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


Dimensions & Stamp The Wax presents Le Grande Depart
29th July | Peckham Pelican, London | Free

Before we set sail for the shores of Pula, we’re teaming up with our Dimensions Festival friends to put on a little farewell party in London. The Peckham Pelican will be opening their big windows for an alfresco affair, the BBQ will be lit til sundown and Dimensions partners will be supplying the music til midnight. Come down for some post-work kanoodling, dancing, swigging, masticating, ruminating and general mid-summer joviality.


STUFF. + Mo Kolours
29th July | The Jazz Café, London | £8

Continuing their strong run of form since relaunching earlier this year, The Jazz Café present an evening of live music from two esteemed acts. Belgian jazz and broken beat five piece STUFF. make their Jazz Café debut, alongside South London percussionist, beatmaker and songwriter Mo Kolours.


Dance Tunnel – Final Weekend
30th July – 7th August | Dance Tunnel, London | Tickets

Before closing its doors for good, the iconic left-field electronic venue Dance Tunnel will say goodbye in style. Everything from Wolf Muller, Kasra V, Jane Fitz, Steffi, Dan Beaumont, Miles Simpson, Damiano von Erckert and a couple of secret guests – it’s going to be an amazing (and sad) string of dates. Make the most of it people!

Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl
14th July – 16th October | Jewish Museum, Camden | Free

Go on a musical journey of discovery through popular culture, featuring records that changed lives and the technology that made it happen. Explore the art of the record sleeve and enjoy a display of 500 records including iconic sleeves from Amy Winehouse, the Ramones and Bob Dylan.


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.

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Jon Rust: August Residency 
August | Phonox, Brixton | £6

Jasper James has been holding down the Phonox residency every Saturday for a solid year. Giving him a month off in August they welcome Levels label-head and NTS Radio’s Jon Rust. He’ll be joined by a host of special guests throughout the month. Doors for the bar open from 8pm every Saturday, DJ starts at 10pm.


The Hydra Series
August – December | London | Tickets

London programmers The Hydra have announced their 2016 season in full, hosting 16 shows between August and December in various venues around London. They booked a delectable selection of artists featuring Mano Le Tough, Theo Parrish, Ben UFO, Bonobo, Floating Points, Dixon, Moodymann, Ben Klock and Andrew Weatherall.

Fat Fat Fat Festival 2016
6th – 7th August | Corridonia/Morrovalle, Italy | £40
Fat Fat Fat is a brand new Italian festival lookng to combat underrepresentation within the electronic music industry. With performances from veritable Detroit legends Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, Japanese house icon Soichi Terada, Max Graef & Glenn Astro, Motor City Drum Ensemble, and a host of other contributors, the two-day outing is set to make an unforgettable impression in its first year.

Mavrik Afro Disco with Mr Bongo Soundsystem & John Gomez
12th August | Hammerschlagen Bar, London | £8
Pushing a night of afro & world music to raise money for local children’s charity Free to Be, Mavrik enlist top selector John Gomez, the man behind Tangent and the Rush Hour show on NTS alongside reissue wizards The Mr Bongo Soundsystem. Out bezzies Heels & Souls will also be spinning records in the upstairs bar all night long
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Rhythm 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.

Further Afield


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.

Warehouse Project Series
September – January | Manchester | Tickets

Manchester’s party series has announced its programme running from September to January, hosting some huge names across the spectrum. From M.I.A and David Rodigan to Ben UFO, Moderat, Lone, Jackmaster, Septa, Zomby, Black Madonna, Jon Hopkins, Ricardo Villalobos, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jeff Mills and more.

HORST Arts & Music 2016
9th – 10th September | Hageland Hills, Belgium | £65

HORST is a festival that matches visual arts and electronic music in an idyllic Belgian location. Set in a moated castle in the Hageland hills of Leuven, the curators have assembled a line-up boasting the likes of Leon Vynehall, The Black Madonna, Mister Saturday Night and Soundstream. Artist duo, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, are curating the arts program, inviting a range of artists to create site-specific installations in the surroundings of the castle.


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.

Cymande In Concert
29th September | KOKO, London | £26

Disco royalty Cymande are grouping together to play a momentous show in September, ready to unload rare grooves and breaks classics now celebrating legendary status. Definitely not one to miss out, the 40 year old band will be playing music sampled by De La Soul, Wu-Tang, The Fugees and more.

Alfresco Disco: Rave of the Decade Part 2
1st October | Secret Location, Bristol | Info

After killing it last year with their first party on Weston Pier, the Bristol boys are back again for round 2, this time taking inspiration from the early Sunrise parties that changed everything in the late 80s/early 90s. Apparently they’ve unearthed an amazing venue (think aircraft hangar, warehouse, outdoor location etc) – and although we know nothing more we HAVE to be at this. You should too.

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