The best culture, food and sounds from the southern hemisphere come to London this weekend for the day-long Homelanz festival.
Eight-piece Australian urban roots band Blue King Brown (above) headline the main stage, along with Kiwi seven-piece Tahuna Breaks and the fantastically named Desmond And The Tutus, who fuse rock ‘n’ roll and indie Kwela pop. Ngati Ranana will be bringing waiata and haka performance to the show, with London-based Kiwi singer-songwriter Glen Aitken the first up on the main stage.
The Global stage will see performances from the likes of platinum-selling New Zealanders I Am Giant, lawyer-turned-pop-star Bowie Jane, South Africans Munkinpure (see Chatroom P23), the newly relocated to London New Zealanders This Flight Tonight, and Mooga Fooga, who throw everything from funk, soul, jazz and rock into their genre-crossing sound.
This year also sees the addition of an acoustic stage where you can catch the likes of Essex-based South African Jackob Deist, Tamahere-born indie popper Abby Holden, acoustic rocker Dave Gander, Kiwi singer-songwriter Ny Oh and London-based Aussie Mike Gill.
There will also be a silent disco with DJs Adi Dick and Sweet Mix Kids and you’ll be able to sate your hunger for tastes from back home with tucker courtesy of SANZA, Limpopo, Tasty Cakey and the Antipodean Sommelier. To get it all started, the Nomad Cinema will be screening Aussie cult classic Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert, too. What more could you ask for?
Sat, Aug 10 | Doors at 11am | £30
Tube | Boston Manor
Gig: Bat For Lashes
Natasha Khan’s third album, this year’s The Haunted Man, came after a self-confessed period of writer’s block brought on by touring, after which she turned to drawing for inspiration. The LP is one of her strongest, and she will be delving into its moody atmospherics and her Mercury-nommed back catalogue this evening.
Tue, Aug 13. 7pm £22.50
Shepherd’s Bush Empire W12 8TT
Tube | Shepherd’s Bush
Club: Club de Fromage
Fat Tony throws this Wild Wild West-themed pop and rock show to honour the release of the new Johnny Depp-starring The Lone Ranger movie. Fancy dress is encouraged, so get decked out like a cowboy or Indian, and get down to lose your shit to the best pop and rock songs of the past 50 years, from The Killers to Queen.
Sat, Aug 10. 10.30pm-3am £8+
O2 Academy Islington
16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS
Tube | Angel
Gig: Visions Festival
This city-based event looks to take the festival back from the muddy fields and into more engaging settings. Oval Space, Netil House and London Fields Brewhouse will host the likes of Cloud Nothings, Iceage, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Fucked Up, Echo Lake and loads more musical spectrum-spanning bands and artists.
Sat, Aug 10. 1pm till late £25+
Oval Space/ London Fields Brewhouse/ Netil House
E2 9DT/ E8 3RR/ E8 3RL
Station | Various
House legend Clive Henry, Parisian Julien Chaptal and Danny Clancy and Kieran Clancy, the founders, organisers and resident DJs at cutting edge London party Krankbrother, line up at this newly relocated night that has shifted its base from former home Cable to this new Vauxhall abode.
Sat, Aug 10. 10pm-6am £15
Lightbox 6A South Lambeth Place,
Vauxhall, SW8 1SP
Tube | Vauxhall
Club: Motek: Forrest
Up-and-coming tunesmith Forrest (above) is the main attraction at this afternoon and evening of tunes and rays in east London. The young Canadian, who has recently relocated to the capital, has worked with the likes of Avatism, Eric Volta and Tom Budden and found himself a fan in none other than Pete Tong. One to watch.
Sat, Aug 10. 3pm-12am £10
Dalston Roof Park 18-22 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL
Tube | Dalston Kingsland
Gig: Josephine & Turin Brakes
This soulful Manchester singer’s debut album, Portrait, which was out last year, was a distinctive collection of songs led by her attention-demanding voice. She’s been playing live since her teens, with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Paolo Nutini and Michael Kiwanuka, and has very special guests in the shape of Turin Brakes.
Wed, Aug 14. 7pm £10
The Borderline Orange Yard, W1D 4JB
Tube | Tottenham Court Road
Festival watch: Green Man
Ben Howard, Band of Horses and Kings of Convenience headline this Brecon Beacons-based festival which celebrates its 10th year this summer. But it is about far more than just the main stage.
Fuck Buttons bring the noise to the Far Out Stage, Erol Alkan’s on the Far Out After Dark Stage and the likes of Kiwi Jarred Christmas (above) can be found in the comedy tent. And then there’s Einstein’s Garden, which has everything from folk and steampunk to rock, cabaret and literary artists.
Black Mountains, Wales, NP8 1LP.
£145. Aug 15-18
Station | Abergavenny