River Stage Festival Returns to London's South Bank; Full Line Up Announced

River Stage Festival Returns to London's South Bank; Full Line Up Announced

Five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK's leading arts and culture organisations will once again arrive at London's South Bank this summer; The Glory, HOME, Manchester, WOMAD, Rambert and the National Theatre each 'take over' the River Stage for a weekend throughout July and August.

Following the success of their appearance at River Stage 2016, The Glory return to the National Theatre to kick off River Stage 2017. The Glory, said "We can't wait to storm the River Stage again with drag-fuelled back-to-back shows, including previews of our latest work. In giving us this platform the NT gives a nod to London's alternative scene which is almost a theatre genre of its own and among the best in the world. We're keeping it all family-friendly while showing off the capital's best contemporary talent. Bringing the underground overground... the results will be rare, spectacular and so much fun in the sun! We'll see you there- dress-up encouraged but optional"

Then HOME will bring an array of performers and musicians from Manchester to the capital. Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director: Theatre, HOME, said "Following HOME's previous collaborations with the National Theatre, we are delighted to have been invited to curate a weekend of this year's River Stage Festival. We are looking forward to sharing the best HOME and Manchester has to offer, with an eclectic line-up of performers and musicians - this will be the ultimate HOME from home weekend."

WOMAD Festival, the acclaimed international arts festival, makes its River Stage debut with a variety of music, arts and dance. Chris Smith, Director of WOMAD, said "WOMAD celebrates diversity, togetherness and sharing cultures across borders so it is perfect for us to collaborate with the NT's River Stage, showcasing some of the best global acts in the most varied, buzzing and colourful city on the planet. We are delighted to be bringing a splash of colour and the funky festival vibes from WOMAD to central London and to work with such a prestigious institution as the NT".

Rambert returns to the River Stage, with an eclectic range of performances from the world of contemporary dance. Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director at Rambert said: "Rambert at the River Stage provides the most amazing chance for anyone passing by to engage with and enjoy dance from some of the freshest talent and most exciting dance makers in the world today. We moved to our new building on the South Bank just 3 years ago so it's a brilliant opportunity to celebrate and showcase our presence here. Whether you want to join in with a workshop or sit back and enjoy stunning dance and music, our programme promises to be an energetic and uplifting weekend."

To conclude the festival, the National Theatre brings you a jam-packed bank holiday weekend. Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre said: "It's brilliant to be announcing the 2017 line up for the River Stage festival. I'm delighted that this range of partners from across the country have decided to join us this year, and the assortment of performance, music, dance and workshops free for all ages is a vibrant and vital part of the National Theatre programme this summer."

London's Night Czar, Amy Lamé, said: "In the summer months the Southbank really comes alive with Londoners and visitors enjoying fantastic restaurants, market stalls and street theatre. The return of the River Stage adds to the buzz with an incredible season of free outdoor entertainment. From world class dance and circus acts, to workshops and DJs, there's something for everyone - so make the most of the summer nights and soak up some exciting new culture on the Thames as the sun goes down."

THE GLORY

28 - 30 July 2018

Friday 28 July

Luxury Hell
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Jonny Woo kicks off the weekend with East London super group Luxury Hell, a blazing fusion of contemporary scene legends who will rock out the River Stage with funked-up alternative anthems.

The Unholy Hour (John Sizzle & Shesus & the Sistas)
7.30pm - 8.30pm

Welcome to the musical church of John Sizzle and the Miss-iah herself, Shesus, and the sexy habit-clad Sistas! Divine interventions, saintly sing-a-longs and musical miracles abound from these festival favourites.

Lipsync1000 Allstars
8.30pm - 9.30pm

Enjoy a dazzling selection of star turns from The Glory's biggest and most prestigious drag queen competition LIPSYNC1000! Jutting their hips, jiggling their bits and moving their lips to your favourite hits! WIGS! HEELS! LASHES & SASSY ATTITUDE!

Apocalypstick Party

9.30pm - 10.45pm

It's a new world order! London is burning tonight as a glamorous tribe of radical fairies, super queers, fashion freaks and punk queens gather outside the National Theatre for this hell-raising riverside rave! The world is ending, so put some lipstick on, and dance into the fire.

Saturday 29 July

Love Inn with Auntie Maureen & Timberlina
1pm - 2pm

Join lovely, beardy drag legend Timberlina and his side-puss Auntie Maureen for this old-school "Love Inn", a cheeky brunch-time boogie and request-filled family-friendly music sesh.

