Competition: Win tickets to The Open East Festival – 27th or 28th July

The Open East Festival produced by the Barbican and Create London will be a weekend of music food theatre and family fun taking place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 27 and 28 July 2013 to mark the first anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The north area of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will open up to thousands of people for a packed weekend of entertainment and activity art and food programmed by the Barbican and Create London. There will be a host of international music acts theatre the Real Food Festival the Art Car Boot Fair and much more before a spectacular finale closes each day. The London Legacy Development Corporation the Barbican and Create London are giving yeah! Hackney members a special opportunity to win a pairs of tickets to one of the days of Open East Festival.To be in with a chance of winning tell us in the comments below: What has been your favourite festival moment and why?-o0o-The small print» 2 winners only (winners will be able to bring a +1)» The closing date is 12 midnight on Monday the 15th July 2013» You will need to be a member of yeah! Hackney to enter but sign up is super quick and you can do that  over here» The best answer will be chosen by the  Create London team» Entrants name and email will be passed onto the  Create London team for the purposes of correspondance related to the competitionTickets are only £9.50 for adults £6.00 for children under 5’s go free and are available from”


  1. My favourite festival moment was at Reading.We arrived early, pitched our tent and then went off to get drunk.We returned to find a dozen tents camped in a circle around us. Instant friends!

  2. Emerging from a heaving dance tent at Rock Ness, to catch Fatboy Slim playing as the sun went down over the loch was very special indeed. Cheap cider only amplified the sense of glory!

  3. I was working Glastonbury in the early eighties on a hamburger stall – run from a camper van.  I was supposed to be working the Saturday Afternoon shift but my boss had asked me – at the last moment – to take on the Friday evening shift. Unfortunately, he hadn’t noticed that (assuming I was free that evening) I had imbibed more than a handful of magic mushrooms. So filled with un deserved confidence and a messed up thermal sense I proceeded to cook for a bunch of  very wet & muddy punters. All seemed well until one of the punters returned to the hatch of the burger van brandishing a very rare burger saying that it was totally uncooked. unfortunately, this coincided with the return of my boss who looking at the burger and then the grill screamed – you idiot – the gas isn’t on. In my delicate state I was offended by this seemingly unmerited aggression – I therefore pulled the apron I was wearing over my head and in one leap jumped out of the van – shouting back that he need not pay me for my hard labour. Not sure precisely how many people i served with what was essentially Steak tartare – but there must have been at least 20. Strangely, I was never invited back.

  4. In 2008, stumbling aimlessly through the Glastonbury site weary in body and mind I happened across Laura Marling on the Park Stage as the sun set.  Her charm and warmth shone through the melancholy of her songs and as the set progressed I felt myself reviving. By the end I was smiling from ear to ear, full of energy for the final night of the festival. Wonderful.

  5. The competition is now closed, thanks for your entries.Once the create London have picked a winner, I will publish it here.

  6. And the winners are…… @stephenwalker78 and @bigsipper Create London said: \The spirit of encountering new friends and having fun with like minded people is what makes certain festivals so memorable… Open East Festival is all about celebrating the creativity and spirit of east London and we think there’ll be plenty of new friends for you to make on the day! “ They will be in touch with both of you to arrange the prize. Congratulations to you both!!”

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