Apple Cart Festival


In 2010, the Apple Cart Festival was fresh to the London festival scene. Unfortunately the festival was cancelled that first year. However in 2011 & 2012 the Apple Cart rolled into town offering something for the whole family.
This was the festival's website for several years. Content is from the site's 2012 archived pages.


Circa 2012

Billy Bragg @ Apple Cart Festival 2012


Welcome to the Apple Cart!

London’s boutique festival of music, comedy, art, cabaret & much much more!


We say: A laid back family Sunday without compromising quality.
Headliners:  Adam Ant, Billy Bragg, Beth Jeans Houghton
Key London Acts: Lianne La Havas, Noah and the Whale
Hot Tips:  Marques Toliver, Scritti Politti
Tickets: £29.50


Running Times


Music at the Apple Cart

There really is something for everyone’s ears at this year’s Cart from the folk/rock melodies of Noah and the Whale, Billy Bragg and Stornoway to the maverick pop of Adam Ant and Kid Creole, the compelling genius of Josh T Pearson and Inner City with DJs Gilles Peterson and Kevin Rowland for the revelers.


In association with Run Riot

11.00 Luke & Rusty’s Rodeo
12.00 Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
12.30 Luke & Rusty’s Rodeo
13.00 Francois & The Atlas Mountains
13.30 Shaun Keaveny
14.00 Gaz Coombes
14.40 Shaun Keaveny
15.10 Lianne La Havas
15.40 Shaun Keaveny
16.10 Billy Bragg
17.00 Soul Jazz Soundsystem
17.30 Kid Creole & The Coconuts
18.20 Sean Rowley
18.50 Stornoway
19.35 Sean Rowley
20.05 Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse
20.55 The Young & Lost Club
21.25 Noah and the Whale


In association with The Line of Best Fit

11.30 Lee Gorton
12.15 Jamie N Commons
12.45 Lee Gorton
13.15 Martin Creed
13.45 Lee Gorton
14.15 Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat
15.00 You Are Wolf
15.30 Marcus Foster
16.00 Luke & Rusty’s Rodeo
16.30 Penguin Café
17.25 Caught By The River DJs
17.55 Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny
18.40 Caught By The River DJs
19.00 Marques Toliver
19.45 Soul Jazz Soundsystem
20.25 Scritti Politti
21.05 Bonanza DJs
21.35 Josh T Pearson


Comedy at the Apple Cart

Last year the comedy tent - in association with Laughing Boy Comedy Club - was a huge success, packed to the gills all day. So this year we’ve made it bigger and better and have regular faces from T.V. and stage Sean Lock, Rich Hall, Shappi Khorsandi, Josie Long and Josh Widdicombe and more...

In Association with Laughing Boy Comedy Club

Host Charlie Baker

13.00 Suzi Ruffell
13.25 Bobby Mair
13.50 Miles Jupp
14.20 Abandoman
15.00 Josie Long
15.30 Seann Walsh
16.00 Rich Hall
16.40 Josh Widdicombe
17.10 Shappi Khorsandi
17.40 Sean Lock
18.20 Rich Hall’s Hoedown


19.30 Kevin Rowland DJ set
20.45 Gilles Peterson
21.45 Inner City


15.00 Ben Willis
16.00 Nicky Phillips
17.00 Billyjon


Magic at the Apple Cart
The Apple Cart is very proud to host a stage curated by members of the renowned magicians club The Magic Circle, who will provide a host of otherworldly entertainment and magic for kids and adults.
The stage will be hosted by Richard Pinner who has been stunning audiences since 1990 and is a Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle no less.
Oliver Tabor has performed on stages all over the world. His cabaret and stage performances involve the elegant style of magic called manipulation, his critically acclaimed award winning dove act is pure theatrical artistry, imaginatively combining the materialization of cards, doves and violins with mime and graceful showmanship
David Weeks is a member of the Inner Magic Circle with a Gold Star (one of only 300 world-wide) who performs close-up and cabaret magic; Alan Hudson (recently seen on Penn and Teller: Fool Us) is a man with stunning sleight of hand trickery also using mind reading and magical illusions; Christian Lee was hailed King of Comedy Magic by Time Out and is often compared to the late great Tommy Cooper and Andy Boughtflower performs fun shows for all the family with plenty of audience participation. A real hit at last year’s festival The Apple Cart is thrilled to once again present the most sought after and forward thinking magicians around.