Figs in Wigs

2pm - 3pm

Figs in Wigs, the UK's all-female performance troupe and the world's first non-singing, all-dancing Backstreet Boys tribute act. They do other stuff too but it's all about the boys!

Homo Histories (Gay History Pageant)

3pm - 4pm

Queer legends, past and present, aplenty! Meet Oscar Wilde and tennis champ Martina Navratilova. And if there's one thing history's taught us - Madonna will steal the limelight.

Big Gay Songbook
4pm - 5pm

The Glory's campyloo piano bar returns singing the songs that make us gay. Join Jonny Woo, Rudi Douglas, Farrah and guests for an old-school London boozer sing-song with a glam twist.

Man Up!
5pm - 6pm

Move aside queens, the Drag Kings are in town! This live spectacular brings you the brauniest, butchest fellas in town. Stuff it! Pack it! They're here, drinking beer...get over it!

Night of a 1000 Jay Astons
6pm - 7pm

Don't miss this revival of Jonny Woo's cult Edinburgh Fringe show! A lip-synced musical "all about the slutty one from Bucks Fizz". Follow the skirt-flinging story of the unstoppable Eurovision winner Jay Aston.

Grizzle Go ABBA
7pm - 8pm

Comedic duo John Sizzle and A Man To Pet bring ABBA to the stage. Mamma Mia - here we go again! They'll talk ABBA, they sing ABBA, they are ABBA. Aren't they? Did we mention ABBA?

80's Armageddon
8pm - 10.45pm

A glorious 80's pop party meltdown. Duran, Spandau, Whitney, Madge & Michael! Let the Glory take you back to when shoulders were big and pop was BAD! Now That's What I Call Music!

Sunday 30 July

Drag life drawing
1pm - 2pm

Join The Glory's own life-drawing coaches James Davison, Simon Gray and host Jonny Woo for this special "drag life drawing" session. An art class for all the family with music, material and special guests. Come along and draw a queen!

Sizzle's Sunday Service
2pm - 3pm

Laidback grooves, horoscopes and Prosecco possession. Kick back, grab the fizz, and enjoy the sizzling views of the Thames at this chilled out Sunday sesh with DJ John Sizzle and friends.

Glory Lates Presents....
3pm - 5pm

The Glory's Grand Finale! Come and see a host of the greatest performers from their much-celebrated cabaret roster, starring Richard Thomas, SEX SHELLS, JAIME NANCI, Le Gateaux Chocolat, Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, and more.

HOME

4 - 6 August

Friday 4 August

Bourgeois & Maurice
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois & Maurice write songs that stick like bloodstains in your new carpet and dissect current affairs and moral confusion. "It's hard to think of any other act delivering such clever, funny and sharp material" Time Out

Dave Haslam
7.45pm - 10.45pm

Dave Haslam DJ-ed over 450 times at the Hacienda in Manchester through the late 1980s when his eclectic, open-minded and ground-breaking DJing became a focus for Madchesters indie/dance fraternity

Saturday 5 August

Mighty HeArt Theatre

Saturday 5 August

All day

Creators of work that aims to reflect the world around them, Mighty HeArt Theatre are on a mission to see what people think of Manchester & The North, with some other pop up surprises along the way. These words will then be turned into a performance on Sunday.

Bootworks Theatre

The Jukeboxes
12pm - 1pm
Watch two beautiful 1950s Jukeboxes spring to life as two performers re-create classic pop music videos using props, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs. The kitsch duo bring to life the likes of The Beatles, Sinead O'Connor and Adele. Dance and sing along, whatever your age!

The Beat Chics
1.30pm - 2.30pm

The Beat Chics believe in two things and two things only. Music from the 1960s and vinyl records. When they head to the River Stage, they'll be spinning a collection of classic and rare records perfect for an afternoon on the South Bank, including tracks from The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Zombies, Lulu and more.

Bootworks Theatre

The Jukeboxes
2.45pm - 3.45pm
Watch two beautiful 1950s Jukeboxes spring to life as two performers re-create classic pop music videos using props, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs. The kitsch duo bring to life the likes of The Beatles, Sinead O'Connor and Adele. Dance and sing along, whatever your age!

Pen:Chant
4pm - 5.30pm

Toiling down the art mines, Pen:Chant taps the seams of spoken word, comedy, live music, contemporary performance and everything in between. Unearthing gems from Manchester, the UK and around the world we present them to you, confident they'll make your hearts and minds sparkle.

