Southbank Centre featured free events, 8th -14th July 2019

Southbank Centre

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

Location and times

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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.

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The Batty Mama

Thursday 11 July – 25 July 2019 | Run times may vary | Riverside Terrace, Level 2 | Free

Batty Mama performer
The Batty Mama

Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour) south London collective’s DJ residency.

Over three Thursday evenings in July, come down for a sexy and carefree vibe and hear all the classics from the 1990s onwards at sets bursting with R&B, hip-hop, garage, Afrobeats, bashment and funky house.

The Batty Mama is a down and dirty, open and enticing dystopic space for queer and trans bodies and Black and Brown, queer, QTIPOC and LGBTQI+ identifying people.

#LGBT+ #Music

Drag Syndrome

Friday 12 July 2019 | 5pm | Royal Festival Hall, River terrace, Level 2

The world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome take over Riverside Terrace with DJs and performance.

The dazzling line-up includes Horrora Shebang, Justin Bond, Lady Francesca and special guests from the London drag scene.

Come on down to dance till the early hours.

Drag Syndrome is a production by Culture Device.


5.30pm DJ set and the dancers of Culture Device
The evening.s resident DJs Josh Caffe (Love Child) and Chloe Frieda (ALIEN JAMS) kick off the night with intelligent disco tunes and pop-up performances from the dancers of Culture Device.

7pm Voguing Hour
Demos and top tips from some of the best voguers on the scene with a chance to show off your skills to the crowd with music from the resident DJs.

8.30pm Drag Syndrome + special guests
Get ready for Gaia Callas, Justin Bond, Lady Francesca, Horrora Shebang as they dance and lip sync alongside very special guest Eboney Rose Dark and brand new kings and queens.

10pm DJ set
Tunes from Josh Caffe (Love Child) and Chloe Frieda (ALIEN JAMS) provide the soundtrack into the early hours.

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

Event information
This event finishes at 1am.



Clara Serra López, singer

Friday Tonic: Clara Serra López

Friday 12 July 2019 | 6 pm |Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer

The jazz vocalist, composer and arranger brings body-moving rhythm, flowing lines, raw lyrics and improvisation to a free Friday evening concert.

Inspired by grooves from Chicago to Havana, melodies from Erykah Badu to Sílvia Pérez Cruz and sounds from jazz to West African music, Clara Serra López is a classically trained musician who has been drawn to jazz and gospel voices from an early age.

Influences include Sarah Vaughan, Patti Austin and Billy Holiday, the songwriting of Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, the improvisation of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis as well as the Latin songs Serra López’s mother sang around the house.

Her project brings together some of the finest musicians in London, providing a creative, collaborative environment and a vehicle for individual expression.

#FridayTonic #Music

Pecs Drag Kings

Saturday 13 July| 4pm | Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2 | Free

Get sweaty with DJs, hot cabaret performances, 1990s R&B and incredible kings at a drag-packed celebration of inclusivity, queerness and community.

Pecs Drag Kings
Pecs Drag Kings

Get sweaty with DJs, hot cabaret performances, 1990s R&B and incredible kings at a drag-packed celebration of inclusivity, queerness and community.

Everyone’s favourite London royalty Pecs Drag Kings host us through the party. A true summer romance with the drag king scene of London, this love letter to all things ‘macho’ is 100% manly, sexy fun.

Pecs Drag Kings are an all-female/non-binary theatre and cabaret company who have been creating critically acclaimed shows for the LGBTQI+ community since 2013.

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

#LGBT+ #Music

Disco Loco

14 Jul 2019 – 26 Aug 2019| Various times | Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2 | Free

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

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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