gigs

From the cool bossa nova of Bebel Gilberto to the majestic indie of Tindersticks, Southbank Centre is proud to present a line-up of contemporary music and gigs that reflects our commitment to expanding genre boundaries and showcasing sensational sounds from across the globe.

Join us every Friday at 6pm for futuretense, a line-up of free weekly gigs featuring an eclectic mix of the most talented up-and-coming artists.

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Laima Leyton, musician

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 18 Sep 2020
6:00 pm | Fri 18 Sep 2020
gigs
electronic
The Brazilian producer releases debut album Home: a synth-pop study of the domestic vs the creative
The Brazilian producer releases debut album Home: a synth-pop study of the domestic vs the creative
Black Midi, rock band
7:30 pm
Sat 19 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Sep 2020
gigs
rock & alternative
Strap yourself in for the experimental sound of the maverick four-piece
Strap yourself in for the experimental sound of the maverick four-piece
Fernando Otero, pianist
7:45 pm
Fri 25 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 25 Sep 2020
classical music
gigs
Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, the composer and pianist performs with special guests
Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, the composer and pianist performs with special guests
The Wanwrights
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Sep 2020
gigs
folk & world
Close harmony: join Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche for a musical evening
Close harmony: join Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche for a musical...
Weval, musicians
10:30 pm
2 Oct 2020 - 3 Oct 2020
10:30 pm | 2 Oct 2020 - 3 Oct 2020
gigs
electronic
Duo Weval light up the dancefloor with their own brand of playful, catchy electronic music
Duo Weval light up the dancefloor with their own brand of playful, catchy electronic music
Midori Takada, composer
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Oct 2020
gigs
electronic
Contemplate time, place and the impermanence of being at a live music and cinema experience
Contemplate time, place and the impermanence of being at a live music and cinema experience
Haiku Salut, Instrumental Trio
7:45 pm
Fri 16 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 16 Oct 2020
gigs
folk & world
The trio of multi-instrumentalists conjures dream-pop with an edge of electronica
The trio of multi-instrumentalists conjures dream-pop with an edge of electronica
Daedelus, record producer
7:45 pm
Sat 17 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 17 Oct 2020
gigs
folk & world
The LA-based sonic explorer and experimenter debuts his new live audiovisual show in London
The LA-based sonic explorer and experimenter debuts his new live audiovisual show in London
Belle Chen, pianist
7:45 pm
Mon 19 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 19 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Unbound by tradition, the pianist evokes locations from around the world in an immersive performance
Unbound by tradition, the pianist evokes locations from around the world in an immersive performance
Tanya Tucker, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Nov 2020
gigs
folk & world
The original female country outlaw has a career spanning nearly 50 years
The original female country outlaw has a career spanning nearly 50 years
Keaton Henson, musician
Various times
5 Nov 2020 - 6 Nov 2020
Various times | 5 Nov 2020 - 6 Nov 2020
gigs
electronic
The composer presents an evening of works including his most involved project to date: Six Lethargies
The composer presents an evening of works including his most involved project to date: Six...
Abel Selaocoe, cello
7:30 pm
Tue 17 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 17 Nov 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
Diana Jones, singer-songwriter
2:30 pm
Sun 22 Nov 2020
2:30 pm | Sun 22 Nov 2020
gigs
folk & world
US singer-songwriter Diana Jones is known for her gritty, literary, Appalachian-influenced songs
US singer-songwriter Diana Jones is known for her gritty, literary, Appalachian-influenced songs
 Justin Adams & Mauro Durante, musicians
7:45 pm
Sun 22 Nov 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 22 Nov 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
The guitarist, producer and composer adds a new collaboration to his astonishing global collection
The guitarist, producer and composer adds a new collaboration to his astonishing global collection
Collocutor, musical group
7:45 pm
Tue 08 Dec 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 08 Dec 2020
gigs
folk & world
Drawing influences from across the globe, this jazz ensemble is led by saxophonist Tamar Osborn
Drawing influences from across the globe, this jazz ensemble is led by saxophonist Tamar Osborn
Tunday Akintan, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Jan 2021
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Jan 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Serious grooving is in store at a performance of rare Yoruful music from the Yorubeat pioneer
Serious grooving is in store at a performance of rare Yoruful music from the Yorubeat pioneer
Tindersticks, Rock band
8:00 pm
Fri 19 Feb 2021
8:00 pm | Fri 19 Feb 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
The purveyors of dark, majestic indie return with 11th album No Treasure But Hope
The purveyors of dark, majestic indie return with 11th album No Treasure But Hope
Johny Pitts, writer
7:00 pm
Tue 09 Mar 2021
7:00 pm | Tue 09 Mar 2021
gigs
literature & poetry
All aboard for an exhilarating whistle-stop tour of unseen Europe using music, words, images and film
All aboard for an exhilarating whistle-stop tour of unseen Europe using music, words, images and...
Rumer, singer
7:30 pm
