gigs

This spring and summer, Southbank Centre presents a line-up of pioneering musical minds from across the globe.  

In May, the Royal Festival Hall plays host to the world premiere of Actress x Stockhausen Sin {x} II - the latest large-scale work from British contemporary electronic artist Actress (Darren J. Cunningham), and his Artificial Intelligence recording and performance group, Young Paint. 

Founder of iconic label Mo’Wax, James Lavelle returns to Southbank Centre with an Easter weekend takeover, featuring a special performance from UNKLE and an exclusive Concrete Lates, headlined and curated by the trip-hop pioneer himself.

Hailed as one of the 20th century’s undisputed masters of the sarod, Amjad Ali Khan and sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash present an evening of new and timeless Indian classical music interpretations.

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Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 22 Mar 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 22 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Be entertained by ‘one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene’ (JazzWise)
Be entertained by ‘one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene’ (JazzWise)
Bedouine , Armenian singer -songwriter Azniv Korkejian
7:45 pm
Fri 22 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 22 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre
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Mahbanoo Ensemble
7:45 pm
Sun 24 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 24 Mar 2019
Gigs
Mark the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, with singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble
Mark the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, with singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble
Nick Costley-White trio

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Bring laid-back swing and acoustic jazz to your Friday lunch-time
Bring laid-back swing and acoustic jazz to your Friday lunch-time
Pi Ja Ma, musical artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
The electro-pop artist brings nostalgic vocals and bewitching musical landscapes to Friday Tonic
The electro-pop artist brings nostalgic vocals and bewitching musical landscapes to Friday Tonic
Bill Laurance, musician
7:30 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Immerse yourself in the hypnotic sound-world of the keyboardist and founding member of Snarky Puppy
Immerse yourself in the hypnotic sound-world of the keyboardist and founding member of Snarky Puppy
7:45 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
The Spanish composer and pianist performs restless and poignant pieces from debut album Alone
The Spanish composer and pianist performs restless and poignant pieces from debut album Alone
Fatima Al Qadiri, musician
10:30 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
10:30 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Stimulate your senses with boundary-breaking electronic music from Re-Textured Festival
Stimulate your senses with boundary-breaking electronic music from Re-Textured Festival
The Orb, electronic music duo
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Celebrate the ambient duo’s 30-year anniversary with a set of greatest hits and new music
Celebrate the ambient duo’s 30-year anniversary with a set of greatest hits and new music
Stewart Copeland Lights Up the Orchestra
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Contemporary Classical
From The Police to Hollywood: A high-impact orchestral review of Stewart Copeland’s legendary career
From The Police to Hollywood: A high-impact orchestral review of Stewart Copeland’s legendary...
Leifur James
7:45 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
The multi-instrumentalist presents his debut album, rich with analogue synths and warm acoustics
The multi-instrumentalist presents his debut album, rich with analogue synths and warm acoustics
Alice Merida Richards of Virginia Wing
7:30 pm
Tue 02 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 02 Apr 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear dreamy, avant-garde synth-pop from the duo’s acclaimed latest album Ecstatic Arrow
Hear dreamy, avant-garde synth-pop from the duo’s acclaimed latest album Ecstatic Arrow
Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Pack your lunch-break with adventurous melodies and virtuosic improvisation
Pack your lunch-break with adventurous melodies and virtuosic improvisation
BABii, musicial artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
The emerging Margate-based electronic artist performs from her debut album, HiiDE
The emerging Margate-based electronic artist performs from her debut album, HiiDE
Kelly Moran, composer and pianist
7:45 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Rosie Adediran, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Tue 09 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 09 Apr 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Warm up your pipes or shake a leg at a show of folk, world and original tunes for all ages
Warm up your pipes or shake a leg at a show of folk, world and original tunes for all ages
A still from Shiraz: a Romance of India (1928)
7:30 pm
Tue 09 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 09 Apr 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Journey to India at a screening of an epic silent film with live score by sitarist Anoushka Shankar
Journey to India at a screening of an epic silent film with live score by sitarist Anoushka Shankar
Mellow Baku, singer

