A new food and music festival is coming to Camden in September. Or, rather, a music-adjacent food festival. Sound Bites will take place at The Roundhouse on 29 September, with six high-profile London chefs and two high-profile DJ sets. As with Wilderness Festival, London restaurants are going to have a field day.
Each of the six chefs has created two dishes for the event: one “Carnivore” and one “Herbivore.” Carnivore dishes are omnivore, while herbivore dishes are vegetarian and/or vegan. Ticketing is strictly either/or, with the event planning to determine portions according to ticket sales and therefore waste less food, The 66.6 percent male line-up reads as follows:
Tomos Parry — Brat
Grilled leek, brown butter, fresh cheese and bottarga (C)
Grilled leek, brown butter, nut cheese (H)
Selin Kiazim — Oklava and Kyseri
Smoked lamb ribs on garlic toast, spicy hazelnut ezme and yoghurt (C)
Chilli roast cauliflower, red onion, parsley and pistachios (H)
Robin Gill — The Dairy
Cornish cod, barbecued sweetcorn, clam & chorizo XO (C)
Barbecued Kentish corn, polenta, fresh cobnuts, sour onions (H)
Tom Harris & Jon Rotheram — The Marksman
Devilled ox tongue, grilled sourdough and curd (C)
Devilled courgette, grilled sourdough and curd (H)
Merlin Labron-Johnson — Portland
Pigs head croquettes with honey, turnips and mustard (C)
Heritage beetroot with blackberries, beetroot hummus and orach (H)
Ravinder Bhogal — Jikoni
Prawn toast Scotch egg, banana ketchup, pickled cucumber (C)
Sweet potato bhel, green mango and pomegranate (H)
Foals and Hot Chip have been confirmed on DJ sets; the rest of the music is “old school dance, electric and disco tunes,” with more acts to come.
The Roundhouse had already been slated to host a new London food festival this summer. Plant Life, a collaboration between Natoora, Richard Turner and Clare Isaacs of festival organisers Sprout, fell through after disagreements over the vision for the event. While promising (some) music, this is unquestionably a food festival, reflecting the growing preoccupation with food and restaurants as part of lifestyle culture.
Soundbites | 29 September 6pm — 11pm
The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH | Tickets £75, on sale 20 August