The summer of 2018 is turning out to be a record breaking scorcher.
With the heatwave upending expectations, there has never been a better time to leave behind your worries and enjoy some music.
Thankfully, there's a huge amount to choose from. Our latest gig guide focusses on August, as Clash links with Skiddle to round up some of the best events from across the land.
It's a diverse batch, too, moving from Stones Throw producers to the Beach Boys, left field house newcomers to rave legends.
Without further ado, let's dive in...
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Zutekh presents DJ Seinfeld – Soup Kitchen, Manchester – August 3rd // TICKETS
DJ Seinfeld’s left field house excursions have blossomed in some spectacular ways, with his dynamic approach tapping into the roots of house music while pushing it in some unexpected directions.
A recent stint as curator for the DJ-Kicks mix series afforded DJ Seinfeld a potent platform to work from, and his new tour centres on that fine compilation. Hitting Manchester’s Soup Kitchen, this all-night-long set gives the producer plenty of space to sketch out his visions for club culture.
The Garden Party – Canal Mills, Leeds – August 26th // TICKETS
The Garden Party round out their summer season with a spectacular party on August 26th, the final event to be held at Leeds’ revered Canal Mills clubnight. It’s a glorious line up, too, with this summer scorcher set to boast sets from Alan Fitzpatrick, George Fitzgerald, Mella Dee, and PBR Streetgang.
An all-day party, this feast of club culture is the ideal way to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend.
Nightvision presents Helena Hauff – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – August 17th // TICKETS
Hamburg producer Helena Hauff is one of the most potent voices in electronic music, an artist who has won complete independence, and uses this space to do something different. New album ‘Qualm’ is a glorious return, a sign of her continuing creative vitality as she blends new ideas with her familiar club tropes.
This three hour set in the Scottish capital unites the German producer with a famously raucous crowd, and looks to be a real high point in her current itinerary.
Joey Negro – Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle – August 24th // TICKETS
Joey Negro was a child of Acid House, someone who life – and name, born plain Dave Lee – changed when electronic music landed on these shores. Still a vital presence in UK club culture, Joey Negro has produced, founded labels, and generally championed forward-thinking dance music for decades now.
Returning to Newcastle, his set at the Hoochie Coochie will be one that draws both on his unrivalled experience and his thirst for new sounds. Not to be missed.
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Dam Funk – Thekla, Bristol – August 14th // TICKETS
Stones Throw mainstay Dam Funk has been bringing the funk since 2008, building an international reputation for intergalactic grooves. Supremely laid back but also incredibly disciplined, his live sets are a thing of wonder, pitting funk’s physicality against an endless quest to connect.
Bristol’s legendary musical mooring Thekla is the perfect place to catch such a supremely independent soul.
Brian Wilson – Digbeth Arena, Birmingham – August 24th // TICKETS
‘Pet Sounds’ is simply essential summer listening. Arguably the Beach Boys’ creative high point, the album never seems to age, catching some eternal truth about adolescence, music, and chasing down the barriers to creativity.
Brian Wilson returns to ‘Pet Sounds’ on a select batch of dates this summer, joined as ever by a stellar live band that includes other members of the Beach Boys and some carefully chosen modern counterparts. Set to be given a warm Brum welcome, Brian Wilson’s set at the Digbeth Arena is the vast surroundings the ambition of ‘Pet Sounds’ deserves.
Chk chk chk – Hangar34, Liverpool – August 2nd // TICKETS
American dance-punk outfit chk chk chk always guarantee a good time. Continually challenging both themselves and their audience, the band’s blistering live shows are the perfect amalgamation of the cerebral and the physical.
Endlessly funky, chk chk chk match post-punk against club culture, turning each show into a genuine performance. Hitting Liverpool’s Hangar34 in the middle of this lengthy heatwave, it’s bound to be an incredibly hot show in every sense.
Slum Village – Patterns, Brighton – August 12th // TICKETS
Detroit’s Slum Village are one of the most potent names in hip-hop, a group who have challenged the boundaries at every turn. Building one of rap music’s most incendiary catalogues, the group – who once boasted J Dilla in their number – are continually evolving, forever changing.
The latest iteration of Slum Village hits the UK this month, matching some of those classic cuts against their more recent work, alongside a few surprises along the way. Brighton’s always on-point Patterns venue hosts the group on August 12th – it’s a must-see.
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