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Leading DJs and contemporary artists transform Skate at Somerset House into the ultimate destination for new music this winter


16 NOVEMBER  ROCK THE BELLES: Emily Rawson / Ellie Prohan / Sandra Omari / Fearney

21 NOVEMBER  BALAMII: Eliza Rose / Tiff’s Joints

22 NOVEMBER  BALAMII: MC Pinty & Maxwell Owin / Kiara Scuro

23 NOVEMBER  BALAMII: Dr Tropical / Oscar Jerome

28 NOVEMBER  FIVE MILES: Mafalda / Rachael and Eliza / Marshal Darling

29 NOVEMBER  FIVE MILES: Plastician / Spooky / Ollie Rant and Bossman D

30 NOVEMBER  FIVE MILES: Nightwave / Jaye Ward / Karl Karlson and Brian Summers

5 DECEMBER  THE ART OF PARTIES WITH FRED MACPHERSON & CAVAN MCCARTHY:   Fred Macpherson (Spector) / Cavan MaCarthy (Swim Deep)

6 DECEMBER  THE RANSOM NOTE: Justin Robertson / Nadia Ksaiba / Jimmy K Tel / Kieran A

7 DECEMBER  JACK: ft. House Gospel Choir Soundsystem


14 DECEMBER  JAMZ: Elijah & Skilliam / L U C Y



11 JANUARY  RINSE FM: Maxmium / Logan Sama / Tubby

Skate Lates returns to Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason with a new series of late-night takeovers from the hottest names on the contemporary music scene. The specially curated line-up of DJs and artists brings nightlife like no other to the capital’s spectacular ice-rink, forming the ultimate open-air party destination for music lovers.

Continuing Somerset House’s commitment to showcasing diverse music from both critically acclaimed and emerging talent, the Skate Lates programme celebrates an extensive range of musical genres from hip-hop and grime to soul and jazz. Across 17 nights throughout the season, the neoclassical venue houses live sets from some of the most cutting-edge artists and DJs today.

Skaters and non-skaters alike can enjoy the sounds of the rink with all sets played in the Skate Lounge direct from the decks. Whether relaxing after a night on the ice, or catching up with friends, the Skate Lounge offers the perfect location for soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and music. The Fortnum’s Lodge bar will also be open until 11pm, where a range of cocktails are on offer throughout the evening.

The all-female DJ collective Rock The Belles, founded by BBC Radio 1Xtra resident DJ Emily Rawson, invites late-night skaters on 16 November to celebrate women making their mark in music. From 90s R&B and 00s hip-hop to the latest hits, the evening’s soundtrack from Ellie Prohan, Sandra Omari, Fearney and Rawson forms a vibrant and inspiring start to the weekend.

Skate Lates debut appearances include the likes of celebrated music venue Total Refreshment Centre on 13 December, renowned for its central role in fostering London’s resurgent jazz scene. Founder Lexus Blondin is joined by designer and DJ Raimund Wong to transport skaters through the ages, bringing sounds from Havana, West Africa and beyond to Somerset House in an international celebration of jazz music. On 12 December Dalston Superstore, the LGBTQ club, gallery and café, joins the Skate Lates newcomers to light up the ice with an electric night of drag and disco, banishing midweek blues with hits to have skaters dancing through the night.

A year on from opening, and now established as Tottenham’s thriving club venue, Five Miles takes over Skate Lates with a three-day residency from 28-30 November. Skaters can get a taste of their acclaimed underground nightlife experience and discover the names pioneering new work in the electronic music community. Launching the residency, London-based Portuguese DJ Mafalda, the driving force behind You’re a Melody parties, joins the likes of Rachael and Eliza plus Cooking with Sherry’s Marshal Darling on the decks for a night ranging from soul and jazz to disco and house. Thursday sees familiar faces from Five Miles nights take over the rink with sounds from Plastician, Spooky, Ollie Rant and Bossman D whilst Friday brings four more illustrious names to the mix with Nightwave, Jaye Ward, DJ Karl Karlson and Brian Summers cranking up the volume for the ultimate start to the weekend. Across the residency, skaters can expect anything from certified classics to the freshest new hits discovered by Five Miles’ carefully curated line-up of outstanding DJs. 