In Bed With My Brother

We Are Ian
7.30pm - 8.20pm

1989. Manchester. The year it all changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. Illegal raves. Acid parties. We might not have been born, but Ian remembers and can take us back. Peppered by recordings of conversations we've had with Ian, and scored by buzzing 80s and 90s tracks.

"Be Ian, be you but really, just be in this audience" ????? A YOUNGER THEATRE

Celluloid History Songs with live score

By Josephine Oniyama

8.30pm - 9.05pm

Singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama uses historical footage from the North West Film Archive to create a magical, multimedia performance. The songs were influenced by inspiring scenes of industrial working-class people, young and old, discovering ways to spend their new leisure time.

The Beat Chics
9.30pm - 10.45pm

The Beat Chics are back and are digging deep into their vinyl boxes and setting out on an excursion into some of the best pop and rock the 60s have to offer spinning tunes from girl groups, garage, Northern Soul and much more.

Sunday 6 August

Vogue Workshop by House of Ghetto

1pm - 1.45pm

Made popular by the likes of Madonna and the classic documentary Paris is Burning (1990), voguing is characterized by model-like poses integrated with angular and linear arm, leg and body movements. This dance-based workshop will explore the link between voguing and fashion portraiture. Strike a pose!

Mr Wilson's Second Liners
1.50pm - 2.25pm

Where New Orleans meets 90s club classics. 90s club culture's greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson, is back with upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. The vision is an anarchic, street theatre extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.

Little Soldier Productions

Derailed
2.30pm - 3.30pm
Meet Merce, Patricia, Dan and Thomas. Keyboard warriors, forty-somethings worried that their children hate them for not making more of a difference, and lots of music. An unpredictable and urgent theatrical counter protest. A show about changing the world, with a live rock band. Welcome to the revolution.

Mr Wilson's Second Liners
3.30pm - 4pm

Where New Orleans meets 90s club classics. 90s club culture's greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson, is back with upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. The vision is an anarchic, street theatre extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.

Mighty HeArt Theatre

4pm - 4.30pm

Verbatim Reading - see above

Boy Blue Entertainment

4.30pm - 5.30pm

Join Boy Blue Entertainment and their youth companies, Sky Blue, The Bluez and The Blueprint, for an energetic, inspiring and participatory hip hop summer party.
Boy Blue Entertainment is an award-winning hip-hop dance company and Barbican Artistic Associate which was founded in London by Choreographer Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and Composer Michael 'Mikey J' Asante. The Company are close collaborators with HOME, Manchester. Acclaimed for presenting "the perfect marriage of music and dance" Boy Blue demonstrate boundless creative energy in all their performances, laying down the beats, and delivering thrilling and raw dance sequences.

WOMAD

11- 13 August

Friday 11 August

Afro Cluster
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Afro Cluster are a Cardiff based band that meld authentic sounds and rhythms of afro-funk and hip-hop with impassioned, politically conscious lyrics atop bold melodies, afro-beat aural acrobatics, rich harmonies and complex rhythms.

Mr Benn ft. Souls Liberation and Bongosan
8.30pm - 10.30pm

Reared on a tasty diet of Aswad, The Specials and King Tubby, 90s hip hop, plenty of jungle and hi-life rhythms, the musical influences behind DJ / producer Mr Benn's sound are always rooted in a passion for the heavy bass that his home town of Bristol is renowned for.

Saturday 12 August

Jus Dance Workshop
1.00pm - 1.45pm
Facilitated by Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Ripton Lindsay, these family workshops combine a mix of his traditional Jamaican dance moves as well as reggae, calypso and creative movements. The workshops are based around fun and energetic steps leading into a routine at the end of the session.

Beatboxing vocal workshop

2pm - 2.45pm

UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage invites you to join an immersive beatboxing experience where you can learn the basic skills, jam with Grace and even have a go at beatboxing into a microphone and hearing your beats blasting out of an amplifier!

Msafiri Zawose
3.00pm - 3.45pm

Tanzania's charismatic Gogo innovator Msafiri Zawose and his five-member group draw on dozens of hand-wrought instruments to unfold complex compositions. They turn cyclical pieces into choruses, bridges, and intriguing moments of arresting, tight harmonies. Layers build, repeating elements overlap and turn to grooves.

