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Emerge comes out at night

Innovative new ‘Lates’ festival is taking over 40 iconic London venues across 11 boroughs

29 August, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Ady Suleiman will play at the Horniman Museum

IF you thought festival season was coming to a close, don’t despair – they’ve just moved indoors for September.

For two nights only (September 27-28) Emerge, an innovative new “Lates” festival is taking over 40 iconic London venues across 11 boroughs with a packed line-up of gigs, club nights, DJ sets, MC and spoken-word appearances, talks and workshops, performances, poetry, immersive experiences, live art installations, theatre and a pop-up bar on the top of Wellington Arch.

As is often the case these days, one wristband allows entry to all venues – space allowing – and can be bought for either day or the whole weekend, with reduced rates for those aged 18-30.

Kenwood House, Rich Mix, Lauderdale House and the Natural History Museum are among the venues opening their doors to a super-cool line-up, which includes rising stars Ady Suleiman and Poppy Ajudha at the Horniman Museum, a 1960s-themed house party in Jimi Hendrix’s old flat, and a silent disco above Tower Bridge’s glass walkway.

Rapper Flohio is set to perform at Banqueting House as part of the Emerge festival

The varied programme continues with a night of body positivism and mental health awareness hosted by author and journalist Bryony Gordon at Dulwich Picture Gallery, an evening of music, art, video, fashion, spoken-word and music curated by critically acclaimed UK rapper Flohio at Banqueting House, and a special Lost Lectures collaboration with The Natural History Museum, featuring an eclectic mix of talks spanning life and death, including an appearance from Bellatrix, one of the most prolific female beatboxers in the world.

Also on the bill is comedian and writer Helen Arney, one-third of the science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd, who will be taking on evolution and turning it into 15 minutes of preservative alcohol-fuelled, site-specific theatre, while Luke Jerram’s stunning installation Museum of the Moon will also be on show, as guest DJs bring a new atmosphere to the thinking and drinking under Hope the whale.

And it’s not all about music, as the programme also includes an aristocrat’s scandal-themed soiree, an escape room, a theatrical demonstration of a Victorian amputation and an ongoing packed programme of events.

A creation of Culture24, who organise the twice-yearly arts and culture festival Museums at Night, Emerge is an opportunity to see breakthrough artists in museums, galleries and many of the capital’s other iconic venues.

The music programme spans deep-house DJs to neo-soul bands to afrobeat, and so much more that we don’t have room to include everything, so here’s a flavour of the weekend’s line-up:


Jiz, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, N19; Alternative tours of the city, Barbican; Morgan Munroe, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner; Hidden Gems Live – a night of Neo-Soul, Hip-Hop, Trap, R&B, Afrobeats, Grime, Garage and Spoken Word featuring Create + Vibe, Hype and Fever, Ferns, Wyllis, NVN, Idris Miles, Lemzi, Rich Mix; Skyline Photography Masterclass, The Monument; Retro Wartime Tea Dance, The Fusilier Museum; Among bright lights, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation; Ice Sound Bath – rich sonic landscape curated by experimental electronic musician, Tom White, London Canal Museum; Lauderdale Live, Witch Walks, film, art, and music from Killing Roy, Lauderdale House; Ady Suleiman, Horniman Museum and Gardens; DJs, workshops and gladiator chill lounge, Guildhall Art Gallery & London’s Roman Amphitheatre; Time Travel and Soundscapes, Benjamin Franklin House; In Future, curated by Flohio and Livity, Banqueting House, Royal Palace of Whitehall; Poppy Ajudha, Horniman Museum and Gardens.


Helen Arney, Natural History Museum; Friday Night Sinner! By Candy Gigi, Jewish Museum London; Mina Rose, Nunnery Gallery; Benin City, Nunnery Gallery; East To West: Ishmael Ensemble, Brackles DJ set, Workinonit, Masala Monologues, The Design Museum; RCM Big Band ft Pete Beets, Royal College of Music; Silent Disco on Tower Bridge; Silver Screen Jazz, Cinema Museum; Jimi Hendrix House Party, Handel & Hendrix in London; Classic Ads & Jingles by Maconchy Quartet from Royal College of Music, Museum of Brands; On Akka’s Shore, The Mosaic Rooms.

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