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Jean-Paul Gaultier, fashion designer
6:00 pm
Tue 23 Jul 2019
6:00 pm | Tue 23 Jul 2019
performance & theatre
talks & debates
The man behind the conical bustier: Jean Paul Gaultier discusses his decades at the forefront of fashion
The man behind the conical bustier: Jean Paul Gaultier discusses his decades at the forefront of...
Fashion Freak Show at Southbank Centre
Various times
23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
Various times | 23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Various times
12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Various times | 12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
Film still from Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 24 Jul 2019
9:15 pm | Wed 24 Jul 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical film
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical...
Batty Mama performer

Free

Free

Various times
11 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
Various times | 11 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the south London collective's DJ residency
Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the south London collective's DJ residency
Ben Chatwin, composer and producer
7:45 pm
Thu 25 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 25 Jul 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
An evening of expansive music and visuals with live performances from CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow Palms
An evening of expansive music and visuals with live performances from CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow...
Honey Dijon, DJ and music producer
10:30 pm
25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
10:30 pm | 25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
DJ Honey Dijon plays an epic two-hour set to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss My Genders
DJ Honey Dijon plays an epic two-hour set to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss...
Southbank Centre Food Market.Stall 8- Horn OK Please.August 2016

Free

Free

Various times
5 Jul 2019 - 1 Sep 2019
Various times | 5 Jul 2019 - 1 Sep 2019
Tangy, spicy, sticky, sweet and fresh: our street food market is bursting with flavours for you to try
Tangy, spicy, sticky, sweet and fresh: our street food market is bursting with flavours for you to...
The LOL Word, illustrative image

Free

Free

5:30 pm
26 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 26 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers presents music, drag and cabaret
The comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers presents music, drag and cabaret
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Various times
20 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
 Bbz Takeover, people dancing in a club

Free

Free

4:00 pm
27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
4:00 pm | 27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
More than just a club night: party with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists
More than just a club night: party with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists
DJ and young dancers

Free

Free

Various times
14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Illustration of Trevor Horn, musician and songwriter
7:30 pm
Sun 28 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
Guernica Remakings at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Wed 31 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 31 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Raise a glass at the opening of a new exhibition of works responding to Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece
Raise a glass at the opening of a new exhibition of works responding to Picasso’s anti-war...
Film still from Chicago (2002)

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Wed 31 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Wed 31 Jul 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
Come on babe, why don't we paint the town at an outdoor screening of the showstopping musical film?
Come on babe, why don't we paint the town at an outdoor screening of the showstopping musical...
SIREN DJ Collective

Free

Free

Various times
1 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
Various times | 1 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene
Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene
Performers in front of Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

5:30 pm
2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective

Free

Free

4:00 pm
3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
These are the good times: sing and two-step into the night to some of Nile Rodgers' greatest tunes
These are the good times: sing and two-step into the night to some of Nile Rodgers' greatest...
Nile Rodgers on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 03 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
The musical legend and the incomparable disco hit-makers perform a special show exclusively for Meltdown
The musical legend and the incomparable disco hit-makers perform a special show exclusively for...
Sold out
Studio 54
10:30 pm
3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
10:30 pm | 3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Outrageous. Era-defining. Legendary. Party at the mecca of disco - recreated here for one night only
Outrageous. Era-defining. Legendary. Party at the mecca of disco - recreated here for one night only
Sold out

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
Funk and soul flood our riverside stage at a party with brass bands, lindy-hopping and disco classics
Funk and soul flood our riverside stage at a party with brass bands, lindy-hopping and disco...
Drunk by Thundercat album cover
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Yael Naim, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Eleven years on from the runaway success of ‘New Soul’, hear irresistible folk-pop from the singer-songwriter
Eleven years on from the runaway success of ‘New Soul’, hear irresistible folk-pop from the...
Kokoroko, Afrobeat band
7:30 pm
Mon 05 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 05 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Soul-shaking, horn-fueled Afrobeat brings together this inner London eight-piece
Soul-shaking, horn-fueled Afrobeat brings together this inner London eight-piece
 Jungle, band
7:30 pm
Mon 05 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 05 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Where the California Dream collides with the sound of London, find the neo-soul musical collective
Where the California Dream collides with the sound of London, find the neo-soul musical collective
anaïs, musician
7:45 pm
Mon 05 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 05 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Following in the footsteps of Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, the soul artist sings of freedom
Following in the footsteps of Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, the soul artist sings of...
Anitta, Brazilian singer
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
This is what a superstar sounds like: hear the leading young artist in Brazil
This is what a superstar sounds like: hear the leading young artist in Brazil
Durand Jones & The Indications, band
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Their aesthetic is steeped in 70s soul, but this band of 20-somethings aren’t looking backwards
Their aesthetic is steeped in 70s soul, but this band of 20-somethings aren’t looking backwards
Alfa Mist, musician
7:30 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Melancholy jazz harmony meets alternative hip-hop and soul in the music of Alfa Mist
Melancholy jazz harmony meets alternative hip-hop and soul in the music of Alfa Mist
Stranger Things logo
7:30 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed live
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed...
Azekel, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Progressive R&B artist Azekel doesn’t linger on the standard love song
Progressive R&B artist Azekel doesn’t linger on the standard love song
John Hegley, Cina Aissa and Mike Tomes leaning against a wall
8:00 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
From the French: the poet, comedian and musician John Hegley reflects on his Gallic roots
From the French: the poet, comedian and musician John Hegley reflects on his Gallic roots
Coming to America (1988) film still

