futuretense: Windrush Day Special
Get a hit of drill, soca, jazz and R&B in a free futuretense gig, this time celebrating Windrush Day with a line-up of CHERISE, Doella, David Kayode, Reptile B and Triniboi Joocie.
futuretense is all about showcasing the best new British and international music, giving you the chance to discover artists on the up, and find your next musical obsession. It’s free, and happens twice a month in our Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer.
A queer UK rap trailblazer, Newham MC Reptile B gained popularity on TikTok during 2022 with ‘THG’, a track mixing UK drill and grime with a video featuring high-energy hip-hop choreography.
Reptile B uses multiple alter egos and blends together a number of genres in his music, including garage, reggae, alt trap and house. His own style and antagonistic flow pull from his Jamaican upbringing and the clash culture of grime and old school ragga dancehall.
Mentored by Camilla George and Tomorrow’s Warriors co-founder Gary Crosby OBE, tenor sax player David Kayode grew up in Kilburn and Kensal Rise in west London. His household mixed reggae with Ghanaian highlife and the joy, love and power of music became a major part of his childhood.
Kayode has gone on to perform regularly with the Gary Crosby Sextet for the Mingus Moves series and he regularly plays with Nii Maxine, has joined Afrobeat pioneers Osibisa and is set to travel to Hong Kong with MOBO winner and Mercury Prize nominee Moses Boyd.
Trinbagonian-born, UK-based singer and songwriter Triniboi Joocie has been successfully carrying the flag for soca and Caribbean culture in the UK and Europe for over a decade.
In 2020 he achieved international success with the hit song 'Bottle Over Head'. In 2022, he reached The Voice UK semi-finals. He has been appointed as a Notting Hill Carnival Ambassador, and his ultimate goal is to take soca and Caribbean culture to the mainstream throughout the world.
CHERISE is a soul girl at heart with a bold, punky attitude. Clash magazine called her 'one of the women raising the bar for soul and jazz in the UK.’ Her debut album, Calling, is out this July.
Doella was born and raised in Harlesden, north-west London. Influenced by her family of music lovers, she absorbed eclectic genres, from country and Western, to calypso, reggae and garage. Now releasing her own music, and performing around London, Doella brings us alternative UK R&B with a timeless jazzy tone and soulful feel.
Need to know
Suitable for all ages
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Kkeda is no longer able to perform at this event.
Dates & times
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Entering the hall
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For level access to the Royal Festival Hall, please use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, to Level 2, and enter via Riverside Terrace. All floors are accessible from the main foyer.
We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs.
Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery).
There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free to use. You must display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.
Blue Badge parking at National Theatre
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer for validation before you leave.
Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.
Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.
Blue Badge parking at APCOA Cornwall Road
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.
A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.
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