoke Newington’s pubs, bars, restaurants, churches and street corners will be hosting live music and performances, from raucous guitars to harmonising trios via hip-hop DJ sets.

Most events will be free, with donation buckets present at the venues in order to raise money for Brook, a sexual health charity that runs a condom distribution scheme for young people in Hackney. 

A special, young people’s venue will be established in St Paul’s Church on Stoke Newington High Street, with music produced by and for under 18s, showcasing young musical talent and young sound engineers. 

Once the live sets have packed up, many of the festival’s more established venues will also stay open, with specially curated DJ events keeping the musical mayhem going until the early hours.

Donations can be made at any time by texting ‘SNMF15 £5’ to 70070.