It won’t have escaped your notice that Easter is a little later in the calendar this year. Especially if you have young children. But fear not, we’re here to make it worth your wait – and reward your patience – with a fantastic range of free musical events in our Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer throughout the holidays. Whether your kids like to rock out or dance ‘til they drop, we’ve an event for them and it won’t cost you a penny.
Kick start the holidays by getting down with the multi-award winning live rock and pop band for kids, Boogie Monsters. Enjoy musical mashups of chart hits and funky nursery rhymes with disco lights and ample chance for your own little monsters to dance and sing along.
Join us bright and (relatively) early each morning of the holidays for an all-singing all-dancing party for the whole family. DJ Anna Greenwood will get you up and raving with a combination of brilliant beats, sequins and sparkle for a decidedly up tempo start to your day.
On Sunday afternoon we’ve a gentle, entertaining concert from Megson Family Folk Show, especially for younger children. This award-winning duo will deliver lush harmonies in a performance of children’s folk songs from their album, When I Was A Lad.
Get ready to rock all eight of your limbs off with the brilliantly named Rocktopus. Forged from a collective passion for rock music, performance, teaching and song writing for children, Rocktopus offer children a chance to side-step the nursery rhymes and really rock out.
Rosie Adediran’s London Rhymes is all about encouraging families to sing more in the everyday. With a mixture of folk, world and original tunes, plus some gentle audience participation, Rosie and her friends create new songs that children and parents will enjoy.
Bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin, Dub, comedy and theatre, Mrs H and the Singalong Band aim to provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. And as their name suggests, they’ll be hoping you and your little ones don’t hold back from joining in.
Vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and poet Mellow Baku sees performances as opportunities for people of all ages to connect, share stories and explore. In this event Baku will be producing captivating soundscapes and songs with sounds of soul, jazz, reggae, folk and blues, combined with live vocal looping improvisations and electronics.
For a special Friday Lunch we welcome this travelling band of space aliens, who crash-landed in Sheffield with just a broken-down spacecraft, a handful of drums and guitars and a celestial saxophone. They’ll be hoping to bring intergalactic peace through an interactive performance of Cosmic Afrobeat, Space Shanties and Mutant Disco, apparently.
What do you get when you mix a stack of everyone’s favourite classic Disney songs with ska, punk and reggae? You get the excellently named Dizney Rascal, that’s what. Join them for a new take on old songs, and versions you actually wouldn’t mind hearing on repeat for the entirety of a three-hour car journey.
Learn all the best moves from UK Afrobeat pioneers and hip-hop dance pros HomeBros. Dancers and choreographers Unkle TC and Kurtyswift will take lead you and your children through an afternoon workshop, before giving you the chance to show-off your moves at an Afro Dance Party.
As well as our fantastic free programme of events and activities, we also have a host of other family-friendly activities at Southbank Centre throughout the Easter holidays. See the much-loved children's book Tabby McTat brought to life on stage; play around with your senses in the sand of Soundpit, or stimulate little minds with Kaleidoscope's world of colour.
Plus, we've a number of other events still to be announced, so please check back to see what further excitement we have taking place.