Thu 11 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Mar 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Unwind to the honeyed tones of the singer-songwriter whose 2010 debut album went platinum
Unwind to the honeyed tones of the singer-songwriter whose 2010 debut album went platinum
The Anchoress, multi-instrumentalist
7:30 pm
Fri 12 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 12 Mar 2021
gigs
electronic
Welsh producer and multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies is The Anchoress
Welsh producer and multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies is The Anchoress
Tommy Emmanuel, guitarist
7:30 pm
Wed 17 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 17 Mar 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
The international master of the solo acoustic guitar is joined by Dobro innovator Jerry Douglas
The international master of the solo acoustic guitar is joined by Dobro innovator Jerry Douglas
Robyn Hitchcock, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 19 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Mar 2021
gigs
folk & world
Blending folk and psychedelia, this singer-songwriter is among alternative rock's father figures
Blending folk and psychedelia, this singer-songwriter is among alternative rock's father...
Sanjay Guha, sitar player
7:45 pm
Sun 28 Mar 2021
7:45 pm | Sun 28 Mar 2021
classical music
folk & world
Rumi’s spiritual journey finds new expression in Indian music, poetry and dance
Rumi’s spiritual journey finds new expression in Indian music, poetry and dance
Goldfrapp, electronic music duo
Various times
2 Apr 2021 - 3 Apr 2021
Various times | 2 Apr 2021 - 3 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
Ooh la la: the multi-platinum selling band mark the anniversary of Felt Mountain
Ooh la la: the multi-platinum selling band mark the anniversary of Felt Mountain
Ravi Shankar, indian musician and composer
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
The Shankar family, friends, and disciples celebrate 100 years since the birth of this extraordinary musician
The Shankar family, friends, and disciples celebrate 100 years since the birth of this extraordinary...
David Rodigan and the Outlook Orchestra
Various times
Tue 20 Apr 2021
Various times | Tue 20 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
Get ready for a night of tunes selected by the influential DJ, broadcaster and champion of reggae music
Get ready for a night of tunes selected by the influential DJ, broadcaster and champion of reggae...
Warm Digits, musical group
7:45 pm
Wed 21 Apr 2021
7:45 pm | Wed 21 Apr 2021
gigs
electronic
Do you dream of Can playing with the Chemical Brothers in an exploding fireworks factory?
Do you dream of Can playing with the Chemical Brothers in an exploding fireworks factory?
Wardruna at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Fri 23 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 23 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
Out of Norse esoteric tradition comes the brooding music of Norwegian group Wardruna
Out of Norse esoteric tradition comes the brooding music of Norwegian group Wardruna
Gigi Masin, musician
7:45 pm
Sun 25 Apr 2021
7:45 pm | Sun 25 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
New album Calypso is music of the gods, goddesses and heroes, capturing the beauty of an epic saga
New album Calypso is music of the gods, goddesses and heroes, capturing the beauty of an epic saga
Beverley Craven, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 28 Apr 2021
7:45 pm | Wed 28 Apr 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
The singer-songwriter behind 1991 heartbreak ballad ‘Promise Me’ bares her soul and music onstage
The singer-songwriter behind 1991 heartbreak ballad ‘Promise Me’ bares her soul and music...
Amadou & Mariam
8:00 pm
Fri 07 May 2021
8:00 pm | Fri 07 May 2021
gigs
folk & world
In a sensational double bill, the ambassadors of Malian music appear with the legendary gospel group
In a sensational double bill, the ambassadors of Malian music appear with the legendary gospel group
Bebel Gilberto, singer
7:30 pm
Wed 12 May 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 12 May 2021
gigs
folk & world
Sultry beats, electronic bossa nova and organic rhythms: it’s the Brazilian singer-songwriter
Sultry beats, electronic bossa nova and organic rhythms: it’s the Brazilian singer-songwriter
MEW, band
7:30 pm
Thu 13 May 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 13 May 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
The Danish art-rock band mark the 15th anniversary of their towering, otherworldly fourth album
The Danish art-rock band mark the 15th anniversary of their towering, otherworldly fourth album
Ben Watt, musician
7:30 pm
Fri 14 May 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 14 May 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
Best known as half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt adds to his acclaimed solo work with Storm Damage
Best known as half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt adds to his acclaimed solo work with Storm...
7:30 pm
Tue 18 May 2021
7:30 pm | Tue 18 May 2021
gigs
electronic
Under the moniker U.S. Girls, Meg Remy has become a staple name in experimental pop over the past decade
Under the moniker U.S. Girls, Meg Remy has become a staple name in experimental pop over the past...
Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir
7:45 pm
Fri 28 May 2021
7:45 pm | Fri 28 May 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Listen out for three leading solo artists collaborating to share the best of popular songwriting
Listen out for three leading solo artists collaborating to share the best of popular songwriting
Lee 'Scratch' Perry, singer and producer
7:30 pm
Fri 11 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 11 Jun 2021
gigs
folk & world
