Rupert Hohwieler 15/02/23
If you’re a fan of both music and roads named after building materials, we have some good news for you.
The Cement Avenue Kazoo Fiesta Brick Lane Jazz Festival is coming to town 14th-16th April.
There’ll be huge acts, there’ll be killer afterparties, and there’ll be 30% off all individual day & weekend tickets for Nudge Members.
The festival made its debut last spring – very successfully, we might add – and for its second rodeo, the organisers will be upping the tempo with performances slated to take place over three days (from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th April), at the old Truman Brewery and across seven stages, hosted by London live venues that all share the same strong affection for jazz; 93 Feet East, Werkhaus, Ninety One Living Room, Cafe 1001, Juju’s Bar & Stage and Brick Lane Tap Room. It’s shaping up to be another musical feast for the ears.
The lineup will be bringing together over 50 established and soon-to-be established acts, all of whom are currently making waves of their own in the world of improvised music. You can brief yourself with the full list here, but for headliners: on Friday, you’ve got Tenderlonious (aka Ed Cawthorne) at the top of the bill, the man who runs the sought-after independent record label 22a and has garnered deep respect for his various projects including his album Ragas from Lahore, which The Guardian rated on their best global albums of 2020 list. Then, the weekend main-event slots see Ashley Henry in action at Werkhaus (whose album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter was nominated for BBC 6 Music Album of the Year in 2019) and Reuben James on Sunday, who’s collaborated and performed with some of the biggest names in the industry like Sam Smith and John Legend.
Then, there are those afterparties we mentioned. You’ll find them in Village Underground, and they’ll be showcases of cutting-edge jazz unto themselves, with a mix of live acts & DJs including the likes of Lex Amor (one of the pioneers of jazz-rap) and Secretsundaze, who likely need no introduction – but if you’d like one anyway, suffice to say they’ve created some of the most iconic dance parties of the current millennium.
Of course if you need a tune up before the gigs, The Truman Brewery – now an entertainment complex – is home to DF Tacos and Ely’s Yard, and of course there’s Brick Lane itself. For food, drink and…
…all that jazz.
PREVIOUS NUDGE MEMBER PERK: Nudge Members got 30% off all individual day & weekend tickets.
NOTE: This event took place from 14th-16th April at Truman’s Brewery. You can find out more here.
The Old Truman Brewery | 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
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The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QL
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