Join us for an African music inspired LATES night.
Bring your friends to our African Soul Rebels inspired LATES Night on 20 February where you can join us to explore the spoken word, food, beat, protest, drink, funk, video, voodoo and more in an inspired mayhem of artist collage. 

Experience a late night at the Barbican


Swap Meet
6pm-12.45pm
A nod to the infamous Roadium Open Air Market swap meets of the 80’s, where Dr Dre distributed his mix-tapes including lyrics from artists LL Cool J, 2 Live Crew and samples from Kraftwork. Artists who layer and mix sound are invited to come down to share and swap their material with other artists and the public. Bring your latest creation, be it a sample or a full track and go home with a new sound from a wide range: urban, electronic, sonic art... Guests will include Rising Tide, Urban Development, Mark Peter Wright (Winner of the British Composer Awards 2009 for Sonic Art), Rival Consoles, Shelley Parker, Lex and Soundway Records, Erased Tapes and Structure Records, the Electronic Music dept of the Guildhall School and Goldsmiths University, Sound and Music.

Lates lounge – Swap Live
7pm-12.45
Transforming the Swap into a performance, a DJ will play tracks brought by artists or even yourself! MCs are invited to perform live. On the bill, rising spoken word artists and lyricists from Rising Tide will just be one among many surprises at Swap Live.

Free Stage
6pm- late, including during the Barbican Hall interval.
Get involved in Miss Higgins DIY’s live looping experiment. Then let’s cross the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form thanks to the absorbing films brought by former Scanner collaborator Sophie Clements, The British Composer of the year 2008 Janek Schaefer, Mercury Prize nominee Leafcutter John and Semiconductor. In between the acts Martin Nutt has been commissioned to create, a bright, verging on psychedelic collage of images.

ClubStage - Afrikan Boy
From 10.30pm
Following the return of the African Soul Rebels tour to the Barbican, enjoy a live set from Afrikan Boy. ‘Self-effacing, funny, and politically charged’ (Pitchfork Mag), Afrikan Boy is best known for the underground hit Lidl, and his collaboration with M.I.A on her album Kala which was a massive hit and brought him to the world’s attention.

Visit LATES Lounge or our bars and foyer cafes for drinks and hot food until late. Chill out, listen to music and enjoy what we have to offer.

Plus many more events! So come, get involved, bring friends, meet new ones and stay LATE!


LATE buses
It's easy to stay late - the following nightbuses and 24 hour services run from Barbican and Moorgate Tube stations.
From Barbican: N35, N55, 243
From Moorgate: 43, 205, 214, N76, N133