Tuesday 2 April 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £12.50

Following the success of their third album Ecstatic Wing, Mancunian duo Virginia Wing bring their  inventive feminist synth-pop to Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall for their only London headline show this spring. Virginia Wing consists of Alice Merida Richards, whose languid voice has invited comparisons to Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier, with guitar, synth and sampler from Sam Pillay. For this exclusive show they perform tracks from the new album alongside a line-up of friends including the eclectic and hotly tipped artist Mich Cota, whose debut album explores her experience of being indigenous and trans in Canada, and the all-female East London-based Deep Throat Choir, founded by Luisa Gerstein.


Friday 5 April 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £12.50

Genre-defying composer and pianist Kelly Moran performs her ambient Warp Records debut album Ultraviolet in the Purcell Room. The classically trained artist attempts to dismantle experimental music’s imposing image in her free-form, self-produced new album, creating lush soundscapes with textures both synthetic and physical, including the prepared piano.


SHIRAZ: Tuesday 9 April 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £25 – £35

Six-time Grammy-nominated sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar performs SHIRAZ, her newly composed score for the lavish 1920s epic silent film Shiraz: A Romance of India. Daughter and pupil of the legendary Ravi Shankar, Anoushka will perform the score live to accompany a screening of the film, which tells the intense and unrivalled love story of the Taj Mahal.

ILL CONSIDERED: Friday 12 April 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £12

Formed in late 2017, Ill Considered comprises Idris Rahman on sax, Leon Brichard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu on drums and Yahael Camara-Onono on percussion. This cutting edge contemporary UK band creates freely improvised music based around simple pre-written themes or composed on the spot, reacting to the audience, the venue, the mood and the moment. Four of the hottest names in UK jazz, their first 18 months have seen seven album releases as well as numerous dates across the UK and Europe.

CONCRETE LATES: JAMES LAVELLE + GUESTS: Thursday 18 April 2019, 10.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Ticketed, £12.50 – £15

James Lavelle, founder of iconic label Mo’Wax, returns to Southbank Centre five years after his triumphant stint curating Meltdown festival. A day ahead of performing with his band UNKLE in the Royal Festival Hall (on 19 April), the trip-hop pioneer headlines a special edition of Concrete Lates, Southbank Centre’s late-night electronic music series, with Living In My Headphones, kicking off the long weekend with a line-up of his favourite and most celebrated DJs until 2am.

UNKLE: Friday 19 April 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £25 – £30

James Lavelle’s UNKLE return to the Royal Festival Hall for a live performance featuring very special guests. This unique show will provide the first opportunity to hear the band’s new material, alongside classic tracks and specially created reworks. With a career spanning over a quarter of a century, UNKLE have worked with some of the most important recording artists in the world, including Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft, Massive Attack and Queens of the Stone Age.

SAROD MAESTRO AMJAD ALI KHAN: Tuesday 30 April 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £15 – £50

Amjad Ali Khan and sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash present an evening of Indian classical music. Amjad Ali Khan is one of the 20th century’s undisputed masters of the sarod and is widely credited with reinventing the technique of playing this versatile and melodic instrument over the course of a distinguished career spanning more than six decades. Amjad Ali Khan has won numerous accolades and appeared regularly at major concert halls and festivals worldwide.


OPERATION BLACK ANTLER: Wednesday 3 April – Saturday 13 April 2019, every 15 minutes from 6pm – 8.45pm, Southbank Centre Secret Location, £27.50

A co-creation from multi-award-winning interactive art pioneers Blast Theory and celebrated site-specific theatre company Hydrocracker, Operation Black Antler looks at the moral implications of the use of undercover officers, as well as the wider ethical questions of when surveillance is justified. Operation Black Antler creates a unique perspective on the world of police surveillance, and asks important questions about the role of the individual in society. Originally co-commissioned by Ideas Test and Brighton Festival, Operation Black Antler has been developed with support from Arts Council England and in partnership with Dramatic Resources and The Chalk Cliff Trust.

 TABBY MCTAT: Saturday 6 April – Saturday 13 April 2019, 11.30am, 2.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, For ages 3+, £12 Child (£16 Adult)

Interwoven with original songs, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale about Tabby the cat and best friend Fred. When Fred disappears, Tabby is forced to find a new life but memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his long-lost friend. Tabby McTat is directed by Alan Lane, with design by Heledd Rees and music composed by Bobby Delaney.

ON THE HIGH ROAD BY CLOD ENSEMBLE: Wednesday 24 April – Thursday 25 April 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, £18 – £24

Interdisciplinary performance company, Clod Ensemble return with their new production, On The High Road. Directed by Suzy Willson, and with an original score and songs by Paul Clark, this gripping, vivid piece of theatre looks at the powerful themes of migration, difference and intolerance through a disparate group of people caught in a terrible storm on the High Road. The company of dancers, actors and singers warp time and perspective to create an epic moving sculpture accompanied by Paul Clark’s richly layered score.