August Bank Holiday Free Events

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As August draws to a close, Londoners get a chance to finish summer on a high with what is (sadly) one of the last bank holiday weekends we’ll get till Christmas. As always, there’s lots going on in the city, but if you’re on a budget or you’ve not made plans in advance, there are still plenty of ways to experience the best that London’s music scene has to offer.

To help get you started, we’ve picked out some of the best free events in London this August bank holiday weekend.



Any discussion of free events on August Bank Holiday weekend in London begins and ends with Notting Hill Carnival. Now in its 52nd year, Notting Hill Carnival remains one of the world’s largest and most diverse street parties with a staggering range of sound systems ranging from dub to funk to jungle. Timeout have a comprehensive A-Z of every sound system at this year’s Carnival as well as a few suggestions for after parties for those looking to stay out into the wee small hours of the morning.


24, 25 & 26 AUGUST

A ‘North London Institution’ and stalwart music venue, The Lock Tavern has played host to an eclectic range of rising stars and cult favourites, with regular free events for gig-goers in Camden. The bank holiday weekend is no exception with a series of free DJ sets from You Can Do It records and High Fidelity with a selection of music to please fans of house, disco and techno as well as those looking to hear some of London’s most exciting up and coming artists.


25 AUGUST 2018 (7PM — 11PM)

The bank holiday weekend sees the iconic London gallery teaming up with legendary club night Tighten Up for an evening celebrating the very best in vintage Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. With an all-star lineup featuring Asher G (The Rocksteady Daddy), Tiny T (Mighty Cloudburst) and Lee Perry biographer Dave Katz (Dub Me Always), the event promises to be a fitting tribute to Trojan Records, one of the greatest musical back catalogues of all time.


SAT 25 & SUN 26 AUG (11AM — 8PM)

Smithfield Market celebrates its 150th birthday with a distinctly family friendly affair taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend, a great option for parents with young tykes who’re not quite ready for a day out at Notting Hill Carnival. Alongside bands, choirs, DJs and some of London’s best musical talent, the two-day festival will also showcase food stalls, fairground rides, a mini-festival for under 5s and features a special film screening celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage.

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