Emerge Festival 2019: All You Need to Know

By Matthew Pearson

Emerge Festival 2019 is an exciting new multi-venue music and arts festival, in the form of 40 different ‘Lates’ in leading museums and art galleries. One ticket gets you into the lot. Single night tickets are available too. Here’s all you need to know, including...

  • What it's all about
  • Who’s playing
  • How tickets work

What is Emerge Festival?

It’s a new festival comprised of over 40 museum ‘lates’ across two evenings. In their words, it’s “Night at the Museum meets Glastonbury.” They’re challenging conceptions of who museums and galleries are for, with a specially curated lineup of new UK talent. It’s a showcase of exciting, fresh UK musicians, artists, poets and performers in some of the capital’s most esteemed and historic cultural spaces. Don’t miss it.

What is a museum ‘late’?

It’s when museums dedicated to the arts and sciences stay open after-hours, putting on gigs, performances, workshops, DJ sets and more. Emerge Festival sees 40 different lates take place across two evenings...and you only need one ticket to see the lot. Well, you probably won’t be able to make it to the lot. But it’s definitely worth planning to go to a few different venues. The Night Tube’s on, so no excuses. [caption id="attachment_3827" align="alignnone" width="4000"]


When is it?

It’s taking place across two evenings: Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September 2019. Things kick off in each venue around 5pm, and some places stay open until the wee small hours.

What's on?

Check out the Emerge Festival website for the full lineup.

Give me some highlights...

Well, sure. Emerge Festival have put together some handy suggested itineraries to suit a range of tastes. Take a look at their plans for a Soulful Night Out in the South, an Epic Friday Night Out in Central and their guide to some of the most wonderfully weird performances taking place across the weekend, which includes something called the Immersive Chocolate Cabaret Quest. You’re going to have to read up about that for yourselves. No amount of me explaining could do it justice.

You got a top ten?

1. Getting things started in South London is Ady Suleiman, headlining with Poppy Ajudha in support at the Horniman Bandstand on Friday. 2. Jungle didn’t sound like anyone when they came out, blending influences from across the planet to make slick modern soul with real class and energy. Check out the duo’s impeccable, eclectic music taste as they perform a DJ set at the Natural History Museum on Saturday night. 3. Wellington Arch is getting transformed into a pop-up terrace gin bar on Friday night, with RnB singer-songwriter Morgan Munroe performing. 4. There’s a flipping Silent Disco happening on Tower Bridge’s glass walkway on Saturday night. Dancing on a glass floor with the Thames rolling by underneath you? You don’t know it’s on your Bucket List until it is. 5. If you’re looking for stars in ascendancy, head to IN FUTURE, a night curated by the big-and-getting-bigger Flohio and Livity feat. A2 and Green Tea Peng at Banqueting House on Friday night. 6. There’s tons on at The Design Museum on Saturday night, including jazz-adjacent electronica outfit Ishmael Ensemble; a DJ set from Brackles; The Masala Monologues and Mr Gee's WorkinOnIt. 7. Talks, workshops and pop-up exhibitions to there’s no shame in female sexuality at the Vagina Museum Special at the Jewish Museum. Head down there on Saturday. 8. Get down to Grand Junction on Saturday to catch R'n'B star Kate Stewart and 2019 Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola, as well as Molly Burman and The International Lovers. 9. Nunnery Gallery is putting on a big night of music on Saturday. Head there to see ravers Benin City, the enigmatic Mina Rose and rapper/poet John Akinde. 10. Body positivity and mental health awareness are the focus of the Body & Mind Party taking place at Dulwich Picture Gallery on Friday night. There’ll be mindfulness workshops, a body positive life drawing class and a Q & A with Bryony Gordon, author of ‘You Got This’. [caption id="attachment_3828" align="alignnone" width="3840"]


Where is it taking place?

Barbican Centre, Natural History Museum, Design Museum, Handel and Hendrix, The Chocolate Museum...loads of places. Check out the map below to see who’s open. There are also some handy suggested circuits on there too.

