Summer of Love with Bumble @ Bounce Old Street / Sunday 27th August 2017


Doors: 9pm – late

@ Bounce, 41 Old Street, London EC1V 9EY

Tickets: from £6 book online

With everything going on in the world, Bounce thought it was high time for another SUMMER OF LOVE, where expression of the soul and free love culminate in a plethora of potent ping pong paddles swirling through the air in joyful abandon. 💏 ❤️🏓

Time to wear flowers in your hair and lose yourself to the best sounds of the 60s and 70s.

  • Free love and Ping Pong all night
  • Huge Ping Pong based group games only found at Bounce and run by the tripped out Games Gurus
  • Psychedelic inspired body and face painters
  • Alcoholic prizes!

Lightah – Carnival x Dancehall @ Visions Video Bar / Thursday 24th August 2017


Doors: 22:00–4:00

@ Visions Video Bar, 588A Kingsland Road, London E8 4AH

Tickets: from £6 book online, more on the door

Ziploc City is taking over the infamous Visions on Thursday ‘Bank Holiday Weekend’ to bring you an epic night filled with festive antics! 🎉🔊

In the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival; Lightah’s top selected DJs [Ziploc City, Jamie Rodigan & DJ Nate] will be blazing authentic caribbean music. Delivering the very best carnival anthems and tropical bounces with a ‘blem’ of throwback classics and contemporary club bangers!

Lightah Dance Floor:
– Ladies will become Dancehall Queens of the Bacchanal
– Fellas will become King of the Dancehall

RSVP on Facebook.

Notting Hill Carnival workshops (including costume making) @ Mangrove HQ / Tuesday 22nd August 2017


Doors: 6.30pm – 7.30p

@ West London

Tickets: free, sign up online

A trio of carnival workshops in collaboration with Notting Hill legends Mangrove.

The tutorials at Mangrove’s West London HQ will pre-empt Red Bull Music Academy’s return to carnival after a two-year hiatus, with an open-to-all Sound System party and a bespoke carnival float (again, produced alongside Mangrove) for the official parades. 🎉🔊

Mangrove are one of the world’s most prominent and well-respected steel bands. Participants in Notting Hill Carnival for over 30 years, their professional carnival team includes a crew of drummers, choreographers, dancers and seamstresses. It’s these carnival experts who’ll be on hand to introduce workshop-goers to the skills that go into their masterly carnival creations.

This carnival experience will be split into three individual classes.

  • First up, attendees will watch the 60-man Mangrove band rehearse for their anticipated Steel Band performance before getting the chance to jump onto the drums themselves.
  • The second workshop will be an opportunity to gain an insight into the skills needed to produce a Mangrove-made carnival costume. The tutorial will be a step-by-step journey as to how they produce their trademark sequin and feather apparel.
  • Finally, Mangrove’s chief choreographers Sunshine and Nadiva will guide wannabe carnival dancers through a traditional carnival routine.

Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan @ House of Illustration / until 10th September 2017


Doors: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

@ House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Tickets: from £7.50 book online

This is the UK’s first ever exhibition of architectural backdrops from classic anime films. It features over 100 exquisite technical drawings and watercolour illustrations from some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s artwork for Ghost in the Shell. 🎨

The artists were tasked with creating a universe for the director. Their fictional worlds reflected real-life concerns over ruthless urban development and erosion of identity, mirroring the films’ narratives and giving the backgrounds a crucial role to play. Their work has had a defining influence on the style of anime we think of as typical today.

The show includes Hiromasa Ogura’s watercolour paintings for Ghost in the Shell, an anime epic that informed pioneering sci-fi works such as The Matrix and Avatar. Inspired by Asia’s emerging megacities and based on photographs of Hong Kong, Ogura’s work depicts the striking contrast between a derelict Chinese town and looming, faceless skyscrapers.

Repeat After Me – Oddly Head @ Hang-Up Gallery / until 3rd September 2017


Mon – closed
Tue-Sun 12pm-6pm

@ Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8A

Inaugural exhibition by London-based artist Oddly Head. Celebrating the brand new collection of bold, succinct and highly topical text-based limited edition screen prints and original mixed media works. 📸

With the June election, a reality TV star in the White House, and increasing political and military tension in more countries than we can remember, Oddly Head’s new body of work shrewdly comments on society’s fragile and daunting state.

Portraying how our compulsion to create an online second self has prevented our ability to make our own decisions with catastrophic results. In his latest series, Oddly Head, the alter ego of artist Tim Fishlock, neatly sums up our worst fears for leaders who abandon politics in favour of infantile populism and who are now at liberty to indulge their appetite for both distraction and destruction.

Highlighted in his new collection of repetitive ’ME’ pieces, the artist discusses our uneasy relationship with technology and how we are being subjugated by our own invention.

“We are trading privacy and intimacy, companionship and love for a public existence and a virtual thumbs up from people we’ve never met. Keenly aware that we’re being judged on our every pronouncement and every picture we post, we have become absurdly self-absorbed. And who spends more time thinking about themselves and their place in the world than the artist…?”

Light relief comes in the form of another new work titled 99 Problems. He has cunningly cast a dropped 99 ice cream in plaster and has been decorating the streets of London with this irreverent artwork.

