The Best Events To Catch Before September

We’ve rounded up the best of culture and events throughout August, including exhibitions, carnivals and binge-worthy TV.


Soul of a Nation at Tate Modern

This phenomenal and important exhibition explores the art that surrounded the Civil Rights movement in America. Shining a light on often-overlooked artists, Tate has brought together paintings, murals, collage, clothing, sculptures, photographs and archival paraphernalia. Portraits of and homages to Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, John Coltrane and other black icons are featured, as well as Andy Warhol’s famous painting of Muhammad Ali. Not to be missed. On until 22 October.

Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery is marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act with an exhibition bringing together artists who have “used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967”. Included within are David Hockney, Steve McQueen, LINDER, James Richards and Sarah Lucas. It makes for a nice partner to Tate’s Queer British Art, which only goes up to 1967. On until 5 November (then transfers to Birmingham in December).

Notting Hill Carnival

Europe’s biggest street festival transforms Notting Hill and the surrounding area into a carnivalesque celebration of London’s multiculturalism. A festival of Caribbean culture, which started in 1964, now features two days of live music and 37 static sound-systems. Expect reggae, dub and salsa, steel bands and colourful, feathered outfits, jerk chicken and plantain aplenty. It gets very busy and there’s always an increased police presence. 27 and 28 August.

Manchester Pride

One of the UK’s biggest and most popular Pride events culminates in The Big Weekend festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. G-A-Y are bringing Clean Bandit and Mel C to the main stage, while Faithless and Example will both be playing sets. The parade takes over the city centre on the Saturday, with around 3000 participants expected. The annual candlelit vigil, which remembers those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS worldwide, takes place on Monday. 25 to 28 August.

Marvel’s The Defenders

If you’re needing something more chilled (or something that doesn’t involve leaving bed), Marvel’s newest Netflix show lands on 18 August. Drawing together the protagonists from the other four Netflix series – Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – the vigilantes take on a common enemy: The Hand. Sigourney Weaver stars as the primary antagonist, Alexandra. Available 18 August.

Briefs: Close Encounters at Udderbelly Southbank

After sold-out seasons over the past four years, the Briefs boys return again with an all-new show. The “world’s hottest all-male boylesque circus stars” present an hour of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy at Udderbelly Southbank. They are set to “test the limits of masculinity, taste and decency” – but judge for yourselves. Having received rave reviews from the press, this show must end at the end of September. Until 30 September.

Edinburgh Fringe

Throughout August, the Scottish capital transforms into an indescribable and unrivalled festival of theatre, comedy, art and culture. With more shows than one person could ever hope to see – from improv comedy to student writing, stand up to burlesque – there’s something for everyone and more than enough to keep anyone busy. Quality can vary somewhat, but with hundreds of free events across the city – and many smaller venues charging below £10 – it’s worth trying something new. Now in its 70th year, it’s something everyone should do at least once. Throughout August.

HISKIND August Calendar

15 August

Bar Wotever 15th August with Travis Alabanza!

“Join our host Sadie Sinner with a host of amazing acts. Travis Alabanza and Lasana Shabazz will be making a welcome return.”

18 August

Meat The Glory Takeover

“Those crazy boys from gay pinup pictorial meat aka The meat boys Fannar and Adrian are back taking over The Glory on 18th August 2017 for the biggest night of sweaty, beardy, beery, dancey, tunesy madness on the grid.”

19 August

London Sausage Festival

“2,000 people // An array of Sausages from around the world // Beer & Cider // Music All Day and Night // Hay Bales // Bunting // Craft Ale”

Coal Rooms, Peckham opening

“A refined yet relaxed bar, restaurant + cafe with a gutsy menu of meat + fish cooked over a charcoal grill + oven.”

Pink Lemonade #6 – Lets Have a Kiki

“Pink Lemonade is BACK, the original clubbing cocktail of musical genres has a new look , a new venue and yet the same great musical policy to quench your thirst. This time around we’re marking our 6 Month Birthday with an EXTRA SPECIAL GUEST DJ the Scissor Sisters frontwoman Ana Matronic !!!!!”

Club Briefs

“Get your dancing shoes on with cult cabaret hooligans and mischief makers Briefs in a late night romp of music, performance and mayhem – all inside Underbelly Festival’s stunning Spiegeltent.”

RA Summer Lates: The Other Paradise

“On 19 August, join us for our huge end-of-summer party inspired by ideas of paradise. Come and experience art, music, cocktails, mermaid life-drawing, performance art, tropical funk DJs, craft activities, talks and more…”

23 August

Roofstock! Queer Roof Party Fundraiser for Kaleidoscope Trust

“Legendary Hackney queer hot spots Dalston Superstore and The Glory team up with garden music venue Dalston Roof Park for an exciting night of DJs, dancing and cabaret, all for a brilliant cause!”

27 August

WUT? CLUB: Slumber Party Ball

“WUT?CLUB bring it back East for an August Bank Holiday Sunday Special! Its time to go to bed with the most colourful club characters in London as we host our annual slumber party extravaganza!”

From 29 August

Outlaws to In-Laws, King’s Head Theatre

“7 new short plays spanning the decades from the 1950s to the present day exploring gay lives against a rapidly changing social history from intolerance, violence and hate through to the legalisation of homosexuality and gay marriage.”

Until 30 August

Roof Terrace Summer Sessions

“Ham Yard Hotel’s exclusive Roof Terrace bar is back this summer, offering three different pop-up concepts in one month.”