Skate Lates - Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason (c) James Bryant

Skate Lates

16 November 2017 – 12 January 2018
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Contemporary DJs and artists transform Skate at Somerset House into a go-to venue for music lovers this winter

16 November - Rye Wax
17 November - Last Night in Paris
22 November - Phonica Records with Lonelady
23 November - Down the Road
24 November - Larry Achiampong
29 November - Balamii - Sean OD, Champagne Funk, Wussah

30 November - Balamii: Aisha Zoe, Will Lister
1 December - Balamii - Shy One, Ammi Boyz, GIRL

6 December - Eat Your Own Ears - Haai - Hassan Hajjaj Themed Evening
7 December - Eat Your Own Ears: Wild Beasts (DJs)
8 December - Eat Your Own Ears: You’re A Melody
13 December - Unity Radio
14 December - BBE
15 December - Nice Up! Records
5 January - Supa Dupa Fly

11 January - Strut & Sofrito
12 January - Mr Jukes

Skate Lates, a series of evening events celebrating music from across the globe, will bring nightlife like no other to Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason. Continuing Somerset House’s year-round commitment to showcasing musical talent, the classic winter destination will become a venue for music lovers across 17 selected evenings throughout the season, with a varied host of gifted DJs, musicians and artists taking to the rink-side decks. Beyond the rink, unique musical installations and activities will take place on a number of evenings, including a pop-up record shop, live music, and an exclusive gift of unheard music for skaters. Several acts will also specially dress the site to reflect their creative identities and enhance revellers’ overall experience.

From grime and hip-hop, to funk, soul and afrobeats, late skaters can enjoy a truly eclectic line-up of musical genres as they take to the ice. Several evenings throughout the run will draw inspiration from Somerset House’s varied winter programme of contemporary culture. Field Day founders Eat Your Own Ears will pay homage to Somerset House’s free exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, a solo multimedia show of vibrant works by the British-Moroccan artist. Manchester-based station Unity Radio will reflect on major winter exhibition North: Fashioning Identity, showcasing fresh and popular music from the city, and British-Ghanaian Somerset House Studios artist Larry Achiampong, whose special flag commission is flying over Somerset House, will also take to the decks as part of Skate Lates with sounds from West Africa.

Skate Lates will launch with an opening night presented by Peckham-based record shop and music venue Rye Wax, with guest DJs to get the party started.

New for 2017, three leading industry insiders have been invited to hold three-day residencies at the rink-side decks. The first will be top promoter Eat Your Own Ears, who will kick-start their residency with an evening of vibrant North-African-inspired tracks dedicated to current exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane. Internationally acclaimed Australian DJ HAAi will treat skaters to a trademark blend of club beats, reflective of North African culture. Meanwhile, musician Bumi, who performs in a video artwork in the exhibition, will bring her music live to the Seamen’s Hall, located next to the exhibition space in the Terrace Rooms. Continuing Somerset House’s winter celebration of the north of England, Mercury Prize nominees Wild Beasts (DJs) will present a special evening of their favourite tracks on 7 December, ahead of their final tour as a band next year. On 8 December, ‘You’re A Melody’, a popular night run by Sam Shepard (aka Floating Points), will bring soul and funk to the ice rink, with DJs reviving forgotten records for contemporary audiences.

The second residency will be from South London and New York based radio station Balamii, who will present three nights of upbeat mixes from 29 November-1 December, showcasing the station’s ambitious and diverse range of musical styles. On each night, there will be a different Balamii DJ collaboration: Sean OD, Champagne Funk and Wussah, Will Lister and Aisha Zoe, and Shy One, Ammi Boyz and GIRL.

For the final residency, three acts programmed by Euphonica will come to Somerset House, sharing a range of local sounds and cultures. On 13 December, Manchester based station Unity Radio will take inspiration from exhibition North: Fashioning Identity, showcasing a blend of local electronic and urban artists. On 14 December, international record label BBE will present ‘Disco Spectrum’, a dynamic and glittering evening of soulful 70s records, drawing on 20 years’ dedication to disco re-issues. Finally, on 15 December, London’s Nice Up! Records will offer skaters a taste of reggae, dancehall and soca.

