South West Four

London’s annual dance fest comes to Clapham Common for the 10th year to make sure the last bank holiday of the year goes off with a bang.  

The two-day south London event has quickly become the must-not-miss dance event of the summer, taking clubland lovers outside for an all-day party. Saturday night is headlined by Armin Van Buuren, with Afrojack, Laidback Luke, special guest Eddie Halliwell, alongside Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold and with back-to-back sets, Carl Cox and Loco Dice.

Example headlines the Sunday night with Knife Party (aka Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen from defunct Aussie drum ‘n’ bass-ers Pendulum) alongside Nicky Romero, Andy C, Baauer, Benji B and Deviation, Strings, Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Friction and Friends, Kove, and special guest, Californian Steve Aoki.  

Pete Tong presents the All Gone Pete Tong stage, with a Groove Armada DJ set, Erick Morillo, Steve Lawler, Dusky, Blond:Ish, Johnny Bloomfield, Jesse James and Scuba. Eric Prydz will be on hand too, with Boys Noize performing a live show and Laurent Garnier, James Zabiela, Tim Green and Sven Vath, with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (above) and The 2 Bears highlights on the Together Stage. 

So cross your fingers for some top weather – on recent form, this is going to be the summer that comes through – and make sure you have the after party sorted as the show finishes at 11pm. Eric Prydz headlines the official after party, South West More, at Electric Brixton. 

Tube | Clapham Common 

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Gig: Reading Festival

San Fran punks Green Day, hip-hop star Eminem (above) and Scot-rockers Biffy Clyro are the three headliners at this bank holiday weekend rock out. Throw into that System of A Down, Deftones, Foals, Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy, Alt-J, Skrillex, Bastille, Azealia Banks, Sub Focus and Knife Party all turned up to 11. 

Aug 23-25. from 12pm  £90 
Reading Richfield Avenue, RG1 8BD 
Station | Reading 


Club: I Love the 90s vs Silent Disco

The I Love gang pop into the Barfly for this full-on bank holiday bash, playing the best pop, rock, disco, cheese and indie tracks from the Nineties – everything from Pulp to Steps. Upstairs, DJs will be going head-to-head to see who wins in the silent disco face-off at this no-holds-barred classics fest.

Sun, Aug 25. 10pm-3am  £7, The Barfly 
49 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AN 
Tube | Chalk Farm 



Club: Secretsundaze go bang!

This second mini-festival from the SecretSundaze crew embraces a wider spectrum of electronic music, with electro legend Juan Atkins and German producer Moritz Von Oswald presenting their collaboration Borderland (live). After the Studio 338 afternoon show, it continues at Coronet in Elephant & Castle from 10pm-7am.

Sun, Aug 25. 2pm-10.30pm  £20.50  
Studio 338 338 Boord Street, SE10 0PF 
Tube | North Greenwich



Gig: Live by the lake – Suede

Britpop legends Suede, who reunited back in 2010, bring their new album Bloodsports, their sixth LP, to north London’s Kenwood House for this proper posh gig in the surrounds of the stately home and its rather nice lake. Indie stalwarts British Sea Power and up-and-comers Teleman are the supports on the night.

Fri, Aug 23. from 5.30pm  £32.50  
Kenwood House Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR 
Tube | Archway 

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Club: Innovation Carnival Bass Off

Innovation bring this bank holiday bass off to south London, with the likes of Roni Size (above), Dynamite, Skibadee, Matrix and loads more. To make sure there’s room for everyone, they’re taking over this south London warehouse space to make it the biggest and best drum ‘n’ bass night going on in the capital. 

Sun, Aug 25. 9pm-6am  £17.50+  
Great Suffolk Street Warehouse 
29 Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, SE1 0NR 
Tube | Borough


Gig: The Jar Family

This Hartlepool-birthed band is a collective of singer-songwriters who have been gaining quite a following for their blues and roots tunes, or ‘industrial folk’ as it has been coined. They’ve supported The Charlatans, Babyshambles and Jake Bugg, and play this London launch party for the release of their new album, Jarmalade.

Thur, Aug 22. 7pm, free  
The Elgin 96 Ladbroke Grove,
Notting Hill, W11 1PY 
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Festival watch: Bestival

The 10th anniversary bash for this Rob Da Bank-curated Isle of Wight fest is shaping up to be one of its best. Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim (pictured), M.I.A., Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental and Jessie Ware are just a smattering of what’s going on. Also with a wealth of DJs among the live music, comedy, and an HMS Bestival theme to mark the anniversary.  

Sep 5-8. £199. 
Robin Hill Country Park, 
Isle Of Wight, PO30 2NU


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