In its 66 year history our Royal Festival Hall stage has played host to an incredible array of diverse and memorable events, from orchestras to junglist MCs, to dazzling electronica and legendary soloists. Sometimes, all on the same night.
In January 2017, The Outlook Orchestra descended on Southbank Centre and, for one incredible evening, gave us all of the above and more. For ninety dizzying minutes an enwrapped crowd was treated to an incredible genre-straddling barrage that mixed strings and brass with some of the biggest and boldest MCs and around.
It was a truly unique and unforgettable night, as the Orchestra swept along a stellar line-up, from junglist pioneers such as General Levy (above), to out and out icons. Step forward the incredible Dawn Penn, who delivered a performance of 'You Don't Love Me (No No No)' that will quite frankly send shivers down your spine.
Formed as a bespoke musical project to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Outlook, Europe’s largest Soundsystem Culture festival, the 20-piece Outlook Orchestra features some of the UK’s finest musicians. With a large string section and horn section, amped up with two drummers in an extended rhythm section, the orchestra is lead by BASCA award-winning composer Tommy Evans, assisted by trumpeter and and arranger Matt Roberts.
The temptation is to call this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of those you had to be there moments. And whilst the latter is certainly true, the good news - for those of you who missed out the first time round - is that they’re doing it all over again.
In collaboration with Southbank Centre, Outlook Festival are bringing The Outlook Orchestra back to London for a final performance of the band’s 2017 score. Back with them too come some of the biggest vocalists around, including Congo Natty, Jehst, and those already celebrated above. You can’t miss this again.
The Outlook Orchestra perform their 2017 score at TROXY, East London on Thursday 26 October.