Skate at Somerset House announces an all-new line-up of Club Nights for 2016 and the first ever dawn rave on ice from Morning Gloryville
18 NOVEMBER - ROUGH TRADE
23 NOVEMBER - SWINGERS DJS @ SKATE
24 NOVEMBER - MOSHI MOSHI
25 NOVEMBER - BALAMII
30 NOVEMBER - AUS MUSIC
1 DECEMBER - GREEN MAN
2 DECEMBER - GREEN MAN
7 DECEMBER - SOHO RADIO
8 DECEMBER - U SUCK
9 DECEMBER - SAVAGE
14 DECEMBER - MINISTRY OF SOUND 25TH BIRTHDAY
15 DECEMBER - CADILLAC ON ICE
16 DECEMBER - SWEET MEMORY SOUNDS: TRIBUTE TO DJ DEREK
5 JANUARY - THE REFLEX
6 JANUARY - DIMENSIONS
12 JANUARY - GOLDIEROCKS
13 JANUARY - BRAD BALOO (THE NEXTMEN)
30 NOVEMBER - MORNING GLORYVILLE
Club Nights return to Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason this year, transforming the iconic ice-rink into a dance floor with a difference. Continuing a year-round commitment to showcasing a fresh mix of music talents, Somerset House has worked with Euphonica to curate a completely new line-up of nights for 2016. DJs from festivals, venues, labels and stations will take to the rink-side decks on selected Wednesdays to Fridays throughout the season with music genres ranging from disco to house, and folk to R’n’B.
Skaters will get their first ever chance to rave on the ice at dawn this year, when Morning Gloryville present a one-off early morning dance party at Somerset House. Morning Gloryville has established a reputation for bringing conscious clubbing to the world stage. On 30 November they will bring the feel-good factor to the ice as skaters glide their way into the day with energising music and inspirational entertainment.
The Club Nights season will be kick-started by Rough Trade on 18 November – the renowned London record label whose stores have become synonymous with innovative, independent and high-quality music.
Green Man, one of the UK’s premier independent festivals, will present a Club Nights double-bill on 1 and 2 December, recreating the folk-festival feel in the surrounds of Somerset House with a spellbinding mix of indie, psychedelia, electro and folktronica. On January 6, underground electronic music festival Dimensions will bring the hottest house, techno and dubstep from the Croatian beaches of Fort Punta Christo to the ice rink.
2016 marked the 25th anniversary of clubbing legends Ministry of Sound. Their celebrations continue with Ministry of Sound’s 25th Birthday at Somerset House on 14 December, with some of their mainstays of dance music topping the bill to get skaters into the party spirit.
On 16 December, DJ Count Skylarkin hosts a night in tribute to DJ Derek, the famous Bristolian DJ whose tragic death was reported earlier this year. His close friend and fellow DJ Count Skylarkin has spent the past months delving into Derek’s legendary record collection and will be honouring these Sweet Memory Sounds with a special night of reggae, ska, soul and calypso.
London crazy golf venue Swingers has top DJs playing on site seven nights a week, including Red Bull Thre3style champions and Glastonbury regulars. They will be swapping golf clubs for ice skates and bringing some of these talents to provide top party tunes on 23 November.
East London label Moshi Moshi are known as a source of new musical talent in the UK, having released early records for the likes of Bloc Party, Disclosure and Hot Chip. They will be spinning fresh sounds at the rink-side on 24 November. Cutting-edge electronic label, Aus Music, will be providing the beats to skate to on 30 November with a blend of house, dub-step, techno and other bass-line driven rhythms.
Dirty East-London disco, Savage, will be giving skaters a taste of their drag-queen glamour on 9 December, and Cadillac on Ice will be getting the rink pumping with their trademark mix of dance, house and afrobeat bangers on 15 December. For a different kind of disco, The Reflex will present his remixed ‘Revisions’ on 5 January, treating skaters to re-imaginings of soul, pop and disco classics.
After setting the scene at this year’s Film4 Summer Screen showing of ‘10 Things I Hate About You’, U SUCK return to Somerset House on 8 December for a night of post-break up bangers, pop-hits and power anthems that promise to banish any remaining winter blues.
Peckham-based radio station Balamii will showcase fresh electronic mixes from local London talents on 25 November, and on 7 December, Soho Radio, will be spending a night away from their coffee shop HQ for a stint on the decks at Somerset House.
As an end-of-season finale, Somerset House will be holding two special closing weekend Club Nights on 12 and 13 January, details of which are still be to be announced.
Tickets for Club Nights at Somerset House start at £17 (+booking fee) and include skate hire.
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Notes to Editors:
Dates: 17 November 2016 – 15 January 2017
Club Night sessions: 20:00, 21:15, 22:30 (Selected Wednesdays-Fridays)
Morning Gloryville sessions: 06:15, 07:30, 08:45 (Wednesday 30 November)
Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00. Last Skate session starts at 21.15, except on selected dates and Club Nights. Special early Skate sessions start at 08.45. Please consult website for further details.
Address: Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Admission: Club Nights are £17 + booking fee. Other sessions start from £7.50 + booking fee
Transport: Temple, Embankment, Covent Garden Charing Cross, Waterloo, Blackfriars
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About Somerset House
A unique part of the London cultural scene, Somerset House is an historic building where surprising and original work comes to life. From its 18th century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. Somerset House is today a key cultural destination in London in which to experience a broad range of artistic activity, engage with artists, designers and makers and be a part of a major creative forum – an environment that is relaxed, welcoming to all and inspirational to visit while providing a stimulating workplace for the cultural and creative industries. Since its opening in 2000, Somerset House has built up a distinctive outdoor public programme including Skate, concerts, an open-air film season and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the site focusing on contemporary culture, with an extensive learning programme attached. It is probably the biggest community of creative organisations in London including The Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art, King’s College London Cultural Institute and over 100 other creative businesses. It currently attracts approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.
About Fortnum & Mason
Since its foundation in Piccadilly in 1707 Fortnum & Mason has been at the heart of London life, supplying the very finest goods and services. From the Food Halls at street level to the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on the Fourth Floor, it is filled with unique and exceptional food and gifts. Known for its exquisite and impeccable service and surroundings, the Fortnum’s experience is one of pleasure, where nothing is too much trouble. In November 2013 Fortnum & Mason opened its second UK store in 307 years at London’s St. Pancras International Station, and in March 2014, its first standalone store outside the UK in Dubai. Both stores offer an edit of Fortnum & Mason products, as well as all day dining options. On November 18 2014, Fortnum & Mason opened its first standalone airport store and Bar at Heathrow Terminal 5. www.fortnumandmason.com.