Starting out as a small, invite only festival run by a tight-knit group of mates back in 2007, Wonderland has since grown to become one of the underground London club scene’s most exciting events. Since it’s inception Wonderland has been committed to raising money for charity, firstly for Cancer Research UK, and since 2009 for a small charity supporting communities in The Gambia, Africa, the Wonder Years Centre of Excellence charity.
This Saturday, June 1st, Wonderland return to Crucifix Lane for their massive summer party, this time round mashing two worlds together to bring you the twisted tale of ‘The Wonderland Wizard of Oz’!
“A storm has hit Wonderland and the Wendy house has been swept up into the air, only to come crashing down atop the poor old wicked witch of the east…sorry love!
Wonderland has spilt out into the Munchkin town and my golly are those lil guys and gals chuffed to have us! But we cannot stay, we must return to Wonderland before the Queens of Hearts tarts get stale or it will be off with our heads!!!
The Journey begins along the Yellow Brick Road to find the Emerald City and within it the Wonderful Wizard of Oz who has the ability to send us back with his all powerful bass!!
Join us on our adventure, meet some friends along the way, find courage, open your heart and discover your brain in the Wonderland Wizard of Oz… “
Check this time lapse video of the last Wonderland party, which shows the crew arriving at the club at about midday, setting up till 10pm when the club opens (The footage gets more blurry as the bass gets louder) right up until everyone gets kicked out at 6am, and everything is taken down, and the club doors finally close again at 10am:
The line up is as strong and diversified as ever, with DJ’s and live acts covering a plethora of genres, from jazz to drum and bass, and punk to UK garage!
Here’s a selection of music from the headliners to tantalise those aural taste buds.
Born in 2006 from members of dnb trio Resonant Evil, this duo specialise in breakbeats with twisting, tearing basslines and searing lead lines; no holds barred filth. Afghan Headspin have managed to firmly secure their name in Southern Spain as one of the leading artists in the tearout scene, and have made appearances on Annie Nightingales Radio 1 show and the Breakspoll awards, alongisde collaborations with some of the breaks worlds biggest names.
This exciting new project is the collaboration between live production power-house Dekko, and talented London sound-smith Weave. Together, these bright young things make incredible music exploring house, garage and dubstep with a host of releases lined up for 2013. Nevertheless, their DJ sets range from melodic electronica to house party classics and driving all the way through into main room bass music. These talented producers know how to manipulate the dance floor in any situation.
London-based Polaroid 85 combine haunting vocals, deep bass, intricate orchestral layers and glitchy samples to create downtempo, cinematic music. Their soulful, piano-led compositions are infused with elements of jazz, trip hop, liquid drum’n’bass, broken-beat, world, classical and folk music, taking you on a varied sonic journey.
Describing themselves as “Spooky Gypsy Horror Punk” Buffo’s Wake blend carnivalesque stomping folk music with a macabre edge and gypsy twinges, creating a truly unique and fun filled set, it’ll feel like Haloween’s come early this year!
This beautiful, 12-strong mix of international musicians have been making music in various form for a decade now, and things just keep getting better. Seamlessly blending Latin, Afro and Jazz flavours into a an energising blend of rocky and uptempo tracks riddled with strong melodies.
Besides the two rooms of quality music, you expect to find Arial Silks & Pole Dancing by Bitter & Twisted Burlesque, state of the art lighting by DCLX and LucyNation, The Wonderland Bakery by Miss White Rabbit, out of this world decor by the Wonderland Crew, custom stage design by Jabberwocky Productions, and much much more waiting to be discovered in the various nooks and crannies of Crucifix Lane, all whilst supporting a massively good cause.
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: Facebook.com/events/152970054874681
MORE INFO: WonderlandFestival.co.uk
Wonderland is entirely in aid of charity and run by volunteers, all profits go to the Wonder Years Charity ~ supporting communities in The Gambia.
CHARITY INFO: WYCE.org.uk