Something For The Weekend in London: August 24-26
The last Bank Holiday of the year means it’s time for the resplendent two-day Notting Hill Carnival and dozens of other parties, big and small, to see out the last of the summer months. If you’re around East London on Friday, get a taste of Ghanaian grooves and afrobeats at two neighbouring events, expected to set up your weekend nicely for a Samba soiree, a Mauritian fest and The Book Club’s annual Bookstock (so if you want to rest after all this on Monday, we won’t blame you).
NIGHTLIFE: Asabaako Festival launch Party, Juno Bar, 134 Shoreditch High Street London, Greater London E1 6JE
How much: £5
They say: “The Asabaako Music Festival flies in for one night only from Busua Beach, Ghana, to Juno in Shoreditch, bringing some sub-Saharan heat on August Bank Holiday and an all-star line up of London’s Afro-urban and Afro-funk DJs” Focus Organisation
NIGHTLIFE: Amplified presents Freemium, Translate at The Dictionary, 12-14 Kingsland Road E2 8DA
How much: FREE
We say: If you’ve ever gone in search of a unpretentious night out in London amongst a crowd of genuine music lovers and dependable DJs who are just in it for the love of a good tune, then look no further as the Amplified collective have been delivering this and more for the past decade. They’re throwing a bank holiday/carnival one-off which will feature party classics, soul and afrobeats and is remarkably free all night.
ALTERNATIVE: Paraiso School of Samba Party, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
How much: FREE
They say: “Join Paraiso School of Samba for a pre-Notting Hill samba party! An exciting samba show featuring Rio de Janeiro’s Serginho do Porto from Salgueiro Samba School and Mestre Esteves. Start the night with a lively hour of Axé dance and music, hosted by Rio-born Ramon, where everyone can join in with the easy choreography and, if the samba show isn’t enough, you can party the rest of the night away with DJ Rudolfo” School of Samba
ALTERNATIVE: Guilty Pleasures Cinema Party, The Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd, E1 0HX
How much: From £10
They say: “Sean Rowley’s Guilty Pleasures takes on the world of film with an event that connects the dots between music, performance and movies. An evening of pure, unadulterated pop fun – with cult movie Desperately Seeking Susan, singing, dancing, bands, DJs, dance troupes, fancy dress and all sorts at East London’s gorgeous Troxy”
How much: £6.50 (free for children under 10)
They say: “Marking the high point of the summer party season, the Mauritian Open Air Festival will take place on Sunday 26th August, falling on the August Bank Holiday weekend, and providing the perfect end to the summer holidays. As in previous years, the event will be held at Down Lane Park located in the heart of North London’s Mauritian community. The festival offers visitors a wonderful glimpse of the party atmosphere that Mauritians are so famous for, with a heady mix of freshly prepared traditional cuisine, popular Mauritian drinks and a host of performances from some of the biggest names in Mauritian music and entertainment. There is also a huge fun fair running all day long, making this the perfect event for the entire family.” MOAF 2012
ARTS & CULTURE: The Book Club presents Bookstock, 100 Leonard Street, EC2N 4RH
How much: FREE
We say: Bank Holiday weekend, The Book Club is hosting another bigger and better street party: Bookstock. For all those born under the sign of Aquarius you will know that its inspired namesake made the history books as the ultimate festival – so they have set themselves quite a task. Sadly, it doesn’t look like the Stones will be making an appearance but there will be some amazing acts, food and fun for one last hooray to the summer months on August 26th.
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