The reggae pioneer’s killer rhythms recall African roots while reaching for the vastness of outer space
The reggae pioneer’s killer rhythms recall African roots while reaching for the vastness of outer...
Solange, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 11 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 11 Jun 2021
gigs
pop
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles performs as part of Meltdown
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles performs as part of...
Peaches, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 12 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 12 Jun 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
The legendary feminist pop icon makes a triumphant return to Royal Festival Hall with an explosive show
The legendary feminist pop icon makes a triumphant return to Royal Festival Hall with an explosive...
Jimmy Cliff, musician
7:30 pm
Sun 13 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 13 Jun 2021
gigs
folk & world
Be here for a one-off show from the musician behind immortal anthems including 'The Harder They Come'
Be here for a one-off show from the musician behind immortal anthems including 'The Harder They...
The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra performing on stage
7:30 pm
Wed 16 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Jun 2021
gigs
pop
Pay tribute to Barry White at a live show with Charles Hazlewood and the British Paraorchestra
Pay tribute to Barry White at a live show with Charles Hazlewood and the British Paraorchestra
Oumou Sangaré, singer
7:30 pm
Wed 16 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Jun 2021
gigs
folk & world
The Songbird of Wassoulou draws upon a rich musical heritage at the same time as looking to the future
The Songbird of Wassoulou draws upon a rich musical heritage at the same time as looking to the...
Skunk Anansie, rock band
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Jun 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
The band that delivered a shot of adrenaline to London's 1994 music scene is as radical as ever
The band that delivered a shot of adrenaline to London's 1994 music scene is as radical as ever
Sold out
Meshell Ndegeocello, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Jun 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Mercurial and masterful, the musical original and neo-soul pioneer leads us to expect the unexpected
Mercurial and masterful, the musical original and neo-soul pioneer leads us to expect the unexpected
Baaba Maal, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 19 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Jun 2021
gigs
folk & world
Blending African roots and contemporary influences, the singer and guitarist is a born musical traveller
Blending African roots and contemporary influences, the singer and guitarist is a born musical...
Lee Field, singer
7:30 pm
Sat 19 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Jun 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Soul music has poured from this living legend since his early days on North Carolina juke joint stages
Soul music has poured from this living legend since his early days on North Carolina juke joint...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South African male choral group
Various times
Sun 20 Jun 2021
Various times | Sun 20 Jun 2021
gigs
folk & world
For 60 years the a cappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their uplifting songs
For 60 years the a cappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their uplifting...
Grace Jones, model, singer, songwriter and record producer
7:30 pm
Sun 20 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 20 Jun 2021
gigs
Famed for captivating audiences with her cross-genre music and wild performances, it's Grace Jones
Famed for captivating audiences with her cross-genre music and wild performances, it's Grace...
Sold out
Melissa Etheridge, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Sat 17 Jul 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 17 Jul 2021
gigs
folk & world
The singer-songwriter known for Yes I Am and Rock and Soul comes to Royal Festival Hall
The singer-songwriter known for Yes I Am and Rock and Soul comes to Royal Festival Hall
Ulrich Schnauss, electronic musician
7:30 pm
Wed 29 Sep 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 29 Sep 2021
gigs
electronic
Escape into the electronic musician's soundscapes, created from multilayered synths, beats and vocals
Escape into the electronic musician's soundscapes, created from multilayered synths, beats and...
And So I Watch You From Afar, band
7:30 pm
Sun 10 Oct 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 10 Oct 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
Jettison is the punk-come-art rockers’ most ambitious project to date
Jettison is the punk-come-art rockers’ most ambitious project to date
Kingston Music Service on stage
7:00 pm
Tue 12 Oct 2021
7:00 pm | Tue 12 Oct 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Get swept along by the power of rhythm in a concert created and performed by talented young people
Get swept along by the power of rhythm in a concert created and performed by talented young people
Joep Beving, composer
7:30 pm
Fri 05 Nov 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 05 Nov 2021
gigs
folk & world
With his contemplative piano music, the composer and musician can reach the depths of any heart
With his contemplative piano music, the composer and musician can reach the depths of any heart
Chilly Gonzales, musician
7:30 pm
Fri 03 Dec 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 03 Dec 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
With a rap background and classical and jazz training, this pianist won't be put in a box
With a rap background and classical and jazz training, this pianist won't be put in a box

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