Southbank Centre featured free events, 12 – 18 August 2019

WISE16 selection of free events at the Southbank Centre this week

These are some of the selected free events taking place at The Southbank Centre. Click on the event title for further information.

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Disco Loco

Various times | 14 Jul 2019 – 26 Aug 2019| Run times may vary | Riverside Terrace, Level 2 | Free

DJ and young dancers

Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment with Disco Loco.

The wild and wonderful family party welcomes revellers of all ages to an afternoon of DJing and performances.

Boogie to back-to-back tunes from the Disco Loco Allstar DJs and marvel at live music, dance and cabaret, hosted by the genial MC Chu-i.

Disco Loco have been entertaining families across East London since 2006 in a programme of arts, culture and a spirit of togetherness, running inclusive monthly events for families.

  • Sun 14 Jul: Rhyss Pieces, Symoné
  • Sun 21 Jul: Fantabulosa’s Xnthony, Porridge Radio
  • Sun 28 Jul: Shakaonafire, Grace Shush
  • Sun 18 Aug: Fantabulosa’s Ginny Lemon, Dream Nails
  • Mon 26 Aug: XOEY 5.0, Rubyyy Jones

Part of Southbank Summer programme


Various times | 1 Aug 2019 – 22 Aug 2019 |Riverside Terrace, Level 2

Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene at the same time.

SIREN is a collective formed in 2016 with the purpose of creating a space for those under-represented in dance music, both on line-ups and in crowds.

Throwing queer parties in London, their music explores techno in its broadest sense, covering everything from electro to minimal, acid to breakbeat.

As a collective, their parties, zines and NTS shows aim to be musical and political platforms for women and non-binary people, as well as a space to critique current trends within electronic music and create their own alternatives.

SIREN DJs and their guests play a mix of vibrant dance music across their residency.

Moulin Rouge!

Wednesday 14 August 2019 | 8.45pm |Riverside Terrace, Level 2 | Free

Spectacular spectacular! Fall in love with this enchanting musical film, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, at an outdoor screening.

At an event presented by Electric Pedals, jump on one of the bikes to pedal power our screen, or bring a blanket and cushion and get comfortable while you watch.

Plus, sing along to the movie’s much-loved jukebox soundtrack whenever the mood takes you.

Paris, 1899: a young Englishman becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge. However, she has been promised as a bride by the manager to a Duke in return for funding for his next production.

As the young lovers meet in secret, Satine’s wedding day draws closer, but she hides a fatal secret from both Christian and the Duke.

Presented by Electric Pedals.

Duckie Summertime Special

Friday 16 August| 5.30pm | Riverside Terrace, Level 2 | Free

Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up featuring Pink Suits, D’relle West and Rodent DeCay.

This pop and performance parade is mixed by DJs Readers Wifes, and MCed by guest host Azara with live performances from 7.30pm.

Break-dancer, lyrical waxer and Duckie associate artist Azara takes time out from her touring solo show Just Another Day and Night to bring us this summertime special.

The pre-eminent Readers Daughter, 1-800-MIX-TAPE, is actually a soul boy DJ, but we don’t hold this against him.

Uber-kweer and genderbent, Pink Suits recreate seminal dance moments from old Kate Bush videos and outtakes from the film Dirty Dancing.

A ballroom pioneer with 14 years’ experience on the scene, D’relle West’s vogueing will give you life. He’s worked with stars from Madonna to and has appeared on Channel 4, Sky and MTV.

Rodent DeCay is East London’s very own queen of the underworld, terrifying audiences at venues from The Glory to Sink the Pink and destroying the competition at The Glory’s cult lipsyncing competition LIPSYNC1000 along the way.

As Duckie DJs-in-residence at Royal Vauxhall Tavern for the past 24 years, Readers Wifes are not even tired yet and could drink you under the table. Despite being from good homes, they struggle with attitude problems, but they are doing their best. They finish the night at 1am.

DJs start at 6pm and live performances occur from 7.30pm.

First appearances:

  • 6pm John Baiely aka Readers Daughter
  • 7.30pm Pink Suits
  • 7.50pm D’relle West
  • 8.15 Rodent DeCay
  • 9pm Readers Wifes

All performers reappear throughout the night.

Age recommendation
Please note that after 9pm this event may contain adult content.

Event information
This event finishes at 1am.

ID and bag checks are in place on entry. We have a zero tolerance drugs policy across all of our venues at Southbank Centre.

Only alcohol purchased at Southbank Centre bars can be consumed at this event.

Access information
The performance elements of this event are British Sign Language interpreted (BSL) by Annie Tretheway and Jack Flavell from 5.30pm – 10pm.

To join the free Access Scheme and book tickets for these services, call Southbank Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email
Click here to find out more about the Access Scheme

Pioneer! Kinetika Bloco Summer School Finale

Friday 16 August| 7pm | Royal Festival Hall, The Clore Ballroom, Level 2 | Free

It’s carnival time at Pioneer!, the flamboyant finale to youth performance company Kinetika Bloco’s summer school.

In this free event, Kinetika Bloco round off their ten-day summer school with a gala performance featuring around 150 musicians and dancers.

Young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan players and dynamic dancers celebrate the pioneers past, present and future who have shaped the musical landscape in the UK.

They reference home-grown pioneers, who have made Kinetika Bloco and their sound what it is today, honour those who have gone before and blaze new musical trails.

Produced and performed by Kinetika Bloco, one of Southbank Centre’s Creative Learning Partners.

A performance company creating a unique new British carnival sound, Kinetika Bloco engages young people from south London in long-term creative activity, advancing their education, skills, and capacity for learning and leadership.

The Cocoa Butter Club

Saturday 17 August| 4pm | Outdoor spaces Riverside Terrace, Level 2 | Free

Clap your hands for fierce QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour) performers, musicians, dancers and drag artistes sharing everything from vogueing to spoken word.

Join the Cocoa Butter Club for summer shenanigans and a DJed dance down by the river hosted by Sadie Sinner.

The Cocoa Butter Club is a roster of queer performers of colour who invite you to discover burlesque, sideshows, live music and more, all wrapped up in your favourite neo-soul, R&B, Motown, blues and jazz.

  • 4pm – 5pm: Jason Kwan, L.M.R, Fannypack
  • 5pm – 7.30pm: Malika Green, Mindofthefrey
  • 7.30pm – 8.30pm: Beau Jangles drag king and vocals, Sugarpill burlesque, Gusher drag king
  • 8.30pm – 10pm: Malika Green, Mindofthefrey
  • 10pm – 11pm: Ore Ho, Phoenix Kidd
  • 11pm – 1am: Malika Green, Mindofthefrey

Age recommendation
Please note that after 9pm this event may contain adult content.

Event information
This event finishes at 1am.

Access information
The performance elements of this event are British Sign Language interpreted (BSL)

To join the free Access Scheme and book tickets for these services, call Southbank Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email
Click here to find out more about the Access Scheme

Location and times

Buses and underground

Waterloo and Waterloo East stations in the South of the river Thames and Embankment station in the North provide good underground and rail services. The area is served by many bus routes. Click here or the image below for directions.

Disclaimer: WISE16 cannot be held responsible for any event changes or cancellation. We strongly recommend to check with the organiser if you have any questions, especially for those events which require paying a fee.

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