And That was that

The sun has set on another Land of Kings, and what a way to see off our fifth year.  Foraying into new territory with the one-day, fifteen hour format, we were blessed with sunshine and summer vibes from the get-go.  Al fresco highlights included Street Feast where techno royalty Richie Hawtin dropped in for a surprise set and Dalston Roof Park where Reggae Roast beamed out caribbean beats followed by rooftop cinema courtesy of Lost Picture Show.  Elsewhere, The Nest Collective brought field-folk to a city garden and our purpose-built Castle Stage, in association with Desperados, welcomed the masses to its green-lawned floors with sets from Gaggle, Chrome Hoof, Landshapes, Darkstar and Night Works before Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs closed out.

House of Hot Breath transformed the underground enclaves of a post-war Bunker into a UV-drenched, green-screen layered video dance rave, and the Arcola Theatre became a multi-level house party, with Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston’s ‘A Love From Outer Space‘ and Bugged Out 10×10 which saw Skream, James Lavelle, Krankbrother, Dan Beaumont, Disco Bloodbath, Riton and more bringing their all time fave dance records.  Label showcases had Moshi Moshi, Five Easy Pieces, Week of Wonders and Brownswood present their finest few (including a last minute appearance from Brownswood honcho Gilles Peterson), and as the hour hit nightfall and the festival spread outwards, revellers hit up the string of venues along the Kingsland strip.

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For now, a fond farewell till next year.  To stay in the loop and hear updates from the Kingdom, including details and info on Land of Kings 2014, join our mailing list.

See you next year…