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Innovative busking on the streets of London Credit@Stephen Percival via. Flickr

On Monday the 5th of December, some of East London’s most prominent musicians and fans may be crowding to Kamio in Shoreditch, where Bands 4 Refugees aims to host a night of covers and tributes by some of the most up-and-coming names in music with the additional support of the DICE music app. Founded in encouragement of the Help Refugees organisation, the concert aims to raise money in order for aid to be provided to refugees across Europe, utilising the strong musical culture of the East End in order to achieve its aims.

With a line-up featuring music from artists such as Wolf Alice, Swim Deep, Slaves and Years & Years, the tickets for the event were in high demand from the onset of their release, selling out by the weekend following release on Thursday, demonstrating the importance of public events by recognisable public figures for attracting tourists and music fans from across the country, and indeed London City.

Wolf Alice lead singer Credit@David Lee via. Flickr

Wolf Alice lead singer Credit@David Lee via. Flickr

East London itself may be a hub for live music, enticing travellers with an interest in the arts with dynamic and intriguing venues such as Birthdays, Rough Trade East and Village Underground, where guests may find a living roof, recycled train carriages and urban city scopes. Many of these venues may also offer free tickets to many events, with places like the pub/live venue Old Blue Last endeavoring to provide ‘forward-thinking bands and DJs seven nights a week’. Alternatively, travellers may choose to visit one of London’s more seasoned music halls such as Wilton’s, a Grade 2 listed building with a history of art and innovation.

Also in East London may be many other travel opportunities linked to art, culture and expression, such as a trip to one of the various museums which are located in the area. Tourists may make a trip to the Museum of London Docklands, or to the Ragged School Museum, where guests may experience life in the Victorian school system through an immersive and stimulating sample class. Alternatively, travellers may choose to visit the Geffrye Museum of the Home on Kingsland Road to see how homes throughout British history may have looked first-hand.

Shoreditch Credit @ Matt Brown via. Flickr

Shoreditch Credit @ Matt Brown via. Flickr

Whilst the weather in England may be wintery, there may also be outdoors attractions which are appealing to visitors to the region this season, such as the Columbia Road Flower Market. Located near Brick Lane, patrons may explore the flora on Sundays, in addition to a selection of 60 independent retailers including art galleries, pubs and antique shops. Around the corner, travellers may also find opportunities to fulfill their retail needs at Spitalfields market, where traders may have sold their wares since the 17th century.

Alternatively, outdoor lovers may take a stroll through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where they may visit the London Stadium, London Aquatics Centre, ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Copper Box arena, or perhaps one of the various recreational parks and cafés. Also nearby is the winner of 2015’s People’s Choice Award national favorite park, Victoria Park, which also has achieved accolades such as the Green Flag and Green Heritage Awards for the last 5 years for its attention to conservation and provision of recreation for locals and visitors to London alike.

Events such as Bands 4 Refugees may be important to travellers for a plethora of reasons, as they promote productive and innovative attitudes, raise awareness for both bands and worthwhile causes and also enable them to explore new areas. Whilst the tickets may be sold out as of right now, Dice has a waiting list for those aiming to attend.

How may areas like East London continue to provide diverse and positive opportunities for travel?

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