gigs & contemporary music

Get your music fix at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. Our contemporary music programme spans rock, pop, electronic, folk, world, jazz, blues, urban and so much more. Whether it’s our dedicated music festival Meltdown, or our free Friday Lunch and Tonic performances, not to mention all the gigs featured in our festivals throughout the year, there’s something to entertain all ears.

Book yourself a night out from the list below.

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9 Jun - 18 Jun

M.I.A. curates the 24th Meltdown. Sri Lankan-born and London-bred, she is recognised worldwide as a rapper, producer, director, visual artist and...

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21 Apr
Gigs
Electronic

Come on a four-hour journey of non-stop music with ambient house pioneers, The Orb.

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Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Folk & World
Gigs
10:30 am, 20 Sep 2016 - 18 Jul 2017
Lambeth primary schools are invited to book free gamelan and poetry workshop sessions

4 May 2017

Folk & World
Gigs
8:00 pm, 4 May 2017
Put your gamelan experience to the test with this advanced course

5 May 2017

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
1:00 pm, 5 May 2017
Join this young quartet for a special set of traditional folk songs

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
5:30 pm, 5 May 2017
The all-female percussion and vocal quartet meld languages with melodic grooves

8 May 2017

Folk & World
7:00 pm, 8 May 2017 - 17 Jul 2017
Learn to play the beautiful Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra from Indonesia

11 May 2017

Folk & World
Gigs
8:00 pm, 4 May 2017
Put your gamelan experience to the test with this advanced course

12 May 2017

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
5:30 pm, 12 May 2017
Relax at Southbank Centre with some refreshing renditions of classic bluegrass songs.
Gigs
Rock & Pop
7:30 pm, 12 May 2017
Hear the new album Risk To Exist when Maximo Park take the stage at Royal Festival Hall

13 May 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
2:30 pm, 13 May 2017
Swing back in time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the UK's greatest big bands
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 13 May 2017
Hear show-stopping hits from the world's best-loved musicals

15 May 2017

Folk & World
7:00 pm, 8 May 2017 - 17 Jul 2017
Learn to play the beautiful Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra from Indonesia

16 May 2017

Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Folk & World
Gigs
10:30 am, 20 Sep 2016 - 18 Jul 2017
Lambeth primary schools are invited to book free gamelan and poetry workshop sessions

18 May 2017

Folk & World
Gigs
8:00 pm, 4 May 2017
Put your gamelan experience to the test with this advanced course
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
8:00 pm, 18 May 2017
Witness Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson trade songs and improvise in their new collaborative work

19 May 2017

Rita Morar

Free

Gigs
1:00 pm, 19 May 2017
Enjoy a special Alchemy edition of our Friday Lunch series

Free

Gigs
5:00 pm, 19 May 2017
Witness dreamy indie pop duo, Parekh & Singh from the east Indian city of Kolkata, in action

Free

Classical music
Choral
6:45 pm, 19 May 2017
Enjoy a musical performance inspired by Ravi Shankar's opera Sukanya

Free

Classical music
Opera
8:30 pm, 19 May 2017
Enjoy a free short performance by participants in Southbank Centre’s Voicelab Into Opera

20 May 2017

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
2:30 pm, 20 May 2017
Join us for a full afternoon celebrating the legendary artist Ravi Shankar

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
6:30 pm, 20 May 2017
Jump into an evening of Pashtun folk-rock as Khumariyaan make their UK debut

21 May 2017

Free

Gigs
Rock & Pop
3:00 pm, 21 May 2017
BBC Asian Network presents a special Alchemy edition of their emerging artists and new music platform
Gigs
Folk & World
6:00 pm, 21 May 2017
See who takes home an ACTA award in this celebration of British South Asian talent.

22 May 2017

Folk & World
7:00 pm, 8 May 2017 - 17 Jul 2017
Learn to play the beautiful Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra from Indonesia

23 May 2017

Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Folk & World
Gigs
10:30 am, 20 Sep 2016 - 18 Jul 2017
Lambeth primary schools are invited to book free gamelan and poetry workshop sessions

25 May 2017

Folk & World
Gigs
8:00 pm, 4 May 2017
Put your gamelan experience to the test with this advanced course