Skate Lates


Wednesday 13 November 2019 – Sunday 12 January 2020


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Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason transforms into the ultimate destination for new music this winter

14 NOVEMBER   KRANKBROTHER: plus special guests


20 NOVEMBER   RINSE FM: Rinse Era Take Over: DJ Slimzee / Maximum / Scratch  DVA

21 NOVEMBER   RINSE FM: ‘Growing Up I Listened To’: DJ Ron b2b Jumping Jack / Eliza Rose / Barely Legal


27 NOVEMBER   GLORY TO SOUND: Riz La Teef & Nabihah Iqbal

28 NOVEMBER   GLORY TO SOUND: Manara & Nabihah Iqbal

29 NOVEMBER   GLORY TO SOUND: Dar Disku & Nabihah Iqbal

4 DECEMBER     EAT YOUR OWN EARS: Stealing Sheep



11 DECEMBER   ROCKERS LDN: Caya Sounds / Jah Bigs (Rockers LDN)

12 DECEMBER   ROCKERS LDN: Jamie Rodigan / Greentea Selecta

13 DECEMBER   ROCKERS LDN: Becca D / Shotz (The Selector’s Choice)

3 JANUARY         UNiTY


10 JANUARY       NIGHT DREAMS: Oh Annie Oh / Complexion / Jordss / EZE (Ctrl Shift) / seangran (So Cool)

Skate Lates returns to Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason this winter with a new series of late-night music takeovers from the hottest names in the UK’s music scene. Across 17 nights throughout the festive season, a specially curated line-up of leading contemporary DJs, artists and collectives will take over the rink-side decks of the capital’s magnificent ice rink for the ultimate open-air party experience.

Continuing Somerset House’s year-round commitment to championing trailblazing music acts and providing a platform for emerging talent, the Skate Lates programme celebrates the very best from across the globe and the UK. From electronica, grime and reggae to hip-hop, pop and disco, there is a set for all tastes across the Skate season.

For those off the ice, the eclectic mix of music can be enjoyed from the comfort of the Skate Lounge, home of the Bailey’s Treat Bar, with sets played direct from the decks. Whether relaxing after an evening of skating, or catching up with friends, the Skate Lounge offers the perfect location for soaking up the evening’s atmosphere and sounds. The Fortnum’s Lodge will also be open until 11pm, where a range of delicious cocktails are on offer throughout the evening.

This season sees four industry insiders holding three-day residences at the rink-side decks. Kicking off on 22 November, Field Day founders and cutting-edge promoters Eat Your Own Ears, renowned for identifying and nurturing emerging talent, as well as bringing the best in new and established acts to listeners, welcome one of the most well-respected names in the indie and electronic music scene, Hot Chip’ s Joe Goddard, to the decks for an evening of high energy electronic, indie and house dancefloor mixes. Liverpool’s electro pop band Stealing Sheep join EYOE’s three-night takeover on 4 December, playing their favourite party tracks, followed by Bristol-based artist and DJ Kayla Painter on 5 December, providing a dreamy soundtrack of electronica and dancefloor classics as visitors skate the night away.

Critically acclaimed musician, producer, DJ and Somerset House Studios resident, Nabihah Iqbal, joins Skate Lates for the second three-day residency from 27-29 November. Building upon the success of her new musical initiative Glory to Sound, a series of talks, live shows and club nights exploring music from different perspectives, Iqbal invites three of her favourite UK DJs to bring exciting and energetic soundtracks to the rink. The residency opens with Iqbal alongside leading DJ of the UK underground circuit Riz La Teef, for a night of funk, grime, dubstep and UK garage, spinning and remixing tunes exclusively from Riz La Teef’s impressive collection of acetate and vinyl. DJ Manara, a favourite of underground club circuits across the world, joins Iqbal for an evening of one-off eclectic mixes of club classics, house, grime and Bollywood hits guaranteed to get the party started.  Art collective Dar Disku take up the decks for the final night of the residency, celebrating new and nostalgic sounds of the Middle East and North Africa for a night of funk, soul, psychedelia and hip-hop fusion.

Skate Lates favourites Rinse FM return with an extended residency bringing the sounds of the capital's thriving urban scene direct to the rink with some of the station’s finest DJs.  To celebrate 25 years on air, Rinse FM hosts two throwback evening takeovers. On 20 November, skaters will be transported back by DJs Slimzee, Maximum and Scratcha DVA through the defining eras and genres which have filled the station’s airwaves, from the heyday of garage in late 1990s through to funky’s definitive anthems. Station stalwarts DJ Ron, Jumping Jack, Eliza Rose and Barely Legal man the rink-side DJ booth for back-to-back sessions of the tracks of their youth on 21 November. Skaters can revel in an evening of ultimate music nostalgia, from 70s disco, funk and soul to 90s house and garage.

