Drive Dead Slow: Dodgems of Your Mind.
May
12
Jun 4

Drive Dead Slow: Dodgems of Your Mind.

Specially commissioned for MERGE Bankside 2017, a collective of visual, sound and light artists has collaboratively created the world’s first artist-designed bumper car arena; a spectacle that elevates mere bumper cars to performance art. In a disused fire station, Drive Dead Slow: Dodgems of Your Mind promises to take you on an unexpected psychological journey. 

LIVE MUSIC PROGRAMME
May
12
Jun 4

LIVE MUSIC PROGRAMME

Acoustic Buskers at Borough Market

Monday – Wednesday

12 – 2pm

Perk up your lunchtime with a visit to Borough Market and enjoy some acoustic vibes from talented musicians in Borough’s Market Hall. Musicians include Tim Newman, Lucy May Walker, Alex Monk and Markus Michelucci.

Skyline Sessions at Mondrian London

Wednesdays, from 7pm

20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD

The elegant rooftop bar, Rumpus Room, at Mondrian London has just been launched with a new look and feel. As the warm weather and longer evenings roll in, it plays host to Skyline Sessions – a live music series on Wednesday nights during MERGE. 

A Night in Vienna at The Rose Playhouse

Wednesday 24 May, 8.30pm

56 Park St, London SE1 9AR

A fast-paced operatic journey through the night with songs from Mozart’s most loved operas Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro. Accompanied by piano and presented with new English lyrics in Bankside’s first Tudor theatre. Tickets £15.

Libretto and Stage Director - Pamela Schermann. Musical Director - Andrew Charity.

Jonny Drop at Boro Bistro

Thursdays, from 7pm

6-10 Borough High St, SE1 9QQ

Thursday DJ nights of Latin, Jazz and Soul, all on vinyl.

Electronic DJ at citizenM

Thursday 1 June, 5 – 9pm

20 Lavington St, London SE1 0NZ

A special electronic DJ night in the living room of citizenM Bankside this MERGE. There’s word of some Harviestoun special stock floating around as well.

MERGE River Lates with MBNA Thames Clippers

Thursday 18 and Thursday 25 May, 7.45pm

From Bankside Pier 

Sail through the capital with live acoustic music from some of the capital’s top buskers on MBNA Thames Clippers, London’s leading river boat service. Whether getting into the party spirit heading into town or enjoying the on-board entertainment with a drink from the bar, MBNA Thames Clippers will bring the MERGE festival spirit onto the boats. Musicians will join the 7.45pm RB1 sailing departing Bankside pier to arrive at North Greenwich pier at 8.25pm. Tickets in the Central London zone cost £6.30 for an adult single journey when using contactless or Oyster to pay as you go. 

Live music at Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café

Fridays from 8pm

47-51 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0BS

Union Street Café invites you to The Olive Grove – an underground immersive bar experience celebrating the humble olive. Drink and dine under a canopy of olive trees and vines, whilst sampling olive oil inspired dishes and delicious MARTINI cocktails. Enjoy live music every Friday night from 8pm during MERGE. 4 small plates and a cocktail for £25 per person, and 25% discount* from the a la carte menu in the main restaurant during the festival. Quote MERGE Bankside when booking.

Sunday Sessions at Bedales

Sundays from 7.30pm

Borough Market, 5 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL

Join Bedales for weekly Sunday Sessions during MERGE, including live music from Markus Michelucci, Barry Locke and Will Shackleton. 

Confessions. Candy Chang.
May
12
Jun 4

Confessions. Candy Chang.

What’s your secret? Everyone has personal thoughts and facts about themselves that aren’t always shared. Well now is your time to reveal your deepest secrets or quirks anonymously.Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang is giving people a chance to confess these thoughts without having to feel vulnerable to the outside world. Stop by Prices Street, enter a booth and write down whatever thoughts you want to share on a wooden plaque. Unsigned, drop your confession into a box amongst other anonymous entries.

Slapstick Sports Day at Borough Market.
May
17
10:30 am10:30

Slapstick Sports Day at Borough Market.

Join us as we bring Borough Market Sports Day back to life almost 80 years on! Take part in races and games drawing on the tradition - and silliness - of the historic competition loved and supported by Charlie Chaplin. Test your speed and balance by racing with a loaf of bread on your head, see how many cabbages you can hold at once, and hopefully not to many eggs are smashed in the traditional egg and spoon race.  Compèred by glamorous assistants and a Charlie Chaplin lookalike.

Museum of Fractures. Sammy Kissin.
May
17
May 21

Museum of Fractures. Sammy Kissin.

99 Southwark Street houses a sleeping Dragon. Here, right in the heart of London, one of the last giants of the steel age lies slumbering – Mr Kirkaldy's eponymous Universal Testing Machine. Here she is, oiled and primed, ready at any moment to throw her 100-tonne-industrial-era weight to test the strength of any material placed between her jaws.

Time To Be Late
May
18
May 19

Time To Be Late

Injecting your journey with energy and humour, this quirky theatrical experience celebrates the history and character of Blackfriars Road and Southwark. The streets will come alive through a series of unexpected sights, featuring actors, artists and musicians.Look out for robots roaming the area to celebrate the father of computing Charles Babbage, iconic Hollywood star Charlie Chaplin, and Bert Hardy snapping away on the street -  all of whom grew up in Southwark. 

Caravan Shorts. Robin Linde Productions.
May
18
Jun 3

Caravan Shorts. Robin Linde Productions.

A series of evocative, humorous and intriguing 15 minute plays will be brought to you in the intimate and unusual setting of a caravan. These shorts can fit into your lunch break, after work, or on your day out in Bankside. Nine audience members at a time will be able to experience one of eight short theatre pieces. Pre-book online to avoid disappointment.

Charlie Chaplin Triple Bill at Tate Modern
May
21
10:30 am10:30

Charlie Chaplin Triple Bill at Tate Modern

Tate Modern will pay tribute to famous comic actor Charlie Chaplin with a special triple bill in the gallery’s Starr Cinema. Three much loved shorts; The Rink, Easy Street and The Immigrant will be screened in celebration of Chaplin’s south London roots, with live musical score by silent film accompanist Neil Brand. The session will be introduced by Pamela Hutchinson, silent movie critic and editor of Silent London

Machine Studies. Patrick Tresset.
May
24
Jun 4

Machine Studies. Patrick Tresset.

Observe a classroom of 20 robot pupils taking different lessons, each displaying traits affecting their behaviour; shyness, nerdiness, boredom, and distracted by the activity of the public in the room. In another room have your portrait drawn by watchful robots; the roles reverse and they now have their gaze on you.

Super Glad at the Union Theatre.
May
28
10:30 am10:30

Super Glad at the Union Theatre.

For ten years The Gladstone ‘The Glad’ was a live music venue in Bankside, a hub in the local community showcasing original song writing. After being forced to close and move out, it’s returning with ‘Super Glad’ nights at the Union Theatre in the Union Yard Arches.  Come along to these Sunday sessions for live music and drinks. 

SUPER GLAD AT THE UNION THEATRE.
Jun
4
10:30 am10:30

SUPER GLAD AT THE UNION THEATRE.

For ten years The Gladstone ‘The Glad’ was a live music venue in Bankside, a hub in the local community showcasing original song writing. After being forced to close and move out, it’s returning with ‘Super Glad’ nights at the Union Theatre in the Union Yard Arches.  Come along to these Sunday sessions for live music and drinks.