Outdoor Music and DJs

Will Rathbone

While there are plenty of exciting gigs in the pipeline for the coming months (check out an earlier feature we wrote here) we thought that, what with it getting warmer in the next few months, it was probably worth investigating some of the newest outdoor venues where we expect to be boogieing away till the sun finally sets to the capital’s finest DJs.
If you can’t wait till the Summer, Brixton Courtyard is open right now, and there’s something on every night of the week - from food stalls to DJs (including Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard) entertaining the masses while we await the arrival of re-enforcements across the city. Booking, of course, is essential. On the other side of town, Costa del Tottenham brings a similar vibe with DJs, outdoor seating for groups of six and many a food stall to keep you fed and watered. Their new venture has really piqued our interest though…

There’s not a lot of information on Ernie’s Yard available right now, but fret not. This is most definitely a trendy kind of silence, rather than a worrying kind. There’s plenty of buzz surrounding the 12,000spft venue in Canning Town, which promises two venues and 12hr parties from the likes of Secretsundaze, Percolate and Art of Dark alongside a plethora of bars and food outlets. We’ve a feeling this could be our favourite new spot for letting loose.
We’ll apologise in advance for the very much East London-heavy selection but when it comes to large, urban outdoor areas it’s hard to look away from all the potential to be found in Hackney Wick. HWK London, and in particular The Lot, served us well last Summer and we can't wait to settle back in to their space accompanied by splendid DJ sets from the folks at Phonica Records amongst others. We also excited to re-acquaint ourselves with Colour Factory, a venue that prides itself on inclusivity, providing a space to truly express yourself, and has DJ sets from Ruby Savage and Errol lined up over the next few weeks.

On the festival side of things, Yam Carnival comes to Clapham Common on 28 August. Delayed by a year, this celebration of the African diaspora features live sets from Femi Kuti, NAO and Fatoumata Daiwara. Across South London, South Facing has announced several new events including Worldwide FMs 5th Birthday Party, featuring synth-jazz party starters The Comet is Coming, and two takeovers from fellow festival organiser Cross The Tracks with guests including afrobeat collective Nubiyan Twist and soulful singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae on different line-ups. 

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