Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday and made our first festival such a success
Last Saturday marked a milestone in the two-decade long history of Dazed & Confused magazine, as our first ever festival was staged across several venues in east London's Shoreditch. As a live embodiment of the magazine, the event focused as much on radical ideas and inspiring art as live bands and DJs, of which Dazed Live boasted a sonic line-up stretching from New York alt band Gang Gang Dance, noisy experimentalists Factory Floor to Gallic cosmic disco legend Black Devil Disco Club and beyond, while the Numbers and Greco-Roman crews rocked XOYO until late with guest DJs including Caribou and Actress.
The Tramshed on Rivington Street provided the central daytime hub for the festival, with its ground floor cafe, Absolut bar and Dazed Live radio station, where Dazed's editorial team kept the radio waves busy, playing out tunes and chat with a gang of contributors and friends including Super/Collider, Karley Sciortino, Real Gold, Feeding Time, Carrie Cassetteplaya, the Numbers crew and many more – the shows will be being uploaded to Mixcloud soon. Artist Graham Hudson created the sprawling scaffold centrepiece that housed the radio station, including busted-up TVs that showed the best fashion films from DazedDigital.com.
The Tramshed was also where the Dazed Lab Under-35 speakers appeared, drawing large crowds to the basement throughout the day despite the blazing sun outside, including cutting-edge creative agency Champagne Valentine, fashion filmmaker Ruth Hogben who showed and discussed her Gareth Pugh fashion films, and radical architect Magnus Larsson presenting his concept for living in sand dunes treated with bacteria to turn them into stone. Artist and curator Paul Pieroni staged a provocative polemic questioning the stated aims of the festival ('Who are we declaring independence from?'), political journalist and activist Laurie Penny talked rousingly about the importance of resistance, while author Ned Beauman and artist Jamie Shovlin brought a playful end to the day with their joint talk on fiction and reality.
In Shoreditch Church, the congregation gathered for the day's main guest speakers, with Google creative whizkid Aaron Koblin discussing data art, shamanic author Daniel Pinchbeck prophesying time for change, and the twinkle-eyed 81-year-old countercultural hero Alejandro Jodorwosky discussing alchemy and assholes beneath the stained glass window, before introducing his psychedelic epic 'The Holy Mountain' to a sea of packed pews.
Guests enjoyed Pavilion coffee and Absolut Espresso cocktails, Levi's presented talks with Justice Williams and artist Kathryn Ferguson, a Craft of Music session with Austra, Fiction and Aiden Moffat, and a unique 'Shape What's to Come' photo booth in collaboration with Cassette Playa.
Thanks again to everyone who came together to make the day and night what it was. Come back tomorrow to see all the images!
With thanks to Kopparberg, Peroni, Wagamama and SoBe for their donations. Pundersons Gardens's coverage, filmed with equipment from f24m, will be available shortly on Dazed TV
Photography by Elinor Jones and Morgan O'Donovan