How much is it?

You can either buy single night or weekend tickets. Single night tickets are available for £25, while weekend tickets are £40. There are concessions available though, for 18-30s, people claiming benefits and NHS workers. These come in at £15 for single night tickets and £30 for the weekend. Get on the Emerge Festival website for tickets.

How do the tickets work?

Once you've got them, print them off or bring them on your phone. At the first venue you go to, you trade your ticket for a wristband. When you leave to go to the next place, keep your wristband on, because you'll need it to get in to each venue.

Anything else I should know?

Just a quick word on the good place it’s coming from. Conceived by arts charity Culture24, the festival is all about opening up the city’s cultural spaces to audiences who might not have engaged with them before, particularly young people. Despite London being packed full of museums and galleries, many don’t regularly visit or engage with cultural institutions, feeling that they aren’t ‘for them’. Through showcasing the best in emerging UK music and art in such spaces, they’re looking to change the way people see museums and galleries, showing them to be modern, progressive and relevant. So take a circuit around the arts and science spaces close to you, or introduce yourself to a whole new neighbourhood of museums and galleries. The weekend ticket gets you into the lot, the single evening tickets get you into everything that night. And, like we said before, the Night Tube will be on. If you need further evidence of the Emerge Festival’s credentials...It’s a meat-free festival, it’s been accredited as a Big Issue Festival for Good, and they don’t have single use plastic straws. Gender neutral toilets will also be available. So yeah, a festival for good as well as good times. [caption id="attachment_3832" align="alignnone" width="1294"]


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Historic Buildings and Monuments in London

Learn about London’s heritage at the best historic buildings in London The City of London dates back to Roman times so there’s no shortage of historic attractions to visit. One of the most impressive and iconic attractions, and one of the most important London landmarks, is the Tower of London. Dating back to 1066 and the Norman Conquest, this historic fortress is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city as it documents over eight centuries' worth of London history from the royal family, to notorious prisoners and politicians. Visit the oldest exhibition in the world, the Line of Kings, to see the armor of the old rulers, as well as the priceless Crown Jewels and Traitor’s Gate. See the legendary ravens hopping around the courtyard, pop into the Jewel Tower and follow a Beefeater Tour to learn of the tales of those who used to live in this historic building. Just in front of the Tower of London is the Tower Bridge (often mistaken for London Bridge). Tower Bridge is one of London’s most iconic landmarks and has sat astride the River Thames since 1894. This Victorian bascule steam-powered bridge was a feat of industrial engineering in its time. Now, it’s been opened up to the public to take a look into the bowels of the bridge, and also to walk across the top walkways featuring the new Glass Walkways to look down at the river and see the pedestrians walking below. Offering great views up and downstream, it’s a great historic building in London to learn about the city both past and present. Another famous historic site in London is Westminster Abbey, the stunning Gothic UNESCO World Heritage Site and coronation church since the 11th century. Westminster Abbey is one of the most beautiful and impressive historic buildings in London and is the burial ground of some of England’s legendary authors, scientists and great thinkers, from Charles Darwin to Geoffrey Chaucer. It’s been in the spotlight more recently as it was the site of Kate & Wills’ wedding in 2011 and it’s also open daily for sermons and worship. If you are a fan of the Royal Family and the history of the monarchy, make sure you visit one of the many royal residences in London. The picturesque Kensington Palace in West London was the childhood home of Queen Victoria; then it was the home of the late Princess Diana and now her eldest son, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, who lives there with Kate and his two children. Kensington Palace also has a series of fascinating exhibits on show, opening up its State Rooms to the public, and has an Orangery on the grounds serving traditional Afternoon Tea! Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world – and is the Queen’s preferred weekend residence. Set in the small borough of Windsor, this rural town is a great place for a day trip. With the Changing of the Guard, 39 State Rooms and a famous Dolls House, it’s one of England’s most popular royal palaces for both locals and visitors alike. Hampton Court Palace is another historic building outside London where you can learn about King Henry VIII and his life as a Tudor King. Visit the historic hedgerow maze, tennis courts, manicured gardens and Tudor Kitchens. Join in on a tour and learn about the secrets and scandals of life at court and just what went on under King Henry VIIIs rule! 
Kirsten McCroskrie