12.00 Richard Pinner
12.15 Oliver Tabor
12.30 Andy Boughtflower
13.30 David Weeks
14.30 Christian Lee
15.30 Oliver Tabor
15.45 Richard Pinner
16.45 Alan Hudson
17.30 David Weeks
18.15 Christian Lee
19.15 Piff the MagicDragon
19.45 Oliver Tabor


Cabaret At The Apple Cart

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the Apple Cart Festival's newest stage! Expect the very best cabaret and alt-performance in our brand new cabaret tent, exclusively programmed by Rude Grrl, the people behind The LipSinkers, UnderConstruction and Bistrotheque's legendary cabaret room.
They'll be spectacular and outrageous performances from emerging talent, cabaret legends and current darlings of the alt-cabaret scene. "This revolution will not be televised” (The Londonist).
Cabaret Line-Up
The cabaret tent is looking super salacious so far with Dickie Beau, Bourgeois & Maurice and Kiki Kaboom - who won best alternative, best music act and  best burlesque performers respectively at the recent London Cabaret Awards - on the bill. The fabulous Bourgeois & Maurice and The LipSinkers are back after proving a hit at last year’s Cart and there’s adult magic from Piff The Magic Dragon and mime/drag action from Ryan Styles. All this below and more to come!

By Rude Grrl


John Sizzle
The LipSinkers
Kiki Kaboom
Piff The Magic Dragon
Lavinia Co-Op
Bourgeois and Maurice
The LipSinkers


Mae Martin
Hitman Hearn
Ryan Styles
Kiki Kaboom
I Am Fya
Mr Teds
Fancy Chance


Myra DuBois
Dickie Beau
Up & Over It
Feral Is Kinky
Mr Teds
Fancy Chance
Holly Penfield

Art Car Boot Fair, Candlelit Matinee – The House of Fairytales Film Theatre, Venn St Market, Jubilee Village Fete games, Dalston Darlings W.I., Rag&Bow Roaming Vintage, Penguin books, Real Ale tent, Live games from Venice As A Dolphin



Candlelit Matinee - The House of Fairy Tales Film Theatre

For the second year Applecart will play host to a House of Fairy Tales special project. Not only will the magic of the silver screen come to the heart of Victoria Park but the young audience will be able to learn about all aspects of film making from script writing, story-building, set building, costume, special effects and ultimately to their own films and starring in them. All this will happen under one tent roof in a single day in Hackney for hundreds of children and their families from all walks of life.

Penguin Books tent

Penguin books pitch up on the village green for an afternoon of fun and storytelling. On stage the kids can watch their favourite characters come to life in interactive events with Peter Rabbit (we’ll be celebrating his 110th birthday with a puppet show of the Tale of Peter Rabbit), Spot and Ladybird activites including the chance to win a host of goodies. Or just hang out in the library full of your favourite books.

Magic tent

The Apple Cart is the only festival to have a tent dedicated to magicians. Hosted by Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle, Richard Pinner, this will be a truly unforgettable day filled with jaw-dropping tricks.

JUBILEE Village fete games

Spend the Sunday of the Jubilee Holiday at The Apple Cart and you won't miss out a bit - whether you're a budding royalist or a die hard republican (or somewhere in the middle) we all like a good party and there's a host of activities right up your street. Whether its hanging out on the Village Green and taking part in some traditional field games (open to all ages) or trying your hand on some special jubilee themed sideshows and pastimes - make a bee-line to The Apple Cart for some original Diamond material. Take part in the Human Flotilla or turn your hand to the Mexican Royal Wave. Plus Princess and the Pea-Podding contest, What the Dickens/Name that Monarch Medley, Cucumber Sandwich eating, Flag Waving Time Trials plus lashings of Tea and Cake from Dalston W.I and lots more

Live games from Venice As A Dolphin

Venice as a Dolphin will be hosting fruit-based games for all ages throughout the day, including Lemon Jousting and Blind Apple Bobbing. Everyone welcome. Fruit provided

Little Pips play area

Little Pips is The Apple Cart's friendly stewarded child-centred space ; somewhere where parents can go with their little ones to relax and regroup. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor play space and equipment, lots of toys, plus drop in craft, art, music and dance activities guaranteed to inspire and involve the under 5’s. There’s also quiet zones for nappy changing and baby feeding – a perfect base for families with younger kids to dip in and out of over the festival day.



