Unmissable Things to Do In London in September 2019
September Things To Do in London include a free fire spectacular, an all-girl rock show and the re-opening of LGBTQ+ haven The Chateau.
Cabaret & Variety
An intimate night of storytelling through music, poetry, visual art, comedy and dance in Peckham by OPIA Collective, a company of female/LGBTQ artists.
Camberwell’s den of queer rebellion reopens after the summer break with a night of performance.
The writers of runaway surprise Tudor wives musical hit SiX give a night of cabaret in the gorgeous subterranean world of Brasserie Zedel’s Crazy Coqs.
Cabaret queens Busty and Ginger wash up on a desert island and find solace in song.
Poet-clown Talia Randall presents a knockout night of spoken word with comedians, cabaret artists and visual vernacular performers including Dean Atta (The Black Flamingo) and Deaf Hip-Hop artist Signkid.
Inspired by the Alternative Miss World pageant, expect a night of cabaret, extravagance and celebration hosted by Xnthony, with the older LGBT+ community at its heart.
Cabaret Vs Cancer: The Bitten Peach | Underbelly Festival Southbank | 24 September | 7:45pm | From £17
Support Cabaret vs Cancer with this queer Asian cabaret spectacular.
A work in progress double bill from Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen) and Australian newcomer Aamer Rahman.
The perfect prescription for the back to school blues, join Emma Hinds and Shae Rooke for a feel-good hour of fun.
Zach Zucker’s divisive anti-comedy is a must-see, even just to see if it really merits the most scathing one star review we’ve ever read!
Circus & Dance
A decadent circus cabaret which delves into the mysteries of the tarot.
A Plymouth School of Art co-production fusing workshops, performances and art including a DIY banner making workshop from our fave woke artist and illustrator Soofiya.
Festivals & Seasons
A bookish excuse to get out of the big smoke and head to the little seaside smoke.
Sad as we were to discover that there will be no Lewisham People’s Day this year, Age Against the Machine is a major new festival in Lewisham celebrating older people and the arts. So many free events and chances to get to know the residents of this friendly south-east London borough.
A strokey-chin three-day festival of artpop at the legendary 100 Club. We recommend heading to the 14 September party as you get so many hot new bands for just £5.
Tooting is alive with music, food and arts. Go hear it, eat it and gawp at it!
Film & TV
Cult Korean sewer monster movie epic is shown on a boat as part of the London East Asia Film Festival.
If the band names of Tequila Mockingbird and YUR MUM aren’t enough, there’s a whole smorgasbord of other girl-fronted bands at this all-dayer.
Talks & Lectures
War Child Presents: Mental Health And The Music Industry | EartH (Hackney Arts Centre) | 4 September | 10am | £11.25
A much-needed chance for the music industry to focus on resilience, support & mental health.
Bush Theatre’s new Artistic Director Lynette Linton gets under the skin of queer women of colour with this explosive gig-theatre melange.
A teary Edinburgh fringe hit is a rock trip tackling memory-loss.
The Pet Shop Boys musical about an iconic rock goddess called Billie Trixx wowed in Edinburgh – don’t miss it!
Two men are trapped on the GBGC (Great British Golf Course) owned by Donald Trump, until an immigrant arrives and changes everything in this post-Brexit dystopian thriller.
Burning Hearts is an inclusive women’s wrestling collective who are here to kick butt for your entertainment.
Deptford’s palace of trash presents a super mix of stalls to pick up a bargain this September.
A South London queer disco cum drag show, with FLAPJACKS!
A spectacular free floating fireshow inspired by the Thai festival of Loi Krathong.
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