Visit London Blog » the roundhouse Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Julius Caesar at The Roundhouse Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:30:28 +0000

Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Julius Caesar is directed by Lucy Bailey. It’s an explosive rendition of The Bard’s tale of politics and passion.

Full-on violence is introduced from the start – Romulus and Remus are engaged in an aggressively physical fight to the death. Bailey doesn’t shy away from this bold element of the text, it’s similar in style to her production of Macbeth at the Globe. The play certainly thrilled the audience, who seemed to relish in the gore. Fake blood is used in abundance, in fact some audience members near me were splattered in the stuff!

I am sure the use of film and video will cause a stir with some critics. Moving film was projected onto large rectangular blocks  on stage during the show, the vision of designer Bill Dudley (Bailey’s partner). The more frantic crowd sequences are, at times distracting, but on the whole the concept is highly stimulating and gives the stage an added depth and excitement. Julius Caesar is a difficult play to stage, but this production uses the challenges to its advantage.

Julius Caesar continues until 5 February 2011, book tickets here.

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Red Bull Music Academy: Withdrawal Symptoms as It Leaves London Sun, 21 Mar 2010 10:00:20 +0000 After a fantastic five weeks in London, the Red Bull Music Academy moved on last week. The Academy gave 60 lucky students a unique opportunity to jam, meet fellow musicians, play around with instruments and enjoy a creative environment in which to develop. The Red Bull Music Academy also brought a programme of exciting gigs to London.

Folu Babatola worked on the PR for the Red Bull Academy and after a very hectic few weeks, he’s taken time to reflect on the Academy’s time in London:

“If you haven’t been living under a rock (or you simply attempt to avoid any kind of media on your commute) you’ll probably have seen something about the Red Bull Music Academy, which has been in London for the last five weeks. There’s been a daily music paper, a three-hour radio show on NME Radio every night and a three-part series on Channel 4.

Then there were the gigs and club nights, 27 over 30 nights, ranging from the first ever cross-genre sound clash at The Roundhouse, to a demonstration of 3D clubbing at the Royal Albert Hall, to seeing 12 seminal producers perform their favourite tracks for a packed Scala.
Having managed to fit so much into a short time we’re now slowly acclimatising to the real world.  I’m being reminded that not everyone stays up til 5am at Plastic People yet is at work by 8 the next day!
But that’s what the Academy does to you; it removes every preconceived idea of how you should enjoy music. There are no barriers to consumption, creation or analysis of music. You just do it and enjoy the ride.

London has been lucky to host the Academy, and the Academy was lucky to be here. Nowhere else in the world could you find such an amazing melting pot of musical genres; no other city could impress and excite musicians in quite the same way as our town.”

Watch the Red Bull Music Academy video below, as former student Mr Hudson gives his view on what makes it so special:

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Help Haiti: Forthcoming Haiti Fundraisers in London Tue, 09 Feb 2010 18:51:08 +0000 It’s less than a month since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake. The rolling news stories might’ve stopped, but the relief effort is still struggling on. Want to do your bit to help with the emergency appeals? Read on.

There are a fair few fantastic-sounding fundraisers taking place in London this month. Take your pick from one of these:

Kensal Town Fund Benefit Gig at the Masons Arms: 12 Feb
Compere Mark Haynes leads a night of music in aid of Haiti at the Masons Arms in Kensal Green. Acts include Cheyne Pride as Queen Ceole, DJs Guya and Ben Cullum, the Left Step Band and The Loves MC. £8 before 9pm; £10 after, with all proceeds going to Haiti.

Fashion for Relief London at Somerset House: 18 Feb
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is taking advantage of all the attention London will be getting during London Fashion Week to raise cash for long-term healthcare for mothers and babies in Haiti with the White Ribbon Alliance. If you’ve always wanted to take a seat at a Somerset House catwalk during Fashion Week, here’s your chance; and you’ll be raising money for a good cause. Standard tickets are £75; dig deep to sit with the VIPs: premium seats cost between £400 and £650.

