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John Williams, Berta Rojas and Paco Peña perform Candlelit Concerts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 21st and 22nd July 2018

Shakespeare’s Globe presents the return of guitar virtuoso John Williams for a weekend of candlelit concerts in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018.

Following sell-out shows in 2014 and 2015, John Williams will return to the Globe this summer to play a pair of concerts alongside two fellow world-renowned musicians, Berta Rojas and Paco Peña. The weekend will mark an international celebration of classical guitar, and illustrates the centuries-old tradition of acoustic concerts in London’s indoor playhouses.

On Saturday 21 July, John will explore music ranging from Vivaldi to Venezuelan pieces, sharing the stage with Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas. Berta’s repertoire will pay homage to her compatriot and classical guitar pioneer, Agustín Barrios Mangoré.

The following evening, John and Paco Peña will perform a selection of their favourite works in celebration of their 49 year friendship. Multi-award-winning guitarist Paco Peña will continue to redefine our perceptions of flamenco, whilst John will explore Spanish pieces from the sixteenth century onwards.

Information

John Williams and Berta Rojas

Saturday 21 July, 7:45pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£10 – £62

Paco Peña and John Williams

Sunday 22 July, 6:45pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£10 – £62

 If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here

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U2 returning to The O2 London in October 2018

U2 have confirmed dates for the European leg of their upcoming eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour, which will stop at The O2 on Tuesday 23 October 2018.

Following last year’s acclaimed stadium tour with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour will see U2 return indoors, to pick up where 2015’s groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour left off.

The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour follows the recent release of the band’s 14th studio album Songs of Experience. Just as Songs of Experience serves as a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour is a sequel to the 2015 tour.

The band will create a new arena production with the latest in cutting-edge technology. Staged in the round, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour is a development of the unique and innovative staging of the 2015 tour, featuring multiple performance areas, a state-of-the-art sound system, plus an all new super high-res LED screen nine-times the resolution of the 2015 screen.

Tickets go on general sale Friday 26 January at 9am and are available at theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Country to Country Music Festival at the O2 – 9th to 11th March 2018

Country to Country; Europe’s biggest country music festival is back for its sixth year from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2018.

The line up includes Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town and one of America’s biggest country stars; Kacey Musgraves who will headline the festival for the very first time. Joining the stellar headliners are multi-platinum and acclaimed artists Emmylou Harris, Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Margo Price and Midland. The C2C Spotlight Stage will return with performances from Ashley McBryde, Jillian Jacqueline, Lindsay Ell and Lukas Nelson.

The festival brings three days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love and expect with performances from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Daryl Hall and John Oates announced for BluesFest at The O2 – 27th to 29th October 2017

BluesFest today announced that Daryl Hall and John Oates are the next artists lined up for this year’s event, which returns to The O2 from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2017.

Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number-one selling duo in music history. Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, they are soul survivors in their own right. The will join a star filled line-up that includes American legends Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. Further artist announcements will be made over the coming weeks.

Launched in 2011, BluesFest has fast become one of Europe’s leading roots music festivals and has since presented concerts from an array of stars from the worlds of blues, jazz, soul, pop and R&B including BB King, Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Bad Company, Jeff Beck, Mary J. Blige, Robert Cray, Tedeschi Trucks, Ronnie Wood, Maxwell, Mavis Staples, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Tom Jones and Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Nordic Music Days festival at the Southbank Centre – 28th September to 1st October 2017

The world-famous contemporary classical festival Nordic Music Days will come to the UK, and take over Southbank Centre’s site, for the very first time this September.

The Nordic spectacular showcases pioneering contemporary compositions by Nordic composers and sound artists, performed by some of the UK’s most exciting ensembles and soloists, alongside a wide-ranging programme of talks, workshops and family events. Almost all performances and events are free to attend.

The globally renowned contemporary classical music festival Nordic Music Days celebrates new Nordic music and was founded in 1888 to promote musical collaboration between the Nordic countries. Held annually in one of the Nordic capitals, Nordic Music Days will make its UK debut this year as part of Nordic Matters, Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration of arts and culture from across the Nordic regions. The festival introduces UK audiences to the best contemporary Nordic music, encourages collaboration between Nordic and UK musicians and composers, and provides a platform for experimentation through a series of workshops and performances. The festival will also see the return of The Virtual Orchestra: Sibelius 360, the acclaimed 360 degree virtual reality experience that places viewers at the heart of the Philharmonia Orchestra on the Royal Festival Hall stage.

Highlights include:

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing Sibelius’ 6th and 7th Symphonies alongside works by contemporary Icelandic composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Daníel Bjarnason (28 September)

A collision of cutting-edge electronica and visuals with traditional Nordic influences at Late Night Nordic Sounds, featuring performances from Swedish artists TMRW and Gidge, with visuals by Annie Tådne (30 September)

The Riot Ensemble presenting a concert of works by five Nordic contemporary composers including Kaija Saariaho from Finland, Djuro Zivkovic and Ole Lützow-Holm from Sweden, Bára Gísladóttir from Iceland and Ruben Sverre Gjertsen from Norway (30 September)

Manchester’s acclaimed ensemble Distractfold presenting a concert inspired by Nordic forests, using non-traditional instruments such as transducers and solenoids (29 September)

One of the world’s leading vocal ensembles for new music, Exaudi, performing joiks, the traditional folk songs of the Sami people, as well as a Joik Big Sing where visitors can get involved (29 September–1 October)

Finnish musicians Pekka Kuusisto and Ilona Korhonen presenting a concert inspired by traditional Finnish music including runosong, the oldest known Fenno-Baltic singing style (28 September)

A large-scale musical sculpture inspired by the colours and movement of the Northern lights, by British artist Paul Jefferies (28 September–1 October)

The Nordic Lights Lounge – an immersive sonic experience that invites visitors to listen to electronic music by Nordic composers including Ann Rosén, Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Mirjam Tally, Camilla Söderberg and more (28 September–1 October)

Nordic Music Days also focuses on creative workshops for children and adults, encouraging experimentation and collaboration between Nordic and UK musicians.

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Musicity London – 8th to 10th September 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 8th to 10th September 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.

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.

 

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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