Handel's Fireworks Music night at Hampton Court Palace

On the 14th September visitors can enjoy one of Hampton Court Palace’s most anticipated summer events; Handel’s Fireworks Music night. From 7.30pm to 9.30pm a thirty-piece orchestra will entertain guests with Handel’s repertoire, culminating in the impressive Music for the royal fireworks with a spectacular fireworks display in the style of the old Georgian king. Held in the Privy Garden, visitors can admire the restored manicured gardens famous for its symmetry and formality, taking you back in time to 1702. So who was Handel? George Frideric Handel was the great composer of the early 1700s. A German born musician, Handel later moved to England where he met with unrivalled success, having studied and perfected his profession in Italy. He became one of Britain’s most loved and respected Baroque composers, famous for his operas, oratorios and anthems and was even the personal Kapellmeister to (fellow German) Prince George. Heavily influenced by Baroque Italian music Handel went on to found three Italian commercial operas to serve the British nobility and composed more than 40 operas in over 30 years. Did you know that Handel even composed the music to George II’s coronation? It’s even used to this day, especially during the sovereign’s anointing. Handel’s Music for the royal fireworks was composed in 1749, commissioned by George II for a fireworks event he was hosting in Green Park to celebrate the end of the War of the Austrian Succession. At its debut 12,000 people attended which apparently caused a three hour traffic jam at London Bridge. So there’s evidence that it’s quite a hit. Traditionally it’s played by a wind band orchestra; originally 24 oboes, 12 bassoons and a contrabassoon, nine natural trumpets, nine natural horns, three pairs of kettledrums. Those of you in-the-know might also remember it being played for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, complete with fireworks, too. Gates open at 6.30pm and it’s advised to bring petty cash for food and drink stalls dotted around the Privy gardens. To get on the waiting list for this Hampton Court Palace summer event email [email protected] with your name and the number of tickets required. Find out what else is happening at the Glorious Georges summer series.
Vanessa Teo

