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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 23 - Sun Nov 16
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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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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. Wed Aug 20 - Sat Aug 23
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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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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,

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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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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Creamfields

Avicii, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell, 3 Are Legend (Steve Aoki, Like Mike, Dmitri Vegas), Sander van Doorn, Sub Focus, Andy C, Riva Starr, MJ Cole, Thomas Gold, Afrojack, Duke Dumont, Dirty South, Booka Shade, Pete Tong, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, Scuba, Zane Lowe, Paul Oakenfold + more Definitely the most prolific and voluminous dance music festival in the UK, this three-day event sees stadium DJs mix it up with cooler underground spin-masters.

  1. Daresbury Estate Hall Lane, WA4 4AR
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Mon Aug 25
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Shambala

TBA. The hedonistic hippie paradise returns. The venue is currently under wraps, with only the teaser of a 'secret country estate in Northamptonshire' revealed so far. Wherever it is, prepare your senses for a giant arty playground where graphic designers and accountants can run amok wearing squirrel masks and hemp loincloths. The focus is geared more towards a communal atmosphere and fancy dress-drenched party, but alongside all the workshops, theatre, arts, crafts, cabaret and

Goldfrapp

  • Critics choice

A decade and a half into their career, Goldfrapp haven't stopped pushing envelopes. Their sixth album ‘Tales of Us’ is another sleek confection of glam-funk synthpop, turbo-charged electro, sexed-up nu-disco and epic, operatic balladry. They're never less than a dazzling marriage of sound and vision live, either, with Alison Goldfrapp's eccentric wardrobe playing no small part.

  1. Old Royal Naval College College Approach, SE10 9LW
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Leeds 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. Bramham Park near Wetherby, Leeds, LS23 6ND
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Mon Aug 25
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Duke Dumont

  • Critics choice

Back in 2013, just before Daft Punk went pop with ‘Get Lucky’, a less well-known producer with a similarly dancey past hit the jackpot with ‘Need U (100%)’ – a soulful house banger that brought much-needed credibility to the top of the charts. It marked a major shift for Adam Dyment – aka the Duke – who followed it up earlier this year with a second consecutive Number One, ‘I Got U’. Next step: a bells-and-whistles live show. Bangin'.

  1. Oslo Amhurst Road, E8 1LL
  2. Wed Aug 20
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Little Havana

At this weekly Friday night session at Floridita, visiting Latin American bands and musicians play live Latin jazz, salsa, merengue and other hot grooves, followed by DJs until 3am.

  1. Floridita Wardour Street, W1F 0TN
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sat Aug 30
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End Of The Road

The Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts, Gene Clark No Other Band, The Horrors, John Grant, Yo La Tengo, Richard Thompson, Gruff Rhys, Tinariwen, British Sea Power, White Denim, Connan Mockasin, John Cooper Clarke, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Drenge, Mark Kozelek, Cate Le Bon, Sweet Baboo, Perfume Genius, Alexis Tayloe, All We Are, The Barr Brothers, Peggy Sue, Three Trapped Tigets, The Wave Pictures. It may plough a fairly narrow

  1. Larmer Tree Gardens Tollard Royal, SP5 5PT
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Mon Sep 1
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Brownstock

Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul, Razorlight, The Feeling, Route 94, Roots Manuva, Jack Beats, DJ EZ, P Money, Doorly, Goldie Lookin' Chain + more. It's the tenth year for this small, family-run festival, which the organisers describe as an overgrown house party. There's a healthy mix of established bands and unsigned acts – covering rock, indie and dance – alongside comedy and art. Or you can play your own tunes at the piano bar. Or just forget about music altogether and play

  1. Morris Farm
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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