This year’s edition of the excellent VISIONS Festival in Hackney is next weekend on Saturday 3rd August, and you might well be looking ahead to it wondering just who you’re going to see. As usual, the Hackney-wide festival offers a plethora of artists, new and established, from across a range of genres. It’s enough to make your head spin, just wondering how you’re going to pick the best path through the day’s festivities.

We’re here to offer some help with our 6 picks for VISIONS 2019.

If you haven’t yet got your ticket, what are you waiting for? They’re on sale here.


Anna Meredith

One of the bigger names on this year’s bill, Anna Meredith graces the Oval Space in the build up to the release of her new record FIBS. With her incredible band backing her, Meredith is sure to be previewing plenty of exciting new material while revisiting her past with pinwheeling picks from Varmints and maybe even tracks from her plethora of other projects. Whatever she plays, it’s going to be an energetic, polychromatic delight.

Kedr Livanskiy

The rising Russian producer Kedr Livanskiy is set to bring the beats from recent record Your Need to the Arches in the early evening. As a performer, Livanskiy translates her burbling songs into bouncing physicality as she sings and plays, a truly infectious character that arrives at the perfect time of the day to perk up the crowd before the evening excitement.

Maria Somerville

While we might be melting in the early afternoon heat, Ireland’s Maria Somerville should provide the perfect balm as she takes the stage at The Arches at London Fields Brewery. The lo-fi producer’s music won’t ask you to expend too much physical energy, instead her dreamy productions will pull you into a rabbit hole that can hopefully help you escape your surroundings for a little while.

Orville Peck

The outlaw country revivalist Orville Peck is one of our favourites here on The 405, so we’re excited for his live return to London. Playing in the late afternoon at the Hangar, Pack and his band will be whipping up a shoegaze-indebted hoe-down in the underground setting. There will be dancing, there will be laughing and there will be sweat – not least behind the troubadour’s signature leather mask.

Rina Mushonga

Another 405 fave is London transplant Rina Mushonga whose second album, released this year, In A Galaxy is chock full of honest tales of self-examination set to exquisite electronics. In the live setting Mushonga is known as a powerhouse, a pure all of passion and energy, and when she brings this force to the Pickle Factory there’s no doubt that the whole room is going to be reverberating with it.


Playing straight after Orville Peck in the Hangar is another act that’s undoubtedly going to pull the perspiration from every pore: London’s jazz-punk upstarts Squid. While still with only a few recorded items out in the world, the quintet has built up a reputation as one of the must-see live acts currently going. Expect domestic tales blown up to wacked-out extremes in their inimitable style – and expect to have great fun while experiencing it.


Aside from our 6 picks, this year’s VISIONS features SO MANY more great artists like Iceage, Demdike Stare, Pigs x7, Black Country New Road, White Denim and so much more. Get full info and tickets at