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Silent Disco at The View from The Shard

The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.

  1. The View from the Shard Joiner St, SE1 9QU
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sun Nov 16
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  • Critics choice

Joan as Policewoman, Slow Club, Chet Faker, Jack Savoretti, Teleman, Hozier, Josh Record, Burt Bacharach, London Grammar, Metronomy, Jessie Ware, Sam Smith, Gregory Porter, Connan Mockasin, Submotion Orchestra, Mount Kimbie, Soak, Sivu, Flyte + more. Wilderness is a festival that champions all the arts, from outdoor theatre courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe to talks and debates, horse riding, a lakeside spa and even 'long table' banquets with leading chefs. The music line-up's

  1. Cornbury Park Charlbury, OX7 3EH
  2. Thu Aug 7 - Sun Aug 10
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In The Woods

The small but perfectly formed In The Woods festival – organised by the perky and freewheeling leftfield London pop quintet Laurel Collective – returns for its ninth consecutive year, stretching out into a two-day affair for 2014. Punters are promised an experience as far removed from "warm pints of foamy Carling in a copoorate mudbath" as it's possible to get, which can only be a great thing. It takes place in a secret woodland location (enchanted, of course) near London,

Camp Bestival

Johnny Marr, Sinéad O'Connor, De La Soul, Public Service Broadcasting, James, Laura Mvula, Steve Mason, The Wedding Present, Peter Hook and The Light, The Cuban Brothers, Chas & Dave. A truly special summer festival that acts as an ever more colourful and kid-friendly sister to the Isle of Wight's Bestival. This year's line-up is another stong one, with ex-Smiths guitar-plucker Johnny Marr, Irish singer-songwriter and Miley Cyrus-agitator Sinéad O'Connor, sample-loving

  1. Lulworth Castle Wareham East, Lulworth, BH20 5QS
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Mon Aug 4
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The Big Feastival

Kelis, Fatboy Slim, Norman Jay, Jamie Cullum, The Cuban Brothers, Stornoway, Duke, Molotov Jukebo, Jack Savoretti, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Bjoorn Again, Fleetwood Bac. Is food the new rock 'n' roll? Alex James of indie kings Blur seems to think so, if his interest in making cheese is anything to go by. Organised by James and ever-chirpy TV chef Jamie Oliver, this family friendly event mixes up foodie fanaticism and music. Cooking demos, markets and pop-up restaurants take care of

  1. Kingham
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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South West Four

Deadmau5, Skream, Above & Beyond, Maceo Plex, Netsky, Marco Carola, Alesso, Jamie Jones, Magda, Sasha, Super8 & Tab, Booka Shade, Guy Gerber, Cosmic Gate, Paul Kalkbrenner, Seth Troxler. The Clapham Common weekender returns for another weekend of classic club-flavoured dance business, overflowing with anthems and arms in the air. If you're longing for superclub sounds but loath to spend the last days of hot summer in a dark, sweaty room, head to SW4 for your fix of house,

  1. Clapham Common Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sun Aug 24
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Reading Festival

  • Critics choice

Arctic Monkeys, Boys Noize, Bondax, Giggs, Andy C, Joey Bada$$, Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Blink-182, Warpaint, The 1975, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, You Me At Six, SBTRKT, Royal Blood, Lizzo + more. This long-lived festival fave, which takes place in both Reading and Leeds over the August bank holiday, remains one of the most popular and music-focused rock festivals in the country. Lacking any of the more cutesy elements of modern fests (gourmet cuisine, immersive

  1. Richfield Avenue, Reading
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Aug 24
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Visions Festival

  • Critics choice

Polica, Andrew WK, Perfume Genius, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Dirty Beaches, The Range, Fat White Family, Eagulls, Young Fathers, Perfect Pussy, Eyedress, Cheatahs + more. After a storming (and scorching) Year One, hip one-day festival Visions returns to Hackney for more fun in the August sun. Across four intimate venues in the vicinity of London Fields, Visions presents musicians including two big headliners: hard-partying pop-punk Andrew WK and Minneapolis trip hop brooders

  1. London Fields Brewery 365-366 Warburton St, E8 3RR
  2. Sat Aug 2
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V Festival, Staffordshire

Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Chic with Nile Rodgers, Elbow, Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Blondie, Paolo Nutini, Example, Bastille, Katy B, Example, Chase & Status, Alesso, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Above & Beyond, Tom Odell, Sub Focus, Axwell & Ingrosso, Rizzle Kicks, Sam Smith, Embrace, The Human League, Kodaline, Miles Kane, The Magic Number, Newton Faulkner, George Ezra, M People, All Saints, The Wonder Stuff. This mainstream-friendly dual-venue festival continues

  1. Weston Park Weston-under-Lizard, near Shifnal, TF11 8LE
  2. Sat Aug 16 - Mon Aug 18
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Donald Silverstein: Jimi Hendrix

  • Free

These previously unseen archive images taken by the late American photographer in London in 1967 form a mesmerising portrait of the legendary Jimi Hendrix. The shoot produced one of the most famous images of the twenty-five year-old musician that was released as a poster insert for Electric Ladyland in 1968, yet the other images from the session were never used and have been kept safely by Silverstein's family for the past fifty years. 

  1. Snap Galleries 12 Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y 6NH
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 23
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Kate Bush

  • Critics choice

Yes indeed: that's Kate Bush, performing live. Echoing Bowie's sudden unretirement last year, the woman who brought you 'Wuthering Heights', 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)', 'Cloudbusting', 'Hounds of Love', 'Experiment IV' and more surreally classic songs will be playing her first live shows in 35 years in London later this year. The gigs are titled 'Before the Dawn', and we don't know much about them – although the fact that Ms Bush is wearing a lifejacket in the

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Tue Aug 26 - Wed Oct 1
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Eastern Electrics

  • Critics choice

Art Department, Kerri Chandler, Ellen Allien, Route 94, Tania Vulcano, tINI, plus more TBA. Boasting one of the strongest dance festival lineups of any event in 2013, Eastern Electrics has grown into quite the beast these days. Slick house act Art Department, US house legend Kerri Chandler and Berlin's Queen of Techno Ellen Allien head up an impressive and evolving line-up that's sure to get stronger and stronger, causing beat-heads everywhere to drool with dancefloor

Live Jazz At The Rabbit

  • Free

Jazz music sessions in the cocktail bar featuring a variety of instrumentalists every week.

  1. The White Rabbit 125 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0UH
  2. Thu Aug 7 - Thu Dec 18
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  • Critics choice

Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Caribou, Darkside, Liars, Kurt Vile And The Violators, Panda Bear, Deafheaven, Pissed Jeans, Cloud Nothings, Darkside, Thee Oh Sees, Kode9, Vatican Shadow, The Ex, Earth, I Break Horses, Electric Wizard, Connan Mockasin, Forest Swords, Perfect Pussy, Jesu, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms + more. ATP, Pitchfork and Primavera Sound have joined forces to put on Jabberwocky, a new two-day festival

  1. ExCeL Centre 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
  2. Fri Aug 15 - Sat Aug 16
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Silent Disco at Altitude London

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The silent disco phenomenon continues to reach new heights at this exclusive Time Out event. There’s two floors of funk for up to 500 people at Altitude’s silent disco. In the Sky bar you can pick up some food, relax with a drink and admire the views. Upstairs, the actual disco is all about partying ‘til you can’t party any more. Three top DJs, including Time Out's very own Oliver Keens, will be on hand to drop a range of killer tunes against an amazing backdrop of the

  1. Altitude 360° Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1 4QP
  2. Fri Apr 4 - Sat Sep 6
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