Get set for a new festival that will become a mainstay of London’s cultural calendar as the Roundhouse Summer Sessions announces its inaugural line-up
The Roundhouse has announced a major new multi-arts festival for summer 2014. The Roundhouse Summer Sessions will take place this July and August, set to be an exciting new fixture in London’s summer arts calendar and featuring live music, dance, comedy, cabaret, spoken word and live-scored cinema in an intimate, table-seated setting.
The incredible, eclectic line-up includes the world premiere live scoring of There Will Be Blood performed by London Contemporary Orchestra featuring Jonny Greenwood who wrote the score, exclusive UK headline performances from Sinéad O’Connor, Chilly Gonzalez and Ólafur Arnalds, a preview of new work from BalletBoyz, performances from rising star Andreya Triana, Penguin Café, Kid Koala’s multi-disciplinary adaptation of his graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall, Funk Da Cirque, Boom + Bang Cabaret, the Roundhouse Poetry Slam Grand Final and The Nest Collective host London’s biggest Ceilidh. Graham Coxon will perform an exclusive two part show – consisting of a stripped down acoustic performance and a second set including his full live band – on Saturday 2 August, with a retrospective set celebrating a solo career spanning eight studio albums, from his critically acclaimed debut The Sky Is Too High to 2012’s A+E. Indie folk band Stornoway return to the Roundhouse on 13 August to perform tracks from their acclaimed albums Beachcomber’s Windowsill, Tales From Terra Firma and You Don’t Know Anything.
A major highlight of Summer Sessions will be the return of the Reverb Festival, this year curated by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Reverb aims to bring cutting-edge contemporary music to a whole new audience by redefining the rules and shattering boundaries. Featuring an exclusive first performance of Imogen’s long-awaited fourth album Sparks, the weekend will include live performances from Tim Exile, Leafcutter John, London Contemporary Orchestra, Nick Ryan and The Norwegian Girls’ Choir. The festival will also involve performances, contributions and close collaboration with participants from the Roundhouse’s creative programme for 11-25 year-olds including the broadcast trainees, who will be involved in live streaming content.
Over the summer, the Roundhouse will become a daily destination where festival-goers can enjoy the sunshine at North London’s very own ‘seaside’ resort, Camden Beach, which also returns for the third year running. On the terrace, Camden’s biggest outdoor space, there will be 150 tonnes of the finest sand, deckchairs, beach huts, ping-pong, live music and some of the best food pop-ups in the city.
Dates: 24 July–24 August 2014 (Camden Beach: 26 July–23 Aug)
Where: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH
Box office: 0844 482 8008
Age restrictions: (unless otherwise stated) Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult, under 14s to be accompanied and in seated areas only