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thing East London could never be accused of having too few of is music festivals, but its really good to see a genuinely grass roots project come to fruition. Yardlife is one such festival, set up as the dissertation project of a third year uni student it will take place in Hackney Downs Studios for one day only on 28th April this year.

It’s also the chance to do something good for charity too, so, you can ease you conscience as well as enjoying a day of partying and live music! The whole event is in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Research with all the artists appearing for free and all profits going directly to the charity. Tickets are not for sale, strictly speaking, the event is invite only and he only way to get an invite is to make a donation. Good for your social life, good for charity. Winning combination!

The line up looks pretty immense too – headlined by Peter Doherty, the bill also features Filthy Dukes, Hatcham Social and many many more to keep you dancing all day. The location will be the Hackney Downs Studios, an old print works with huge cavernous spaces hosting the acts, plus the open air yard area. VIPs will also be admitted to the roof terrace.

Other than the music, the main focus of the day will be fashion and style with an affordable vintage fair, hair and make up artists to help you get the 50s style and a pop-up event called Stitched Up teaching you how to customise and modify old clothes to turn them into something new!

Invites will be strictly limited so we’d suggest you register pretty sharpish! To be guarented entry applicants must then go to justgiving.com/yardlifefestival to make a donation – suggested £10. Music, fashion, fun with your friends, no massive ticket prices and all for charity. Not bad for a dissertation project, not bad at all.

Sat 28th April
Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8