- Words Notion Staff
This August, dive into musical events by Somerset House and Peggy Gou, as well as the return of Notting Hill Carnival and Brighton Pride.
This Bright Land Arrives at Somerset House
Throughout August, step inside This Bright Land, a new festival celebrating community and culture at Somerset House.
Created in collaboration with Somerset House Studios artists, Gareth Pugh and Carson McColl, the famous courtyard is set to transform into a welcoming wonderland hosting day and night-time programming. Expect performances, music, dance, workshops, talks, interactive experiences and food stalls throughout the month. Highlights include themed Saturday night open-air Vogue Balls and Friday night parties hosted by creative collectives Daytimers, Nine Nights, ESEA Sisters and Movimientos, and Sunday street parties.
Find out more at www.somersethouse.org.uk
Peggy Gou’s Pleasure Gardens Returns
The DJ and producer has cherry-picked a host of amazing electronic artists for her one-day-only festival in Finsbury Park on Sunday 7th August.
As well as herself, 2manydjs, Jaguar and JRMS will play the main stage, whilst GUDU, Peggy‘s label, will host the brand new second stage with Brain de Palma, Dea and Mogwaa.
The event will recreate classic elements of a Victorian Pleasure Garden, all within the beautiful surroundings of Finsbury Park.
Tickets are almost sold out, so purchase them here.
Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place Festival
Taking over Chiswick House & Gardens on 6th & 7th August, Fearne Cotton brings her smash-hit success podcast Happy Place to life for yet another year!
Featuring talks, workshops, meditation and yoga classes, arts and crafts, live podcasts and more, Fearne says the festival “offers something for everyone to help clear the mind, bring simple joy and help unlock that inner happiness”.
Top-tier speakers include Rylan, DJ Fat Tony, Samantha Renke, Jono Lancaster, Matt Willis, Dr Alex George, Tom Walker and more.
Tickets are only £35, and you can grab them here.
Notting Hill Carnival
After a two year hiatus, the iconic Notting Hill Carnival is finally back, taking to the streets of West London on the August bank holiday weekend.
Celebrating the rich history of Caribbean culture in London, the carnival started back in 1966 with around 500 revellers in attendance. Today, Notting Hill Carnival has blossomed into the largest street party in the whole of Europe, attracting hundreds and thousands of people to London each year. There are usually around 50,000 performers, over 30 sound systems and countless food stalls to choose from.
Brighton Pride 30th Anniversary
Nowhere does it quite like Brighton. Established as the UK’s most popular international pride festival, Brighton and Hove Pride attracts an estimated 500,000 people from across the globe to the seaside town every year.
Despite being postponed for two years (and costs reportedly increased by 30-40% due to Brexit), organisers promise to return with a bang for Brighton Pride’s 30th Anniversary celebrations – with all the usual scheduling to go ahead from the Pride Dog Show to the Pride Village Party. The cornerstone of Brighton’s Pride Celebrations is the LGBTQ+ Community parade, which, this year, has the theme of ‘Love, Protest & Unity’.
The ethos of Brighton Pride each year is to promote tolerance, diversity and inclusion, and with a stellar line-up including Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith and Sophie Ellis-Bextor you’re guaranteed to have a fabulous time.
All Points East and Field Day Festival
All Points East festival returns to East London’s Victoria Park on the 25th of August. The full line- up has now been announced with headliner slots from Tame Impala and the Gorillaz. Also joining the bill is Caroline Polachek, Omar Apollo and Working Men’s Club.
Another festival set to takeover Victoria Park is Field Day on the 20th August.
After stops, starts, storms and pandemics, Houghton Fest is finally back for its third instalment in six years.
Started in 2017 by DJ Craig Richards, the festival was only able to run in its first year and 2018. In 2019 it was called off due to adverse weather conditions and in 2020 and 2021, Covid prevented the festival from getting the green light.
Now, six years on, the electronic dance festival is set to run at Houghton Hall in Norfolk from the 11th to the 14th of August. With Call Super, Antal and Joy Orbison gracing the lineup as well as a myriad of other talented DJs, Houghton is set to defy expectations with its comeback.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Every year for three weeks in August, art and culture lovers descend on Edinburgh for “the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet.”
Artists and performers take to hundreds of stages for a city-wide takeover spanning all genres from theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to kickstart their careers, there really is something for everyone.
