Bands, balti, bars and bagels - 17th June heralds the great Macmillan Brick Lane Takeover 2010

Posted: 25th May 2010

The summer is upon us and so are little one-day festivals in cities all over the place - one such event will take place in London's lively Brick Lane district on Thursday 17th June (yeah, why should the weekend hold the monopoly on gigs and all-dayers?), involving over a dozen bands, van-loads of foodie places and plenty of watering-holes in the surrounding streets (Aldgate and Shoreditch are well-equipped for good beer-stops).

The Macmillan Brick Lane Takeover 2010 is raising awareness and much-needed funds for the essential cancer-charity, so bring plenty of cash to help them on their way. You'll need just £20 to buy yourself an access ticket online (click below) which entitles you to a wristband-pass for all the participating venues, including Rough Trade East, 93 Feet East, The Brickhouse, Spitalfields, Cargo, Cafe 1001 and Vibe Bar. Tickets are on sale now - but who's playing?

Live highlights during the event (which starts at 5.30pm) include the much-fancied BBC6Music-loving Goldheart Assembly, excellent new Australian summer-pop act Allo Darlin' (album review on this site approacheth), Kill It Kid (fresh from their SXSW appearance on the 'Southwest Of Never' cancer-charity release earlier in the year), Erland and the Carnival, Eliza Doolittle, 26 (album review also approacheth), Sam Little, Three Trapped Tigers and The Paris Riots as well as another dozen more (plus a few surprises, no doubt). Time it right and you might be able to get to see the vast majority in one evening (in between stuffing yourself with bagels and doughnuts).

Oh yes - the whole has been curated by XFM's John Kennedy. Good choices, John. And a good cause.

Paul Pledger