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Archspace is a very special new venue, located in Haggerston (on the canal on Acton Mews) providing an experience that has been carefully crafted for optimum musical bliss, with some of the best sound in London.

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A distinctive rail arch venue housing a top spec Martin Audio PA system, located in the heart of East London's Kingsland Road, Archspace is a hotbed of talent, secret showcases, pop up gigs, LP launches and much more - with booking duties overseen by "Top London promoters" (Time Out) Soundcrash. Having featured intimate shows with the likes of Machinedrum, Coldcut, Daedelus, Andrew Ashong, Lapalux, Inga Copeland, XL Records, Teebs, Shigeto, GoGo Penguin, Anchorsong, Terakaft, Werkha, Harleighblu, My Panda Shall Fly, Portico Quartet and more, this is a venue that truly punches above it's modest weight. Check out our programme for more red hot shows...

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The Drop

+ Support Adam Prescott (Reggae Roast)

13.12.17

The Drop have established themselves by touring the UK festival circuit, gaining a loyal grassroots following. Marrying jump-up grooves, down & dirty bass, epic walls of sound and clever lyricism they create a mesmeric stage show
 
Described as ‘UK Reggae at its best’ (BBC 1Xtra), The Drop’s contemporary take on Jamaican Roots music has been accepted and acclaimed across the board. They have had national radio play so far from Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 1, Huw Stevens on BBC 6 Music & David Rodigan on BBC Radio 1Xtra & Kiss FM.
 
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Don Letts

A History of Reggae

16.12.17

London’s legendary Videographer/DJ and BBC Radio 6 music host Don Letts, we are more than happy to Welcome him under the Arches for a History of Reggae.

Don Letts first came to prominence as the videographer for The Clash, directing several of their music videos. In 1984, Letts co-founded the band Big Audio Dynamite with Clash guitarist Mick Jones, acting as the group’s sampler and videographer before departing the band in 1990.

He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a d.j at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that made his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’ w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others.

As of 1 April 2009, Letts is presenting a weekly show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

 

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J:Kenzo

A History of Bass

26.01.18

J:Kenzo is the leading member of a new wave of artists on pioneering Dubstep label Tempa, as well as the founder of the influential Artikal Music UK imprint.

Since 2008 he has cemented himself knee deep in the underground music scene with his signature minimalistic sound of Dub, Jungle and Techno. With an extensive back-log of achievements in the scene, J:Kenzo also hosts a monthly show on London’s ‘Rinse FM’.

His DJ skills have seen him travel the world from Japan to Australia to Dubai to North America and all over Europe. He now brings his skills to Archspace for a very special and exclusive night of BASS!

 

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Boadi (The Banku Powers) & Stella Talpo

08.02.18

Somewhere Soul are proud to present an evening of soul music with Boadi and Stella Talpo.
Growing up on the likes of D’Angelo, Fela Kuti and Marvin Gaye, Boadi (pronounced Bwer-dee) developed an appreciation and affinity with the sounds of soul from a very young age. His debut EP ‘AwoMaa’, released earlier this year, was one of the standout releases of 2017 and catapulted him and his band (The Banku Powers) to perform a sold out headline show at the Servant Jazz quarters.
 
Born in Italy and raised in Singapore, Stella has wanderlust woven into her bones. The now Brixton-based singer released her debut EP, Space, in June 2016 and has since been shortlisted for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition. Stella’s latest single, GIRL, debuted on Radio 1 by Phil Taggart and has already garnered over 200,000 streams on Spotify.
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The Hempolics

09.02.2018

The Hempolics are out to put those organic rootsy vibes back into music; with their fat radio-friendly hooks, bumping soundsystem bass and a wanderlusty, ineffably real sound all of their own…

Over years of recording top internatonal talent The Hempolics enigmatic leader, Grippa Laybourne, has been carefully honing his own masterpiece and selecting a gang armed and dangerous enough to execute it.

The Hempolics caused an instant stir with their single Serious, on the Reggae Roast label, which hit number one in the 2010 UK reggae charts and was playlisted on Massive Atack’s BBC takeover. Their latest releases have maintained success with a sync to the worldwide trailer for new Coen Brothers and George Clooney film ‘Hail, Caesar!’.

