This summer we’re looking to keep the good vibes going late into the night at Southbank Centre with a season of free outdoor music and cabaret events from a full on Pride Party to DJ and club nights under the stars. Throughout July and August we’re welcoming a host of acts to our specially constructed outdoor stage overlooking the Thames. So, make sure you join us to dance way past dusk with the aid of these amazing artists and exceptional entertainers.
Join us for a bumper Pride Party packed with performances and electrifying music to keep you dancing from evening into the early hours. Presented by Pxssy Palace, a collective of DJs, educators and performers that centres queer and trans people of colour, in collaboration with BBZ; a club night and curatorial collective prioritising the experiences of queer women, trans and non-binary people of colour.
Taking over the Terrace for three Thursdays are SIREN, a collective who aim to create a space for those under-represented in dance music, both on line-ups and in crowds. With music that explores techno in its broadest sense – from electro to minimal, acid to breakbeat – enjoy a banging night, and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene as you do.
Kick off the weekend with music and performance from the world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome. Dance until the early hours at a that night promises DJ sets, and a vogueing hour, courtesy of a dazzling line-up that includes Horrora Shebang, Justin Bond, Lady Francesca and special guests from the London drag scene.
Rethink gender and pleasure on the dance floor as the liberated queer performance collective Little Gay Brother bring their touring festival show to the Riverside Terrace. The joyfully flamboyant collective and club night invite you to step into a world where freedom of expression, and the anarchy of hedonism are celebrated.
The Cocoa Butter Club’s roster of queer performers of colour invite you to discover burlesque, sideshows and more, all wrapped up in your favourite neo-soul, R&B, Motown, blues and jazz. Join them for a summer shake-down and a DJed dance courtesy of fierce QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour) performers, musicians, dancers and drag artistes, sharing everything from vogueing to spoken word.
‘Post-gay independent arts outfit’ and stalwarts of the London performance scene, Duckie takeover the outdoor stage for a special night of music and variety show entertainment. DJs Readers Wifes and Readers Daughter serve up perfect pop and dance music either side of performances from Pink Suits, D’relle West and East London’s very own queen of the underworld, Rodent DeCay.
Get that Friday feeling at a showcase of the best in queer (LGBTQI+) culture, featuring dance and music, courtesy of The Raze Collective’s diverse line-up of acoustic performers, singer-songwriters, electronic artists, dancers and DJs. A charity that supports, develops and nurtures queer performance in the UK, The Raze Collective was established in response to the closure of many long-standing queer venues.
Our scintillating summer of outdoor fun doesn’t end there. On 25 August Queer Tango on the Thames invites you to join gender-blind dance classes before dancing beneath the stars until late with live music from bands including Tango Terra Quartet, and Corina Patti with Simon Morris on guitar. Whilst The LOL Word, a comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers, present their favourite music, drag and cabaret in a late-night part on 26 July.
On Saturday 13 July there’s the chance to get sweaty with DJs, hot cabaret performances, 1990s R&B and the incredible Pecs Drag Kings at a drag-packed celebration of inclusivity, queerness and community. And in August we’ve back-to-back club nights as we re-rewind with classic garage and enjoy so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night, Gay Garage (23 August), before the exciting people of era-defining club night Tw*t Boutique play exciting music for LGBTQI+ people and their friends (24 August).
The Batty Mama – a down and dirty, open and enticing dystopic space for queer and trans bodies and Black and Brown, queer, QTIPOC and LGBTQI+ identifying people – offer three Thursday nights of old-school anthems and carefree vibes across July. A month which also sees each of Pride Party providers return with takeover nights of their own. Pxssy Palace present a QTIPOC showcase with an electric and dynamic night of music, art and performance (20 July). And BBZ Takeover promises more than just a club-night as we get to party until late with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists, raised and based in south-east London (27 July).
All of the above events take place on our Riverside Terrace as part of our Summer programme at Southbank Centre and are free to attend.