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
9:00 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Just let your soul glo with the royally good romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy
Just let your soul glo with the royally good romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy
Merck Mercuriadis and Nile Rodgers
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Aug 2019
talks & debates
New frontiers in music: songwriter Nile Rodgers and manager Merck Mercuriadis share their industry knowledge
New frontiers in music: songwriter Nile Rodgers and manager Merck Mercuriadis share their industry...
Johnny Marr, musician
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The legendary artist brings his visionary solo sound to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown
The legendary artist brings his visionary solo sound to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
Hear the sound of the future at a gig of emerging artists selected by sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers
Hear the sound of the future at a gig of emerging artists selected by sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers...
Audience on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

3:00 pm
9 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019
3:00 pm | 9 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019
gigs
Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT School students
Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT...
Peter Cat Recording Co, band

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The ever-evolving band takes in gypsy jazz, psychedelic cabaret and epic space disco
The ever-evolving band takes in gypsy jazz, psychedelic cabaret and epic space disco
Kero Kero Bonito, band
7:30 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Warped guitar solos, shining melodies and unnervingly tender lyrics: it's the leftfield pop trio
Warped guitar solos, shining melodies and unnervingly tender lyrics: it's the leftfield pop...
Eurythmics Songbook logo
7:30 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Sweet dreams are made of this: an all-star band headed by David A Stewart performs the duo's greatest hits
Sweet dreams are made of this: an all-star band headed by David A Stewart performs the duo's...
Nakhane Toure, musician
7:45 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Surrender to the ravishing voice of the rising pop star behind emotionally charged debut You Will Not Die
Surrender to the ravishing voice of the rising pop star behind emotionally charged debut You Will...
Despacio is Happiness
Various times
9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Various times | 9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The collaborative club night from James Murphy and David and Stephen Dewaele envelops the crowd in sound
The collaborative club night from James Murphy and David and Stephen Dewaele envelops the crowd in...

Free

Free

4:00 pm
10 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 10 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Go with the flow at a free day of catwalking, duckwalking and voguing soundtracked by CHIC classics
Go with the flow at a free day of catwalking, duckwalking and voguing soundtracked by CHIC classics
SOPHIE, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 10 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 10 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Imagine future possibilities of pop with the electronic producer, songwriter and DJ
Imagine future possibilities of pop with the electronic producer, songwriter and DJ
Dancing on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south London and beyond
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south...
Viagra Boys, band
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Punk rock from Stockholm: meet the Viagra Boys
Punk rock from Stockholm: meet the Viagra Boys
Songhoy Blues, band
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Radiant Children, band
7:45 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
Brimming with grit and gloss, the transatlantic trio effortlessly blends R&B, soul, funk and jazz
Brimming with grit and gloss, the transatlantic trio effortlessly blends R&B, soul, funk and...
Film still from Moulin Rouge (2001)

Free

Free

8:45 pm
Wed 14 Aug 2019
8:45 pm | Wed 14 Aug 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
Spectacular spectacular! Fall in love with this enchanting musical film at an outdoor screening
Spectacular spectacular! Fall in love with this enchanting musical film at an outdoor screening
Men wearing Pride 87 t-shirts at Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre?
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre?
Devil's Pie (2019) film still
6:45 pm
Thu 15 Aug 2019
6:45 pm | Thu 15 Aug 2019
gigs
In an exclusive UK premiere, see the documentary about the disappearance – and return – of D’Angelo
In an exclusive UK premiere, see the documentary about the disappearance – and return – of...
Tales of the Turntable at Southbank Centre
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Dego, producer
10:30 pm
15 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
10:30 pm | 15 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Beyond neo-soul: D’Angelo inspires three DJs you should be listening to
Beyond neo-soul: D’Angelo inspires three DJs you should be listening to
Duckie, two performers on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
16 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 16 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up
Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up
The Cocoa Butter Club, performer on the yellow staircase

Free

Free

4:00 pm
17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
comedy & cabaret
accessible events
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Film still from Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Free

Free

8:30 pm
Wed 21 Aug 2019
8:30 pm | Wed 21 Aug 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
Let’s do the Time Warp again at an outdoor screening of the cult musical film
Let’s do the Time Warp again at an outdoor screening of the cult musical film
Francois Chaignaud, dancer
Various times
Thu 22 Aug 2019
Various times | Thu 22 Aug 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Gay Garage, people kissing in nightclub

Free

Free

5:30 pm
23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Re-rewind to the best days of garage and so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night
Re-rewind to the best days of garage and so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & theatre
family & young people
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for...

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