The most magical concerts in London are back; Daylight Music brings you tea, bacon sandwiches and amazing live music on Saturday afternoons. The Union Chapel is Time Out’s venue of the year, making Daylight Music the perfect place to kick off your weekend.
Each gig gives you three sets from some of the most innovative and exciting artists around, as curator Ben Eshmade explains: “We love bringing weird, wonderful and simply brilliant musicians to London’s best venue. There’s so many highlights; we’re thrilled to welcome back Emily Barker with her new project Vena Portae, and we’ve also got Piney Gir playing with her new side project Fly By Pony. We’re also featuring everything from contemporary classical music to Swedish folk, psychedelic oddities and Joan Armatrading’s favourite choir.”
The season kicks off with a set from Left With Pictures: “If you’re a fan of the British pop-folk scene, you can’t afford to not know this band”, claimed the Muso’s Guide, while Lauren Laverne has hailed their music as “absolutely beautiful”.
Later in September, the ever-popular London Bulgarian Choir returns to Daylight Music with their songs of love, loss, fighting and celebration. They’ve performed with Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Cerys Matthews; their other honours include winning BBC Radio 3’s Open Choir of the Year, and being hailed by Joan Armatrading as one of her favourite choirs. There’s also a chance to hear a wide range of traditional folk styles with Kate in the Kettle, a collaboration between Kate Young, Marit Fält and Victor Solana.
October brings a celebration of four fantastic contemporary classical musicians. Liam Byrne is a master of the viola da gamba and will be making his Daylight Music debut. You can also hear the talented cellist Oliver Coates, who’s worked with artists including Jonny Greenwood and Steve Reich, plus there’s the return of the incomparable organist James McVinnie; he’s has not only played at the Royal Festival Hall but also for the state visit of Pope Benedict XVI and at the royal wedding.
Also in October, Daylight Music welcomes Aaron Wheeler (who you may already know as Laszlo) and Todd Baker, with their project the Lydian Collective and a sound that’s rich in harmony and groove. There’s also Showman’s Wagon, whose sound nearly defies description, but if you try imagining a slow-cooked amalgamation of Meek-like psych oddity, Shadows-style twang and rhythmic stomp then you’ll be halfway there.
You may have already heard Rachael Dadd’s beautiful folk music on Radio 1, XFM and 6Music, and in November you can see her return to Daylight Music. Later that month Daylight once again brings you Hibiki Ichikawa & Akari Mochizuki; Hibiki is the UK’s only professional player of Tsugaru Shamisen, a special genre of Japanese music, promising an unusual and wonderful concert.
The season finishes with a celebration of Manchester’s music (and Christmas!), featuring Little Sparrow, Stefan Melbourne and Louis Barabbas’s caustic love songs.
Daylight Music’s renowned for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and has a devoted following. As one fan recently blogged: “I love love love Daylight Music… Ben picks the best bands week after week… the events are wonderfully cosy and I’m not sure there’s any greater pleasure than curling up in a pew with a cup of tea and a sausage sandwich at a gig.”. The gigs are also family-friendly, and a brilliant way to introduce children to live music; there's even a drawing area for everyone to show off their scribbling skills.
If you’re peckish, you can grab a hot drink, bacon roll, quiche or slice of scrumptious café from the Margin Project’s Café; so while you enjoy a spot of lunch you’re supporting their valuable work helping the homeless.
Daylight Music brings together amazing music, a magical, friendly atmosphere and handmade treats in one of London's finest venues; it all adds up to the perfect way to spend a Saturday lunchtime.
Season 3 2014: September 20 - December 6
September 20th: Apple of My Eye + Left With Pictures + Biggles Flys Again + Kristin McClement + Max & Laura Braun | facebook
September 27th: London Bulgarian Choir + Jamie Joseph + Kate in the Kettle | facebook
October 4th: Showman's Wagon + Vena Portae + Fly By Pony | facebook
October 11th: James McVinnie + Liam Byrne + Oliver Coates + Eric Lamb | facebook
October 18th: Eclectic Voices + Joana Serrat | facebook
October 25th: Lydian Collective + Wide Skies + Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet | facebook
November 1st: Rachael Dadd + Digitonal + Dean McPhee | facebook
November 8th: Bill Pritchard + David Julyan | facebook
November 15th: Arlet + Shield Patterns + Hibiki Ichikawa & Akari Mochizuki | facebook
December 6th: Louis Barabbas + Little Sparrow + Stefan Melbourne | facebook