Deity of DIY, the BUST Craftacular returns to London on June 4 filled to the brim with blossoming indie craft makers and hands-on workshops. Bethnal Green’s York Hall plays host to the summertime special once again, with the chance to pick up that perfect plant pot or spruce up with a scented DIY hair spritz. But Jazzy Jeff didn’t string together that Summertime tune just for fun; everyone knows the key to a jumpin’ June jam is the soundtrack, which is why we’ve made sure there’s more for you to shop and bop along to than just well, er, Will Smith.
Meet the women behind the decks who will be bringing the feel-good hits of the summer to BUST Craftacular on June 4.
Delia Sparrow & Piney Gir
Dream team Delia Sparrow and Piney Gir will welcome you to the party like old friends with their girl group greats. Mega musos might recognize both names in their own right, with Delia being a stalwart on the indie scene (The Actionettes, Mambo Taxi, The Nuns) and Piney for her charming Fisher Price pop majesty. Indeed, they’re no stranger to whipping up their own crafty creations and Delia put needle to thread to create personalised totes for Richard Russell and Lee Perry in a serious swap shop. Expect everything from Beggars Banquet rarities to Boney M.
Get the party started with Delia Sparrow and Piney Gir’s sunshine ska sounds from 11am.
What’s the old saying, three’s a crowd, five’s practically a fete? Tender troupe TOTALLY are promising just that with their set of fun party vibes. For an indie outfit that would pluck Mariah Carey’s Fantasy from the vinyl vaults, it’s not surprising that this girl gang know a thing or two about smooth pop hooks themselves, with their debut, Falling Apart, released on Art is Hard at the end of last year. When they’re not crafting new releases, you can find drummer Susan finger-smithing feather earrings and bassist Fran patching together a quick quilt. All that deserves a crafty brew...!
Totally tune into the band’s pop chart choices from 12.30pm.
You know what makes a party? No, not that punch bowl that’s been sat in your Gran’s cocktail cabinet for the past 10 years; it's jangly guitar pop. Serve this fizzy fretwork alongside a sensitive soprano and you’ve plucked for the right sort of sound to intro our next deck maestros: Fortuna Pop’s Flowers. Channeling the same sort of precocious noise pop as fellow label mates Joanna Gruesome, Flowers will bring a bouquet of blissful beats to accompany your afternoon Earl Grey.
Sip along to the ethereal excellence of Flowers’ favourite records from 2pm.
There are only three rules at a Mammory Tapes party: everyone is welcome, they won’t play the same song twice and the final hour is Power Hour – 60 minutes of pure, fist-clenched, pop-belter perfection to stop you holding out for a hero, because it was YOU all along. The DJ pairing took to the decks for the Christmas Craftacular (to prove that the festive season is more than just that snowy Pretenders track...) and will be dusting off some of their best vinyls again – from NYC’s Bush Tetras to Swiss proto punks Kleenex via some local DIY faves, fresh from Cheri’s slot as part of The Other Woman on London’s leading arts station Resonance FM. What’s more, each of their club nights support a worthy women’s led cause; that’s social action at its loudest.
Don’t stay in, come out and catch Mammory Tapes live on stage from 3.30pm.
The BUST Summer Craftacular takes place on Sunday 4 June 2017, 11am – 5pm at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Entrance is £3 on the door.
Erika W. Smith is BUST's digital editorial director. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @erikawynn and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.