Goldfrapp, Bebel Gilberto, Louie Vega, Daedelus, A.A. Williams and a celebration of Rowland S Howard announced + January Gigs Listings
Southbank Centre presents Goldfrapp, Bebel Gilberto, Louie Vega, Daedelus, A.A. Williams and a celebration of Rowland S Howard
PLUS January 2020 Gigs Listings
Southbank Centre announces Royal Festival Hall performances from Latin-American icon Bebel Gilberto and house music pioneer Louie Vega in 2020 alongside premiere performances from eclectic artists Daedelus and A.A. Williams and a celebratory performance in honor of one of the most distinctive and influential musicians Australia has ever produced – Rowland S Howard.
Also announced, multi-platinum-selling band Goldfrapp perform two nights in Royal Festival Hall to mark 20 years since the release of their debut Mercury Prize-nominated album Felt Mountain (RFH, 29 – 30 Mar).
Multi-Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto, who achieved worldwide success following the release of her hit 2000 album Tanto Tempo, fills Royal Festival Hall with her trademark electronic bossa nova in May. Presented as part of La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival (RFH, 4 May). Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Louie Vega brings his Elements Of Life live-band project fusing jazz, funk, dance and soul to Royal Festival Hall in January following a sold out performance at Southbank Centre this year (RFH, 30 Jan).
Performing in London for the first time, Pop Crimes sees original members of Rowland S Howard’s bands and other key collaborators from his illustrious career come together in Royal Festival Hall for an electrifying celebration of his career. An international music icon at the time of his death in 2009, Rowland’s career spanned 34 years and included collaborations with iconic artists such as Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch and Nikki Sudden. Special guests on the night include Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Jonnine Standish (formerly Hate Rock Trio) and Lydia Lunch (RFH, 12 Feb
Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room hosts the first headline show by experimental dark-folk artist A.A. Williams this March, showcasing the gothic yet vulnerable sound of an artist whose career has exploded in 2019 following her EP release last January (PUR, 12 Mar). Purcell Room also serves as the perfect venue for pioneer of experimental electronics, Daedelus (aka Alfred Darlington), who returns with a new album titled The Bittereinders. This is the debut live performance of the new album from the LA-based purveyor of sonic exploration and experimentation (PUR, 21 Mar).
LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA – RUSHES
Part of Classical Season 2019/20
Friday 17 January 2020, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15 – £25
London-based composer and electronic producer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles performs a new work for 16 string players, alongside Claire M Singer’s work gleann ciùin for organ and Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece Rushes. In this performance, a newly created AI installation, inspired by the visual art of Bridget Riley, responds to the sounds of the LCO. The installation is the product of the orchestra’s recent experimentation with artificial intelligence, imagery and music, and is influenced by the perceptual effects of Riley’s work. It is triggered in real time by the music in tonight’s concert. Rival Consoles returns to Southbank Centre with a new work as well as some well-known tracks after a sold-out live premiere in September 2019 as part of the Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes x LCO series.
LOUIE VEGA & THE ELEMENTS OF LIFE
Thursday 30 January 2020, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £30 – £40
House music icon Louie Vega brings his Elements Of Life live-band project to the Royal Festival Hall following the success of his 2019 show in January. This collection of eminently talented musicians curated by Vega have released three albums so far and won a Grammy Award in 2006.
Wednesday 12 February 2020, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £25 – £40
Performing in London for the first time, Pop Crimes sees original members of Rowland S Howard’s bands and other key collaborators from his illustrious career come together in Royal Festival Hall for an electrifying celebration of his career. An international music icon at the time of his death in 2009, Rowland’s career spanned 34 years with countless notable collaborations including forming the Birthday Party with Nick Cave. Featuring Mick Harvey, JP Shilo, Harry Howard, Genevieve McGuckin and Conrad Standish on bass, special guests on the night include Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Jonnine Standish (formerly Hate Rock Trio), and Lydia Lunch.
Friday 28 February 2020, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, £8.50
Exquisite, melancholic, celestial folk from the London-based musical duo whose debut album, To the Top of the Hill and Roll, was released in August 2019. On the nine-track album, Graeme Martin and Liam Karima blend ethereal concepts with poetic metre and hypnotic melodies, layered over an exploration of natural sound. Following the album’s release, Pet Deaths’ enchanting folk has gathered high praise from critics. Adding to the intrigue of their intense performances, the pair’s live shows often feature special guests and collaborators.
Thursday 12 March 2020, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, £13.50
A.A. Williams performs her first headline show at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room this March featuring an extended line-up, guest vocalists and a string quartet. Williams’ career exploded in 2019 with an EP released in January 2019 and a debut show at the prestigious Roadburn Festival three months later. Often aligned with the likes of Chelsea Wolfe with the fragility and experimentation of Radiohead and PJ Harvey, Williams’ graceful dark-folk tones balance gothic with an open vulnerability.
DAEDELUS: THE BITTEREINDEERS
Saturday 21 March 2020, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, £13
A pioneer of experimental electronics, Daedelus (aka Alfred Darlington) returns with a new album titled The Bittereinders. Southbank Centre‘s Purcell Room serves as a fitting setting for the LA-based purveyor of sonic exploration and experimentation to debut his new live visual show in London.
Sunday 29 March & Monday 30 March 2020, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £47.50 – £65
Felt Mountain: The 20th Year Tour sees Alison Goldfrapp and her band perform tracks from the album for the first time since its original release in a brand new show featuring intimate takes on classics from across their 20 year career. Following the immediate sell out of their first date at Royal Festival Hall, Goldfrapp have added an extra date on 30 March. Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory formed Goldfrapp in 1999 and released the Mercury Prize-nominated album Felt Mountain in 2000. Since that time, they have released a further five studio albums, most recently Silver Eye in 2017, and scored a string of hits including ‘Strict Machine’, ‘Ooh La La’, ‘Lovely Head’ and ‘A&E’. The band have also been nominated for several Grammy and Brit Awards and won an Ivor Novello for ‘Strict Machine’.
Monday 4 May 2020, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £25 – £30
World renowned and multi-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Bebel Gilberto comes to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall with her trademark electronic bossa nova. She catapulted onto the global music scene with a track on the celebrated compilation CD, RED HOT + RIO, followed by the worldwide success following the release of her hit 2000 album Tanto Tempo. The album took over clubs around the world and positioned Gilberto as one of the top-selling Brazilian artists in the U.S. since the 1960s. Presented as part of La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival. Support comes from folk, rap and funk fusion band Fémina.
JANUARY 2020 CONTEMPORARY MUSIC LISTINGS:
Saturday 18 January 2020, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15
Following the release of their long awaited Mercury Prize nominated debut album Schlagenheim in June this year, elusive experimental four-piece black midi come to Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2020. All under the age of 21, the band met at the Brit School and built their reputation through fierce, driven gigs at Brixton’s Windmill, before supporting Shame, performing at SXSW. Skilled vocalist/guitarist Geordie Greep, guitarist Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin, bassist Cameron Picton and drummer Morgan Simpson produce a sound that is improvised, hypnotic, freeform and decidedly anti-pop. Their live shows have a reputation for being an unpredictable riot of prog rock experimentation and this brand new show is no exception.
Sunday 19 January 2020, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15 – £20
Acclaimed underground artist Djrum comes to Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in January for the London premiere of his live show following critical acclaim for his debut album Portrait with Firewood and the release of a new EP this month. Fusing jazz, hip-hop, dubstep, ambient and techno, he effortlessly combines his influences into a completely personal and bewitching sound.