Spectrum of the Seas Begins Conveyance

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Spectrum of the Seas

The Spectrum of the Seas has left Papenburg on the River Ems, with a Thursday arrival time scheduled in Eemshaven following her conveyance.

A team of river pilots from Emden will be responsible for manoeuvring the ship to Eemshaven. The pilots on the river Ems also looked after the Meyer Werft ships during their passage to the North Sea in previous years. The team trained the conveyance at the computerised simulator in Wageningen (Netherlands) to be better prepared for the task.

Spectrum of the Seas

The Spectrum of the Seas will proceed in reverse up the river Ems to the North Sea. This approach has proven successful in the past as it makes it easier to manoeuvre the ship, the yard said.

Two tugs will be providing assistance in the process.

Spectrum of the Seas

After completing technical and nautical sea trials on the North Sea, the ship will be handed over to Royal Caribbean in April.



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Approx. 06.30 pm: ship in waiting position (Papenburg)
Approx. 07.00 pm: ship passes sea lock (Papenburg)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Approx. 01.30 am: ship passes Friesenbrücke (Weener)
Approx. 06.00 am: ship passes the Jann Berghaus bridge (Leer)
Approx. 10.15 am: arrival at the river Ems barrier (Gandersum)
Approx. 11.45 am: ship passes the Ems barrier
Approx. 01.15 pm: ship passes Emden


Top 10 Questions About Shade Gardening

1. What plants do well partial sun?

Plants that do well with some shade, or partial sun, include tropical rainforest plants, which grow well in hot, humid climates. In more temperate locations, woodland plants and shade-tolerant groundcovers are best. Some examples of tropical shade plants include elephant ears, asparagus fern, bird of paradise, gardenia, and star jasmine. Woodland shade plants include azalea, flowering dogwood, bleeding heart, columbine, and ferns. Groundcovers for shady areas include periwinkle, pachysandra, and lily-of-the-valley.

2. What perennials grow best in the shade?

Shade perennials to consider include ferns, elephant ear, and hostas for spectacular greenery. For more flowers, try calla lily, campanula, bleeding heart, anemone, blood root, bee balm, forget-me-not, hydrangea, primrose, Siberian iris, and violets. Perennial groundcovers that do well with shade include ivy, lily-of-the-valley, periwinkle, pachysandra, Virginia creeper, carpet bugleweed, and sweet woodruff.

3. What shrubs can I plant that will grow in shade?

Shrubs that tolerate shade are typically woodland plants. Those that will do well in light shade include hazelnut, mock orange, summersweet, dwarf fothergilla, and cornelian cherry dogwood. For moderate shade try daphne, witch hazel, holly, or Virginia sweetspire. For the deepest shade, try Japanese Kerria, which will bleach when exposed to too much sunlight. Some other woodland shrubs to consider include flowering dogwood, hydrangea, azalea, and rhododendron. Evergreen shade-tolerant shrubs include Indian hawthorn, boxwood, hemlock, and yew.

4. Can you recommend any shade container plants?

Yes, there are actually many shade tolerant plants for containers. To add spectacular and varied color foliage to a shady area, try different types of coleus, which grow well in containers. Other annuals to try in containers and that will tolerate shade include fuchsia, begonia, impatiens, and caladiums. Perennial plants that grow well in containers and with some shade are ferns, hostas, forget-me-not, bleeding heart, and hardy geraniums.

5. Can evergreens grow in a shade garden?

Evergreen trees are not shade plants, and generally don’t need to be as they tower over others. But there are several varieties of evergreen shrubs that will grow in partial shade. Shrubs to try in shady areas include honeysuckle, witch hazel, viburnum, yew, Juneberry, goat’s beard, boxwood, holly, azalea, and rhododendron.

6. Can I grow any vegetables in shade?

Most vegetables require full sun to grow and produce, but there are some vegetable varieties that will tolerate shade. These are generally the more cold-weather plants and include a lot of greens: lettuces, arugula, endive, spinach, Swiss chard, cabbage, mustard greens, and kale. Also, try broccoli and turnips in shadier spots. All of these will need some sun but will tolerate a little shade.

7. What can I plant under a tree?

The dark area under trees makes growing difficult, but there are some shade-tolerant plants that can fill up that space. When planting under trees, groundcovers often thrive in the shade and make a good alternative for grass. Try ivy, lily-of-the-valley, vinca, pachysandra, periwinkle, Virginia creeper, sweet woodruff, and carpet bugleweed. Woodland shrubs will also grow under trees, including azalea, rhododendron, holly, and flowering dogwood.

8. What are good ground covers for shade areas?

Groundcovers are often well suited to growing in shade and are good options for filling space under trees and in other shady spots where grass struggles to grow. Try perennial groundcovers like lily-of-the-valley, ajuga, or carpet bugleweed, periwinkle, pachysandra, deadnettle, vinca, ivy, Virginia creeper, and sweet woodruff.  Some ideas for warmer climates include yellow star jasmine, Algerian ivy, liriope, or monkey grass, mondo grass, and autumn fern.

9. Are there any herbs that I can plant in my shade garden?

A lot of herbs need full sun but many will tolerate some shade. Those that are best to try in a shady patch are chives, mint, catnip, parsley, angelica, ginger, sweet woodruff, and lemon balm. These plants need rich soil, so add compost or fertilizer as needed. And living in the shade they will not need to be watered as often. Just be sure the soil drains well.

10. How can I get color in a shade garden?

There are plenty of flowering plants that tolerate shade, and some with colorful foliage. For containers and borders, try coleus with foliage that comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. Annual flowers for shade that do well in beds and containers are impatiens, begonias, alyssum, pansy, snapdragon, and calendula. Shade-tolerant perennials that will add colorful flowers include bellflowers, bleeding heart, foxglove, hydrangea, primrose, violets, hellebore, forget-me-not, and astilbe.

We all have questions now and then, whether long-time gardeners or those just starting out. So if you have a gardening question, get a gardening answer. We’re always here to help.

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One of the Christchurch mosques has reopened its doors

The Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand has reclaimed a place of worship. On Saturday, the restored Al-Noor mosque, one of the sites of the mass shootings that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, was reopened.

It remains under heavy police detail, but small groups of worshippers are now allowed in for limited periods of time, reports RNZ National. Although the mosque has been completely restored following the damage, those who enter have been asked to refrain from taking photographs. Several survivors of the shootings, carried about by a 28-year-old Australian named Brenton Tarrant who expressed racist, anti-immigrant views, were among the first people to return to the mosque.

On Saturday, nearly 40,000 people turned out for a vigil in Christchurch on Saturday evening, as the country continues to mourn the attacks. Saturday’s vigil, which included speeches, music, and moments of silence, is the latest in a string of remembrance events that have and will continue to take place around New Zealand.

10 things you need to know today: March 24, 2019


Lawmakers are still awaiting the details from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 675-day investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential involvement with Russian election interference, but it is likely Attorney General William Barr will brief Congress on the principle conclusions on Sunday. Mueller submitted the report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. Barr was reviewing the report on Saturday to decide how much information he would make available to both Congress and the public. What is clear so far is that Mueller will not be indicting anyone else beyond the 30 people who already face criminal charges. [The Associated Press, The New York Times]


The White House is reportedly feeling confident about the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential involvement with Russian election interference, which is now under review by Attorney General William Barr. Per CBS News President Trump’s attorneys believe the president will wind up legally — and politically — in the clear. CNN’s Jim Acosta also reported that the White House is celebrating “quietly” but with “a fair amount of glee.” One Trump campaign adviser told Acosta, “This was a great day for America and we won.” [CBS News, The Week]


Organizers say 1 million people took to the streets in London for an anti-Brexit demonstration on Saturday. The “Put it to the People” march, which demanded that Parliament grant a second EU withdrawal referendum, is considered one of the biggest protests in British history, despite Prime Minister Theresa May saying earlier this week that she believed the British people did not support a new referendum. The march took place just days after the EU agreed to an extension of Article 50, which will now trigger the U.K.’s exodus from the EU on April 12 — with or without a deal. May, who has so far been unable to secure a withdrawal agreement, has faced renewed calls for her resignation. [The Guardian, BBC]


Protests took place in Pittsburgh on Saturday after a jury acquitted a former East Pittsburgh police officer who was tried for the killing of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black 17-year-old, last June. The officer, Michael Rosfield, who is white, shot Rose three times after the teenager ran from a traffic stop. Rosfield said that Rose was in a car that matched the description of one involved in a drive-by shooting 20 minutes prior to the traffic stop. Crowds gathered in protest over the jury’s decision outside of the Allegheny County Courthouse on Friday evening and continued throughout the city on Saturday. Shots were reportedly fired at the window of one of Rosfield’s attorney’s offices on Saturday. No one was hurt. [NBC News, The Associated Press]


Nearly 40,000 people turned out for a vigil in Christchurch, New Zealand on Saturday evening, as the country continues to mourn following the killing of 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. Saturday’s vigil, which included speeches, music, and moments of silence, is the latest in a string of remembrance events that have and will continue to take place around New Zealand. On Saturday the Al Noor mosque, one of the sites of the violence, was reopened for worship. Several survivors of the shooting returned to pray. [Al Jazeera, BBC]


For the first time since a 2014 military coup, Thailand went to the voting polls on Sunday. Polls are now closed and results are expected within several hours, though it may take weeks to certify them. The military government and the royalist elite are trying to keep its leader, Prayuth Chan-Ocha, as prime minister. They have long been mired in a power struggle with exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup. But his allies continued to win elections despite his absence until the 2014 coup. A pre-vote opinion poll showed Shinawatra’s party winning the most parliamentary seats, but not enough to govern alone. The military-backed party secured the second most seats in the survey. [Bloomberg, The Associated Press]


The Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma — the manufacturer of the painkiller Oxycontin — are now facing a federal lawsuit from more than 600 counties, cities, and Native American tribes from 28 U.S. States. The lawsuit is a result of accusations that Oxycontin helped stoke the opioid epidemic that is plaguing the United States. It alleges that the Sacklers used deceptive marketing push sales of addictive and potent painkillers. A spokesperson called the accusations “baseless.” The report of the lawsuit follows the decision by major museums in the U.S. and the U.K. to refuse any future donation from the Sacklers, who are known for their philanthropy. [CNN]


479 people were safely airlifted off a Viking Sky cruise ship, which was stranded in rough seas off the coast of Norway with 1,373 passengers on board. 436 guests and 458 crew still remain on board the ship. Although bad weather conditions persisted on Sunday, the vessel has regained power in three out of four engines and is traveling alongside two supply ships and one tug assist vessel. 20 people reportedly sustained non-life threatening injuries while the ship was rocked by wind and waves, the cruise line said. [CNN, NBC News]


New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke publicly for the first time since he was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in Jupiter, Florida in February. “I am truly sorry,” Kraft said. “I know have hurt my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans, and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.” The 77-year-old Kraft is scheduled to be arraigned in court on March 28, though his presence is not required. Prosecutors have offered to drop charges if Kraft in exchange for a fine, community service, and an admission of guilt. He has yet to accept the deal. [The New York Times, USA Today]


Nearly 800 Hollywood writers signed a Writers Guild “Statement of Support”, which was made public on Saturday, pledging to fire their agents if the representatives don’t sign an agreement satisfactory to the union. The signatories represent around 4 percent of the guild’s 20,000-person membership. The statement is in response to a dispute between the WGA and the Association of Talent Agents over packaging fees and affiliate production. Several notable writers signed the statement including Shonda Rhimes and Seth McFarlane, while others like J.J. Abrams and Dick Wolf did not put their names down. [The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Daily]

Saturday’s anti-Brexit demonstration was one of the largest in U.K. history

British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier this week that she did not believe the British people did not support a second Brexit referendum. A massive anti-Brexit demonstration held in London on Saturday poked some holes in that theory.

The Guardian reports that the protest’s organizers estimate that 1 million people took to the streets for the “Put it to the People” march, which demanded that Parliament grant a second EU withdrawal referendum. It is being considered one of the biggest protests in British history, per BBC, although specific attendance numbers have not been confirmed. Protesters carried EU flags and donned blue and yellow garb to signify their support for remaining in the Union.

The march took place just days after the EU agreed to an extension of Article 50, which will now trigger the U.K.’s exodus from the EU on April 12 — with or without a deal. May, who has so far been unable to secure a withdrawal agreement, has faced renewed calls for her resignation.

Субботняя антибрекситская демонстрация была одной из крупнейших в истории Великобритании

Ранее на этой неделе премьер-министр Великобритании Тереза ​​Мэй заявила, что не верит, что британский народ не поддержит второй референдум по Брекситу. Массовая демонстрация против Brexit, состоявшаяся в Лондоне в субботу, пробила некоторые дыры в этой теории.

The Guardian сообщает, что, по оценкам организаторов акции протеста, 1 миллион человек вышли на улицы, чтобы провести марш «Положи это народу», который потребовал от парламента провести второй референдум о выходе из ЕС. Это считается одним из самых больших протестов в британской истории, согласно BBC , хотя конкретные цифры посещаемости не были подтверждены. Протестующие несли флаги ЕС и надели сине-желтую одежду, чтобы выразить свою поддержку оставшимся в Союзе.

Марш состоялся всего через несколько дней после того, как ЕС согласился продлить Статью 50 , которая теперь вызовет исход Великобритании из ЕС 12 апреля – с соглашением или без него. Мэй, которая до сих пор не смогла заключить соглашение об отзыве, вновь обратилась с призывом уйти в отставку.

London Music Festival Guide 2019

The War On Drugs at All Points East 2018. Photo: All Points East

Every summer London is awash with music festivals. There are so many that it can be hard to differentiate them and know which is right for you. That’s why we’ve decided to make things a bit easier on you, and sum up each event in a few pithy sentences. Enjoy:

RE-TEXTURED: Could anything be more London in 2019 than an electronic music festival centred around brutalist architecture. That’s not a knock — we couldn’t be more excited to see ear-shattering techno in London’s boldest buildings. There are plenty of memorable nights on offer, but our pick has to be Nina Kraviz playing for hours on end at the occasionally overlooked Walthamstow Assembly Hall. Various venues across London, prices vary, book ahead, 28-31 March

LONDON LATIN MUSIC FESTIVAL: A 10-day festival now in its 19th year, that showcases the best of the Latin music world. Whether you grew up with Latin music or have never knowingly listened to any — apart from the inescapable Despacito — you’re welcome to party at this series of gigs. Various locations and prices, book ahead, 25 April-5 May

BRIXTON DISCO FESTIVAL: A disco festival in Brixton. What else could you possibly need to know? Okay. There’s a roller disco. There’s south London legends Horse Meat Disco. There’s London’s coolest choir, Contemporary Voices, recreating classic New York venue Studio 54. There’s film screenings, talks… okay, it turns out there was a lot of other stuff you needed to know. Brixton (various venues), £22.50-£40, book ahead, 27 April

WE ARE FSTVL: London festivals are inherently different beasts to countryside festivals. They’re day events, not camping based, with limited space to operate in. Dance music extravaganza We Are FSTVL aims to prove all of that wrong. How so? By taking place in the part of London lots of people don’t consider to be London. Upminster. Three days of non-stop bangers and the punters won’t care where they are. Upminster, £42-£300, book ahead, 24-26 May

ALL POINTS EAST: Victoria Park is ground zero for London in terms of the city’s park-based day festivals. All Points East continues the area’s traditions with two weekends of supremely curated music. The first weekend operates more like a standard festival, whereas the second weekend is more ‘big gigs’ a la BST. There’s too much quality music here to highlight, but we’re gonna give it a go anyway: Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Courtney Barnett, Christine and the Queens, Little Simz, Kamasi Washington, Dizzee Rascal, Mac DeMarco… aaaand we’re out of breath. Victoria Park, £59+, book ahead, 24 May-2 June

STEEL YARD: Finsbury Park. Ibiza. Can you really tell the difference? Well if you currently can — let’s face it,  the New River isn’t quite the Mediterranean Sea — you soon won’t. That’s thanks to the one and only Carl Cox bringing his legendary Space Ibiza show in the park. A Balearic touch in north London. Finsbury Park, £45-£99, book ahead, 25-26 May

Photo: Gala

GALA: Good food, good music, good people. That’s the tagline for the fourth edition of this intimate south London day festival, and let’s see whether it can deliver on its promises. Good food looks to be covered: Made of Dough and The Cheese Truck have never let us down before. Good music: an already strong line-up has been boosted by the addition of a new stage curated by London’s jazz-inflected Worldwide FM. Good people: Well that’s up to you really. Peckham Rye Park, £50-£60, book ahead 26 May

JAM ON RYE: Sticking with Peckham for a minute, Jam on Rye puts a punny spin on the area’s famous park. But this isn’t punning for the sake of a cheap laugh. Food and music are paid equal attention on Bank Holiday Monday, as KERB provide a stage for some of the best street food vendors in the city. Even the music seems to have a culinary theme; Kelis headlines, and surely it’s not a coincidence that her last album was called Food? Coincidence or not, it’s one of the most underrated R&B albums of the past five years. Peckham Rye Park, £0-£45 (under 12s go free), book ahead, 27 May

THE ENDS: The Ends makes its debut in Croydon, and looks like it might try and position itself as a competitor to the juggernaut Wireless, by focusing on black music genres. Three days with a handful of acts currently announced for each, it’s a little disheartening to see no British headliners in a festival called The Ends. Still, Nas, Wizkid and Damian Marley are all excellent choices. And seeing Nadia Rose in her Croydon hometown should be epic. Sidenote: if no one plays Are You Really From The Ends, it’s a travesty. Lloyd Park, £50 per day, book ahead, 31 May-2 June

CAMDEN ROCKS: Trawl around the pubs of Camden to watch the most exciting rock bands the city has to offer. There are an ambitious 400 bands squeezed in around 20 venues in just two days, so the key is to see as much as possible. One pro tip though — don’t try rushing to wherever a headliner (Frank Turner and Deaf Havana) is playing minutes before their show. There’s a strong chance you won’t get in. Camden, £40-£70, book ahead1-2 June

One of the warehouses housing Field Day this year. Photo: Field Day

FIELD DAY: A juggernaut of London’s day festival scene, and one of the genre’s originators. The name isn’t quite so accurate anymore as this is the first year it’s ditching the field for four giant, connected warehouses in Enfield. It’s a seismic change, that looks to keep Field Day ahead of the competitors. That anticipation only builds once taking the ridiculous line-up into consideration. Skepta, Julia Holter, Earl Sweatshirt, Jorja Smith, Sinkane and Deerhunter to name but a few. Meridian Water, £40-£150, book ahead, 7-8 June

JUNCTION 2: One of many dance music festivals gracing London this summer, Junction 2 stands out thanks to the quality of its line-up. Ben UFO, Ricardo Villalobos, San Proper and others are all names to drive proper dance music heads wild. Each stage has its own curator — our pick of the bunch is Soho record store Phonica’s stage on Friday. It’s a mecca for electronic music in London, so there’s no surprise it’s done such a good job curating a stage: Hunee’s tunes should perfectly complement the leafy surroundings. Boston Manor Park, £35-£100, book ahead, 7-8 June

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL: An eclectic array of musicians takes over south west London’s favourite Tudor tourist attraction this July. Nile Rodgers & Chic, Tears for Fears, Kylie (although her shows have sold out) and others see if their spectacular shows can match the majesty of the venue’s brick beauty. The big question on everyone’s lips is… will Hampton Court Palace still be standing in the year 3000? That’s right, Busted are playing. Enough said. Hampton Court Palace, £49-£99, book ahead, June 7-21

MIGHTY HOOPLA: People don’t think of pop music as cool. But who gives a damn what people think when you’re having the time of your life? That’s the mood at Mighty Hoopla, a festival that just wants people to have a hell of a lot of fun. And look, Chaka Khan is headlining. Ain’t nobody that could have a bad time here. All Saints, Bananarama and Liberty X also fill out a nostalgic line-up in south London. Brockwell Park, £45-£75, book ahead, 8 June

Photo: Hampton Court Palace Festival

CROSS THE TRACKS: Chaka Khan stays in Brockwell Park the following day, but in somewhat different circumstances. At Cross The Tracks, she’s surrounded by funk, jazz and some classic Motown soul. Martha Reeves and The Vandellas also represent the old guard — if you love The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (a favourite at Londonist Towers), this could be one for you. The festival also has plenty of acts crafting the future of jazz, funk and electronic music, through alchemic genre fusions. Brockwell Park, £35-£60, book ahead9 June

COMMUNITY: Another Finsbury Park festival — the park is clearly a big hit among music promoters — this one goes all in on indie. The Kooks top the bill, but that doesn’t mean the whole day can be written off as a mid-noughties nostalgia-fest. There are plenty of fresh and exciting acts on offer too, like The Hunna, Don Broco and Sea Girls. We’re not sure what the name Community has to do with it all though — blandest-named festival in London? Finsbury Park, £40, book ahead, 30 June

INNERVISIONS: A multi-venue soul, funk, jazz and blues multi-venue festival. Plenty of the big names are playing the Roundhouse in Camden: Van Morrison, Mavis Staples and Aloe Blacc. In all honesty, calling Innervisions a festival shows the diverse use of that term today — this is more a series of similarly-themed gigs across the city. Of those gigs, we reckon the Fela Kuti tribute night at EartH — an excellent new venue in Stoke Newington — might be the best under-the-radar bet. Various locations, various prices, book ahead, 3-7 July

WIRELESS: London’s annual urban music festival returns to Finsbury Park for the sixth year running. Actually we say that, but historically Wireless was an entirely different beast — David Gray once headlined the festival up in Leeds. Don’t worry hip hop heads, none of that this year. Instead this line-up has a real American rapper bent to it: Cardi B, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky get top billing. For our money though, the highlight of the weekend will be west London’s AJ Tracey rounding off a mega-year that saw him release his criticallyacclaimed debut album. Finsbury Park, tickets are sold out but keep an eye out here to see if any more become available, 5-7 July

BRITISH SUMMER TIME: The big-hitter in the heart of London. Entertaining the masses in Hyde Park this year are Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Florence + The Machine, Robbie Williams and one more as-of-yet unannounced act. In between the two weekends of musical brilliance comes BST Open House, when you can wander into the site for free and enjoy cinema screenings, pop-up bars, circus, cabaret and much more. Hyde Park, various prices, book ahead. 5-14 July

LOVEBOX: Another one of the London mainstays, this is the ideal festival for people who like to dance, but often want the songs that make them dance to have lyrics. Ok, that’s reductive — there are quite a few straight up rappers and electronic music artists here. However, Lovebox always shows plenty of love to the R&B scene, and representatives from the genre this year include H.E.R. and Solange. Dress code is colourful but cool — see what vintage Fila or Adidas you can get your hands on at a trendy second hand shop. Gunnersbury Park, £58-£120, book ahead, 12-13 July

CITADEL: All the infrastructure from Lovebox remains in the park on Sunday, as the park goes indie for Citadel. Catfish and the Bottlemen and Bastille are the top acts, which might mean the punter age skews a little younger than some others on this list. Curiously the festival takes on an astronomy vibe for its non-music areas. There’s a space pub quiz, a Q&A with someone from the UK Space Agency, space yoga and more. We expect most people will interpret this space-theme through glitter but why don’t you one-up them with a full astronaut outfit? Gunnersbury Park, £28-£40, book ahead, 14 July

Photo: Lovebox

LONDON INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: And now for something completely different. London International Music Festival brings together young musicians from around the globe to perform in some of London’s most prestigious venues — Central Hall Westminster, Southwark Cathedral, Conway Hall and more — in a supportive environment. Various locations, free entry, just turn up, 15-18 July

51ST STATE: There will be plenty of sniggering ravers at the start of August as they ride the Piccadilly line to Cockfosters for 51st State. Held in the leafy Green Belt, this year marks the fest’s fifth birthday, and it’s celebrating the only way it knows how. Masses of house music with a dash of garage, a hint of soul and a dollop of disco across seven stages. Trent Park, £40-£150, book ahead, 3 August

EASTERN ELECTRICS: From the end of the Piccadilly line, we move on to the end of the Northern line, Morden. This is another festival dedicated to making your body move but with acts like Goldie, Big Narstie and Hannah Wants, Eastern Electrics has a hard edge. Expect bass. The kind that may leave your ears ringing for a week. If that sounds a bit much, you can always just follow the roaming samba band around the site for two straight days. Morden Park, £39-£77, book ahead. 3-4 August

Photo: 51st State

MELTDOWN: Despite being named after a word best associated with nuclear disasters, Meltdownfestival is a far more civilised affair than the majority of events on this list. One legendary artist curates a week of gigs at the Southbank Centre. Recent curators include M.I.A. and Robert Smith, and this year the honour falls to Nile Rodgers. His lineup is yet to be announced, but here’s hoping it’s full of disco and soul. Southbank Centre, price TBC, book ahead, 3-11 August

ART’S HOUSE: Festivals tend to be extravaganzas, jam-packed with as many big acts as humanly possible. Not two DJs playing one guy’s house. Surely that’s not a festival. It is for Art’s House. So, it’s not really Artwork’s house, instead the stage is designed to make it look like a house. And the two DJs are big names: obviously Artwork himself, joined by DJ Harvey. On a patch of greenery enclosed by the Lea Valley River, this is a wonderfully eccentric addition to the London scene. Three Mills Island, £29-£50, book ahead, 10 August

ONE DAY AT THE DISCO: The trick is in the name of this festival, it’s all about disco. To emphasise this point, the bill has Chicago House legend Derrick Carter, but the poster very clearly states after his name ‘does disco’. That set should be special, but we’re most excited for Mister Saturday Night. They’re famous for their Saturday night parties in hipster-haven Brooklyn, but can they do it on a ‘hopefully sunny, but possibly rainy’, Saturday afternoon in east London? Time to find out. Three Mills Island, price TBC, book ahead, 24 August

SOUTH WEST FOUR: Mega. That’s the one word that sums up Clapham Common’s EDM/grime/garage/whatever-the-hell-people-want-to-dance-to end of summer weekender. The line-up is massive. Dance music is a broad church, so if you and your mates all have differing tastes this could be the festival for you — there’s at least one act on this behemoth of this line-up that everyone will go crazy for. What’s ours? Tough choice, but TQD have never let us down before. Clapham Common, £57-£99, book ahead, 24-25 August

Photo: Art’s House

MAIDEN VOYAGE: Three Mills Island is clearly the east London spot to be for one day festivals this summer. Maiden Voyage is a brand new festival from the team at Camden’s Jazz Cafe. Despite the name, the venue’s tastes are a bit broader than just jazz, and include hip hop, afrobeat and funk. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing. Especially when it means you can squeeze Awesome Tapes From Africa, Madlib and Roy Ayers onto the same lineup. Three Mills Island, £30, book ahead, 25 August

SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER: Despite having a Merseyside town in its name, Southport Weekender is in south London. Crystal Palace to be precise (it’s also worth pointing out that it’s just one day). The reason for the name lies in the festival’s origins, a R&B, garage, house and soul weekend in Southport Pontins. The team have brought the self-proclaimed ‘world’s friendliest party’ vibe down to the Big Smoke, for a few years now, although this is its first time in south London. No line-up announced at the time of writing. Crystal Palace Park, £45-£66, book ahead, 31 August

BBC PROMS IN THE PARK: The BBC Proms culminate in Britain’s biggest outdoor classical music event. It’s September, so by this point the British weather is even less reliable than for everything else on this list. Pack an anorak. Even if the forecast is clear. Trust us. Hyde Park, price TBC, book ahead, date TBA

EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: Do you ever get to November and have a real hankering for a music festival to lift those winter blues? EFG has you covered, with glorious jazz to make everything feel alright again. Set across plenty of venues across London, lots of the gigs have already been listed with tickets on sale, despite the fact we’re months out. Epic Russian film Battleship Potemkin with a new live soundtrack caught our eye. Various locations, various prices, book ahead, 15-24 November

Know any others we’ve missed out? Add it to the comments below. We will update this article as more events are announced.

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