Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Singer Katy B. performed at Kopperberg Urban Forest Pic: Caitlin Burns

Singer Katy B. performed at Kopperberg Urban Forest Pic: Caitlin Burns

Scandinavian themed pop-up festival the Kopparberg Urban Forest has returned to Hackney for the second year running.

The free pop-up festival started on Wednesday in Hackney Wick and will run through to July 12, featuring a range of British and Scandinavian musicians and DJs, such as Scandinavian group Summer Heart and local musicians The Hackney Colliery Band.

Last year’s first music pop-up was held in Dalston and proved to be very successful, with appearances by Kelis, Little Dragons, and Lucy Rose. The first festival this year brought out hundreds throughout the night for street food, drinks, and an appearance by Katy B.

The empty lot by Hackney Wick Station has been turned into a forest, inspired by Swedish landscape and the town of Kopparberg. Guests can enjoy a variety of beers and Kopparberg fruit ciders as well as try the new frozen-cider drink.

There is also a chance to grab a bite from one of the street food vendors, including Buffalo Joe’s, Le bun or Mama’s Jerk. Local restaurant, The Pearl of Hackney, is also at the festival selling a range of vegetarian foods, such as beetroot burgers and corn fritters.

On the opening night Maya Smith, from Islington said: “It’s actually surprisingly small, normally when these pop up places turn up they are just so big that you don’t really get to experience it, so it is quite nice to get to experience the music properly.”

Bianca Garcia, from the United States said: “I think it’s pretty fun, there is a diverse group of people here and its nice to be at an outdoor festival.“

The festival runs every week from Wednesday to Sunday for the next five weeks. Opening times during the week are 4 -11 p.m. and noon -11 p.m. on the weekend.

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