festival

Summer

12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019

Make the most of your summer with exhilarating shows at our sunny site by the Thames.

Immerse yourself in a world filled with excess in Jean Paul Gaultier’s part revue, part catwalk show. We welcome performance artist Peaches, drag star Ginger Johnson and electronic musician Planningtorock. Plus, a new exhibition is landing at Hayward Gallery: Kiss My Genders says goodbye to binaries and hello to something new.

We’ve got something for everyone this summer, including free late-night parties every weekend, family-friendly Sundays, ZooNation Youth Company and the return of our pedal-powered outdoor film screenings.

Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy a drink in our lush Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden or try delicious street food at one of our pop-ups. Refresh yourself in the cool spray of Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms fountain or dance the night away to the soundtrack of the season.

The outdoor stage explodes with DJs, performers and live music as we host takeovers from some of London’s most essential club and cabaret nights with the likes of Siren, The Batty Mama and Disco Loco – all for free.

Family fun

Bringing the kids? We have a jam-packed summer of family-friendly events including free activities.

explore our summer family events

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Planningtorock, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 17 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 17 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival - it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical show
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival - it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical show
On sale soon
Navadal Showcase South Asian Youth Dancers
5:30 pm
Sat 20 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | Sat 20 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Be dazzled by the rising stars of South Asian dance at a showcase from Akademi
Be dazzled by the rising stars of South Asian dance at a showcase from Akademi
U. Dance Showcase, youth dancers performing
Various times
20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
family & young people
dance
Witness the best young dance talent from across the UK perform in two explosive shows
Witness the best young dance talent from across the UK perform in two explosive shows
U. Dance Young Creatives
2:30 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Where next for dance? The choreographers of tomorrow present imaginative new works
Where next for dance? The choreographers of tomorrow present imaginative new works
Jean-Paul Gaultier: Freak Fashion Show
Various times
23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
Various times | 23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Tales of the Turntable at Southbank Centre
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & dance
dance
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Peaches, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 28 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 28 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
On sale soon

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Spend your summer weekends enjoying free live performances on our outdoor stage

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