Ólafur Arnalds Presents: OPIA Lates

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BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds’ takeover event continues until the early hours with performances from Kiasmos, Vaal and Rhye + Special Guests.

Ólafur Arnalds’ OPIA takeover occupies our venues into the early hours, honouring music and film, friendship and collaboration, and filling Southbank Centre with performances from innovative artists.

‘Opia’ means ‘the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye’, according to film-maker John Koenig’s Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

Arnalds chose the name to reflect the closeness of the creative community to which these artists belong.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer line-up
Kiasmos Live
Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen's other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds.

Her stirring, emotive productions have crushed dancefloors across the globe, delivering spine-tingling melodies and morose atmospherics to hundreds of thousands of loyal followers. Every step of the way, she has injected her unerring passion for electronic music into each production and every DJ set. This techno anomaly is evolving into an unstoppable force.

The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall line-up
Rhye Ambient Improvisations + Very Special Guests
Rhye leads a late-night set of ambient improvisations, with very special guests joining him on stage. He takes audiences to a sonic plain that neatly encapsulates the sound and feel of OPIA. Rhye’s 2013 debut album Woman attracted acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin and Pitchfork, who dubbed it Best New Album.

Dates & times

8 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 240 mins
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    • Fri 8 November 2019
      • 10:00 pm
        sold out


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Purchase this ticket with a ticket to Ólafur Arnalds Presents: OPIA and get 20% off the ticket for OPIA Lates. Offer limited to 200 tickets.

Tickets are exchanged for wristbands on the day, which can be used to gain access to Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. Access to the auditoria is dependent on capacities at any given time.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

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