Explore London: dine by borough

Want a unique tour of London? Keep reading... London is a city rich in culture, history and flavours. As a tourist and newcomer to London, we know it’s hard enough getting your bearings let alone finding somewhere really decent to eat. Let's be honest, the UK's not well known for it's cuisine, is it? However - London's a different kettle of fish. Here, the city's culinary offerings make the rest of the UK seem unseasoned and bland. So to make it easy for you to find a hearty feast – and it's fun, too – we’ve thought of a different way of doing London: dining by borough. To get a well-rounded experience of the city, we went 'outside the box' for a new tour of London and all it involves is you and a healthy appetite. We challenge you to throw away the guidebook, ignore your recommendations and be led by taste and smell. We promise you won’t be disappointed! Camden Camden is synonymous with the outlandish, the garish and the out-of-this world. Although nowadays it’s slightly more commercial it still prides itself on being one of the most popular boroughs in London, boasting a plethora of pubs, bars, restaurants and food stalls. If you go to Camden you can’t miss Camden Lock and Camden Market. Made up of hundreds of artisanal shops, trinket traders and crazy fashionistas the market is also home to some of the best street food. Enter into the chaos of Camden Lock and embrace the food frenzy in the urban wilderness. There’s Chinese noodles, Mexican burritos, Japanese dim sum, French crêpes, American donuts and Lebanese falafel to dine on. Take in the smells and tuck into the delicious array of culinary delights that there is to offer (just don't forget small change). If you’re veggie – there’s plenty of options as well, you’ll even find a vegan and gluten free café on the bridge, too, to cater to more selective palettes. City of London Home to the bankers, the financial district, aka the City, isn’t your average borough. With clean lines and high-rises, reflecting windows and revolving doors, this area is the opposite of colourful Camden. Expect haute-cuisine, chic and sleek dining and usually child-free zones (an unwritten rule, of course). If you’re looking for something a little more at the top of end your budget, then head to the hub of the City of London. Look out for authentic delis, fresh-cut sushi, champagne bars and Michelin stars. If you look hard enough, though, it’s not all high-end and haughty. Tucked in between the glass-walled office blocks are old traditional pubs that ooze London life. Echoing the working world of the past, listen to the old ‘geezers’ and their tales and tuck into some proper pub grub. You can’t go wrong with Fish and Chips, if ever you’re in doubt. Note: the City is out of action on the weekends as it mainly caters to the busy bankers in the week. Soho and Chinatown Another one of London’s more colourful and vibrant areas, Soho is renowned for its eccentricity and somewhat seedy undercurrent, however, in terms of food – there’s nothing frowned upon here. From exclusive eateries to celebrity hot-spots, there’s everything from tongue-in-cheek themed bars and restaurants, to high end haute-cuisine with a waiting list as long as your arm. But, in between these ‘know before you go’ places, you can find the best individual nooks to settle down for a quiet bite or some something a bit more wild. Sample simple Thai to rich Swiss cheese fondues – there’s something for every taste. Right in the heart of Soho you’ll find London’s Chinatown, too. Draped with red lanterns and gold dragons guarding the entrances of authentic Far Eastern restaurants, you’ll enter into China’s home away from home. Explore the markets of fresh produce, herbs and tea galore and take a seat in one of the many restaurants all vying to provide you with impeccable service. There’s nothing more persuasive than knowing you'll be dining amongst the locals, too – always a good sign! Richmond One of the more expensive boroughs, Richmond is arguably one of the most beautiful. Set on the bank of the Thames, in the most western part of London, enjoy this leafy borough for all its convention and class. The high street is lined with your typical cafes and restaurants but down by the river you’ll experience some of the best of London’s offerings. If you’re after a pre-dinner drink, stop in at one of the riverside’s pubs for a pitcher of Pimms to share. The ultimate British summer drink, there’s no better place to indulge in a refreshing tipple than in Richmond. Take this tour of London offshore and dine on the roof of a fishing boat and enjoy some local caught seafood with views over the river. If you’re after something a little more meaty and upmarket, why not indulge in a succulent Argentine steak right on the bank of the Thames as you rub shoulders with some of London’s elite. Hackney Take it down a notch and head to Hackney for those with a smaller budget. We’re not sacrificing on quality though, this tour of London is all about the best. Hackney is home to the hipster, trend setter and experimentalist – and we’re talking about food not fashion. With pop-up restaurants, street food and a world of the ‘just opened’ and exclusive, get involved with some of the newest names and most exotic flavours in the city. Kingsland Road is home of the Vietnamese dish. No Londoner would go anywhere else for a spring roll or chicken dumpling. Box Park has a wealth of newly opened eating joints and promises healthy and hearty Caribbean meals and American diner style burgers. If you’re around the area at the weekend – or plan to be – head down to Brick Lane and try one of the area’s famous curry houses. The hub of the Indian area, Brick Lane isn’t shy or two of some real mouth-watering flavours. We dare you... Note: expect some strong spices! Southbank and Bankside Although not technically a borough, Borough Market is London’s oldest and largest markets and is nestled just behind London Bridge. Open every day except Sunday this market is ingrained in London’s food and trading history. Active since the 11th century when it was selling fish, livestock and fresh produce, now there are over 100 independent stalls and sellers selling everything from French cheeses, exotic truffles, Italian ice cream, Scottish fudge and good old BBQ sausages. A foodie haven, it’s the ultimate go-to for a culinary tour of London – just be sure to go on an empty stomach. With the London Pass & Travelcard you can use this ticket to travel the city from top top bottom - including Richmond out in zone 4. Discover London by borough and treat your tastebuds in this unique tour of London.
Vanessa Teo

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