Daylight Music

A lazy Saturday afternoon with music, tea and cake

The new season runs most Saturdays until July 18th, between midday and 2pm.
Entrance is free (£3.50 donation suggested)

The most magical concerts in London are back to fill your Saturday afternoon with music, while you relax and enjoy a cuppa in one of the capital’s best loved venues. The word’s been steadily spreading about Daylight Music’s gigs; they’ve been delighting audiences for nearly 6 years and last season was their busiest yet with over 600 people turning up to see Darren Hayman.

Every Daylight Music gig is a unique experience; nowhere else has such a friendly, warm atmosphere, or such a diverse programme of artists. It is curated by Ben Eshmade, who tirelessly seeks out and champions the most innovative and exciting musicians around, as he explains:

“I’m particularly excited about our upcoming season, as we have some truly strange and simply brilliant musicians at London’s best venue. I‘m thrilled that Sarah Angliss is performing this season, you have to see her act to believe it. She’ll be playing the theremin – a first for Daylight Music – plus the musical saw, ancient instruments and an ensemble of musical robots. We’re also doing more themed Daylights this year, after the huge success of our Valentine’s Day special, so expect shows based around Birds, Bells and Bronze as well as our American Independence Day celebration.”

TIMETABLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS SEASON:
June 13 Jo Mango, The Great Albatross + Circle Meets Dot
June 20 Wayside and Woodland Recordings - Field Harmonics, Charles Vaughan + Component#4
June 27 Lucy Claire, HART + tbc
July 4 Piney Gir, tbc + tbc
July 18 The UCC Handbell Ringers, Ryan Teague Gamelan project + tbc

June 13 Jo Mango, The Great Albatross + Circle Meets Dot

Later in June, Bird week will make you twitch with excitement, with a line-up featuring The Great Albatross and Jo Mango. The highly acclaimed Ms Mango plays with Vashti Bunyan’s touring band and has collaborated with artists including David Byrne, Devandra Banhart and Teenage Fanclub. Jo always draws a crowd of devoted fans when she plays Daylight Music, so come along and join their numbers.

June 20 Wayside and Woodland Recordings - Field Harmonics, Charles Vaughan + Component#4

There’s another label showcase later this month, this time for Wayside and Woodland Recordings, bringing Field Harmonics, Charles Vaughan and Component#4 to the Union Chapel’s stage. Field Harmonics has a new front woman, the accomplished multi-instrumentalist (and 18 year-old) Bryony Williams, joining forces with epic45’s Rob Glover.

June 27 Lucy Claire, HART + tbc

At the end of the month, there’s a Daylight Music exclusive, with the premier performance of Lucy Claire and Imogen Bland’s “Moon/ Yew”. The pair present a stark and beautiful exploration of Sylvia Plath’s “The Moon and the Yew Tree”, through music and movement. Expect classical ambience, field recordings and glitch electronics telling a strange and haunting tale. It’s the first time that Daylight has welcomed a dancer to the stage, making this an even more special occasion. You’ll also hear HART that week; fresh from collaborating on a string arrangement with Nico Muhly, HART will fill the chapel with his ethereal shoe-gazing dream-pop.

July 4 Piney Gir, tbc + tbc

July brings an American Independence day special, led by the wonderful Piney Gir. Hailing originally from the American Midwest, but since claimed by London, Piney will be embracing her heritage as she performs songs from her dazzling sixth album due out on Damaged Goods.

July 18 The UCC Handbell Ringers, Ryan Teague Gamelan project + tbc

A Bells and Bronze afternoon will ring out this season of Daylight in style. The UCC Handbell Ringers are a Texan choir of 19 teenagers, who regularly tour the world and delight audiences everywhere they play. Given the fine reputation of the choir, and the truly special architecture and atmosphere of the Union Chapel, this is going to be a must-see gig and the perfect end to the season.

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Everyone’s welcome at Daylight Music and it’s a wonderful place to introduce children to live music. It’s very family friendly, with a buggy park and a drawing area for everyone – regardless of age – to enjoy expressing themselves.

Even the intervals are special at Daylight Music, with musicians often performing on the chapel’s 138 year-old Henry Willis organ. In the past they’ve played everything from TV theme tunes to Singaporean songs and 80s pop classics, so who knows what wonders you’ll hear this season?

Another star of Daylight Music is the Union Chapel itself. This glorious, gothic building is Time Out’s music venue of the year, with its wonderful acoustics and beautiful interior. You can choose a pew and settle down with a cup of tea, quiche or slice of scrumptious cake from the Margins Project Café; while you’re enjoying a bite, you’re also 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. Daylight Music takes place at the Union Chapel, Islington, from Midday until 2pm.