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Thu 11 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Thu 11 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Mellow by name, mellow by nature: the vocalist captivates with jazz grooves and soulful reggae
Mellow by name, mellow by nature: the vocalist captivates with jazz grooves and soulful reggae
Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 12 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 12 Apr 2019
Rock & Pop
Gigs
A band of space aliens spread peace with their cosmic music in a free Friday Lunch performance
A band of space aliens spread peace with their cosmic music in a free Friday Lunch performance
Ill Considered, band
7:45 pm
Fri 12 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 12 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear vital jazz created in the moment, reacting to the mood of the audience and the sonics of the room
Hear vital jazz created in the moment, reacting to the mood of the audience and the sonics of the...
7:30 pm
Thu 18 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Apr 2019
Gigs
Witness a live performance by the critically acclaimed American indie-alternative band
Witness a live performance by the critically acclaimed American indie-alternative band
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James Lavelle, musician
10:30 pm
Thu 18 Apr 2019
10:30 pm | Thu 18 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Party with the man from Mo’Wax at a night featuring DJ sets from special guests
Party with the man from Mo’Wax at a night featuring DJ sets from special guests
Illustration for a James Lavelle event showing a paint-splattered horse in a room
7:30 pm
Fri 19 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Be among the first to hear the outfit’s new material live at a sensational show with special guests
Be among the first to hear the outfit’s new material live at a sensational show with special...
Maria Chiara Argirò, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from the drum and piano duo
Jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from the drum and piano duo
The Puppini Sisters, vocal trio
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The close-harmony group with perfect style and the UK’s premier dance band present Dance Dance Dance
The close-harmony group with perfect style and the UK’s premier dance band present Dance Dance...
Two pianos
7:45 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Witness two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time
Witness two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time
Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, sarod player
7:30 pm
Tue 30 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 30 Apr 2019
Gigs
Be captivated by the resonant sound of the sarod, played by two generations of masters
Be captivated by the resonant sound of the sarod, played by two generations of masters
Tubular Bells for Two, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth
7:30 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live in a recreation of the classic album Tubular Bells
Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live in a recreation of the classic album Tubular Bells
Steve Williamson, saxophonist and composer
7:45 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz talents StringTing
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz talents StringTing
Lunch Money, band

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 03 May 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 03 May 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Can you take robot music, and play it live? Hear experimental dub from the London-based collective
Can you take robot music, and play it live? Hear experimental dub from the London-based collective
Sergio Mendes sat at the piano
7:30 pm
Sun 05 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 05 May 2019
Gigs
Be transported to Brazil by a legend of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s
Be transported to Brazil by a legend of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s
Barb Jungr, singer
7:45 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The cabaret vocalist turns her reinvention skills to exploring her relationship with Dylan and Brel
The cabaret vocalist turns her reinvention skills to exploring her relationship with Dylan and Brel
Nina Harries, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear the unexpected from the folk-punk double bassist and vocalist
Hear the unexpected from the folk-punk double bassist and vocalist
duendita, singer

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Dive into the spiritual soul songs of duendita at this free evening concert
Dive into the spiritual soul songs of duendita at this free evening concert
Patty Griffin, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Sat 11 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 11 May 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
The quintessentially American artist presents her latest album of intimate, incomparable songs
The quintessentially American artist presents her latest album of intimate, incomparable songs
Actress + Young Paint
7:30 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The world premiere of a new work for voice, AI and electronics on the transcendent nature of love
The world premiere of a new work for voice, AI and electronics on the transcendent nature of love
Photo showing a member of Sweet Little Mystery kneeling on the floor with her dress spread out around her
7:45 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the emotional power of Sarah Jane Morris’ magnificent soul voice interpreting John Martyn
Feel the emotional power of Sarah Jane Morris’ magnificent soul voice interpreting John Martyn
Michelle Gurevich, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Chanson with an edge: hear dark, intimate ballads from the singer-songwriter with Russian roots
Chanson with an edge: hear dark, intimate ballads from the singer-songwriter with Russian roots
Aerialists, musicians

