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Your at-a-glance guide to what’s happening this weekend

Posted at 3:30 pm, August 30, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment


London, your weekend awaits – here’s your at-a-glance guide to what’s going on tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.


★ Find out how Jamaica Conquered the World at the Portobello Film Festival, Notting Hill (free)
★ Go for 2-for-1 cocktails at one of four bars across London, with our pre-London Cocktail Week offer
★ Discover the world of ‘Minecraft‘ at the V&A, South Kensington
★ Drink ‘neath the diplodocus at the Natural History Museum’s late opening, South Kensington
★ Or be brave and talk sex at the Intimacy Lab, Barbican (also on Saturday)


Birmingham’s soulful seven-piece Xova at the Dublin Castle, Camden
’80s LA hardcore punks Downset at the Underworld, Camden
James Taylor Quartet play jazz at Ronnie Scott’s, Soho (also on Saturday)

Also playing tonight: Bitty McLean, Cappo, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Cecilia Stalin, Coco and the Butterfields, Little Fears + Perry Manning & The Sea Dogs + The Deserts + The Seagulls, Kandela Mi Son, Kolo, Laid 8, The Rutles, Sam Brookes, Antony Raine, Chris Standring, Lincoln Durham, Bukky Leo & Black Egypt, Chris Higginbottom Quartet, Gideon ConnHejira + Holy Milk + Floating PointsLost TwinThe MerryleesSamaraVanessa HaynesWillie Garnett Big BandZewditou YohannesAdam Beattie And The Consultants and Ted Zed.

Clubbing picks:

For The Love of Mic, “the rap night with a sense of fun”, Concrete, Shoreditch
The Company Meeting
 for “house, electro, funk, Afrobeats, garage, hip hop and reggae”, The Social, Oxford Circus
The Get Down for “heavy funk, rare groove, dusted disco, classic house, vintage hip hop”, The Book Club, Old Street
XOYO First Birthday Part One for James Murphy + Yuksek, XOYO, Liverpool Street
Andy Smith Presents... for an eclectic musical journey,or Batukarma for “mambo, bossa, baile funk, cumbia and salsa”, both at Bussey Building, Peckham


★ Fill yourself up at the Urban Food Fest, Shoreditch
★ Or pop along to The Pit, a mini-festival with street food and music, near London Fields (also on Sunday)
★ Take the kids to the Anorak Magazine Summer Fete, Dalston Square
★ Visit amazing neon warehouse God’s Own Junkyard before it’s too late, Walthamstow
★ Get your French on at the Sud de France Joie de Vivre Festival, South Bank
★ Watch wild film shorts, freaky trailers and little-seen clips at the Scalarama Film Jam, Brixton
★ Or see Martha Marcy May Marlene with director Q&A at Hackney Picturehouse
★ Australian comics Matt Okine and Ronny Chieng are both performing at the Soho Theatre

Gigs:  Mark GardenerThe BloodDefeated SanityI, The WriterBright Light Bright LightCarouselThe FitsMagentaMantecaNathan JamesDamien JuradoDesperate JournalistDerriereFoBo Jug BandJendva JendvaOnly RealPart Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides + BolideRob Terry TrioTalibam!Trudy Kerr and Ian Shaw.

Clubbing picks:

Love LDN Boat Party and After Party with Jaymo & Andy George for “deep house, dark disco and techy grooves to the water” Temple Pier, then the Thames
Audio Sushi for “an electro, dubstep, jungle and indie block party meltdown”, Dogstar, Brixton
Lemonade for “disco, house, electro and retro dancefloor fillers”, The Nest, Dalston
XOYO First Birthday Part Two: Derrick Carter Does Disco, XOYO, Liverpool Street
Guilty Pleasures for “pop, disco, and, crucially, soft rock” at Koko, Camden
Mixmag Live presents Maya Jane Coles for her “razor sharp, ultra-deep brand of house”, Village Underground, Shoreditch
Roto Relaunch for Danny Daze’s “beautiful, crisp tech-funk grooves”, Warehouse LDN, Tottenham Hale
The Shakedown for “deep and soulful house music” at ace pool hall, Canavan’s, Peckham


★ Marvel at weird items at pre-auction exhibition Out of the Ordinary, Kensington
★  Celebrate South Asian culture at London Mela 2013, Gunnersbury
★  See beneath the waves at marine wildlife photography exhibition Rainforest of the Sea, Forest Hill
★  Mosy around one of London’s top ten art exhibtions

Gigs: King Khan And The ShrinesKlezmer in the ParkLouise Golbey,  Showman’s WagonRuby And The Rib CageKate DimblebyJohn GaleaOliver DarlingGarrett KatoDiabel CissokhoJulie Iwheta or Kate Winter.

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