Southbank Centre today announces an exclusive late night live show with grime MC Novelist and very special guests as part of Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival. Audiences get the chance to meet and hear from the independent-minded, politically active South London rapper, as he shares his visionary experiments in grime and hip-hop in this intimate gig (18 Oct, Clore Ballroom).
South London musician Roxanne Tataei brings her latest project, the fantastical neo-Operetta FATO, to Purcell Room for a night of in-depth exploration, powerful performance and conversation. Part of a new collaboration between Southbank Centre and Skin Deep, a magazine and creative powerhouse which aims to redefine culture and amplify voices of colour through discussions of race, politics and activism (21 Sep).
As part of its monthly club night Concrete Lates, Southbank Centre presents the UK premiere of Devil’s Pie, the critically acclaimed documentary following the disappearance - and return - of Grammy-winning singer and producer D’Angelo from writer and director Carine Bijlsma. Presented in partnership with Boiler Room, the exclusive screening is neighboured by a night of unmissable sets from Dego (2000BLACK), GE-OLOGY (NYC) and British-Surinamese DJ Ruby Savage (15 Aug).
In September, Southbank Centre and Creative Learning Partners Tomorrow’s Warriors present Third Stream, celebrating the term coined by music critic Gunther Schuller to define the rich meeting point of jazz and classical music. The trio of experimental evenings features StringTing with Aleksandra Topczewska (9 Sep), Atom String Quartet (10 Sep), and Empirical with Benyounes Quartet (11 Sep).
Southbank Centre is also pleased to confirm the support acts for Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown which runs from 3 - 11 August:
• Nebulous jazz ensemble Onyx Collective (support for Thundercat, 4 Aug)
• Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist sir Was (support for Jungle, 5 Aug)
• Exciting talent Rosie Lowe with a vibrant mix of jazz, soul and R&B following the success of her new album YU, released to critical acclaim this May (main support for Jungle, 5 Aug)
• Explosive ten-piece funk-pop ensemble Toucan (support for Durand Jones & the Indications, 6 Aug)
• Long time producer and engineer Richard Norris (support for Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, 7 Aug)
• Riotous Greek electronic artist Abyss X (support for SOPHIE, 10 Aug)
Koestler Arts (formerly The Koestler Trust) have announced that this year’s annual exhibition in partnership with Southbank Centre will be curated by award-winning musician Soweto Kinch, one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes. This year’s exhibition, Another Me, runs from 19 September – 3 November with over 150 artworks created in prisons, secure hospitals and on probation.