EFG London Jazz Festival SummerStage
LONDON Royal Albert Dock
Royal Albert Dock by Beckton Park DLR
In a first for EFG London Jazz Festival, we are putting on a free, outdoor event in the heat of summer, bringing together East London communities and jazz fans ahead of our November Festival.
FAQs and Running Times at bottom of page
Closing the day-long celebrations are The Turbans, binding together music from ‘manywhere’. They ignite audiences with the bacchanalian spirit of the Eastern Mediterranean and their sonically huge, visually arresting performances never fail to get crowds moving. Drawing on the rich cultural heritage of both the Levantine and Balkan regions, they create original music for the 21st century, inspired by ancient melodies.
Kefaya are an eclectic group of immigrants, travellers and international artists finding common ground between global folk traditions, all with a cutting-edge, modern sound. The Best Newcomer Songlines Music Award winners have gained a reputation for their virtuosic and mesmerising live shows and release new Bella Union album Songs Of Our Mothers later this year; a fresh, vibrant take on Afghan folk music filtered through spiritual jazz, dub, Indian classical music and electronica.
Joining Kefaya is MOBO-nominated saxophonist Camilla George. Rising through the ranks of Tomorrow's Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine's Venus Warriors band, she was also one of our Take Five artists – Serious’ flagship talent development scheme for emerging jazz musicians. Her African roots and Caribbean ancestry shine through in a mix of jazz, calypso, afrobeat and hard bop with both precision and playfulness.
Cykada combine electronic and live music with global inspiration from West Africa to Eastern Europe, soundsystem culture, and jazz, comprising of members of Maisha, Ezra Collective, Myriad Forest, Undergrooveland and Don Kipper.
The exuberant performance group Kinetika Bloco bring their mix of brass, woodwind, percussion, dance and costumes, bringing influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, New Orleans jazz, funk and hip hop to East London.
Vocal collective Urban Flames showcase young, rising talent straight from the development programmes at Urban Development; a Serious partner based in East London that supports the emerging artists of underground music in the UK. The voices within this large ensemble are far scoping; from gospel to soul, RnB to hip hop and more, with an inspiring catalogue of original material.
Hosted by Fusion and mixed by Rita Ray, it's a nonstop party.
Music starts at midday and runs throughout the day with The Turbans playing the last, hour-long set from 6.30pm
Barserve, the team who run the bars at Wilderness, will be serving a wide range of drinks including Meantime and local, music-inspired beer from Signature Brew, who have collaborated with over 20 bands and won the SIBA's Brewery Business of the Year prize
There will also be mouth-watering food trucks from
Exotic Tagine (Moroccan, People's Choice Award winners at WOMAD)
Milktree (vegan gelato)
Born & Raised (pizza from a stone oven built into a Landrover)
Admission is free. Just take the DLR to Beckton Park
This exciting event will be part of Join the Docks, a brand-new summer festival packed full of over 150 events including music, theatre, performances, exhibitions, workshops and fun days for all to enjoy all across London’s historic Royal Docks. From July to September come and explore the water, parks and arts venues of this part of east London. Many events are free. Join the Docks this summer and discover something different.