As the countdown to the festive season begins, London’s hottest reggae and dancehall event producers Rockers LDN, bring their Caribbean Christmas extravaganza to the rink, spreading festive joy with the best reggae and dub grooves for the final three-night residency. DJs Becca Dudley, Jamie Rodigan, Caya Sounds, Greentea Selecta, Selectors Choice and Rockers LDN’s very own Jah Bigs, will take up the decks for this unmissable feel good party.

Debut appearances come from multi-award-winning DJ, producer and pioneer of the bootleg ‘cut-up’ mixing style DJ Yoda kickstarts the New Year on 9 January, filling the rink with the beats of 1980s hip-hop guaranteed to get skaters grooving around the rink. Born out of a series of infamous parties at one of London’s most highly regarded spaces for underground music, Corsica Studios, this year’s Skates Lates also welcomes the very best in electronic and ambient sounds from one of the UK’s leading forces in electronic music and founders of the acclaimed Re-Textured festival, krankbrother, for the first time, joined by special guests.

Further highlights from the line-up include London-based music selector, and member of LA collective Soulection, Hannah Faith, who will treat skaters to a soulful evening of jazz-funk and afro-house on 6 December. Manchester-based Austrian electronic producer salute brings his eclectic mix of sounds and influences, from 90s club classics to electronica and R’n’B to the rink on 15 November. Getting skaters dancing into the New Year with tunes from across the globe, Hackney-based art and music hip-hop party crew UNiTY take up the decks on 3 January.

Skate Lates closing night party on 10 January comes courtesy of Shoreditch’s hottest party, Night Dreams, a haven for lovers of hip-hop, grime, trap and R’n’B.  Bringing the late-night party vibes of East London to Somerset House for one night only, Resident DJ Oh Annie Oh joins Complexion, Jordss, EZE (Ctrl Shift) and seangran (So Cool) on the decks, laying down the latest tracks making waves on the capital’s dancefloors. 

At 19.45 each evening, visitors to both Skate and Somerset House can experience a new large-scale audio-visual installation above the rink, from Somerset House Studios visual and performance artist Gaika. Inspired by the themes of Somerset House’s major winter exhibition 24/7, Gaika presents 100 Names of God, a spectacular sound and light display reflecting the nature of individual dreams and collective spirituality in the age of consumerism. Taking form as a series of dramatic lighting sequences, 100 Names of God is layered with the uplifting sounds of ethereal soundscapes, dub and organ music. Gaika invites the public to anonymously submit a line of text to his website detailing their hopes for the future. Each day, Gaika transforms the alphanumeric data of the submissions into a machine language that informs the shape and sound of the evening’s show, creating an ever-evolving and unique spectacle reflecting on ideas of work, play and worship.

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



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Somerset House is London’s working arts centre and home to the UK’s largest creative community. Built on historic foundations, we are situated in the very heart of the capital.

Dedicated to backing progress, championing openness, nurturing creativity and empowering ideas, our cultural programme is ambitious in scope. We insist on relevance, but aren’t afraid of irreverence, and are as keen on entertainment as enrichment. We embrace the biggest issues of our times and are committed to oxygenating new work by emerging artists. Where else can you spend an hour ice-skating while listening to a specially commissioned sound piece by a cutting edge artist?

It is this creative tension – the way we harness our heritage, put the too-often overlooked on our central stage and use our neo-classical backdrop to showcase ground-breaking contemporary culture – that inspires our programme. Old and new, history and disruption, art and entertainment, high-tech and homemade, combined with the fact that we are home to a constantly shape-shifting working creative community: this is our point of difference. It is what we are proud of. And it is what makes the experience of visiting or working in Somerset House inspiring and energizing, urgent and exciting.


First founded in Piccadilly in 1707, Fortnum & Mason has remained an essential London destination for anyone in search of extraordinary food, joy-giving things, unforgettable experiences and exceptional service ever since. From the food halls and confectionery counters to the beautiful fragrance, beauty and fashion floor, expertly curated gentlemen’s department, and refined Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Fortnum’s seeks to make the everyday special. Celebrated for its famous teas, Scotch eggs, handmade chocolates, and wicker hampers, the iconic brand is committed to the imagination and discovery that has seen it through 312 years of history.

Today, Fortnum’s continues to expand to new outposts at home and abroad – most recently at London’s The Royal Exchange, and in November to its first standalone overseas store and restaurant in Hong Kong’s K11 MUSEA – alongside its special winter residence at Skate at Somerset House, now entering its sixth year. Proud of its storied past and innovating still, Fortnum’s mission remains to deliver a sense of pleasure to every customer, whether they’re shopping in-store or from around the world at the award-winning Follow Fortnum’s on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (@fortnums).