What a summer it has been so far! This heatwave might just be the hottest in most of our lifetimes. A certified scorcher. Our calendar is equally as hot to handle. With so many events going on over August Bank Holiday weekend, we’ve compiled a handy list to make decision planning that little bit easier.
On Sunday 26th August, Closer brings Berlin techno staple Chris Liebing back to the capital for an extended set. There will be dark warehouse vibes at E1, and with longer to play Liebing will get to peel back more layers and dig a little deeper than usual.
Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August of course means it’s Notting Hill Carnival weekend. Looking for somewhere to carry on skanking between both days? Then The Steelyard has you covered, with its Sunday night Carnival Session. Boasting a line-up consisting of LTJ Bukem, Awesome Tapes From Africa and SP:MC, the night promises to showcase all of the positive aspects of this annual celebration, with a focus on D&B and dubstep music.
Elsewhere, fans of more traditional Caribbean music can continue to party at 100 Wardour St with A Night of Reggae. A full live band will perform renditions of reggae classics, including the music of Bob Marley, UB40, Barrington Levy and Gregory Isaacs. You can also expect to hear soca, bashment and calypso on this special night.
If you aren’t prepared for the extended weekend to finish, then join 1,500 other people at Ministry of Sound for the MoS carnival afterparty. This is the official carry-on from the closing day of the Notting Hill Carnival, so expect to hear the music styles that embody Afro-Caribbean culture including dancehall, grime, afrobeat, hip-hop and UKG. Going until late on Tuesday morning, the night will feature sets from Martin2smoove, DJelly and more.
In Shoreditch, nightspot XOYO take things down a more soulful route with a night dedicated to the music of Lauryn Hill. The event celebrates the creative output of one of the songbirds of our generation. With tracks from her Fugee years and all of those massive hits from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, this is a night not to be missed.
Tickets for all of the above are on sale now.