Funny Undie Run at St Katharine Docks: 19 Feb
Three laps around St Katharine’s Docks in your underwear? Why not! Partici-pants in the Funny Undie Run are hoping to raise £10,000 for the people of Haiti, and have a good giggle at the same time. Places are limited, so if you want to join in, get in touch now!

A Night for Haiti at the Clapham Grand: 19 Feb
XFM’s Pete Donaldson has got together some fab names from the UK music scene for this Action Against Hunger fundraiser. As well as DJ sets from Foals and New Young Pony Club, The Boxer Rebellion and Eliza Doolittle will be playing live. Head down for a night of great music, the chance to see the newly revamped Clapham Grand and party in the knowledge its all for a great cause. Tickets are £15.

Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser at The Roundhouse: 25 Feb
Here’s another tasty concert line-up: KT Tunstall, Paul Weller, Bombay Bicycle Club, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Magic Numbers, Mr Hudson, Othello Woolf, Seasick Steve and The Futureheads. And there’s every chance there’ll be more people added to the bill in the coming days. All the proceeds from this concert at The Roundhouse help the humanitarian aid efforts of both ActionAid and Médecins Sans Frontières. Tickets cost £40.

Jungle Pop at The Adelaide in Primrose Hill: 6 Mar
Head deep into the jungle without leaving London, all to raise money for orphans in Haiti. Join 500 others for a Caribbean-styled jungle dance-a-thon at The Adelaide in North London, complete with dance performances, tropical cocktails and drums! The night costs £10 in advance to or £20 at the door. 100% of all funds go directly to POP (the Play Our Part charity).

If you have details of any more London fundraisers for Haiti, please feel free to add them to the comments below.

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a-ha rock the iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse Sun, 26 Jul 2009 13:01:27 +0000 Morton Harkett A-haBirgit Vosper and Vanessa McClure report.

a-ha kicked off their eagerly anticipated Friday night iTunes set with The Sun Always Shines on TV and Morton Harkett was on top form. Displaying none of his occasional diva-like antics, he appeared unfazed by cries of ‘Get yer shirt off!’ and ‘I want to have your babies!’’. The whole band looked like they were having a great time, no doubt sensing the rampant enthusiasm of the audience.

The set was varied and featured new songs plus their greatest hits. James Bond theme The Living Daylights became a gigantic sing-a-long and even some of the men in the crowd (who had probably been dragged along to The Roundhouse by their partners) couldn’t hold back and joined in.  

There wasn’t a bad song in the set and choosing highlights is hard, but if pushed, we’d give special mention to Stay on These Roads, the emotive Summer Moved On (complete with a bravura holding of the longest note in the history of the Top 40 which raised much applause), rousing new single Foot of the Mountain, and the new album title track The Bandstand. And of course, the ubiquitous, roof-raising encore Take on Me and Train of Thought.

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iTunes Festival: Graham Coxon and Esser Fri, 24 Jul 2009 11:00:54 +0000 Graham Coxon at The Roundhouse

Hooray for the iTunes Live London Festival, which has been brightening up the summer with a whole month of free gigs. The festival is now in its third year, and has managed to outdo itself with the line-up, which includes Placebo, Kasabian, Bat for Lashes and Block Party.

It’s even generated a few headlines after Liam Gallagher was rumoured to have stormed off stage earlier this week!

I couldn’t wait to see Graham Coxon take his turn on the Roundhouse stage, no doubt getting us all dancing to Freakin’ Out, especially after Blur’s amazing performance at Glastonbury last month.

Esser at The Roundhouse

However, Coxon stuck to new material, playing his concept album The Spinning Top in its entirety (bar one song). And sadly, I didn’t actually see him, as he sat down for most of the gig, putting him out off eyeshot for us short people!

But I did get to have a bit of dance thanks to indie-electro star Esser who was supporting Coxon. His singles Satisfied and Headlock were  particular highlights.

Even though I didn’t hear my favourite Graham Coxon tunes, I’d still thoroughly recommend the  iTunes Festival.  You don’t often see big name acts for free and the Roundhouse is a great venue.

Have you been to the iTunes Festival? Let us know who you liked.

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