George’s Picks #1 –

June 25, 2021

The Future of Black Nightlife

With clubs and venues due to reopen it’s hard to imagine what a Covid-safe version of this forgotten haven might look like. 

We’ve all seen the images from Liverpool’s pilot covid safe event, which thankfully appeared successful! 

After over twelve months without live music and the opportunity to dance and let loose people are desperate to dance.  To feel the anonymity of the club, the all encompassing vibrations of the speakers drowning out anxieties, or the magical experience of hearing your favourite acts perform live.

But what venues will be able to stay open in this climate? 

And if all venues are struggling, what does that mean for Black venues, the Black artists and DJ’s who play them, and for the Black queer and trans nights doubly disenfranchised by Covid? 

The climate remains so uncertain but here are some Live events from Black UK artists, firmly in my calendar!

Let’s hope they’re able to go ahead!

“Demae” @ Lafayette, 24th June – get ticket here 

“Shy One” @ The jazz Café Reopening, 25th June – get tickets here

“Kokoroko” @ Crytal Palace Park, 15th August – get tickets here 

Moses Boyd, LSDXOXO, Children of Zeus, Tash LC, OK Williams, Ashley Henry and Roy Ayers @ Maiden Voyage Fest, 29th August – get tickets here

“Alchemy Festival” @ The Cause, 29th Aug – get tickets here

“cktrl” @ Hoxton Hall, 7th Oct – get tickets here

“Lex Amor” @ Omeara, 23rd Oct – get  tickets here 

“Shygirl” @ Heaven, 3rd Oct – get tickets here

“Loraine James” @ Studio 9294, 16th Oct – get tickets here 

“Oscar #Worldpeace” @The Dome, 29th Oct – get tickets here

“Cleveland Watkiss and Django Bates” @ Arts and Crafts, 14th Nov – get tickets here

George Riley – Photography by Mathias Gontard

Written by George Riley