Blaze Festival

Sharon Jones, photo by Dulce Pinzon
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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival London, England, UK
Festival Contact Information

Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Festival Description

Blaze offers a thrilling range of events in the Barbican and across East London. Major international artists, commissions and new works mark the annual Blaze Festival. Blaze also features a feast of incredible free music with visits to Gillett Square, Shoreditch Festival and Canary Wharf – plus of course the Barbican FreeStage which will be in action throughout the summer. Blaze is presented by the Barbican and is part of the CREATE Festival. CREATE is the annual summer festival that celebrates Europe’s largest cultural quarter, the Olympic Host Boroughs where over 12,000 artists live and work. Blaze is supported by Arts Council England.

Festival Dates June 7 - July 6, 2011
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Festival Events:

Artist Feature 2011:
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (USA)
    • As a child, Sharon Jones and her brothers would imitate the songs and dances of James Brown, who shared their hometown. Like many rhythm and blues entertainers, she began performing in church at a very young age where her voice would find a lifelong home and inspiration. In her late teens she branched out into talent shows and played with local funk groups, wedding bands, and a handful of day jobs which included stints as both a prison guard at New York’s notorious Riker’s Island, and an armored car guard for Wells Fargo Bank. Her command of the stage earned her an overnight title as the ‘Queen of Funk’. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings formed in 2001 and have since toured extensively and have built steadily upon a growing reputation as the unrivaled frontrunners of old-school Soul and Funk music. SJ &TDK; latest release, 100 Days, 100 Nights, is arguably their greatest achievement to date. With much more extensive songwriting and arranging contributions from the members of the band, the songs take more distinct and well-crafted forms, enabling a deeper more soulful return to traditional Rhythm and Blues roots. However, it is the raw fire and Soul which Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings consistently pour into their music that will make this record an irreplaceable part of many people’s lives. For more information visit
      Wednesday, July 6, 2011


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