On 27 & 28 August, head to Clapham Common for South West Four, London’s favourite music festival

Words Serena Scalzo

This August bank holiday weekend, hoards of dedicated music fans will be making their annual pilgrimage to the heart of South West London for one of Europe’s most acclaimed dance music festivals. South West Four, named after the postcode of its venue in Clapham Common, will be returning for its twelfth year and is promising to be bigger and better than ever.  Having started in 2001 as a comparatively small gathering of a hundred or so local residents, it wasn’t until 2004 that the first official festival was held. Showcasing the talents of Erick Morillo, the artist behind the 1993 hit ‘I Like to Move It’, and Grammy Award nominee Sasha, it wasn’t long before SW4 became dance music’s premier British showcase.

In its illustrious twelve-year history, Clapham Common has played host to some of dance music’s most prestigious acts. Last year alone saw artists like Skrillex and Fatboy Slim headlining the 10,000 capacity main stage, the biggest indoor structure ever to have been erected on the Common.

They were followed by no less than a hundred other artists that were spread out onto the festivals’ four huge stages, leaving 2015 as their most successful year to date.

This year will be no different and it is clear from the incredible line-up that the organisers are pulling out all the stops for another spectacular weekend.

The Chemical Brothers, who headlined Glastonbury last year with their phenomenal live show, will be storming the main stage for an exclusive summer performance. They will be joined by the multi-award winning Rudimental, who rose to fame after their breakthrough performance at SW4 only four years ago.

With the promise of world class acts and an array of jaw-dropping light and laser configurations, its not surprising that the tickets are selling out fast.

Clapham Common
27-28 August 2016; southwestfour.com

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