What’s on August bank holiday weekend at Southbank Centre

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 10:48

There’s only one more bank holiday between now and Christmas. Terrifying thought isn’t it? So, even more reason to make the most of it. And, whether you’re looking for an activity to keep the little ones happy, or an excuse to let your hair down, at Southbank Centre we’ve got this August bank holiday covered.

Tales of the Turntable

ZooNation Youth Company return to Southbank Centre

ZooNation Youth Company always impress whenever they perform at Southbank Centre, and their latest family show is sure to be no exception. Expect toe-tapping tunes and deadly dance moves as Tales of the Turntable invites to to take a musical journey back through time. The story follows Eric and his grandfather on a journey of discovery through rhythm and blues, hip-hop, funk and soul, through to disco, house and rap as they find they have more in common than previously thought. 

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Disco Loco

On Monday afternoon you and your little ones can get down and get your groove on without scrimping on the sunshine courtesy of the family-friendly Disco Loco. The wild and wonderful family party welcomes revellers of all ages to an afternoon of DJing and performances out on our Riverside Terrace, hosted by the genial MC Chu-i.

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Peppa Pig: My First Concert

After popular performances during our Imagine Children’s Festival everyone’s favourite pig is back to give an interactive introduction to the wonders of a live orchestra. Peppa and George are on hand to assist as Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig as they explore the different sounds the instruments make and learn how to conduct an orchestra, or should that be oinkestra?

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Fountain: Appearing Rooms by Jeppe Hein

Hopefully the weather will be such that you find yourself needing to cool off. If so then Jeppe Hein’s fickle fountain gives you the perfect opportunity. The popular free interactive sculpture on our terrace will either soak you or surround you, depending on how well you guess its next move. Can you predict where the water walls will appear? Get wet or dry trying.

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For the grown ups...

We’re not just about families at Southbank Centre this bank holiday. so if you’ve managed to offload the kids on the inlaws, or are just looking for something a little bit more lively, come and join us on our Riverside Terrace as our Kiss My Genders inspired summer continues with free live music and party vibes until 1am across the weekend.

We get the weekend started early as SIREN join us on Thursday for a night of vibrant dance music. A collective formed with the purpose of creating a space for those under-represented in dance music, both on line-ups and in crowds, SIREN have been throwing queer parties across the city since 2016. On Friday night the stage belongs to Gay Garage as the East London club night gets you to re-rewind and move yourself to the best days of garage and enjoy so-solid queer anthems.

If you’re looking for something a bit more subdued then pitch up on Sunday from 4pm onwards where Queer Tango will be hosting free gender-blind tango classes, followed by dancing under the stars late into the night.

Gay Garage
Queer Tango


Can’t wait until the bank holiday weekend? Take a look at what else is on at Southbank Centre this summer, from free film screenings to outdoor fun and fabulous food pop-ups.

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