More than 100 artists will be part of 16 events when Red Bull Music Festival London starts in August. From Tuesday, August 20th to Saturday, September 14th, there will be live gigs, concept shows, club nights and talks across open air spaces, clubs, concert halls and historic venues.
Kicking off ahead of Notting Hill Carnival, the festival visits all corners of London before culminating in a sold out performance from Aphex Twin at Printworks London - his first London club show in more than 10 years.
Red Bull returns to West London for the 11th consecutive year at Notting Hill, with a programme celebrating Carnival’s past, present and future to be announced. Grace Hamilton, aka Spice, will give an exclusive insight into her life in a talk hosted by Radio 1 Xtra’s Sian Anderson, addressing reality TV, sexism in the music industry and the difference between Grace Hamilton and her bigger, bolder Spice persona.
Blawan, Saoirse, Bruce, Special Request, Sherelle, L U C Y and Danielle will play Refractions, a three-room take over at Fabric. At The Sunday Club on Sunday, September 8th, revisit South London Sunday sessions of the late ‘90s in a car park just south of the Thames. So Solid Crew, Ms Dynamite, MC Creed and Todd Edwards will be among the acts.
Elsewhere, renowned music writer Joe Muggs and photographer Brian David Stevens’ forthcoming book Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History Of Sound System Culture will be brought to life in a free exhibition at the Red Bull Studios. Hear them talk about the importance of sound system culture in the UK on Wednesday, September 4th.
Journalist Kieran Yates will host a discussion at the British Library for Coded Language covering the evolving language of London’s multicultural music scenes. Object blue will team up with visual artist Natalia Podgorska and Tri Angle Records’ LOFT for a 360 degree installation, while non-binary drag artist Victoria Sin and DJ/producer Shy One will bring together London’s rich traditions of drag, queer expression and club culture.
The Red Bull event series Round Robin lands in Hackney for a night of improvised duets from Lapalux, Swindle, Mira Calix, Ezra Collective’s Femi Koleoso, Factory Floor’s Nik Colk Void and more. Award-winning workshop series #NormalNotNovelty returns for two special editions for female and female-identifying music makers. August welcomes a Carnival edition with Jamaica-born, South London-based Alicai Harley alongside Br3nya, Tiffany Calver, Lil C and producer Karmah Cruz. This is followed by a takeover from London label Hyperdub as they celebrate their 15th birthday.
For tickets and details go to redbull.com/london.