NIMBA workshop & performance
3.45pm - 4.45pm

This is an energetic, at times highly acrobatic display of West African dance. The accompanying musicians don't disappoint either, whether delivering furious percussive work-outs or undulating melodies of the balafon and Fulani flute. Nimba's focus is on recounting the mythologies and history of Guinea through choreography. It'll be the most frenetic and physical history lesson you've ever sat in on.

AKA George
5.15pm - 6.15pm

AKA GEORGE is a young, British multi-instrumentalist who writes, sings, produces and above all, performs. From headlining the Silver Hayes stage at Glastonbury to his own packed-out secret gigs around London, this August he brings his reckless, passionate and inspiring stage presence to the River Stage.

The Bollywood Brass Band

6.45pm - 7.45pm

The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK's pioneering Indian-style brass band. The band tours UK, Europe and beyond. Their previous CD (Chaiyya Chaiyya) was nominated for a Songlines Award, and was a Sunday Times top 10 world music album. 'Joyous.... Electrifying horn riffs and percussion... irresistible' Sunday Times, 'Improbably funky' Songlines

Gypsy Hill
8.15pm - 9.15pm

Gypsy Hill play an intoxicating mix of Balkan brass, Mediterranean surf rock, ska and swing. Featuring guitars, horns, tuba, a scratch DJ and a mix of live and electronic beats, Gypsy Hill effortlessly mix the traditional with a uniquely modern sound.

Movimientos

9.30pm - 10.30pm

Cal Jader is one of the musical activists, founders and original 'dancehall caballeros' behind Movimientos and Love Carnival. With his trademark blend of red hot 'classico' Latin beats, uptempo carnival rhythms, tropical bass and fresh global sounds, he is helping to soundtrack London's alternative club scene in the UK and Europe.

Sunday 13 August

Jus Dance Workshop

12pm - 12.45pm

Facilitated by Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Ripton Lindsay, these family workshops combine a mix of his traditional Jamaican dance moves as well as reggae, calypso and creative movements.

Beatboxing vocal workshop
1pm - 1.45pm

Join an immersive beatboxing experience with UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage. Learn the basic skills, jam with Grace and even have a go at beatboxing into a microphone and hearing your beats blasting out of an amplifier!

Amira Kheir

2.15pm - 3.15pm

Hailed as the 'Diva of the Sudanese desert' (BBC World News) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir has been enchanting audiences around the world with an experimental sound inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and anchored in experimental jazz and soul. The result is a unique style of Sudani-Jazz.
Soothsayers

3.45pm - 4.45pm

A proven and unstoppable force on the UK music scene for over a decade, Soothsayers have added their mouth-watering afrobeat and dubalicious flavours to an impressive list of festivals, venues and theatres around the world.

RAMBERT

18 - 20 August

Friday 18 August

Introduction to evening from Rambert's Mikaela Polley

7pm - 7.15pm

Music from A Linha Curva

7.15pm - 7.40pm

Devised in São Paulo to celebrate Brazilian culture, A Linha Curva sees four percussionists share over 50 instruments. Rambert musicians have been touring it around the UK to evoke samba, capoeira, and the sound of the beach at night.

Quicksilver

8pm - 8.15pm

Quicksilver is Rambert's company for dancers aged 15 - 19. Led by Laura Harvey, the company is named after The Mercury Theatre (Rambert's original home in the1920s) and the nickname of the company's founder, Marie Rambert.

New Creation by Patricia Okenwa

8.30pm - 8.45pm

An extract of a work-in-progress from up-and-coming choreographer and former Rambert dancer Patricia Okenwa. The piece for two dancers is an exploration of motherhood, inspired by the Stabat Mater.

Collapse - New Movement Collective

9pm - 9.15pm

Rambert associate company New Movement Collective present excerpts from Collapse, a period drama first seen in 2016 at the Southbank Centre and created in collaboration with 3D laser artists ScanLAB Projects, with music by composer and cellist Oliver Coates. This highly physical work celebrates the imperfect in today's technology, probing the complexities of time, group memory and the cyclical nature of societal evolution.

Tempus by Simone Damberg Wurtz

9.45pm - 10pm

Rambert dancer Simone Damberg Würtz created Tempus as a duet for male dancers to the accompaniment of Game On, a score by former Rambert music fellow Cheryl Frances-Hoad for live piano and a Commodore 64 computer from the 1980s.

