Plenty of people escape from London in August to hit music festivals around the UK. Follow them at your peril: there are plenty of great gigs in London this summer, and you might just catch some of those festival headliners a lot closer to home. Here’s the best live music this month.
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Rahat is a leading exponent of qawwali, the devotional music of the Islamic Sufi tradition. He's from a long line of Pakistani qawwali vocalists, and first sang on stage in the UK in 1985 when he was only nine years old with a group led his famous uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Nominated for last year’s Mercury Prize for her first album in eight years, the former Moloko frontwoman notches up a historic first here by playing a live gig at Shakespeare’s Globe. Always innovative and a top performer, she should turn her brainy, downbeat electronica into a real live spectacle.
The legendary Detroit crew make old-school, funk-driven hip hop. They've worked with D'Angelo, Q-Tip and DJ Jazzy Jeff and still pack a powerful punch, despite the tragic loss of both producer J Dilla in 2006 and rapper Baatin in 2009. The group is now made up of the one remaining founding member, T3 and J Dilla's brother Illa J.
Suggs’s Nutty Boys are north London to the core, but on bank holiday Monday they’re taking over Clapham Common for a one-day festival of skanking hits. As well as a headline set by Madness themselves you’ll catch Jamaican ska legend Toots Hibbert and his long-serving band The Maytals, and DJ sets by the nation’s two funkiest MBEs: David Rodigan and Norman Jay.
Music festivals in August
This August 2016 find a summer festival with our comprehensive music festival calendar. August is a big month in festival season so whether you’re looking for a banging dance music festival, a boutique event or huge pop acts, pick from our list of the best UK and London festivals in August.
Here’s what happens when Dreambagsjaguarshoes grows up, packs its bags and moves to Dalston. The Victoria is now owned by the same people as the perennially cool and grungy Shoreditch hangout, and probably represents a mellowing out with age – it’s a pub, it’s more relaxed, it stages live music, and it’s on a backstreet off Dalston Lane instead of the illuminated strip down the road. As a pub, it’s decent – an artily thrown-together look, a few local beers (although not many), and a ‘residency’ from peripatetic grillers Psychic Burger. It’s a misleading name – I sat thinking about what I wanted to eat for half an hour before having to go up and order at the bar in the old-fashioned way. But as US diner food in plastic trays goes, it’s a fine example of its type. Through the back of the pub is the stage, where assorted bands assemble to perform. The Victoria has been a scuzzily democratic live music venue for decades, so it’s great that the new owners kept that going and didn’t turn the room into a dining room/yoga space/Tesco Metro.