Thursday 29 September & Thursday 6 October, Tate Modern's Southern Landscape
Wednesday 5 October - Market Hall, Borough Market
MERGE promises to entertain you on your lunch break, whether you’re taking some time out of the office or just wandering through Bankside. A variety of loud, lively and theatrical music performances will take place outside Tate Modern on the Southern landscape, and in Borough Market's Market Hall.
Voodoo Love Orchestra: Thursday 29 September, 12.30 - 2pm, Tate Modern Southern Landscape
Harking back to the big band sound of 1960s Latin America via the back streets of New Orleans, the infectious, maverick and irresistibly swinging street music of Voodoo Love Orchestra invoke the spirit of celebration. Since its formation in 2012 the ensemble has graced the halls of the Royal Festival Hall, got down and dirty with festival-goers at Secret Garden Party, entertained Russian oligarchs – and everything in between!
Bumi Thomas and Muntu Valdo: Wednesday 5 October, 12.45 - 2pm, Market Hall, Borough Market
Pangaea Steel Band: Thursday 6 October, 12.30 - 2pm, Tate Modern Southern Landscape
Join South London super group Pangaea Steelband for tropical fun and good times!
Skyline Sessions at Mondrian London
Every Wednesday from 7pm
20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
Rumpus Room, a rooftop bar situated on the 12th floor of Mondrian London at Sea Containers, plays host to Skyline Sessions - a live music series every Wednesday night.
With striking views across the river Thames and London’s skyline, this hidden gem is a modern interpretation of 1920s London. Sunshine by day, skyline by night.
For reservations call 020 3747 1063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups of less than four can just turn up – first come, first served basis.
Sunday Sessions at Bedales
Sunday 2 October
Drink specials start at 5pm and Holloway will start at
5 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL
Join Bedales as they welcome Lottie Holloway to their Sunday Session during MERGE. In London’s huge wave of indie-electro and alt-popular bands, Holloway is a beacon for new music - unique, refreshing and very exciting. The three-piece, fronted by the striking blonde haired lead singer, is all set to join Bedales on 2 October for a fire-fuelled, fun acoustic set, playing famous covers and some of the band’s original material. @HollowayMusicUK
Wheatsheaf: Happy 185th Birthday to Youngs
Thursday 22 September
6 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA
Come on down for the Young's 185th Birthday celebrations and see how it’s aged like a fine wine. Spoiler alert: there will be free beer (and probably cake)
Live music at The Gladstone Arms
Check mergefestival.co.uk for dates
64 Lant Street, SE1 1QN
‘The biggest small venue in the world’, throughout September and October The Glad will showcase a variety of live roots, blues and folk music, as it has done for the last decade. See soul man Dai & the Ramblers, Dom Pipkin solo on the piano and ever-entertaining The Yess Mess.
Saturday 24 September
9pm Jack Joseph Band
Jack Joseph Band are a south London based four piece that have been described as Americana influenced electric folk. None of these influences stop them delivering their songs with originality and excellent musicianship.
This Brixton based alt rock outfit play brooding, twisting and melodious songs of confusion, disappointment, reason and hope. Members include Jim Willis on vocals, Colin Somervill on bass, Kit Joliffe on drums and Simon Spreyer on keys.
Sunday 25 September
9pm Dom Pipkin (solo set)
Dom Pipkin will be on the house piano.
“Solo outing with all the joy and fire of blues and New Orleans piano played solo at one of my absolute favourite pub venues. Real piano, great room, see you there!”
8pm Jake Watson & The Swamp Stomp String Band
Jake Watson and The Swamp Stomp String Band are not your average Americana band. The London based duo can often be found busking by the side of Thames in the day and performing in any haunt from high end cocktails joints to dimly lit Irish bars at night. Taking a mixture of jazz, country, swing, blues and ragtime – it is safe to say their music is there to be enjoyed by people young and old, rich or poor, or who just love to stamp their feet.
Wednesday 28 September
Joe Strouzer & Nia Wyn at The Glad
Nia and Joe started a musical dialogue over a year ago which continues to grow and develop. Join them at The Gladstone for a night of rare old blues and bold original songs.
Saturday 1 October
9pm The Fruitful Earth
Well known in and around London for their phenomenal live shows, The Fruitful Earth are busy writing their third album. With album reviews from their first two albums in Mojo, The Word, The Observer, Q Magazine, Clash & a number of influential online blogs and radio play on radio 2, BBC Introducing London and Absolute radio interest in the band and their shows is growing fast.
10pm The Yes Mess
The Yes Mess are Glad favourites and for very good reason. Line ups and instruments vary from gig to gig which serves to add another layer to the sound of The Yess Mess. They practice a dark stem of alternative folk which is energetic and mysterious. It’s uplifting and real. Great lyrics, surreal images, dark and unique sounds.
Sunday 2 October
James McArthur & the Head Gardeners
Celebrating ten years of Head Gardening at The Glad. The monthly residency continues from Welsh born Folk singer/songwriter James McArthur and his backing band The Head Gardeners. The last one tonight with guest musicians and DJs in between.
Tuesday 4 October
Dai & the Ramblers (music from 8.30pm)
These guys have been truly amazing with their monthly bash at The Glad. Last chance to see them for free at The Glad tonight… Dai is a real soul man and he delivers Etta James and Ray Charles numbers with ease. Dai & The Ramblers play a unique blend of honest-to-goodness and soulful roots music, twisted folk and gonzo jazz.
The Bridge Choir
Monday 26 September, 6.45 – 8.45pm
Kitchen @ The Bridge, 73 – 81 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ
The Bridge Choir, based in Bankside, will be performing in The Bridge’s licensed café with a range of pop, gospel, soul and reggae. The Bridge is a registered Charity and any profit from drink and food sales will be reinvested back into the Charity.