Saturday 19 August

Yoga Class

12pm - 12.45pm

Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha yoga. Postures are sequenced together to create a fluid moving meditation.

Contemporary Workshop

1pm - 2pm

This class will introduce people to Rambert's distinctive contemporary dance technique and movement. No previous experience required - all you need is enthusiasm!

Family Workshop

2.30pm - 3.15pm

Designed to let children's imaginations run wild through games, play and dance, this workshop introduces very young children to dance and movement with their parents or carers.

Children's Workshop

3.15pm - 4pm

A fun, high-energy workshop offering a fantastic introduction to contemporary dance. Children of all ages and abilities can learn steps from Rambert dances and explore different ways of moving.

Ghost Dances Workshop

4.15pm - 5.15pm

Learn the iconic moves from Rambert's most famous work, Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances. Taught by people who have danced the work, it is a chance for people of all abilities to inhabit this timeless evocation of South American culture.

Ghost Dances Music

7pm - 7.30pm

Ghost Dances is Rambert's celebrated work inspired by the plight of Chilean political prisoners in the 1970s. The atmospheric folk music, incredibly evocative of the Andes, is performed by Chilean singer Claudia Figueroa and musicians on pan-pipes, quena and guitars.

Doublespeak by Daniel Davidson

8pm - 8.15pm

Doublespeak is a work created by Rambert dancer Daniel Davidson, inspired by the paintings of Odd Nerdrum and Mark Rothko, and the music of Nico Muhly. This abstract work evokes ideas of hunting, defending and evolution

New Creation - Carolyn Bolton / Anna Appleby / Mbulelo Ndabeni

8.45pm - 9pm

A first performance of a work-in-progress collaboration between Rambert's music fellow, Manchester-based composer Anna Appleby, Rambert dancer Carolyn Bolton and Creator of N'da Dance Company Mbulelo Ndabeni. The piece is a solo work danced by Ndabeni which explores the seeds of chaos and tackles the madness created during conflict.

Ulysses Awakes by Alexander Whitley

9.30 - 9.45pm

A solo for a male dancer created by Rambert associate Alexander Whitley to music by John Woolrich. Alexander is a former Rambert dancer who has created works for Rambert, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Boyz, and whose company makes its debut at Sadler's Wells in June 2017.

Music from Nia Lynn

10pm - 10.30pm

Jazz singer Nia Lynn tours with Rambert this autumn in a work by Ben Duke, inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone.

Sunday 20 August

Yoga Class

12pm - 12.45pm

Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha yoga. Postures are sequenced together to create a fluid moving meditation.

Over 60s Workshop

12.45pm - 1.45pm

Whether you have tried dance before or this is your first time, this workshop is a fun way to engage with the work of Rambert. The workshop includes a gentle warm-up followed by a chance to learn moves from Rambert's repertoire.

R Quintessence and Mercury Movers

2.45pm - 3.15pm

R Quintessence and the Mercury Movers are dance groups for older adults in London. They meet for regular classes and workshops, and create performance works. They're sharing at the River Stage works they have been inspired to create.

Rep Workshop

3.15pm - 4.15pm

Tomorrow is one of Rambert's most striking recent works, a re-imagining in dance of Macbeth, created by Lucy Guerin. This workshop is your chance to learn some of the choreography and imagine yourself in the dark and dangerous world of Shakespeare's anti-hero. No dance experience is required.

Quicksilver

4.30pm - 5pm

Quicksilver is Rambert's company for dancers aged 15 - 19. Led by Laura Harvey, the company is named after The Mercury Theatre (Rambert's original home in the1920s) and the nickname of the company's founder, Marie Rambert.

NATIONAL THEATRE

25 - 28 August

Friday 25 August

Concrete Disco

6pm -7pm

Brothers Dom & Joe put their sibling rivalry to good use and join forces behind the decks to get the August bank holiday started in style. Expect multiple sonic layers of disco and mashups galore!

Hackney Colliery Band

7.30pm - 9pm

Influenced as much by contemporary rock and electronica as they are by New Orleans brass bands or the traditional British brass to which their name pays homage, BBC Radio 2 described HCB as 'one of the greatest live bands we have in this country'.

Amy Lamé
9pm - 10.45pm

Amy Lamé is a broadcaster, writer, performer and DJ. She is London's first Night Czar, and co-founder and host of the Olivier Award winning arts company and legendary club night Duckie. Amy's debut book, 'From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQ+ Movement' - the first of its kind for young people in the UK- was published by Hachette in May 2017.