To celebrate the end of Skate Lates, there will be an impressive two-night closing party. On 11 January, label Strut and DJ, producer and artist collective Sofrito will combine to thrill late skaters with everything from Nigerian boogie and US skate-disco anthems to raw Gwo Ka rhythms, South African bump and heavy Latin vibes. Bringing Skate Lates to a close in style on 12 January will be Mr Jukes, a new project from Bombay Bicycle Club former frontman Jack Steadman. Mr Jukes and guests will animate the ice rink with sounds of disco, soul, afrobeats and South American grooves.

Sensational club night Supa Dupa Fly will bring its classic mix of ‘90s, ‘00s, hip-hop, R&B and garage to skaters on 5 January. DJ Emily Rawson, a monthly resident on BBC Radio 1Xtra, will take over the decks to help revellers kick off 2018 in style.

On 22 November, one of London’s leading vinyl specialists, Soho-based Phonica Records, will showcase a diverse range of fresh sounds and classic records, with Somerset House Studios artist LoneLady joining their in-house DJs on the decks. Especially for the evening, there will also be an enviable pop-up record stall stocked with vinyl from a wide selection of artists.

On 24 November, fellow Somerset House Studios artist Larry Achiampong will perform as his alter-ego Black Phoenix, bringing a feel of Africa to winter in the capital, with West African mixes alongside his own work. Larry’s Pan African Flag for the Relic Travellers’ Society will be flying high above the ice rink atop Somerset House as part of Somerset House’s celebration of African art this winter.

Last Night in Paris, a unique art collective with a focus on print as well as music, will adapt their popular ‘Hotel Soirée’ series for the ice on 17 November, staging a vibrant evening of hip-hop.

Down the Road, a music project showcasing the best of emerging UK musical talent, will bring fresh sounds to Somerset House on 23 November by DJ and broadcaster Tiffany Calver, international DJ Just Geo, as well as Kamakaze and Massapeals. Skaters will receive a mixtape of new music created exclusively for this Skate Late by the artists.

To celebrate the end of Skate Lates, there will be an impressive two-night closing party, complete with special guest DJs and performances.

Before each Skate Lates evening, visitors will be able to enjoy a unique sound installation created by composer Anna Meredith and music technology platform Music Hack Space, both residents of Somerset House Studios. The pair have used cutting edge technology to translate the movements of the ice-cleaning machine into a unique piece of music that will change each time it is played.

Tickets for Skate Lates at Somerset House are £17 (+booking fee) and include skate hire. Sessions have limited tickets for each evening of Skate Lates.


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Notes to Editors:
16 November 2017 - 12 January 2018
Skate Lates sessions: 20:00, 21:15, 22:30 (Selected Wednesdays-Fridays)
Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00. Last Skate session starts at 21.15, except on selected dates and Skate Lates.  Please consult website for further details.
Address: Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Admission: Skate Lates are £17 + booking fee. Other sessions start from £7.50 + booking fee
Transport: Underground: Temple, Embankment, Covent Garden /  National Rail: 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, 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. In October 2016, Somerset House launched Somerset House Studios, a new experimental workspace connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios provide a platform for new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies. Somerset House is also one of 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 3.4 million visitors every year.

About Fortnum & Mason
A fixture in Piccadilly since 1707, Fortnum & Mason remains an essential London destination for anyone in search of extraordinary food, glorious gifts and unforgettable experiences. From the food halls and confectionery counters at street level, to the beautiful fragrance, beauty and fashion floor, expertly-curated gentlemen’s department, and refined Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon above, Fortnum’s is committed to making the everyday special for each customer, whether they’re shopping in-store or from around the world at the award-winning Renowned for its famous teas, scotch eggs, handmade chocolates and iconic wicker hampers – each of which play a large part in Fortnum’s centuries of history – the iconic brand remains committed to imagination and discovery too. From new stores at home and abroad, to delicious innovations like Fortnum's Champagne Pops and adventure-ready Hamperlings, Fortnum’s mission – as it has been since 1707 – remains to deliver a sense of pleasure to every customer.