The first Apple Cart festival is almost open us, after almost starting last year. Taking place in East London’s Victoria Park, August the 7th will see a veritable smorgasbord of comedy and music. Here are this writers personal Top 10 acts to see, both musically and comedy wise:

Tim Minchin

Comedy superstar Tim Minchin will be bringing his own brand of musical comedy to the Apple cart festival, fresh from his arena straddling orchestral tour. One not to miss out on, especially if the wonderful ‘Pope Song’ gets an airing.

Saint Etienne

Long time London based band Saint Etienne play their only London Festival of the summer for Apple Cart. Always a pleasure, never a chore, be sure to catch them play such classics as ‘Sylvia’ and ‘Love Can Break Your Heart’.

Steve Mason

Former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason will be bringing acclaimed album ‘Boy’s Outside’ to the masses at the festival. He may even play some King Biscuit Time if in the mood.

Marcus Brigstocke

A Radio 4 regular, Marcus Brigstocke will be playing one of a few strand up comedy sets this year for Apple cart. With his debut book, God Collar, freshly released, this will definitely be memorable.

Patrick Wolf

Very much an acquired taste, this young man will be confounding and delighting in equal measure as he plays from his newest longplayer, ‘Lupercalia’, as well as his well known songs ‘The Libertine’ and ‘Magic Position’.

Mark Steel

Left wing firebrand Mark Steel will be brining his hilarious and satirical comedy for a rare London appearance. He will certainly be taking no prisoners.

Jon Richardson

New 8 out of 10 team captain will be bringing the funnies to the no doubt brimming comedy tent. A self styled grumpy young man, this will be one to watch.

Magic Numbers

Three albums in, any festival set from the Magic Numbers would be one to watch. Certain to go down well with the crowd, this fourpiece will gently rock the roof off.

Badly Drawn Boy

A Manchester institution, Badly Drawn Boy will be coming south for a London festival appearance which is sure to appeal to all viewers. One not to miss.

Treetop Flyers

Playing courtesy of Communion records, the Treetop Flyer won the coveted Glastonbury new bands competition and are fresh of their Glastonbury slot given to them as a reward. Be sure to catch their set for a glimpse of Crosby Stills and Nash harmonies showing why they were well deserved winners.

We've also made a Spotify Playlist, which can be heard here.

Overall then, it is one of the stronger London festival line ups for the summer. For the full line up, and details on how to buy tickets, please go to