London is renowned for its nightlife, stemming from musical experimentation throughout history as well as being the birthplace of limitless subcultures. In recent times ‘nightlife’ has managed to sustain itself despite a multitude of venue closures and council legislations, thanks to dedicated music lovers persisting, sometimes legally, sometimes not. As we loose venues, more and more cultural organisations have started to put on ‘late night events’ that offer culture after the standard opening hours, but often these kick out around 10 PM.
Finally one of the many public arts spaces utilising the “late night tag” is championing actual nightlife, as well as until 2 AM license. Concrete Lates, hosted at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, is bringing experimental club culture to central London by repurposing the 1000 capacity public arts space overlooking the Thames with a programme focused on female talent. It seems like a predictable amalgamation of so many 2018 trends in one, yet the programming for this series really saves the day: the next one features hard-hitting New York techno collective Discwoman, who bring co-founder Umfang, Shyboi, Peach and Kamixlo to the iconic London venue on August 30th.
The hall has a rich history with leading electronic music experimentalists. Back in 1968, artists such as Delia Derbyshire, Tristram Cary and Peter Zinovieff, performed the first ever London Concert of Electronic Music which sold out at The Queen Elizabeth Hall. Derbyshire, best known for her pioneering work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and her ability to challenge bias against women in music, bears parallel with the work of Discwoman today as do elements of their sound and composition. The brutalist architecture will also serve as the perfect setting for the night.
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