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 17 May 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 17 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Transatlantic quintet Aerialists meld harmonic sensibilities with a deep love for folk traditions
Transatlantic quintet Aerialists meld harmonic sensibilities with a deep love for folk traditions
Woman playing the violin
3:00 pm
Sat 18 May 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 18 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get an insight into how music is made at an open session with composer Michael Price and LCO
Get an insight into how music is made at an open session with composer Michael Price and LCO
Michael Price, composer and producer
7:45 pm
Sat 18 May 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 18 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear freshly created music in a performance by composer Michael Price and LCO
Hear freshly created music in a performance by composer Michael Price and LCO
Beverley Knight, recording artist
7:30 pm
Thu 23 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 23 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Christy Moore with his guitar singing into a microphone
Various times
24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Various times | 24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Marcus Miller, jazz composer and musician
7:30 pm
Sun 26 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 26 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Melanie De Biasio, singer
7:30 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
Lisa Gerrard with The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices
7:30 pm
Fri 07 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 07 Jun 2019
Gigs
Contemplate the secrets of the human voice in this ravishing musical experience
Contemplate the secrets of the human voice in this ravishing musical experience
Sanjay Guha, sitar player
7:45 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Charlie Cunningham, musician
7:45 pm
Wed 12 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 12 Jun 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The singer-songwriter layers reflective vocals over dynamic guitar to create spectral melodies
The singer-songwriter layers reflective vocals over dynamic guitar to create spectral melodies
Maps, musician
7:45 pm
Wed 03 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 03 Jul 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Hear the impressionistic new album from the Mercury Prize-nominated artist behind We Can Create
Hear the impressionistic new album from the Mercury Prize-nominated artist behind We Can Create
Khyam Allami

Free

Free

Various times
5 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
Various times | 5 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Contemplate the challenges of the 21st century in this oud-based sound installation
Contemplate the challenges of the 21st century in this oud-based sound installation
Khyam Allami

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Explore the confluence of the oud and electroacoustics in this free concert
Explore the confluence of the oud and electroacoustics in this free concert
Numb Mob

Free

Free

5:15 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
5:15 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Adventure into the world of avant-garde electronic duo Numb Mob
Adventure into the world of avant-garde electronic duo Numb Mob
The Organ being played

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
6:30 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The Quietus dubbed Claire Singer’s debut album ‘genuinely magical’
The Quietus dubbed Claire Singer’s debut album ‘genuinely magical’
Painting of a women in a mirror

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
New Music: Trespassing

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
What will music become in our rapidly changing cities? A new commission investigates
What will music become in our rapidly changing cities? A new commission investigates
Forest Swords and Immix Ensemble

Free

Free

10:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
10:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Dive into genre-bending electronic sounds at this free summertime club night
Dive into genre-bending electronic sounds at this free summertime club night
365 Stories and Music, Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling

Free

Free

Various times
6 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
Various times | 6 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Dip into nostalgia with this mesmerising symphony, provided by seven ice cream vans
Dip into nostalgia with this mesmerising symphony, provided by seven ice cream vans
Shiva Feshareki, experimental composer

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Turntable artist Shiva Feshareki samples an orchestra live in a radical sonic sculpture
Turntable artist Shiva Feshareki samples an orchestra live in a radical sonic sculpture

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Gather to look across the river as this water-inspired piece blends natural and orchestral sounds
Gather to look across the river as this water-inspired piece blends natural and orchestral sounds

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Hear dreamy, avant-garde synth-pop from the duo’s acclaimed latest album Ecstatic Arrow
9 Apr
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Contemporary Classical
Journey to India at a screening of an epic silent film with live score by sitarist Anoushka Shankar
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