Flying Vinyl Blog

Our riot In Hackney

- Craig Evans

Late last year we set ourselves the monumental task of holding a one-day festival in London that showcased ten incredible bands.

We wanted to do something that felt radically different to most gigs, something that was raw, aggressive and gritty, so went about finding a warehouse space wedged amid graffiti-clad buildings in Hackney and kitted it out with a huge rig.

The eventual result was a showcase of some of the artists we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the last year and the raw aggression of our community. The mosh-pits had started well before the sun went down and the crowd-surfing a little later.

At times the whole thing felt like a riot, like we’d created an unhinged monster, but it was good to see that proper rock n’ roll is still alive and well. There’s too many gigs filled with silent beard-strokers and I think we managed to create something much grittier and destructive in the way that art should be.

So thank you to everyone who turned out, jumped around, moshed, crowd-surfed, screamed and sang. Thank to everyone who supported the event even if they couldn’t be there and all those people who came up to us at the festival and introduced themselves, it was one of the most bizarre and surreal experiences.

Thanks to the incredible artists (Swim Deep, Black Honey, Kagoule, The Magic Gang, The Jar Family, The Amazons, Yonaka, The Orielles, Asylums and Juice) for absolutely smashing it and to all of the production team and people behind the scenes at FV who kept everything running smoothly on the day.

We’ve had a lot of people questioning what we’re going to do next in the live space. Nothing’s been firmed up currently but stay tuned we’ll be back! Viva la Revolution.