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Music Coming up in 2024

11 Dec 2023

We have some big names in the Music world at Gulbenkian this Spring:

The Blockheads – Fri 26th Jan, 8pm 

The Blockheads perform classic songs spanning over five decades including ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3’ and many more. Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages.

ImprobaBand: Day = Night – Wed 7 – Fri 9 Feb, 7.30pm

An evening of live improvised music and story. On a dark February evening join The ImprobaBand for an evening of live music inspired by special guests Josie Lawrence, Ruth Bratt and Pauline Mayers.

Soft Machine – Fri 9 Feb, 8pm 

One of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and a key part of the Canterbury Sound, Soft Machine were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Nouvelle Vague – Wed 6 Mar, 8pm

The legendary French musical collective who took the world by storm with their innovative and sophisticated cover versions of punk and new wave classics, from The Clash to The Undertones, and the Sex Pistols to The Dead Kennedys – but not as they’d ever been heard before!

Yolanda Brown – Sat 9 Mar, 8pm

Award Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown brings her delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul. She was awarded an OBE in the 2023 New Year Honours List by the King. A Bafta nominated broadcaster, you would have seen her on TV shows like Celebrity Mastermind or Portrait Artist of the Year.

Gavin Bryars Ensemble: Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet – Fri 5 Apr, 7.30pm

Experience Gavin Bryars’ seminal minimalist orchestral work performed in the atmospheric surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral.

First released in 1975, the piece features a looped recording of a homeless man singing a religious song, which Bryars discovered on the streets of London. The recording is accompanied by a live orchestra playing a simple melody, which gradually builds in intensity and complexity to a moving crescendo. Haunting, powerful and deeply moving, Jesus’ Blood has been performed across the world and is widely regarded as a landmark work of Twentieth Century classical music. A celebration of Gavin Bryars’ 80th birthday, presented in association with Canterbury Cathedral.

Coastal Electronauts: International Drone Day – Sat 25 May, 7pm

Whitstable-based Coastal Electronauts bring you an evening of electronic music, tone clusters and live visuals for the annual celebration of community and experimental sounds through DRONE.

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ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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