“What’s happening brother?!” With mild admiration to Marvin Gaye, we present a new way to keep up with the events on our radar. More condensed, but more comprehensive than our standalone previews, we’ll be updating these listings every fortnight so you can keep coming back to see what’s coming up in the immediate and not-so-distant future.
The What’s Going On? visual concept is designed by Emily Dann.
Heels & Souls x Customs Day into Night Tales fundraiser
28th May | NT’s, London | Donations
This Saturday, Heels & Souls and Customs take over NT’s, a New York style loft bar at Netil House with panormaic views over London. A free day into night party, they’ll be collecting donations for the imitable charity Keychanges, who promote positive change through music for young people and adults experiencing mental health problems. They’ve secured the secret services of one of London’s only members of Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats family, plus Hesseltime (Tief) Alex Egan, Callum McLean & Kenny White (Phonica / Reckless) with support from their two collectives.
Info & tickets: Facebook
Eglo Records Bank Holiday Special with Steve Spacek, Byron The Aquarius, Dego & Kaidi, Sassy J
29th May | Corsica Studios, London | £8-15
Eglo Records return to familiar terrain in Corsica Studios this Sunday for their customary bank holiday get-together. Joining the party are some new faces in legendary soul man Steve Spacek for and exceptionally rare appearance, as well as new kid from Atlanta’s sub-terrain Byron The Aquarius. Dego, Kaidi Tatham, Sassy J and Alex Nut make up the rest of a formidable lineup not to be missed.
Church Of Sound presents: Moses Boyd Exodus & Art Blakey songbook
2nd June | St James The Great, London | £5-14
After a memorable first event led by Yussef Kamaal alongside an all star line up, Church Of Sound welcome yet another bunch of young and talented jazz cats into this beautiful location. Winner of Jazz FM Awards, the John Peel Award at Gilles Peterson’s Wordwide Awards and the MOBO Awards 2015 for Best Jazz Act, Moses Boyd Exodus is something not to miss.
Awesome Tapes Leeds Debut: DJ set, exhibition & talk
3rd June | Hi-Fi, Leeds | £8-10
Leeds based art collective the &/or Emporium are bringing highly sought after blog curator, label head and DJ – Awesome Tapes From Africa to Leeds for the first time, for an intimate set at H-Fi. In a special evening of discussion and performance, &/or Emporium are also hosting a ’10 years of Awesome Tapes’ exhibition and talk with the man himself. The talk, occurring at Outlaws Yacht Club prior to the main event, will be hosted by Mike Greenwell of Cosmic Slop, who will also be performing at Hi-Fi playing b2b with another highly respected local digger – Jack Martin. For more Mike Greenwell on STW, check his Diggers Directory mix.
Shibaura Sound System (芝浦)
3rd June | Hammerschlagen, London | Free
Shibaura Sound System is a DJ crew focused on piecing together Japanese music and Japan related moods in a festive, celebratory manner. Théo, Guy, Elliot and Arthur bring their passion for the non-standardized music that emerged from Japan in the post-war era to a Dalston basement with scenography emulating a Japanese summer night festival for a late night of dancing and soul healing. Listen to a new Japanese mix from them for a feel of what to expect.
Info & tickets: Facebook
17th June | Patterns, Brighton | £10
If you like the idea of soundtrack music that might not sound out of place in a Tarantino movie, some wistful soul and slow-motion funk with an exotic ambience that offers hints of countries as far-flung as Hawaii and Japan, then you to need to catch Khruangbin at Brighton’s finest music establishment Patterns. Prepare to throw some wild shapes as the band parade a unique blend of 60s and 70s funk and soul. For more Khruangbin on STW, check out their City Guide of Houston.
Max Graef Live Band European Tour
June – July | Various
In celebration of his collaborative jazzy beats LP, The Yard Work Simulator, made with fellow Berlin-based producer Glenn Astro, hip-house talent Max Graef has pieced together a live band for a European tour stretching from Manchester to Munich throughout June and July. Expect spiritual vibes and deep grooves on stage as Mr Graef hops from Germany to France and the UK, including events with Rhythm Section and Gottwood Festival. For a full list, check this full run down on Max’s Facebook.
Brick Lane Buyers Club London w/ András + Admin
2nd July | The Yard, London | £5-10
Brick Lane Buyers Club launch the first in a summer series of parties at the Yard next Friday 3rd June and with promises of vineyards and video installations, they’re set to be quite the sensory experience. Andras, Admin, Medlar and Mr Fantastic are all names to look forward to but not before opening duties are taken on by the tasteful Joakim.
8th-10th July | Porlock, UK | £65-100
A brand new music destination deep in the heart of the West Country, Samphire is an independent music and arts festival that will take place from the 8th to the 10th of July 2016. Located in ancient Somerset woodlands with outstanding sea views of Porlock Bay, Samphire has lined up over 40 live acts and DJs, across two main stages, taking you through folk, funk, house, techno, ska, reggae, afro, pop, indie, jazz & disco.
Quantic Live with Hot 8 Brass Band
Colston Hall, Bristol / 14th July / £16-19
Bristol’s Colton Hall plays host to Quantic (headed up by the extremely talented Will Holland) on their acclaimed 1000 Watts Tour. With the impeding release of 1000 Watts expect tropical rhythms and roots reggae baselines to feature alongside that classic Quantic sound. Holland will be joined by fabled Colombian drummer/percussionist Wilson Viveros, and regular quantic collaborators Sylvester Onyejiaka on horns and keys, Nidia Góngora (vocals) as well as Christopher Ellis. With support from the New Orleans Hot 8 Brass Band expect a night full of undiluted inspiring music.
Find Me In The Dark x Future Times x Mood Hut
30th July | Corsica Studios, London | £5-15
Find Me In The Dark present a huge mid-summer bash featuring two of North America’s finest imprints, bringing some serious house wedge to Corsica Studios featuring an endlessly insane lineup: Beautiful Swimmers, Pender Street Steppers, Max D, Hashman Deejay, Jordan GCZ, PLO Man, Neo Image & Ramzi taking over all night over two rooms.
Bitch, Please!: Day Party with Honey Dijon & Spencer Parker
13th August | Motion, Bristol | £8-12
As part of Motion’s summer series this August hooking up with some of the best and most diverse Gay club nights across Bristol, Bitch, Please! welcome DJ royalty Honey Dijon & Spencer Parker to bring you an entire day of quality underground music with plenty of sass.