Kings Place Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival London, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
England UK
Phone: +44 020 7520 1440

Festival Description

Welcome to the third annual Kings Place Festival — a dazzling array of 100 performances over four days. It will give you a taste of the fantastic variety of events this unique venue offers, with its eclectic approach to programming of the highest quality.

Kings Place Festival 2010 is a showcase for our new season, bringing you the very best in classical, contemporary and experimental music, jazz and blues, folk, spoken word and comedy.

With 45 minute concert tickets for just £4.50 — plus many FREE events — the Festival is a great weekend’s entertainment, and it really does offer something for everyone. The carnival atmosphere carries through to the Festival food and drink — and of course you should pay a visit to our two art and sculpture galleries while you’re here.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Kings Place!

Festival Dates September 13 - 15, 2013
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Festival Events:

Artist features 2011:
  • The Shee (UK)
    Performance — Saturday, September 10th at 7:15pm
    Entrance — £4.50 in advance
    • About
      The ‘fresh, feisty’ (fRoots) Shee are exceptional. An all-female band with three powerful vocalists and an astonishing level of instrumental prowess, their diverse musical influences combine to produce an adventurous brew of folk, Gaelic and bluegrass. Their second studio recording, ‘Decadence’, (October 2010) went straight into the World Music Charts Europe. Individual musical achievements include BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician 2006, and the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best Use of Music 2009. Members of the band have performed with Sting, The Unusual Suspects, Shooglenifty, Kathryn Tickell Band and Scandinavian group Frigg.
    • Band includes
      Amy Thatcher: piano, accordion, clogs
      Laura-Beth Salter: mandolin, voice
      Lillias Kinsman-Blake: flute, fiddle
      Olivia Ross: fiddle, voice
      Rachel Newton: harp, voice, fiddle
      Shona Mooney: fiddle, viola
    • Press
      “Powerful, layered harmonies, striking rhythms and a unique folk sound!”
      —Tim Cumming, Songlines
      “Flirtatiously funky all-female band… a stand-out at the festival”
      —The Scotsman
  • Mawkin (UK)
    Performance — Saturday, September 10th at 8:30pm
    Entrance — £4.50 in advance
    • About
      Folk rebels Mawkin come to Kings Place fresh off the back of the three-times BBC Folk Award nominated collaboration Mawkin:Causley. They are now looking to create a bold new sound that strengthens their instrumental roots and embraces a new, exuberant exploration into the traditional folk canon. Expect the Essex drawl of Dave Delarre’s vocals and guitar, the club-influenced beats of long-time producer and percussionist Lee Richardson, and a host of wild and emotive melodies from the frenetic fiddling fingers of James Delarre and the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon.
    • Band includes
      David Delarre: guitar, mandolin and vocals
      James Delarre: fiddle and vocals
      Nick Cooke: melodeon and vocals
      Danny Crump: bass guitar and vocals
      Lee Richardson: drums and percussion
    • Press
      “Mawkin temper natural dynamism with genuinely artful arrangements.”
      —Colin Irwin, The Observer
      “Unconditionally Mighty.”
  • Monster Ceilidh Band (UK)
    Performance — Saturday, September 10th at 9:45pm
    Entrance — £4.50 in advance
    • About
      2010 saw the North East’s Monster Ceilidh Band nominated for best instrumental album by Spiral Earth, receiving a Time Out ‘Critics’ Choice’ honour, and appearing on the British Music WOMEX official CD. It also saw them take no less than twenty UK festivals by storm, and tour Russia. The highlight of their year was 8,000 mud-soaked punters screaming ‘Monster!’ during their headline performance at the Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo. 2011 sees the release of a double album, fusing new electronic influences with the usual brand of quirky instrumental folk, played by some of the UK’s finest folk musicians.
    • Band includes
      Amy Thatcher: accordion
      Carly Blain: fiddle
      David De La Haye: electric bass, programming and mixing
      Kieran Szifris: mandocello
      Joseph Truswell: programming, samplers and laptops
    • Press
      “The coolest ceilidh band around.”
      —Kathryn Tickell
      “A Godzilla of a band with talent as deep as Loch Ness!”
      —Jez Lowe
      “The brilliant and exhilarating music of the Monster Ceilidh Band has its roots in tradition; but the combination of their talents has produced something innovative, contemporary, fresh and dynamic.”
      —Grassington Festival


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    • 3+ events save 10%
    • 6+ events saves 15%
    • 10+ events save 20%
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