Unmissable Gigs Coming Up at London’s Southbank Centre

Chloé and Ólafur Arnalds take the reins

Hats off to whoever is curating the programme at London’s Southbank Centre, which has put on some cracking events of late. There’s a run of gigs coming up in the same week in November that’s right up our street.

 

Parisian DJ and producer Chloé brings her Endless Revisions live show to the venue, on Tuesday, 5 November. It’s based on her album of the same name, which she released on her own Lumière Noir label in 2017 – her first album in six years at the time.

 

It’s since evolved into a live show, where Chloé transforms and reconstructs the album tracks in front of the audience, using a bank of synthesizers, drum machines and numerous pedals to add new textures to her electro and techno sounds. The tracks evolve with every show and the visuals are pretty stunning too.

 

Here’s a little teaser of what to expect…

Chloé pulls back the tempo the following evening with her Slow-Mo show, an improvised live performance “with a meditative approach”. Previously, Chloé has performed her Slow-Mo show at TAP in Poitiers, Le Lieu Unique in Nantes – where the audience enjoyed the experience lying down – and at last year’s Sónar festival, in Barcelona.

BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds – one of our absolute faves – is given free run of the Southbank Centre, on Friday, 8 November, and he’s filling every space – the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room – with a selection of handpicked innovative artists.

 

One of the first artists to join Erased Tapes in 2007, Icelandic artist Arnalds is also one half of techno duo Kiasmos. His takeover event – Ólafur Arnalds Presents: OPIA – honours “music and film, friendship and collaboration.

As part of the event, Rhye will perform an experimental piano set influenced by new album, Spirit. Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel, aka Grandbrothers, are adding further instruments and musicians to their live show especially for OPIA, and fellow Icelandic composer and singer Högni, previously a member of GusGus, brings a special set with a string quartet. Other guests include Poppy Ackroyd, Hania Rani and Josin.

 

The takeover continues into the early hours of the morning with a live set from Kiasmos, a DJ set from VAAL, whose emotive productions of beautiful melodies and morose atmospherics, have won her legions of fans around the globe, and an ambient improvisations set from Rhye.

Find more info on the Southbank Centre’s website.

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