Food & Drink at The Apple Cart

The acclaimed Venn Street Market returns offering lots and lots of scrumptious food for all. Amongst the hot food traders are Portena bringing London’s best Argentinian empanadas with chimichurri sauce; Yam the Cassava providing the best Creole cooking with fish cakes, mushroom and banana fritters; the finest quality meat burgers and hot dogs from Garlic Wood Farm’s outdoor reared rare breed livestock; authentic Mexican tacos from Taco Truck and Moen & Sons enormous hog roasts! Venn Street Market was recently selected by Time Out London as one of its Top 5 Best of the Year 2010 food & drink picks.
We are pleased to be working with the award winning Red Squirrel Brewery, who will be supplying a range of specially selected ales for the real ale tent. This will include a pouring of our very own Apple Cart Ale (so popular last year, we ran out!).



Location and Opening Times

Apple Cart 2012 will take place on Sunday 3rd June in Victoria Park. The doors will be open from 11am and the event will close at 10.30pm.

Getting Here

Victoria Park is located in Tower Hamlets, in the east end of London. There are no parking spaces at all in the immediate vicinity of Victoria Park, so please don’t bring your car, but use public transport to reach the venue instead.To get to Victoria Park by tube, take the Central Line to Bethnal Green or Mile End. You can always check out the Transport for London Journey Planner at

The nearest Tube stations to Victoria Park are: Mile End (District and Central lines), Bow Road (District Line), Stratford (Jubilee Line), Bow Church (DLR) and Bethnal Green (Central line). The nearest Overground rail stations to Victoria Park are: Hackney Wick (East London line), Cambridge Heath (National Rail) and Bethnal Green (National Rail). Please see the TFL website for more information about Tube and Rail.

Bus Routes: 8, 309, 339, 388, D3, D6, S2 all pass close to the park. Please see the TFL website for more information about Buses.

Age Restrictions

0-12 Years enter FREE if accompanied by ticket holding parent or guardian who is over 18 years old. All under 12 year olds will need a free ticket which can be obtained when buying an adult ticket from our on-line outlets. One ticket holding parent or guardian can only accompany up to 2 people under the age of 12.


Venn Street Market is a local street market from Clapham Common providing The Apple Cart with the most delicious foods you’ve ever tasted! The Market will include a fantastic Hog Roast from Clapham’s award winning butcher Moen & Sons; Portena’s traditional Argentine Empanadas and Chipa Cheese dough balls with Chimichurri Sauce; Yam the Cassava’s amazing authentic Creole Fish Cakes and Banana Fritters; Popina’s and Sweet’s freshly baked artisan sweet and savoury pastries, cakes and other treats – and if that wasn’t enough, The Coconut King will be bringing fresh coconuts to eat and drink all day long – simply couldn’t be tastier! Miss it at your peril as you can eat something different here and each meal will surpass the brilliance of the previous, we guarantee. Vegetarians and vegans will also be catered for.


No animals are allowed onsite at all, with the exception of registered guide or hearing dogs.


Cashpoints will be available inside the site. These machines will charge a small transaction fee.

Environmental Footprint

As an urban event in London, the transport impact of Apple Cart is comparatively low; most people attending will come by public transport or on foot.

We recycle all waste generated by the event, and we are currently looking at other ways of reducing our impact on the environment, these ideas include having stewarded bike racks and a cup recycling scheme; please check back for further details.

Local Residents

We are in a very urban area so please do respect our neighbours and leave quietly.

Event Site Map

Site maps of the event will be stationed at various points around the site.

Lost Property

There will be lost property facilities on site. Further details will be provided nearer to the time of the event.

On-Site Facilities

In addition to the main stages and tents there will be food (with vegetarian and vegan options) and drink concessions, cashpoints, cloakroom, welfare and lost property tent, St John Ambulance area and water points.

Please help us keep Apple Cart Tidy

Victoria Park is a lovely green space and we want to keep it that way. Please use the bins provided around the site.

Running Order and Billing Changes

The line up is subject to additions or subtractions and changes in the running order of acts. Running times will be posted here for you to download nearer to the time, so please check back.

Things you can't bring to Apple Cart

Alcohol, drinks, glass bottles, cans and illegal substances cannot be brought into the site. Any object which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon will be confiscated.

On site water is provided. Check the site maps for the whereabouts of taps. Sealed 1l plastic bottles of water are allowed to be brought on-site.


All public and working enclosed spaces onsite are no smoking, other than outdoor stages.

