London Is About To Host An Epic Two-Day Music And Arts Festival To Rival Glastonbury This September

Emerge Festival invites partygoers to celebrate the arts inside some of the capital's most famous landmarks

Missing Glasto Already? Head To The Natural History Museum
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Festival season is officially over. The rain is back, our spirits are down and we’re already dreaming up what knitwear our wardrobe is in urgent (*lies*) need of.

Instead of reminiscing about basking in the sun during hedonistic, music-filled weekends in the great British outdoors, it’s time to get your hands on tickets to the latest music festival in London which promises to take late night museum trips to a whole new level.

This month, 42 of London’s most famous museums and landmarks are welcoming Emerge Festival - a cultural celebration comprising of gigs, performances, DJ's, spoken word, art, talks, theatre, dance and events.

      For two days only - from Friday 27th to Saturday 28th September – culture vultures will be able to enjoy everything from south London rapper MC Flohio performing at Banqueting House in Westminster to Jungle DJ'ing at the Natural History Museum.

      Missing Glasto Already? Head To The Natural History Museum
      Flohio is the Lagos-born, south London-raised MC who last year was nominated for BBC Sound of 2019, released her second EP, Wild Yout, had her first world tour and fronted a Nike campaign
      Nick Stockman

      For those who have had enough of banging their head at music gigs this year (who are you?), why not dedicate your night out to a game of breaking codes in a medieval tower, dining at a supper club or discussing vaginas and vulvas?

      During the festival, the Vagina Museum is joining forces with The Jewish Museum in north London to host workshops and talks focussing on ridding society of the stigma and shame surrounding women's anatomy and sexuality.

      Conversations taking place during the two-day extravaganza will also cover topics including mental health and beatboxing, as well as workshops involving life drawing, plasticine sculpting and skyline photography.

      Ticket holders (prices of day passes start at £15 and weekend tickets at £30) will get access to every event taking place at the London locations, meaning they can hop around the city depending on where the mood takes them: from day to night; water to wine; panel discussions to raves.

      Here is our top music picks for what to look forward to:

      1) Silent disco on Tower Bridge

      Missing Glasto Already? Head To The Natural History Museum
      Tareq Mooradun

      The high-level walkways of Tower Bridge (yes, the literal bridge, not the area), will be hosting a silent disco with a view to rival all views. You'll be able to flick between three channels of disco anthems to cringey classics and hardcore house, but make sure to bring cash for the bar.

      Details: Find out more here. Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP

      2) Ady Suleiman and Poppy Ajudha perform at the Horniman

      Missing Glasto Already? Head To The Natural History Museum
      Burak Cingi

      With fans from Chance the Rapper to Joey Bada$ and Labrinth, neo-soul star Ady Suleiman will perform timeless tunes at the Horniman Museum's bandstand in Forest Hill.

      Ady will be supported by south London's Poppy Ajudha who features on Tom Misch's single 'Disco Yes' and earned praise from former US president Barack Obama last month when he chose the track as one of his favourite tracks of the year.

      Details: Find out more here. Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ

      3) Flohio curates IN FUTURE at Banqueting House

      Missing Glasto Already? Head To The Natural History Museum
      Nick Stockman

      Celebrating rebellion, the UK rapper will gather music, art, video, fashion, spoken word and music (including R&B singer Greentea Peng) for an evening inside the walls of the former Royal Palace of Whitehall – a historic site of anti-establishment unrest during the 16th Century.

      Details: View the rest of the line-up here. Westminster, London SW1A 2ER

      4) Jungle DJ at Natural History Museum

      Missing Glasto Already? Head To The Natural History Museum
      Nick Stockman

      Among historic specimens and after talks brought to you by Lost Lectures (including Bellatrix, one of the most prolific female beatboxers in the world) The Mercury-nominated musical collective will perform a DJ set beneath the suspended 25-metre whale skeleton.

      Details: View the set times here. South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

      Find out about the rest of the line-up at emergefestival.co.uk

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