The word 'provocative' gets thrown around a lot when it comes to art, but look it up and you'll see Modern Panic right there as the dictionary definition. Probably along with an image of Ellie Pennick's statue of Theresa May using an EU flag in a most unconventional manner for illustrative purposes. And there's plenty more where that came from at this showcase of all that is surreal and near-the-knuckle, featuring more than 50 artists over two weekends. Expect savage satire, performance art, and – above all – to be taken well and truly out of your comfort zone. But who wants to be there, anyway?
13-22 Oct; £3
Modern Panic, Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
Nope, not a hipster version of Alice where she falls down the rabbit hole to a land of flat whites and fixie bikes (although this being east London, you ARE likely to come across some mad hatters). This is, in fact, the return of E8's music-crawl festival, which fills venues including Oval Space, The Pickle Factory and the Sebright Arms with stonking live music on Saturday. Grab a wristband and you're in for alt-indie aplenty, with big hitters Jagwar Ma topping a bill that also includes The Rifles, Bo Ningen, Babanaga and Saint Agnes. It's set to be madder than a march hare. Yeah.
14 Oct; £22.50
Hackney Wonderland, Various E8 venues
'We kindly request to amuse your bouche with some fine-art feasting.' An invitation, extended ever so politely, by raucous design/theatre team Darling & Edge. And we recommend that you heartily accept – for this is a chance to take part in a very modern fairytale AND eat a hell of a lot of delicious food. Travelling to the Beast's palace (which we hadn't realised was located at The Vaults in Waterloo, whaddaya know), our task is to break the witch's spell – all while eating, drinking and making merry. Which is actually when we're at our most effective at curse-breaking, luckily. Should the spell be broken, disco DJs will keep the celebrations rolling late into the night – promising you'll come as a beauty, leave as a beast.
Until 14 Jan; £45 including performance, dinner and dessert
The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN