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Musicity London – 23rd to 25th June 2017

Do you associate a place with a piece of music ? A new project is taking this concept a stage further by creating new songs and music inspired by the buildings of London.

Musicity London will run from the 23rd to 25th June and combines music, architecture and technology to build a living archive of the sounds of cities.

Artists involved in the project include Sean O’Hagan, William Doyle (formerly East India Youth), Throwing Shade, Stick in the Wheel, Hejira, patten, Moses Boyd (of acclaimed jazz duo Binker and Moses).

A new project which brings the buildings of cities across the world to musical life, will stage a weekend celebration of the architecture of London this June. Musicity invites musicians to choose a building and then create new songs and compositions inspired by the design, history or their personal connections to that place. The new track is then available for free streaming or download via the new, free Musicity app on any smartphone, but only at that particular location..

Created by BBC broadcaster, DJ and music curator, Nick Luscombe, Musicity is a new kind of travel guide to a city, exploring the ways in which cities influence the culture that emerges from within them and the melodies and stories inspired by our personal experiences of architecture. The plan is to build soundtracks of cities – with compilations of the tracks eventually being released as a physical box set.

The Musicity London event will focus on Southwark, one of the oldest parts of the capital, Contemporary architecture and old buildings coexist in a borough that takes in Borough, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Walworth, Peckham, Camberwell, Peckham Rye, Nunhead and Dulwich. During the event, the buildings themselves will become venues for live performances and discussions. Musicity London is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017.

Among the 17 London compositions already completed are pieces inspired by Battersea Power Station, the BT Tower, Blackfriars Bridge and the Old Royal Naval College and covering all sorts of styles: pop, folk, electronic, ambient, modern classical and spoken word, to name a few. The project is not limited to London; so far, 43 tracks have been created across 7 cities, including, Oslo, Tokyo and Singapore.

A unique aspect of the commissioning process is that Musicity encourages all musicians to gain an understanding of the fabric of each space, by working with architect and sound artist Paul Bavister from architectural firm Flanagan Lawrence. Paul has visited the sites with the musicians, taking acoustic data (e.g. sound reverberation and clarity) from each building. This information helps to set the written music within the sonic constraints of the site itself, resulting in truly site-specific works.

Musicity London Dates: 23-25 June 2017

Friday 23rd June: Deli Felice – Italian delicatessen and sandwich bar within walking distance of Southwark Park. Event will feature talks and performances by Stick in the Wheel.

Saturday 24th June: Grand tours of Musicity locations and evening of music and talks (at location TBC).

Saturday 24th June: The Yellow House, Canada Water. Live performance by Stick in the Wheel.

Sunday 25th June: The Peckham Pelican. Tours, talks and playback of all 7 new Musicity tracks.

Full details of venues and event times at musicityglobal.com

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Summer Series at Somerset House – 6th to 16th July 2017

The ever popular Summer Series at Somerset House returns with an interesting and eclectic line-up in the attractive surroundings of one of London’s iconic landmarks.

6th July 2017

Norah Jones

Opening this year’s Summer Series is Norah Jones, a singer and songwriter whose unmistakably unique sound weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music.

7th July 2017

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley has forged his own musical path while adding a fresh new perspective to the Marley legacy for the 21st century.

8th July 2017

The Cinematic Orchestra

The Cinematic Orchestra make their electrifying debut at the Summer Series with an exclusive set featuring timeless classics, brand new material from their forthcoming album and very special guests

9th July 2017

Goldfrapp

Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp’s irresistibly decadent synthpop and technicolour visual theatrics have made them one of the best loved electronic acts in British music.

10th July 2017

Warpaint

LA art-rock quartet Warpaint’s ethereal music transforms intimate moments to cathartic highs within the same song, featuring shape-shifting harmonies and lyrics that reveal eerie undercurrents.

11th July 2017

The Robert Glasper Experiment

After dominating the jazz charts, winning a couple of R&B Grammys, and recording with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Maxwell and Snoop Dogg.

12th July 2017

Birdy

Birdy first bewitched the nation with her cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love and the following five years have been a whirlwind for this extraordinarily talented young singer-songwriter.

13th July 2017

Foster The People

Founded by Mark Foster in Los Angeles in 2009. The group achieved success with the 2011 release of their debut album Torches, which has sold nearly two million albums worldwide.

14th July 2017

Tom Misch (Live) + Very Special Guests

The last 12 months have seen 21-year-old singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Misch go from bedroom producer to gaining a reputation as one of the UK’s most hotly tipped new acts.

15th July 2017

Mashrou’ Leila

Mashrou’ Leila is a five-strong indie band from Beirut who are set to fill our courtyard with some of the most bitter sweet ballads and raucous anthems you’re likely to hear.

16th July 2017

Songhoy Blues

The four young friends from north-eastern Mali who make up desert punk/blues band Songhoy Blues are set to light up our Summer Series once again with their infectious, joyful grooves.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Somerset House website here

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Ed Sheeran announces extra show for The O2’s 10th Birthday in June 2017

Global superstar Ed Sheeran will be joining in The O2’s 10th Birthday celebrations with an extra show on top of his sell-out worldwide 2017 tour. Fans will get the chance to catch Ed perform at The O2 on June 22nd. He joins alt-J, Celine Dion and Jamiroquai who have already been announced as part of a series of gigs in honour of The O2’s 10th Birthday.

Ed’s third studio album ‘÷’ saw all 16 tracks instantly dominate Spotify’s Top 50 Chart in the UK, smashing the record for the highest number of streams for an album ever. Shifting an incredible 432k albums in just three days, and with an upcoming worldwide tour, Ed will be returning to The O2 after three sell out shows in May.

The O2’s 10th Birthday shows are a week-long series of unique shows giving fans a chance to come together and witness their favourite acts at one of the most iconic entertainment venues of the decade. Since its launch in 2007, The O2 has become one of the most successful, and recognisable music and entertainment venues in the world. It has played host to unforgettable live experiences for over 60 million fans of music, sport, exhibitions, award shows and more.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Metallica announce two nights at The O2 in October 2017 as part of WorldWired Tour

Metallica today announced two dates at The O2 during the European leg of their WorldWired Tour, in support of their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The tour stops at The O2 on the 22 and 24 October 2017. Norway’s Kvelertak will be support for the tour run.

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct was released on the 18 November, 2016 on Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

Tickets go on sale Friday 24 March

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Hola! London : the city’s biggest Latin American celebration at the O2 – July 22nd 2017

This summer London will welcome some of the leading names in Latin music, as stars hailing from Dominican Republic, Colombia and Spain take over The O2, for a celebratory day of music, dancing and street food. Grammy award winners Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes join forces to launch the very first Hola! London Festival on Saturday 22nd July 2017, along with David Bisbal and Sebastián Yatra.

Outside the arena, a Spanish and Latin American food fair will take up residence from midday and fans will have the opportunity to enjoy free music stages and activities.

London has a huge and growing Latin American community, and fans of Latin, tropical, salsa, urban and dance music can enjoy a full day of high energy vibrant performances for one incredible day and night – all under one roof.

With the increasing impact of Latin artists on the musical world and the desire for more Latin music experiences, The O2, in association with Como No, launch this new event that celebrates the river of Latin music that runs through the heart of London.

Tickets go on general sale on Wednesday 29th March.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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John Legend brings ‘Darkness and Light’ tour to The O2 in September 2017

Acclaimed, multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and 10 times Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter John Legend will return to The O2 on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

The ‘Darkness and Light’ tour will arrive in Europe for a 24-show tour of the continent, beginning in Glasgow, Scotland on September 8th before culminating in Lisbon, Portugal on October 14th.

The news of the tour comes as John announces ‘Surefire’ – the second single to be taken from the album ‘Darkness and Light,’ which was released to critical acclaim in December 2016. ‘Surefire’ will follow the album’s lead single ‘Love Me Now’, which has garnered over 157,000,000 Spotify streams worldwide, with the official video being viewed over 88,000,000 times on YouTube.

Since the release of ‘Darkness and Light,’ John Legend has co-executive produced and starred in the box office smash ‘La La Land,’ which has gone on to win seven Golden Globe Awards and six Academy Awards, and performed the title track to the recent remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with Ariana Grande.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 31 March.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Paul Weller announces new show at The O2 in March 2018

Legendary artist Paul Weller today announced a UK tour, to follow the upcoming release of his 13th studio album “A Kind Revolution”. The tour stops at The O2 on Saturday 3 March 2018.

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Paul Weller’s first album, “In The City”, which he released with The Jam in May 1977. For most artists such a landmark would be greeted with extensive retrospective celebrations. But Paul Weller is not like most artists, instead releasing a new studio album and announcing a UK arena tour for 2018.  In a career that spans from angry young rebel to respected musical elder statesman, Weller always has his finger on the musical pulse of the nation.

Tickets go on sale Monday 3 April.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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