Everything you need to know about Day of the Dead Festival

This November, Wahaca are bringing London a 12-hour party celebrating the dead and the living, indulgence and debauchery, loud music, fine food and provocative debate, surrounded by beautiful art.

Its history…

At the heart of the Day of the Dead Festival is a lofty ambition, fuelled by the idea that we live in an age where ” we are repulsed by death”. “We are becoming more and more obsessed with the future and detached from the past,” reads Wahaca’s official release. In Mexican culture, from which the Wahaca empire was born, death is celebrated as an occasion to remember and honour.

Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival encompasses all the values of the traditional Latin American celebrations but with 12 hours of unmissable festivities in the heart of East London.

Wahaca Day of the Dead Festival 2015

What you’ll see…

Enjoy music from the UK and Mexico’s finest rock, post-punk, cumbia and electro-indie bands coming together on two main stages. There will also be Masked Crusaders putting on a performance like no other – expect masked wrestling, Mexican style. Floral decorations and traditional touches ensure the festival will be filled with stunning scenery to send your Instagram feed into frenzy.

What you’ll eat…

An underground mercadito will be bringing the taste of San Juan to East London, while a hidden Mezcaloteca will offer tastings of some of Oaxaca’s famous smokey elixir. Street food is the main attraction here though, fit for an afternoon of grazing around food stalls offering favourites from Wahaca and DF/Mexico menus. Plus, there’s no need to neglect your sweet tooth with a café curated by self-confessed lover of all things Mexicana, Helena Bonham-Carter.

Head down to London’s Tobacco Dock on 7 November to experience all this and loads more.

Tickets for Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival are on sale now at