The free music and culture festival in Soho – you don’t want to miss this

For the whole month of June, there’s a free, yes FREE music and culture festival in Soho.  The hub space PLATFORM LDN, at 3 Carnaby Street, will host a whole heap of fun events. Think a Reprezent Radio residency with live broadcasts, a panel event with GRM Daily, and exclusive book signings with legendary DJ Jumping Jack Frost and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s DJ Target, to name a few.

Soho Music Month is in line with the Mayor of London’s Sounds Life London initiative, which champions London’s world-class music offerings.

Get your dance-on every single Thursday evening throughout the month with ‘The Newburgh Quarter Sessions’ – a series of free outdoor gigs dedicated to showcasing the diversity of the London music scene. They’ll take place at ‘The Plug’ on Foubert’s Place in the Newburgh Quarter from 5-9pm. Head down for the hottest new upcoming talent and sunshine.

Here are some of the events we’ll be heading to, but for a full list of events see here.

Red Bull Music presents: Locked In, Locked On

1st June – 1st July, PLATFORM LDN

Red Bull Music is collaborating with sub-culture documenters Olivia Rose and Hattie Collins (This is Grime) on a unique exhibition exploring the role pirate radio has played in UK music culture. Expect to be immersed in the stories, sounds and selectors behind these stations, before looking at what the future of radio culture holds.

Olivia and Hattie at the exhibition (@hattiecollins Instagram)

Rock The Belles Hip Hop DJ Battle

7th June, 5pm9pm, Carnaby’s Newburgh Quarter

A celebration of women who are making their mark in music, featuring BBC 1Xtra’s Melody Kane and Emily Rawson, plus Ellie Prohan, Fearney and Sandra Omari.

Ellie Prohan DJing (@irockthebelles Instagram)

Independent Label Market

16th June, Berwick Street, Soho

As a celebration of women in music, the Independent Label Market is curating an incredible all-female line-up for the very first time.

For one day only, female-led independent record labels will take over Soho’s Berwick Street Market with a seriously special selection of vinyl stalls.

Plus, Soho Radio host an exclusive live broadcast from the market, with a line-up of fierce female DJs including; Xanthe Fuller, Sophie Callis and Cherrie Flava.

Don’t forget to check out Soho’s independent record shops Sister Ray, Reckless Records, Sounds of the Universe,  and Phonica Records.

@indielabelmkt Instagram

Rock the Belles DJ Workshop

26th June, PLATFORM LDN

Have a crash course in DJing with London’s hottest all female DJ crew Rock The Belles, headed up by BBC 1Xtra Mix DJ Emily Rawson.

Image credit: Ian Kiffin

Dirty Bones Bites and Beats Takeover

28th June, 5pm9pm, Carnaby’s Newburgh Quarter

Dirty Bones resident female DJs spin old-school hip-hop, funk and soul. Tuck into limited edition Mac Daddy sliders with proceeds going towards charity partner Youth Music and taste the limited edition Doo Wop cocktail, that’s being launched especially for the event. Erm, YUM.

@dirtyboneslondon

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