What’s Going On?

whats going on

“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.


This Fortnight


Origins East: A Panel Discussion With The Photographers, Hosted By Bill Brewster
12th July | Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen | Free

Celebrating the importance of nightlife and self-expression in the wake of relentless club closures, Origins East harks back to the defining days of rave culture, acid jazz, and bhangra. A panel discussion will take place from 7pm-8pm, with photographers discussing their work in context of East London nightlife and the energy driving their work at that time. The discussion will be introduced and led by respected cultural commentator, writer, DJ and all-round music aficionado Bill Brewster.

Profits from the sale of exhibition prints will be go to Night Time Industries Association and Museum of Youth Culture. Origins East runs 7th July – 22nd August – check Hoxton Sq Bar’s website for more info.


Dayme Arocena / Leon Thomas Songbook: Church Of Sound
13th July | Church Of South, Hackney | £14 (+BF)

Church Of Sound is back in the beautiful St James Church for the 3rd curated artist & repertoire exercise. This time they welcome 24-year-old Cuban prodigy Daymé Arocena. This will be the first time Daymé plays in London with her Cuban musicians that she has flown over from Havana, focusing on the compositions of the great Leon Thomas, the singer, percussionist and co-author with Pharoah Sanders of “The Creator Has A Master Plan”.


KMAH Live Presents: Amp Fiddler
13th July | Hifi Club, Leeds | £11

Detroit neo-soul godfather Amp Fiddler plays the cosy confines of Hifi Club in Leeds ahead of the launch of his new album, Motor City Booty. Amp was part of George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic groups in the late eighties and early nineties, and is said to be the first person to have introduced the late great J Dilla to the MPC sampler. ‘Nuff said, go boogie.


Future Bubblers: How Far We’ve Come: Year 1’s Go Live Showcase @ The Pickle Factory
20th July | Pickle Factory | Free

Gilles Peterson’s Arts Council funded mentoring program pokes its head into the world to showcase their progress after its students have been hard at work with their assigned industry mentors thelping them on their musical journey.

Featuring Future Bubblers all-stars Yazmin Lacey, Congi, Snowy, Three Body Trio, Kid Katharsis, Medikul, Munro and Revenu.

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Mr Ties, LGBT fundraiser @ Phonox
22nd July | Phonox, London | £5 | Tickets

As part of an LGBT fundraiser with the Kaleiderscope Trust, Mr Ties takes control all night long at Brixton’s Phonox, only a month or so after doing the same at Corsica Studios.

There are few DJs who exist at peak performance within 6 hour sets but the exuberance of Ties never wears and his record bag is seemingly bottomless. How he marries techno and disco so perfectly is still be questioned by heads everywhere.

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WOMAD Festival
Jul 28 – Jul 31 | Charlton Park | £100-175 | Tickets

One of the U.K’s most popular boutique festivals, Womad returns to Charlton Park in 2016 with their most exciting line up yet as a host of world music legends such as Pat Thomas and Ibrahim Maalouf feature alongside promising newcomers such as Auntie Flo and Sons of Kemet. Yet, it’s the inclusion of the Doctor of Funk himself, George Clinton which makes this one not to miss. If you have caught the Funkadelic man live in the last few years, you will know that very few are still able to match him and his band for pure energy and supreme musicianship.


Find Me In The Dark x Future Times x Mood Hut
30th July | Corsica Studios, London | £5-15 | Tickets

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.

Further Afield

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 02.17.50Rhythm Section presents: Harvey Sutherland & The Bermuda Trio and Bradley Zero at The Jazz Cafe
12th August | The Jazz Cafe, London | £12.50 | Tickets
The promise of a live band emergence from Juno 60 ace Harvey Sutherland if not encouraging enough from his adeptly synth riddled productions, was plastered all over his impressive live solo performances. The talented synthesist brings his Bermuda Trio to the Jazz Cafe in August, followed by Bradley Zero to lead the dance. Don’t miss this one.


Stamp The Wax present Infusions: Jonny Rock & Mehmet Aslan
13th August | The Yard, Hackney Wick | £5 (+BF)

The Infusion train chugs on after two successful maiden dunks with Soichi Terada and Antal. We may be mourning the closure of Dance Tunnel, but the party must go on, as we move to pastures new with the same musical philosophy in tact. For our third edition, we set sail to the Bosphorus for a Turkish infusion with Mehmet Aslan & Jonny Rock. Resident deejay Harri Pepper popping on the kettle and warming things up.


Slum Village @ The Jazz Cafe
26th August | The Jazz Cafe | £20 (+BF)

The recently renovated Jazz Café continue a run of excellent programming following their Columbo Group takeover with the imitable Slum Village taking to the stage on the 26th of August. Original member T3 will be MC’ing proceedings, with Young RJ on the beats. Dilla nostalgia and Detroit exaltation guaranteed.


Kojey Radical @ The Jazz Café
22nd September | The Jazz Cafe | £11

Building on his enigmatic 2014 EP ‘Dear Daisy’, Kojey Radical shook up the UK spoken word/poetry scene this year with the release of his explosive debut album, ’23Winters’. Through his beat-infused poems Kojey delicately excavates themes ranging from pan-Africanism and Diaspora identity to the tumults of fame. He comes to the renowned Jazz Café in Camden on September 22nd.

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