Leytonstone News

Music festival set to make Leytonstone return

The 4th May festival will see more than 20 live artists and DJs play across five Leytonstone venues

Credit: Shake The High Road

An all-day music and arts festival is returning to Leytonstone on 4th May after five years.

Shake The High Road boasts more than 20 live artists and DJs spanning a multitude of genres, as well as a series of special talks and interviews, scheduled all day and into the night across five Leytonstone venues within a few minutes walk from each other.

Venues include St John’s Leytonstone, the Leytonstone Social Club, The Red Lion’s club room aka The Lion’s Den, and iconic two-floor venue Luna. Meanwhile, Good Shepherd Studios will host a pre-party in the days leading up to the festival.

The line-up currently includes Nathan Fake, Daudi Matsiko, Deptford Northern Soul Club, Donna Thompson, Wrongtom meets The Ragga Twins, Alena Arpels, Minor Conflict, Vanity Fairy, Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club, and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

For those wanting to party until late, the festival schedule offers two night-time segments featuring live acts and DJs in the ‘Disco Basement’ at Luna, while the ‘Underdog Stage’ at the Lion’s Den presents a bass-heavy sound system.’Underdog Stage at the Lion’s Den presents a bass-heavy sound system.

For those who fancy a pre-party party in the days leading up to the festival, Shake The High Road is hosting a launch event at Good Shepherd Studios with local producer/DJ Wrongtom presenting a deep dive into Waltham Forest’s dub and reggae scene, showcasing the influences that led towards Primal Scream’s Screamadelica album, which was recorded in the borough. This is free for all ticket holders and will feature special guest speakers, to be announced soon.

Simon Singleton, event organiser and Leytonstone resident says: “I am absolutely buzzing to be bringing SHAKE THE HIGH ROAD back to my local area. With a wonderful mix of amazing live acts, DJs, and guest talks, I know there will be many magical moments for everyone to enjoy across the area’s best live music venues.

“It’s always a joy to feel the buzz around Leytonstone High Road on the day, and I can’t wait to bring this special celebration of music back this summer.”

Tickets to Shake The High Road start at £20 and are available here


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