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.
The Blues Kitchen Camden
This lively, contemporary bar-diner on the main Camden drag celebrates American musical heritage in song (live shows, DJs, free harmonica lessons), spirits and sustenance. The food is all-American in spirit and substance, with barbecue and burgers featuring prominently. Though you can, if you insist, order a 'superfood salad.' There are around 50 bourbons in a variety of categories, some used as bases for cocktails. Rarer types (Blanton’s Gold, Sazerac 18-Year-Old Rye, Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash) go for a tenner or more, but otherwise you’ll be paying £3.50 to £6. ‘America’s native spirit’ is how Kentucky bourbon is described, with Ancient Age and Evan Williams typical examples; Tennessee, ‘the first cousin of Kentucky’, is honoured with a full suit of Jack Daniel’s labels.
Venue says: “Free birthday bubbly for parties booking in for drinks at Blues Kitchen Camden on Friday nights. Get in touch for more details.”