Skate Lates favourites Balamii return for a new residency, championing new and emerging artists across three nights (21-23 November). DJ collaborations from the likes of Oscar Jerome, MC Pinty & Maxwell Owin, Dr Tropical, Kiara Scuro, Tiff's Joints and Eliza Rose will showcase the Peckham and New York based radio station’s extensive range of musical talent.

Kicking off the New Year, music arts organisation Jazz Re:freshed continues to champion the UK Jazz scene, animating the rink on 4 January with fresh, progressive and boundary pushing sounds. A two-night closing party will bring the Skate Lates season to an end with celebrations coming from some of Rinse FM’s finest DJs. Following her numerous appearances at clubs and festivals around the world and with seven years’ experience as the voice of Rinse FM’s Sunday morning show, Josey Rebelle’s Skate Lates debut on 10 January forms the penultimate night of the series in a mix of house, techno and breakbeat sounds. Sending skaters into the New Year on 11 January, Rinse FM presents a night of grime from station regulars DJ Maxmium, of urban music collective Boy Better Know (co-founded by Skepta), Logan Sama, presenter of ‘The Grime Show’, and DJ Tubby. This unmissable evening will close the skating season to the sounds of legendary grime artists Skepta, Wiley and Newham Generals.

Further highlights from the line-up include Fred Macpherson and Cavan McCarthy with the latest in their The Art of Parties series on 5 December. Showcasing their diverse music knowledge and skills on the decks, the pair will have revellers dancing to the sound of eighties new wave and nineties electronica to modern hip-hop.

6 December sees the experimental sounds of The Ransom Note takeover the rink for a dynamic evening of dance music on the ice. Soho Radio’s Justin Robertson’s hugely eclectic range of music will meet the fresh sounds discovered by NTS’s Rhythm Connection co-host Nadia Ksaiba. Joining them on the decks is Jimmy K Tel from underground house music duo Sancho Panza and Ransom Note’s own Kieran A.

JACK pays homage to house music on 7 December inviting skaters to join their movement for positivity on the dancefloor, featuring Harrsn on the decks with live vocals from House Gospel Choir Soundsystem alongside performances from the Biscuit Horns and international percussionist Dezy Bongo.

Garage and grime beats from Jamz club night founders Elijah & Skilliam will fill the rink on 14 December for a night of dance floor fun. Joining them on the decks will be one of the UK’s most exciting young DJs, L U C Y, bringing her creativity and energy to the line-up.

Tickets for Skate Lates at Somerset House are £17 (a one off booking fee of £2.95 per order applies) and include skate hire. There are limited tickets for each Skate Lates session.


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Inspiring contemporary culture

One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, Somerset House is a new kind of arts centre in the heart of London, designed for today’s audiences, artists and creatives – an inspirational community where contemporary culture is imagined, created and experienced.

From its 18th Century origins, Somerset House has played a central role in our society as a place where our culture and collective understanding of the world is shaped and defined. In 2000, it began its reinvention as a cultural powerhouse and home for arts and culture today, creating unique and stimulating experiences for the public, bringing them into direct contact with ideas from the greatest artists, makers and thinkers of our time. Our distinctive and dynamic year-round programme spans the contemporary arts in all its forms, from cutting-edge exhibitions and installations to annual festivals, seasonal events in the courtyard including Film4 Summer Screen, Summer Series and Skate, and an extensive learning and engagement programme.

As well as welcoming over 3million visitors annually, Somerset House houses the largest and most diverse creative communities in the country – from one-person start-ups to successful creative enterprises including MOBO, British Fashion Council, Dance Umbrella, Improbable Theatre, Hofesh Shechter Company, and Dartmouth Films.

In 2016 we launched Somerset House Studios – a new experimental workspace connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. Currently housing over 80 artists and Makerversity (a community of over 250 emergent makers), the Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies. 


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 Ruby Chocolate and adventure-ready Hamperlings, Fortnum’s mission – as it has been since 1707 – remains to deliver a sense of pleasure to every customer.