Kopparberg Urban Forest

I got invited to the Kopparberg Urban Forest launch night last night and being a bit of a cider fiend, I couldn’t say no! And good news for all of you fellow cider-lovers, the month-long event is FREE!!!

Until the 3rd August, visitors can experience the awesome Scandi-style forest set-up at Dalston’s Bootstraps Company while supping on a ice-cool beverage (the Cloudberry flavour is yum!) trying out some authentic Swedish grub and listening to some up-and-coming band/DJ.

I’d advise anyone looking to check it out to turn up early doors as there was still quite a lot of people queuing halfway through the evening. It’s a really relaxed atmosphere though and we parked ourselves on a bench for a bit so that we could chill with our drinks and do a bit of people-watching. Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her husband Richard Jones and Foxes were the celebrity guests last night so keep your eyes peeled while you’re there!

The music line-up last night consisted of Scandi-pop singer Frida Sundemo (her ethereal vocals sound a lot like Lauren Mayberry from Chvrches) Nabiha (‘Never Played the Bass’) a DJ set from Stockholm’s 1987 and wait for it…Kelis! We didn’t manage to catch her headlining at the Great Escape earlier this year so it was pretty cool to see her in such an intimate setting. She did a medley of all of her hits, including a brilliant Milkshake/Madonna mash-up!

There’s a different line-up for each night including Lucy Rose, a DJ set from Little Dragon, The Subways’ Billy Lunn and the LoveBox after-party so if there’s anyone that you’ve been dying to see, get down there sharpish! It’s a cool idea, especially for people who aren’t going to a music festival this year and just want a chilled night out with some good music. It’s also conveniently close to Shoreditch and Hoxton if you’re looking to carry on the evening.

Hang in there guys, its nearly Friday! I’m off out around my old stomping ground in Angel and then birthday celebrations for my brother in the homeland. A well-rounded Essex & The City weekend, I’d say!

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