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Southbank Centre is proud to present a line-up of contemporary music and gigs that reflects our commitment to expand genre boundaries and showcase the best new sounds from across the globe.

From January – May 2019, the Royal Festival Hall is home to world and UK premieres including: James Lavelle’s UNKLE with the first ever live performance of their new album, The Road: Part One; the world-premiere of Ministry of Sound’s first ever fully produced classical music show The Annual Classical; and world-renowned singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef with the UK premiere of his new album Sounds of Mirrors.

A highlight of 2019’s contemporary music programme is the launch of Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes X LCO - a year-long collaboration with globally-respected, London-based independent record label Erased Tapes, and one of the UK's most innovative ensembles, the London Contemporary Orchestra.

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Little Louie Vega Project
8:00 pm
Thu 31 Jan 2019
8:00 pm | Thu 31 Jan 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Get a hearty serving of E.O.L. Soulfrito from a band curated by the house music icon
Get a hearty serving of E.O.L. Soulfrito from a band curated by the house music icon
Tamas Teszary, drummer and vibraphone player

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 01 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 01 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
What in the world is nouveau-bop? Find out from the jazz vibraphonist and his quartet
What in the world is nouveau-bop? Find out from the jazz vibraphonist and his quartet
Ex-Easter Island Head, ensemble

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 01 Feb 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 01 Feb 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Music that mesmerises: repetitive, inventive works from the experimental musical collective
Music that mesmerises: repetitive, inventive works from the experimental musical collective
Marius Neset
8:30 pm
Tue 05 Feb 2019
8:30 pm | Tue 05 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
Jaywalkers, Americana band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 08 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 08 Feb 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The acoustic trio brings their inventive brand of Americana to Friday Lunch
The acoustic trio brings their inventive brand of Americana to Friday Lunch
7:30 pm
Sun 10 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 10 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear imaginative new interpretations of Gershwin’s popular classics
Hear imaginative new interpretations of Gershwin’s popular classics
Julie Fowlis
7:30 pm
Tue 12 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 12 Feb 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Seek nature’s enchantments in an evening of art and music from eight leading folk musicians
Seek nature’s enchantments in an evening of art and music from eight leading folk musicians
Qasim Naqvi, musician
7:45 pm
Tue 12 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 12 Feb 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Witness the creation of new palettes of sound at a performance with Qasim Naqvi and LCO
Witness the creation of new palettes of sound at a performance with Qasim Naqvi and LCO
Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 15 Feb 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 15 Feb 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Afrobeat-infused music from a sibling duo sharing the culture of their war-torn South Sudan home
Afrobeat-infused music from a sibling duo sharing the culture of their war-torn South Sudan home
Hanson String Theory, performing on stage
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Feb 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Sing along to pop favourites at a majestic symphonic performance from trio Hanson
Sing along to pop favourites at a majestic symphonic performance from trio Hanson
Yann Tiersen, musician and composer
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Gigs
Hear tender piano-led works from the composer and multi-instrumentalist behind the Amélie soundtrack
Hear tender piano-led works from the composer and multi-instrumentalist behind the Amélie...
Zeñel, jazz group

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 22 Feb 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Gigs
Whiz kids of jazz: the London-based trio deliver complexity and excitement grounded in improvisation
Whiz kids of jazz: the London-based trio deliver complexity and excitement grounded in improvisation
Goran Bregovic
8:00 pm
Fri 01 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 01 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Find unity in sound as the Balkan composer brings together three musical traditions
Find unity in sound as the Balkan composer brings together three musical traditions
Jean-Michel Blais , composer and pianist
7:45 pm
Sat 02 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 02 Mar 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get intimate with the expansive interior soundscapes of pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais
Get intimate with the expansive interior soundscapes of pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais
Christian Löffler, DJ
7:30 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Melancholy meets euphoria in the electronica producer’s fusion of vocals, quartet and electronics
Melancholy meets euphoria in the electronica producer’s fusion of vocals, quartet and electronics
Our Girl, music trio
7:45 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
Lizz Wright
7:30 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Smoothly does it at a performance by the American jazz and gospel singer with an inimitable voice
Smoothly does it at a performance by the American jazz and gospel singer with an inimitable voice
Sólstafir, rock band
7:30 pm
Sun 10 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 10 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The Icelandic post-metal masters perform heady compositions from throughout their career
The Icelandic post-metal masters perform heady compositions from throughout their career
 Friday Lunch: Moostak Trio

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 15 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 15 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear the jazz trio react to each other with moods and textures to open up a wealth of possibilities
Hear the jazz trio react to each other with moods and textures to open up a wealth of possibilities
Dhafer Youssef
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Go on a sublime sonic expedition with virtuoso singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef
Go on a sublime sonic expedition with virtuoso singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef

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Yann Tiersen

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Yann Tiersen, musician and composer
19 Feb - 20 Feb
Gigs
Hear tender piano-led works from the composer and multi-instrumentalist behind the Amélie soundtrack
1 Mar
Gigs
Folk & World
Find unity in sound as the Balkan composer brings together three musical traditions
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The remarkable career of the man bringing his reimagining of Gershwin to Southbank Centre
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Enjoy live music from artists including Louie Vega, James Lavelle’s UNKLE, Yann Tiersen and The Orb
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Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the acts playing here in 2019