Brand new twisted track that sounds like LKJ meets Massive Attack” –Don Letts

Album Of The Day (9th Oct 2017) – BBC 6 Music

 

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Owiny Sigoma SoundSystem

+ Populous (Italy)

16.02.18

Champions of combining cultures, Owiny Sigoma Sound System, blend Kenyan Nyatiti and Luo music with Western songwriting. They bring their infectious rhythms to intimate East London party venue, Archspace.

Do not miss the chance to experience these gloriously hypnotic Afro grooves at one of London’s coolest venues. Tickets will move quick on what will be a guaranteed party atmosphere, unmissable for World Music fanatics.

Support comes from Italian producer ‘Populous’ who finds influence from sound all across the globe.

On last album  – ‘Nyanza is a bloody masterpiece’ – The Quietus

‘A glorious exercise in African Pop’ – The Guardian

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Nabihah Iqbal

22.02.18

Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she’s ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with. Readying her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’.

Discussing the change in name, she explains how she’d grown out of her previous alias. “I chose the Throwing Shade name in 2009 when I was just DJing at parties, unaware of a possible music career. It was a name for the scene at the time,” she says.

Born in London in the late ‘80s, she’s the daughter of parents who moved to the UK from Pakistan. Growing up, she was encouraged to play music and had lessons every day, learning the guitar, the flute and the piano. Her listening habits started with Michael Jackson: the first artist she remembers listening (and dancing) to, and she has a wall full of Michael Jackson posters in her music studio. Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’ would be another early touchstone.

 

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Vibration Black Finger

26.02.18

Lascelle Lascelles is the man behind Vibration Black Finger and is no stranger to the music world. During the 80’s he earned a reputation as an eclectic and adventurous musical spirited House DJ in London.

VBF has helped and worked alongside Acid Jazz pioneers The Brand New Heavies, Giles Peterson and Campag Velocet. He’s appeared live or recorded with the likes of Mr Scruff, Beth Orton, Trevor Jackson, Peaches and others.

He currently co-hosts a weekly show on NTS Radio – Music to Ease Your Disease.

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Amaroun

06.03.18

AMAROUN is the latest project from multi-talented producer and songwriter JAY BROWN, existing at the sonic crossroads where ERYKAH BADU, PJ HARVEY and FEIST meet, so expect kaleidoscopic pop music for the 21st century. Emerging from the same tight knit community as LA SALAMI, FRANCOBOLLO and DENAI MOORE, and with support from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and Chris Hawkins on BBC 6 Music, grab a ticket before they go!

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Guy Andrews

22.03.18

Guy Andrews is a London based musician and music producer best known for creating exciting textural electronic music that innovatively combine an array of influences from post-rock, techno, ambient and afrobeat inspired genres.

After the release of his debut album Our Spaces on critically acclaimed label Houndstooth last year, Andrews gained support from world renown tastemakers Bonobo, Massive Attack, Mary Anne Hobbs, Ulrich Schnauss, and more. With latest release Tåke enjoying the same level of success, and after collaborating with Massive Attack’s Rober Del Naja, as well as scoring for famous photographer Nadav Kander, Andrews has the industry buzzing.

Next spring, Andrews will bring his trademark sound of bittersweet electronic melancholia to the intimate Archspace for his first London headline show. A truly unmissable night for those eager to catch the next big thing to hit electronic music.

“An exploratory selection that veers out to techno’s left field…one to lose yourself in” – Clash Music

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Kefaya

11.05.18

Since winning the much coveted, Songlines Best Newcomer Award 2017 , Kefaya have been gaining a reputation for their virtuosic and mesmerising live shows, performing across Europe and India with a modular line-up ranging from a trio to a nine-piece ensemble.

The group has often collaborated with various internationally acclaimed artists, including Italian saxophonist Daniele Sepe, British vocalist Nicki wells, Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente, Indian drummer Sarathy Korwar, Italian folk singer Alessia Tondo, flamenco singer Chico Pere, Kurdish vocalist Olcay Bayir and many others.

This will be a unique chance for catch one of the most intriguing new bands of the year in such an intimate setting. These guys are bound to go on to huge things so don’t let this one pass you by, be there from the start!

Unmissable Kefaya are emerging as one of the most interesting global artists out there.

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Contact & Find Us

Archspace at Tripspace 339-340 Acton Mews
London, United Kingdom
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nearest station: Haggerston (Overground, 3 stops from Highbury and Islington)

general enquiries: enquiries@archspace.london
hire: hire@archspace.london

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