What's on in Hackney this weekend: 7-9 October
Don't miss out on brilliant nightlife and theatre events, a free children's festival, plus a UK soul legend makes an appearance this weekend in Hackney
Stepping Into Tomorrow
£5/7/otd. 8pm-2am, Friday, 7 October
The Nest 6th Birthday
£10. 10pm-4am, Friday, 7 October
To celebrate its sixth birthday, The Nest nightclub, in Dalston, will be taking things back in time to 80s rave culture with an ode to breakbeat and hardcore. Expect six hours filled with acid house and hedonistic sounds.
£10-35. 7.30pm, Saturday, 8 October
RAF fighters, princes-turned-pilots and battlefield nurses cross paths under the wings of battered Spitfires during World War Two (pictured above). Filled with jealousy, desire, despair and comedy, this opera at Hackney Empire, hurtles through a display of vocal acrobatics, and musical fireworks.
£8/10 otd. 10pm-3.30am, Saturday, 8 October
Take a UK soul and dance legend and give them four hours to wreck the decks for what is sure to be a memorable night at Trapeze, Shoreditch. Jazzie B OBE has produced some of the best-loved tunes including Soul II Soul’s 'Keep On Movin' and 'Back To Life'.
Free. 11am-5pm, Saturday, 8 October - Sunday, 9 October
Let children's imaginations go wild during this free, two-day family event at Dalston Square. Put on by Anorak Magazine, the festival will be packed full of creative activities, including a puppet show, paper ice-cream parlour and a travelling children's bookshop.
Open Decks and Zoe's Peanut Butter Stew Special
Free entry. 1pm-6pm, Sunday, 9 October
Share your music favourites at this vinyl-only open decks party at Grow, Hackney. This event coincides with the last day of Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's amazing month-long residency and to mark it, she's bringing back her famous peanut butter stew, served with yam and plantain. Yum.
Walking Around Hackney Parks
Free. Sunday, 9 October
Wind down your weekend by taking a lovely walk and enjoying Hackney’s fantastic parks. Choose various distances and routes, including the River Lea to Stoke Newington, and walks around the borough’s canals and southern borders. Or try out the new cycle route linking up Hackney with Walthamstow.