Gigs & Contemporary Music Listings – July 2019
Southbank Centre July 2019 listings
Featuring: Planningtorock, MAPS, Jane Weaver and New Music Biennial.
Wednesday 3 July 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, £15
Mercury Prize-nominated Maps, aka James Chapman, presents the London premiere of his impressionistic new album Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. in the intimate Purcell Room. This gig is a rare opportunity to experience Maps’ new work live – the album took Maps three years to produce and involved working with The Echo Collective chamber ensemble, guest vocalists and percussionists from across the world.
NEW MUSIC BIENNIAL
Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July 2018, various times and venues, Free
A celebration of new music from the UK’s most talented composers and musicians, the New Music Biennial returns to Southbank Centre this summer for its fourth installment. A PRS Foundation initiative presented in partnership with Southbank Centre, Absolutely Cultured (Hull), BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings, the festival presents a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK across all genres from classical to world music, jazz, folk, electronic and even music for ice cream vans. The free weekend-long festival includes 15 world premieres from UK-based composers and artists including Gazelle Twin, Max de Wardener, Forest Swords, Klein and Sona Jobarteh alongside five pre-existing works composed within the last 15 years from composers and artists including Shiva Feshareki and Aidan O’Rourke.
Saturday 13 July 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, £16
One of Europe’s most inspiring independent female performers and one of the architects of current progressive pop music, Jane Weaver, brings her experimental new show Loops in the Secret Society to Southbank Centre as part of her first solo tour in over five years. Loops in the Secret Society is a sense-stimulating journey featuring solo variations of songs from Weaver’s critically acclaimed albums The Silver Globe and Modern Kosmology to create unique atmospheric audio/visual concerts.
RICK WAKEMAN’S JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH
Saturday 13 July – Sunday 14 July 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £45 – £180
To celebrate his 70th birthday, the former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman performs the final UK performance of his epic orchestral rock piece. This concept work originally premiered at Royal Festival Hall in January 1974 with the live recording released three months later becoming a landmark record in the history of progressive rock, selling over 15 million copies. As well as his association with Yes, Wakeman has enjoyed a long, successful career as a solo artist and with his band the English Rock Ensemble.
Wednesday 17 July 2019, 8pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, £20
Outspoken and fearless dance producer Planningtorock brings the UK premiere of their new album Powerhouse to Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall this July. Planningtorock’s fearless brand of pop explores love, queerness, gender identities, survival and how music can be a powerful force of liberation, strength and healing. This performance of Powerhouse promises an intimate exploration of biographical anthems drawn from Planningtorock’s experiences as a non-binary genderqueer artist. It coincides with the summer exhibition at Hayward Gallery: Kiss My Genders, celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity. The exhibition’s title is taken from the song ‘Transome’ by Planningtorock.
THE HOT SARDINES
Thursday 18 July 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, £35
Jazz collective the Hot Sardines return to London as part of their world tour, bringing their effortless style to the intimate Purcell Room. The charismatic front-runners of vintage jazz channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls in their live shows, and have gone from performing at underground Brooklyn parties to festival crowds of 25,000. This performance promises to bring attitude, style and 1930s cabaret to Southbank Centre.
VILLAGE GREEN PRESENTS: IMMERSION
Thursday 25 July 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, £12
Village Green curate an exclusive evening with some of the most forward thinking modern composers working in the UK & Europe today. The independent record label hand-pick three of their most genre-defying acts – CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow Palms – for a one-off performance of soaring synthscapes with spectral ambient textures and propulsive rhythms. CUTS (composer and filmmaker Anthony Tombling Jr.) performs from his newly-released album, A Gradual Decline, written in response to global political and environmental breakdown and released alongside a series of films which form an integral part of the evening’s performance. Composer and producer Ben Chatwin performs from his acclaimed albums Staccato Signals and Drone Signals, using analogue and modular synths alongside live strings, whilst David Sheppard and Matt Gooderson combine as Snow Palms to create evocative juxtapositions, pitching mallet instruments against chamber orchestra arrangements.