Find out more on the Fringe website.
Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room at the Tate Modern
You’ve probably heard of Yayoi Kusama’s dazzlingly Instagrammable ‘Infinity Rooms’ at the Tate Modern which, due to popular demand, has been extended until June 2023. Now, Yayoi Kusama is back with another gram-worthy venture, inviting you to create art collaboratively for her latest interactive project ‘The Obliteration Room’.
Guests are ushered into a bare white apartment splattered with a kaleidoscope of dots and encouraged to join in – the only aim is to be as colourful as possible. There’s no limit to what you can decorate – the floor, walls and furniture are all your canvas.
The ‘Obliteration Room’ – part of UNIQLO’s Tate Play at the Tate Modern – is a wholesome activity for all ages, as well as being completely free. It will be running every day from 10am-6pm until the 29th of August.
Cloud X Festival
Boutique festival Cloud X Festival returns for its second year, a London-based community aiming to curate an inclusive space for all. With a 60% female line up including Nayana Iz, Biig Piig and Sasha Keable – and tickets at under £30 – Cloud X is a homegrown South London festival not to be missed.
Speaking on the festival, co-founder David Dabieh says: ‘Cloud X aims to nurture and encourage the quality of simply being oneself… Championing soul, R&B and alternative sounds we hope to give an intimate, inspiring and soul-warming day out.’
Cloud X takes place on Sunday the 7th August at Studio 338. Sign up for tickets here.
London Craft Beer Festival
Head down to Tobacco Dock on the 12th-13th of August to celebrate London Craft Beer Festival’s 10th Birthday.
“As it’s our 10th birthday we’re going all out to create the best craft festival ever. We’re inviting our favourite breweries from the last decade as well as some of the hottest new breweries to come and pour for you. We’ll have a host of London’s top chefs serving up a special feast for you to enjoy and some special music guests to create on epic party.”
You can still buy tickets for the event here.
RA Summer Exhibition
Running this year from the 21st June — 21st August, summer at the RA is a highlight of any Londoner’s art experience calendar. Having run without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition showcases art in all forms, from prints, painting, film and photography, to architectural works and sculpture by invited artists, Royal Academicians and emerging talent. This year’s theme is ‘Climate’. Most of the works are available to buy, and proceeds from the Summer Exhibition directly support the exhibiting artists and the RA’s charitable work. Find tickets here.
Dance the Day and Night Away at Hï and Ushuaïa Ibiza
Heading to Ibiza this August? The summer season is in full swing with tons of incredible events lined up.
Every night each week throughout the summer, dance your heart out at two of the island’s most legendary clubs, Hï and Ushuaïa Ibiza.
At Hï Ibiza, catch Nicky Jam, Alok and more fuse Reggaeton with electronic music on Mondays, whilst American house duo The Martinez Brothers have their first ever Ibiza residency on Tuesdays. Australian superstar Fisher headlines Wednesdays, while electronic duo Tale Of Us return to Hï Ibiza with their acclaimed series Afterlife on Thursdays. Over the weekend, world-renowned DJ, David Guetta, brings Idris Elba and Fat Tony for an explosive event every Friday. The GRAMMY award-winning Black Coffee plays Saturdays and house and disco collective, Glitterbox, closes the week with a fun-filled Sunday party.
Over at iconic open-air club venue Ushuaïa Ibiza, David Guetta brings his F*** ME I’M FAMOUS! event on Mondays, with Camelphat and Solardo on Tuesdays. Tomorrowland comes to Ushuaïa’s poolside stage on Wednesdays, besides 17th August and 7th September when elrow takes over. On Thursday, Dutch DJ/producer, Martin Garrix, plays a 10-week residency, while Calvin Harris makes a hugely anticipated return on Fridays. On Saturdays, Ibiza’s most iconic day-to-night party ANTS transforms the open-air club into an immersive science fiction playground inspired by 1960’s science-fiction B-movies, with house and techno DJs. Finally, each Sunday, catch one-off and exclusive shows from big name artists, such as EDM figurehead Armin van Buuren (18 Sep, 25 Sep), Dutch artist Hardwell (14 August), Global electronic tastemaker Eric Prydz (21 Aug), techno heavyweights Paul Kalkbrenner and Stephan Bodzin (4 September), and hitmaker KYGO (7 Aug).