Sunday 19 November 2017

Is this string quartet playing Skepta the most east London thing ever?

By Alistair Mason

“I can smell the gentrification in this photo…”

If you could choose one tweet to sum up east London, you couldn’t go far wrong with this one.

Steve Jones, 29, was eating at Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch on Sunday when the strains of Skepta’s Shutdown started playing.

Yes, that’s an actual string quartet playing actual Skepta.

It instantly got a lot of attention. Some loved it…

…some even wanted it at their weddings…

…but others pointed out that it pretty much sums up Shoreditch.

What do you think? Great or cringe?

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