A riot brewing in Dalston, East London, has dispersed when the rioters deemed it had become too "popular and conformist".
In an echo of the disruption that's swept London in recent days, a posse began to form outside "Rodeo", a retro clothing shop on the outskirts of Shoreditch, and began to march down Dalston Kingsland High Street. As numbers swelled, there were reports of widespread pouting and thick-rimmed glasses without lenses. Several record shops and small boutique cafes were looted.
Dubbed a "Pop-up Riot", police feared it would be a matter of time before the overwhelming smugness turned violent. But locals were relieved to see the group disperse as quickly as it arrived. Some onlookers attributed this to the rioters' failed attempts to turn bottles of balsamic vinegar into petrol bombs. However, Sebastian Phelps, a web designer and promoter who joined the mob of disgruntled hipsters, said the riot had descended into banality.
"But we haven't given up," he added "and will be rallying at a new bar that's just opened in Hoxton and has wi-fi. You've probably never heard of it."