IYAF Spotlight 2018: Music

IYAF Spotlight 2018: Music

Music fills the air all through the Festival, starting with Music First — Live in Kingston right in the heart of Kingston. Programmed by Grand Unified Themes (GUT), a Kingston-based music collective, Music First is a series of free music and family events happening on both weekends of the Festival in the bustling Ancient Market Place. Come sample the culinary delights offered by the food stalls here while enjoying some of the best young music talent from around the globe.

Music First — Live in Kingston
The Visit Kingston Stage, Ancient Market Place
Sat 7th July 12:00
Sun 8th July 12:00
Sat 14th July 12:00
Sun 15th July 12:00

Do also watch out for Batimbo Percussion Magique while you’re there at the Visit Kingston Stage! Batimbo is a group of drummers who have come together to share with the world the wonderful art of drumming and percussion, music that has been placed on the UNESCO ‘cultural heritage of humanity’ list. The group comprises children of Burundi regardless of their origin, ethnicity or religious belief, and they use drumming as a form of communication and a way of enjoying their culture to the core.

Batimbo Percussion Magique
The Visit Kingston Stage, Ancient Market Place
Sat 7th July 13:00
Sat 14th July 14:00

Live performances will also take place every night at Woodys Bar and Kitchen with Live at Woodys and all throughout the Festival at the Rose Theatre Cafe with Culture Cafe, a series of music, spoken word, and other acts also curated by GUT. Perfect for unwinding between shows with a drink and some food.

For something more lively, check out Live at the Fighting Cocks: Music and Comedy Nights down at The Fighting Cocks, where comedy and live music events will also be hosted throughout the festival, showcasing new and established artists across a multitude of genres.

Further highlights to note are our annual music event, Young Folk, which features some of the best young music performers in the region. This year’s lineup is led by Luke Jackson, who was a double nominee in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winner of Fatea Magazine’s “Male Artist of the Year” in 2014 and 2016. Luke is supported by Daisy Phillips and Claudia Raddon — both winners of the Sound of the Times competition, who wowed the Rose at the start of the year.

Young Folk
Rose Main House
Monday 9th July 19:30

Last but not least, whether young or old, we’d like to invite you to join in on our Big Family Orchestra Day, where the whole family can come together to perform! Organised by the Kingston Music Service, you guys will form a big fun ensemble that will learn and rehearse some great music over three sessions before performing a final showcase of what we have achieved at the very end! The music will be adapted for all instruments and all levels, so everyone is welcome to join in and have a play!

Big Family Orchestra Day
Rose Main House
Saturday 7th July 10:00 – 15:00, informal sharing at 14:30

Please note that Big Family Orchestra Day is a programme suitable for ages 7+ and prior registration is required at musicservice@kingston.gov.uk

More information about our programmes and tickets can be found on the Rose Theatre home page!

Sign-up to receive the latest festival news.