Terms and Conditions

  • No re-admittance except for extenuating circumstances.
  • Artists listed not in order of appearance.
  • Bill subject to change.
  • Any object which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon will be confiscated.
  • The organisers reserve the right of refusal of admission, whereupon the ticket will be refunded.
  • Subject to License.
  • Alcohol, drinks, bottles, cans and illegal substances are barred from being brought in to the event.
  • Strictly no re-entry, once you have handed your ticket at the gate.

Disabled Customers

We are committed to ensuring that disabled customers can enjoy our event and we hope that the following information provides all relevant information about accessibility at the event. 


For disabled customers who do not require special access to the enter the event please purchase standard tickets here.

If you have accessibility difficulties and need full time assistance while at the event then we offer 2 tickets for the price of 1 so that you may bring a personal assistant at no extra cost. These tickets are available for people who would otherwise not be able to attend the event - as tickets for the event as a whole, are limited (and expected to sell out) please do not book this ticket unless you do really require it – please note, customers with 2 for 1 access tickets will gain access to the event via a Disabled Access Gate and will be required to be able to show that they have a genuine need for assistance at point of entry.

To apply for a PA ticket please contact Ticketmaster’s Special Access Team on 0844 847 1655.


Two weeks before the event Accessibility Information Packs will be available to download from this section of the website or upon request, be sent via email. Packs will include specific event information such as a map of the event showing key accessibility points (i.e. toilets, lowered bars, viewing platforms, wheelchair access gate, welfare), key contacts and further relevant information

All customers who buy the 2 for 1 ticket will be automatically sent an information pack via the email address used to buy the tickets. These packs will not be sent out until much closer to the event, if you have not received the pack by Monday 28th May please contact us.


There will be a viewing platform at stage 1. The platform offers seating so that a friend or personal assistant of the platform user can be accommodated. The platform is not under cover.

You require a Disabled Access Pass to access the viewing platform. Each disabled guest will be entitled to one additional pass for a friend or personal assistant.

Customers who have a standard ticket should contact us (via prior to the event to be listed for a ‘collection on arrival’ pass. When contacting us please state the festival you are attending, your name, reason for needing the pass and if you require 1 or 2 passes. Passes should be collected inside the event at the Welfare Tent (which will be clearly sign posted on site and on the accessibility map, which will be included in your pre event info pack).

For customers who are entering via the Disabled Access Gate passes will also be available to collect at this point.

Customers who have a 2 for 1 ticket will be automatically listed and will receive their pass as they enter the festival via the Disabled Access Gate.
The accessibility map, which will be included in the pre event Information Pack will show all locations mentioned.


There will be at least one Disabled Toilet at each Toilet Block and one by the Stage 1 viewing platform.
The accessibility map, which will be included in the pre event Information Pack, will show each location.


There will be some provision for lowered bars on site.

The accessibility map, which will be included in the pre event Information Pack, will show each location.


There is some seating across the site however this is limited and is within picnic areas only. The stage shows are standing only. We recommend that if seating is compulsory to your enjoyment of the event then please bring it with you.


A Disabled Car Park is located close to the site. As the car park is within the park an escort is necessary to guide you there. The parking is on grass however the route from the park to the gate is tarmac. It is compulsory that you book disabled parking. On arrival to the park your vehicle must clearly display your blue badge, unfortunately we cannot grant access if you do not show this. Please contact us (via

stating the festival you are attending, your name, vehicle registration, how many people are traveling in the vehicle and your contact details.

Please note that at the end of the event there are various Road Closures around the site. Our Access Manager will be able to advise you on best route of departure on the day (as due to the nature of the event it is difficult to confirm this beforehand), however please be aware that it may take a while to get out of the site at the end of the event.

The accessibility map, which will be included in the pre event Information Pack, will provide more detailed information parking including maps and contacts.


Your pre event Information Pack will provide you with the contact details for our Access Manager who will be your contact, should you need one, whilst at the event.

The Welfare Tent (which will be clearly signed posted on site and highlighted on your access map) is where our Access Manager will be based, will also be able to help with any enquiries whilst on site and will keep stock of Access Maps. A charging point will also be located at The Welfare Tent should you need it.
St Johns Ambulance will be on site should you require any medical assistance.


Due to the nature of the event there will be flashing lights on all stages and strobe effects may also be used.


The event is on a green-field site, although there are some tarmac tracks these do not run into the stages (which all stand on grass). Weather and ground conditions may be variable. The location of the event is an area of Victoria Park to the East of Grove Road. Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3