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Summer is not quite over yet. Catch the last rays of British summertime with this line-up of music festivals, exhibitions and club nights as we head into September. We've got you covered!
Slowthai and Friends at Ambika P3
This month, adidas will celebrate the finale of the ‘made Originals’ campaign with a night of musical performances from SLOWTHAI, Che Lingo and GirlsdontSync, with tickets available to get a hold of via the adidas CONFIRMED app.
Taking place in Ambika P3, by day you can enter the venue with a personal 3D scan experience which sends a realistic 3D avatar directly to users’ phones, and by night, the space opens into a musical sphere, where performers such as British rapper, SLOWTHAI will perform. The made Originals event launches on Friday 30th September – Saturday 1st October and your chance to attend comes via entering the raffle through the adidas Confirmed app.
Secretsundaze 20th Birthday Party
It’s time to put on your party clothes and get ready to blow out some imaginary candles, because Secretsundaze is turning 20 in style. This Saturday 3rd will see a massive lineup across three dancefloors: Oval Space, Oval Space Terrace and The Pickle Factory. The team have roped in 15 acts to close out a decade of parties, including Joe Claussell, Soichi Terada (Live) and Sassy J.
Running from 2pm to 6am, this birthday is set to be a big one, as The Terrace is open from early, right through till sunset. There’s still time to get your tickets, but grab them quick here.
Naked City Festival
London-centric day festival Naked City returns to Beckenham Place Park on the 10th of September, flexing a line-up brimming with jazz, house, afro, dub and disco. With performances from Kojey Radical, Don Letts and FAUZIA, to electronic sets with Joy Orbison and Chaos in the CBD, there is something for everyone.
Presented in partnership with We Are Lewisham and with over 80% of the line-up hailing from the Capital, Naked City really does showcase the best of London talent. With five stages, an array of cocktail stalls, food vendors, as well as a family friendly area, the festival is a great way to experience the last remains of Summer in the City.
Tickets are available here.
London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week returns this September from the 16th-20th, presented by Clearpay. Although there will be a return to normality with the increased prevalence of physical shows this time around, this edition of LFW will function as a digital-physical hybrid series of events, bringing fashion, culture and technology into communion. Over 100 designers are set to showcase their collections across womenswear and menswear such as Erdem, Molly Goddard and Simon Rocha who are all hosting their shows IRL.
As well as shows there will be a myriad of parties and events happening over the span of the week. The British Fashion Council marks the return of its city-wide celebrations that are open and accessible to the public focusing on ‘inclusivity and consciousness’.
Find out more information on the LFW website.
Hallyu! The Korean Wave at the V&A
Opening on the 24th of September and one of the highlights coming up at the V&A this autumn, ‘Hallyu! The Korean Wave’ is the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, presenting a deep dive exploration of Korean pop-culture.
The exhibition will take a look at the popular culture of South Korea and its global impact, covering the stratospheric rise of K-Pop bands such as BTS, the Netflix show ‘Squid Game’ and also the viral hit ‘Gangnam Style’ that took over the world back in 2012.
‘Hallyu’, meaning Korean Wave, gained traction in the 90s, encompassing Korean music, movies, online games and fashion. Find out more here.
Dialled In Festival
Dialled In Festival returns for its third year to Uplands Business Park on September 10th. Conceptualised and organised by a group of London-based South Asian creatives, the festival showcases the best of South Asian talent, making history last September with a line-up of exclusively South Asian artists.
With sets from DJ Mimi and Panjabi Hit Squad, there’s sure to be a party. If you want something more chill, you can catch poetry readings and dance performances or even some chess throughout the festival.
London Design Festival
London Design Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, taking place between the 17th-25th of September.
London Design Festival was conceptualised in 2003, to promote and showcase London as the design capital of the world, drawing in the globe’s greatest thinkers, creatives and designers. In 2019, the festival welcomed a record-breaking 600,000 visitors from over 75 countries.
Speaking on the event, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London says, ‘London Design Festival is a fantastic event which brings together designers from across the globe and demonstrates the capital’s position as a powerhouse for the creative industries. London is known for its creativity and continues to attract the best companies and talent from around the world. I’m delighted to support London Design Festival, which shows that London is open to great ideas, innovation and people from all backgrounds.’
Celebrate Secretsundaze 20th Anniversary
Head down to Oval Space on Saturday the 3rd of September to celebrate Secretsundaze’s 20th birthday. Conceptualised by DJs (and friends) James Priestley and Giles Smith 20 years ago, Secretsundaze was initially a party made for friends that over the past two decades has grown into so much more, with residencies in Barcelona and shows at iconic venues all over the world.
Speaking of Secretsundaze’s anniversary, James Priestley said, ‘we feel super lucky to have been able to do what we love for so long and we really wouldn’t be here without the support of our incredible community, a constant source of inspiration and strength. Whilst it’s great to take stock on reaching the 20-year milestone, we’re even more excited about what the future holds and the various different directions we’re planning to take things. Long live Sundaze!’
British Art Fair @ The Saatchi
The British Art Fair returns to the Saatchi Gallery to showcase the best of contemporary British art. It is the only fair solely dedicated to modern and contemporary British art and was founded in 1988. The fair will cover all major art movements from the last 100 years and will exhibit famous names such as Lucian Freud, Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, and Banksy.
Buy tickets here.
Love At First Vibe x Black-Owned Nights
Love At First Vibe is a London-based music collective centred around a passion for music and music discovery. LAFV has thrown parties all over the Capital over the past five years and return to Hackney Social on the 16th of September for the Black-Owned Night Market. LAFV DJs are joined by DJ Sky, Laurenzo and Palmtree Prince for this night of good food and good music.
Running from 6-10pm, the tickets are free and can be found here.