CONCRETE LATES: SPECIAL GUEST
Thursday 25 July 2019, 10.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, £12.50
Southbank Centre’s monthly club night Concrete Lates welcomes a very special guest DJ (to be announced) chosen to mark Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss My Genders. The group exhibition celebrates more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity. Concrete Lates is presented in partnership with Boiler Room.
TREVOR HORN LIVE
Sunday 28 July 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £29.50 – £65
Following a spectacular concert in Queen Elizabeth Hall in November last year, award-winning pop producer and founding member of The Buggles, Trevor Horn returns with songs from his recent hit album Trevor Horn Reimagines The Eighties. Backed by his band and a full orchestra, Horn performs his chart-topping hits in the Royal Festival Hall, including ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, ABC’s ‘Lexicon of Love’, ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ by Yes, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s number one hits ‘Relax’, ‘Two Tribes’ and ‘The Power of Love’.
THE RAZE COLLECTIVE
Part of Summer
Friday 19 July 2019, 5.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Free
A night showcasing the best in queer (LGBTQI+) culture, featuring dance and music. The Raze Collective presents a line-up of the most exciting musicians, singer-songwriters, electronic artists, dancers and DJs around today. The Raze Collective was established in response to the closure of many long-standing queer venues to support, develop, nurture and protect queer performance in the UK by bringing together different aspects of the community, including producers, promoters, directors, venue owners, academics and audience members.
PECS DRAG KINGS
Part of Summer
Saturday 13 July 2019, 4pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Free
London royalty Pecs Drag Kings, an all-female/non-binary theatre and cabaret company who have been creating critically acclaimed shows for the LGBTQI+ community since 2013, celebrates all things ‘macho’ for 100% manly, sexy fun. This drag-packed celebration of inclusivity, queerness and community features DJs, cabaret, ‘90s R&B and some incredible kings.
Part of Summer
Sunday 14 July – Monday 26 August 2019, 12pm every Sunday & 26 August, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Free
Disco Loco provides alternative family entertainment for all ages with an afternoon of back-to-back tunes from the Disco Loco Allstar DJs as well as live music, dance and cabaret hosted by the genial MC Chu-i.
PXZZY PALACE X BBZ
Part of Summer
Saturday 6 July 2019, 5pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Free
Southbank Centre presents a bumper Pride party on the Riverside Terrace. Presented by Pxssy Palace in collaboration with BBZ, the party features electrifying music and performance until the early hours. Pxssy Palace is a collective of DJs, educators and performers that centres queer and trans people of colour. BBZ (Bold Brazen Zamis or Babes) is a club night and curatorial collective prioritising the experiences of queer women, trans and non-binary people of colour.
THE BATTY MAMA
Part of Summer
Thursday 11 July – Thursday 25 July 2019, 7pm every Friday, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Free
The Batty Mama is a down and dirty, open and enticing dystopic space for queer and trans bodies and Black and Brown, queer, QTIPOC and LGBTQI+ identifying people. Over three Thursday evenings in July, the south London collective’s DJs provide old-school summer anthems and all the classics from the 1990s onward with sets bursting with R&B, hip-hop, garage, Afrobeats, bashment and funky house.
Part of Summer
Saturday 20 July 2019, 4pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Free
From the forefront of the party revolution, Pxssy Palace take over the Riverside Terrace for an electric and dynamic evening of music, art and performance. Known for promoting a safe space culture at their club nights, events and festivals, the collective of DJs, educators and performers provides tools for marginalised groups and wider society through educational workshops and curation, centred on QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour).
Part of Summer
Saturday 27 July 2019, 4pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Free
Raised and based in south-east London, BBZ (Bold Brazen Zamis or Babes) throw a party exploring all mediums including interactive installations, sound, poetry, archive, celebratory communion, photography, illustration and film. Headed by co-founders Naeem Davis and Tia Simon-Campbell, BBZ is a club night and multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists, prioritising the experiences of queer women, trans and non-binary people of colour.