Death usually depresses the hell out of people and 2016 seems to be doing a good enough job of that already – from the loss of icon after icon and Brexit; this year is one to be remembered.
But there are still plenty of things to be chipper about – such as the return of the ever-fantastic Shuffle Festival 2016 on Saturday 9th July 2016, which I’m pleased to say we’re part of again this year. Any festival celebrating life, humanity and community which also happens to be in a Cemetery, goes down well in our book.
Partnering with our good friends at the Tower Hamlets Cemetery, myself and Sam will be guiding you around the heroes and villains of this east-end Valhalla. This is the third year we’ve been involved – read the testimonials from previous tours here. Seeing as the Somme celebrates its centenary this year, a new person of interest is being added to the tour – a man who remarkably survived the entire First World War from start to finish unscathed, but whose heroic death had the East End turn out in their droves to pay their respects.
Running over a 24 hour period, the festival will see the park see both sunset and sunrise. We’ll be running the tours at 3, 5, 7 and 9pm – I’ll be doing the latter two as I have prior work commitments and Sam, master of Highgate and Abney Park, shall be doing the first two. Come along, hear about these old characters of the E postcode – others have and have loved it!
Other events include a Fallen Idols DJ Set where the works of Bowie, Prince and A Tribe Called Quest will be played to commemorate the musicians we’ve lost this year, films (including Steve Jobs, directed by festival founder Danny Boyle, which will be shown at midnight), music, live performances and head ranger Ken, who will be giving a talk on how to curate a funeral.
Tickets for the tour can be booked here. See you then!