Concerts & Gigs

  • The City Link Up Urban Showcase
    Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Concerts & Gigs, Highlights

    The City Link Up Urban Showcase gives unsigned acts a platform for their talents every second Wednesday of the month at the Undersolo club, Camden. Right next door is the Good Mixer pub where Britpop’s finest held court in the 1990s but the music performed on this stage was acoustic soul, R n’ B, hip […]

  • Live Music: Thursday Night Showcases
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    If you like your music live and loud get out on the town and support the capital’s numerous singers and bands taking the stage at London showcases tonight. There’s plenty of choice; some require entrance fees and others are free. Here are two to look out for if you’re out and about in Camden or […]

  • Ballet Black: The Barbican Theatre
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Highlights

    Founded in 2001 by Cassa Pancho MBE, (now vice president of the London Ballet Circle), this dance company does exactly what it says on the packet. Providing performance opportunities for dancers from black and Asian backgrounds and attracting a large percentage of this new potential audience in the process. Their March programme kicked off on […]

  • The Independent Music Day Festival
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Events & Festivals, Highlights

    The IMD Festival is a celebration of London’s live music scene and this three-day event takes place at The Crowndale, Camden in the NW1 heart of the independent rock community, continuing into the early hours of the weekend. Organised and headlined by best-selling iTunes singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, it also includes comedians, artists and DJs. The […]

  • Jan 30: The Beatles’ Last Performance
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Highlights, People

    On January 30th 1969 the world’s greatest band performed an impromptu gig on the roof of their Apple offices in Saville Row. It would prove to be their last. The 42-minute set drew large crowds and also the concern of local police who tried unsuccessfully to pull the plug. The band settled for turning down […]

  • Chineke! Orchestra
    Chineke! Orchestra
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Highlights

    Founded by double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanok, the Chineke Orchestra is Europe’s first all-black professional orchestra. Its principal conductor Wayne Marshall is the only black one in Britain and made his big stage debut on September 13th 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank.  The organisation seeks to address the under-representation of ethnic minorities in this area […]

  • The Harlequin Euro Festival 2016
    The Harlequin Euro Festival 2016
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Events & Festivals, Highlights

    If the European Football Championships is a celebration of Euro sporting excellence then the Harlequin Euro Festival running concurrently celebrates European culture and language in a very different way. The soccer hooliganism happening in host nation France though is at odds with this five week programme of events in Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street which embraces […]

  • Fitz Fest
    Fitz Fest
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Events & Festivals, Highlights

    The Fitzrovia area of Central London, encompassing the City of Westminster and much of Camden, celebrated its annual Fitz Fest music festival using venues not typically associated with classical music. World renowned musicians performed Mozart’s Wind Serenade in C Minor in the Darren Baker Gallery on Charlotte Street. A pretty off-kilter venue, you’ll agree. It’s […]

  • Omar Soul Night
    Soulful Omar
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Highlights

    BRITISH SOUL STAR Omar widely known for his stand out 1992 rare-groove fusion hit There’s Nothing Like This took the stage at The Den, 100 Wardour Street with the crowd anxiously anticipating his appearance even while the musicians went through their tuning rituals. For many of his faithful fans memories of his 90s heyday signed […]

  • Jazz at Alleycat Bar
    Third Tuesdays’ Jazz Blow Live Nights
    Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Concerts & Gigs, Highlights

    Given half a chance every wannabe musician would probably charm you with stories about how they hung around the instrument shops on Denmark Street off Charing Cross Road trying out all the latest kit and annoying the sales assistants by jamming loudly in-store like they were the next Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix in waiting. […]