If you are looking to get out and see more live gigs in 2019, then look no further than Southbank Centre and a brutally good music line-up. Across April and May our iconic venues will play host to some of the best new sounds from across the globe, and a number of not-to-be-missed musical experiences. Take a look at some of the highlights from our late spring listings below.
Unless otherwise stated, tickets for all events listed below are now on general sale.
Following the success of their third album Ecstatic Wing, Mancunian duo Virginia Wing bring their inventive feminist synth-pop to us for their only London headline show this spring. This exclusive show sees them perform tracks from the new album alongside a line-up of friends including the eclectic and hotly tipped artist Mich Cota, and the all-female East London-based Deep Throat Choir.
Be transported to India at a screening of an epic silent film, accompanied by a live score composed and performed by sitarist Anoushka Shankar. A six-time grammy-nominated sitar player and composer, Shankar - daughter and pupil of the legendary Ravi Shankar - has written a score that echoes the magnificence of Shiraz in its stunning virtuosity.
Formed in late 2017, Ill Considered is Idris Rahman on sax, Leon Brichard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu on drums and Yahael Camara-Onono on percussion. The quartet create cutting-edge creatively improvised music that’s based loosely around simple pre-written themes or composed on the spot. Truly a unique experience.
Ahead of his live performance with UNKLE in the Royal Festival Hall, trip-hop pioneer James Lavelle takes over the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer to headline his own Concrete Lates, Living In My Headphones. Promising a line-up of his favourite, and some of the most celebrated, DJs, Lavelle will cap off the the biggest clubbing night of the year with his own headline set.
James Lavelle's UNKLE - who have worked with some of the most important recording artists in the world - return to the Royal Festival Hall for the world premiere of their brand new audiovisual show featuring very special guests. This unique performance will provide the first opportunity to hear the band's new material live, alongside classic tracks and specially created reworks.
Amjad Ali Khan and sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash present an evening of Indian classical music. One of the 20th Century’s undisputed masters of the sarod, Amjad Ali Khan is widely credited with reinventing the playing of this versatile and melodic instrument during a remarkable career spanning more than six decades.
One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Sergio Mendes brings us his signature mix of bossa nova, samba, pop instrumentation and sultry melodies. A producer, composer, keyboardist, vocalist and winner of three Grammy Awards, Mendes’ influence on the music industry continues to evolve through collaborations with stars such as John Legend and Will.I.Am.
In this brand new collection, acclaimed jazz and cabaret singer Barb Jungr draws on her skill for reinvention and reinterpretation to explore her relationship with the music of Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel songs, to perform original arrangements of songs she has never before tackled before on stage.
Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin presents her latest album of intimate and striking songs as part of her world tour. Widely regarded as one of the best pure songwriters of her era, Griffin’s works have been performed by artists from Emmylou Harris and Jeff Beck to Kelly Clarkson.
In this new large-scale composition for voice, Ai and electronics, contemporary electronic musician Actress (aka Darren J. Cunningham) reimagines Stockhausen's Welt-Parlament (1995). This one-off live performance includes recordings of Parliamentary debates on love, manipulated live. Actress is joined on stage by Robert Ames, trailblazing conductor and co-principal conductor of London Contemporary Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and celebrated pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell.
For the second performance in our Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes X LCO series, award-winning film and TV composer, producer and music editor Michael Price, collaborates with LCO. Price’s previous work has seen him nominated for three Emmy awards (winning in 2014 for the soundtrack to the series Sherlock) and a BAFTA.
In celebration of 25 years as a performing artist, Beverley Knight brings a special one-off concert to the Royal Festival Hall, backed for the first time by a full symphony orchestra. The show will see Knight performing specially arranged versions of her biggest hits, from soul and R&B classics to West End hits.
Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Christy Moore performs songs from a career that has seen him produce more than 25 solo albums. One of Ireland’s most compelling musicians, Moore has - across a distinguished career - endeared himself to audiences of all ages.
Bass superstar Marcus Miller takes jazz to the next level with new album Laid Black, incorporating elements of trap, hip-hop, R&B and gospel into his sound. Miller’s powerful, boundary-breaking jazz-funk bass playing, and force-of-nature live performances make this an undoubtedly must-see gig.
And there’s much more where this lot came from. Our packed programme of live gigs at Southbank Centre also includes performances from Kelly Moran (5 April), The Puppini Sisters & The Pasadena Roof Orchestra (26 April), Tippet & Bourne (28 April), Steve Williamson Trio (1 May), Michelle Gurevich (15 May), Melanie De Biasio (28 May) and Sarah Jane Morris (14 May), with further artists and shows to be announced.