RBMA Sound System and RBMA x Mangrove @ Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park and parade route / Sunday 27th August and Monday 28th August 2017


RBMA Sound System, Sunday 27th August 12.00-19.00
RBMA x Mangrove, Monday 28th August 12.00-19.00

RBMA Sound System, Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park
RBMA x Mangrove, official parade route

Free entry

After a two year hiatus, Red Bull Music Academy returns to Notting Hill Carnival with a brand new two-day offering. Kicking off with an open-to-all Sound System party on Sunday 27th August, Red Bull Music Academy will then collaborate with local masquerade band Mangrove to parade a bespoke carnival float on Monday 28th August. 🔊

RBMA Sound System at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park
In a world first, Jamaican dancehall star Spice and British rapper Stefflon Don will perform together whilst Mixpak boss Dre Skull, afrobeats trailblazers Belly Squad and AfroWave pioneer Afro B also join the line-up for this year’s newest carnival addition, the Red Bull Music Academy Sound System. Working hand-in-hand with London Notting Hill Carnival Trust, the party will be open to the public!!!

· Special guest
· Stefflon Don
· Spice
· Dre Skull
· Belly Squad
· Conducta
· Afro B
· P Montana
· Lil C
· Hosted by Serocee

RBMA x Mangrove along the official parade route
Collaboration with Mangrove, one of the most prominent and well-respected steel bands who have been participating in Carnival for well over 30 years. Working closely together, this year’s float will be unlike anything Notting Hill has seen before, ready to roll down the Carnival route. Trinidadian soca stars Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and Olatunji will be flying in to perform on-board to Mangrove’s masqueraders and the wider Notting Hill Mangrove community.

· Bunji Garlin
· Fay-Ann Lyons
· Olatunji
· The Heatwave
· DJ Puffy
· Jus Now
· Hipsters Don’t Dance
· Mangrove: UK soca artists – Soca Jonny (PA), Sunshine & Nadiva (PA) & Jo Money (PA)
· Joni Rich
· Survival #1
· Hosted by Serocee

Mary’s Living Giving for Save the Children @ Liberty / until Sunday 27th August 2017


Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11:30am-6pm

@ Liberty London, Regent Street, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH

For two weeks only, Mary’s Living Giving for Save the Children is hosting an exclusive pop-up shop in iconic department store, Liberty London. 👜👛🛍

Located in Liberty London’s Disappearing Store, the pop-up will be packed with pieces kindly donated by luxury brands, retailers and direct from some of the biggest names in fashion, all curated in a vintage treasure trove on Liberty London’s fourth floor.

The collection boasts amazing donations from fashion royalty including Poppy Delevingne and Katharine Hamnett, incredible vintage Chloe pieces and brand new items from Smythson, Alexander McQueen and Philip Lim. With prices from £30 to £250, shoppers will be able to get your hands on a range of one-off bargains whilst raising money for Save the Children in the process.

We Are Now festival @ Rich Mix / from Friday 1st until Saturday 2nd September 2017


Friday 18:00 – midnight
Saturday 14:00 – 01:00

@ Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Tickets: individual shows from £5, weekend tickets £55 book online

Exploring the creative use of technology in performing arts to create sensory experiences. The two day event will host a dynamic programme of boundary pushing theatre, interactive installations, 1-1 virtual reality performance, interactive audio theatre and a late night show harnessing the sonic capabilities of the Tesla Coil.

Performing over the course of the weekend will be the likes of Circa69, XFRMR by Robbie Thomson, Silvia Mercuriali, Tit4Twat Theatre, Produced Moon and exhibits from graduates of Digital Art Computing at Goldsmiths.

RSVP on Facebook.

Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie @ Barbican Art Gallery / until 13th August 2017


Doors: 11am-8pm (Fri 9pm)

@ Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: from £12.50 book online

Straight from a two-year residency at MoMA, New York, American artist and choreographer, Trajal Harrell, comes to the Barbican for a major performance exhibition.

The Art Gallery has been transformed into an immersive space, where eighteen dancers, including Harrell himself, showcase 14 of his innovative and playful works. Visitors are able to weave through these live performances making their own route through the gallery space.

The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to experience Harrell’s entire body of work from 1999 through to the present day in one place and at one time. Emotional and exhilarating, the performances explore ideas around the body, gender, race, sexuality and culture.

Brooklyn Brewery – The Anatomy of a Beer @ The Axe / 10th August 2017


Doors: 6pm-late (sessions will be held at 6pm and 8pm)

@ The Axe, 18 Northwold Road, London N16 7HR

Tickets: free entry, first served first served!

Beer lovers are invited to try one of the kegs with expertly curated food pairings at a special event.

Guests are able to help the team operate on their very own Brooklyn Brewery corpse in a grown up game of ‘Operation’, removing a selection of offal-based dishes, prepared Yakitori style, and pairing these with a taster of Cloaking Device to emphasise key flavours and characteristics of the beer itself. 🍻🍺

This month sees the release of Brooklyn Brewery’s Cloaking Device in the UK, a rare and unique aged porter created by award-winning brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his barrel-aging team. This limited-edition beer is part of Brooklyn Brewery’s continued experimentation and innovation with beer, known as their ‘quarterly experiments’.

Cloaking Device(ABV 10.5%), stands as a tribute to the porters of the past. A strong porter brewed with the Brettanomyces yeast strain, the beer is aged for nine months in French oak red wine barrels, hand-bottled and re-fermented in the bottle with champagne yeast. The resulting drink is a versatile companion for food including barbecued venison or dry-aged steak and hearty cheese, boasting earthy aromas, a thrilling rush of cacao-like fruitiness, hints of vanilla and pineapple, a touch of acidity, an underlying forest-floor funk and the powerful murmur of French oak barrels. The beautifully dry finish then cuts through and provides the element of surprise to the palate – the true power of Cloaking Device.

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