Saturday 26 August

Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen; readings by M.G. Leonard
12pm - 1pm

Imaginative, funny and informative, M.G. Leonard brings her infectious enthusiasm for the world of beetles to the River Stage, entertaining both adults and children with facts and extracts from her books Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen. 'Truly great storytelling' Michael Morpurgo

Goblin's Peter and the Wolf
1.30pm - 2.30pm

Goblin's Peter and the Wolf is a brand new show with amazing music created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables. Combined with imaginative puppetry, physical comedy and fun interaction, the show will have children aged 4+ jumping for joy. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev's classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you've never seen it before.

Goblin's River Stage workshop

2.45pm - 3.35pm

Create your own woodland characters as we explore the story of Peter and the Wolf. In this drama and music workshop we will be looking at how different animals are represented by different sounds, movement and music. Recommended age 4-6 years.

Little Bulb Theatre - Hot Club de Bulb
2.30pm - 3.30pm

Hot Club de Bulb are an 8 piece gypsy jazz band performing their own arrangements of Django Reinhardt and Edith Piaf classics. Originally formed in the making of 'Orpheus' (a co-production with Battersea Arts Centre) the band celebrate the genre by mixing raucous hot jazz with sweet French chanson.

Goblin's Peter and the Wolf
4pm - 5pm

Goblin's Peter and the Wolf is a brand new show with amazing music created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables. Combined with imaginative puppetry, physical comedy and fun interaction, the show will have children aged 4+ jumping for joy. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev's classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you've never seen it before.

Little Bulb Theatre - Hot Club de Bulb
5.15pm - 6.15pm

Hot Club de Bulb are an 8 piece gypsy jazz band performing their own arrangements of Django Reinhardt and Edith Piaf classics. Originally formed in the making of 'Orpheus' (a co-production with Battersea Arts Centre) the band celebrate the genre by mixing raucous hot jazz with sweet French chanson.

The Fontanelles

7.15pm - 9pm

True London afrobeat heavyweights renowned for their infectious live energy and shows, The Fontanelles stay true to their roots as purveyors of the music of Fela Kuti, while bringing in sounds from Ethiopia, Minimalist textures, sun-drenched dub and righteous horn-led dancefloor groove. Bring your dancing shoes!

Dom Search (The Next Men)

9pm - 10.45pm

Dom Search is a DJ and producer/songwriter, and is eclectic to say the least. Modern pop? It's a nutriblend of musical abandon - dancehall, drum'n'bass, reggae, roots, instrumental and actual hip hop, soul and soulful low-end boomp, ambient...the perfect party mix!

Sunday 27 August

Mrs H and the Singalong Band
1pm - 2pm

Mrs H and the Sing-along band bring their unique family music to the River stage for the first time. Their aim is provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don't hold back from joining in the fun!

Tavaziva

2.15pm - 2.45pm

A sneak preview of IZINDAVA, a dynamic new work synthesising ballet, contemporary and African dance. Created by Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva, the work explores human fragility within our changing world and is a beautiful yet haunting work.

Mrs H and the Singalong Band
3pm - 4pm

Mrs H and the Sing-along band bring their unique family music to the River stage for the first time. Their aim is provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don't hold back from joining in the fun!

Tavaziva

4.30pm - 5pm

A sneak preview of IZINDAVA, a dynamic new work synthesising ballet, contemporary and African dance. Created by Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva, the work explores human fragility within our changing world and is a beautiful yet haunting work.
Benji & Will Bower

6pm - 7pm

Bringing together some of the leading theatre musicians for an eclectic musical journey, Benji and Will take over River Stage with their unique sound that earned them Olivier award nominations for Hetty Feather andCinderella a fairytale.

NT Live - Twelfth Night
7.30pm - 10.30pm

For one night only, join us at the River Stage for a special, free outdoor screening of the National Theatre's Twelfth Night. Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a twist on Shakespeare's classic whirlwind comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

Monday 28 August

Tea Dance
1pm - 4pm
Spend the afternoon dancing to the joyous live Ballroom Dance Band, with lessons from a professional dance instructor in various styles: Latin, jive, salsa and much more! Whether you're a newbie or more expert at tripping the light fantastic, release those inhibitions and join the fun.

Nerija

5pm - 6pm

Nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming musicians playing exciting music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK supporting jazz legends and performed at the renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

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