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Roundhouse Rising Festival 2019

Roundhouse Rising Festival 2019


Roundhouse Rising Festival 2019

Tuesday 15th October – Tuesday 29th October
Roundhouse Rising Festival & Serious presents –


Phoenix Rising – Beyond the Spectacular Empire

Plus: Stealing Sheep, Kai Whiston, Big Zuu, Sinead O’ Brien,

Colossal Squid, plus many more

Also: The Rising Sounds album launch

and two dedicated Roundhouse Rising Transmission Shows

Partners: BBC Introducing in London, The Great Escape, Paradigm, The F Word, Bucks Music Group, Future Bubblers, 13 Artists

and Serious

Further Info:

Roundhouse Rising – the UK’s leading launch pad for next generation music returns in 2019 to spotlight new sounds and showcase emerging talent.

Running from Tuesday 15th October through to Tuesday 29th October 2019, across eleven days, Roundhouse Rising brings a new level of performance and sound to London’s iconic Roundhouse. Now in its ninth year, Rising Festival has paved the way for successful young artists such as Little Simz, Tom Misch, Dom McAllister, The Magic Gang, Hooton Tennis Club, Pretty Vicious and many more.
This year, Roundhouse Rising and Serious Productions welcome GAIKA who will be headlining the festival on Tuesday 29th October. Described by the Guardian as ‘Britain’s most vital rapper’ the Warp label artist evades categorisation of his sound, yet strongly stands out as an interdisciplinary artistic and political visionary.
An exclusive one-off show set in the Roundhouse’s iconic main space will see GAIKA expand on his signature blend of Grime, Dancehall and R&B infused electronic music, as he’s joined by a ten-piece jazz ensemble led by composer Jason Yarde. Expect a fresh, new sound and politically charged audio-visual experience that aims to send out a message of hope for the future from Britain’s next generation.

Across the rest of the festival, the more intimate Sackler Space provides the stage for Æ MAK, West London Grime MC, Big Zuu and electro-beats luminaries, Colossal Squid – AKA Adam Betts and Kai Whiston, a truly original producer who seems to draw from everything and yet sound like nothing else, plus Sinead O’ Brien’s artful blend of spoken-word and post-punk.

Renowned for their multidisciplinary dabbling, Liverpool’s genre-defying electronic experimentalists Stealing Sheep will be supported by Swedish-come-London urban pop artist and producer Eva-Lina in collaboration with The F Word, a female collective promoting gender parity in music. Also on the lineup are 60’s inspired indie band Weird Milk, rappers on the rise HMD, Priincess Kemz and R.A.E, soulful singer-songwriters Anaïs and Martha Da’Ro and Roundhouse Resident Artist IORA. 
As well as a diverse and powerful set of live headline acts, Wednesday 16th October sees the Rising Sounds album launch – featuring live sets from the album; a culmination of ten exceptional emerging musicians age 18-25, each paired up with a professional producer to record a track. Plus there’ll be two specialist Transmission shows: Deeper Cuts, with Nihilism and Chelsea Carmichael bringing you the best new modern jazz and left field electronic music, plus The Green Room Live with Weyland McKenzie.

This year Roundhouse Rising is excited to announce a fresh crop of partners all playing a vital role in shaping the festival programme by showcasing pioneering new artists within the industry. Teaming up with BBC Introducing in London, Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival, global artist agency Paradigm, female collective The F Word and Bucks Music Group. Also involved are Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Music’s new talent discovery agency, Future Bubblers and Brighton’ 13 Artists, each contributing their musical taste to the curated line-up.

Roundhouse Rising Festival celebrates new, emerging music and musical talent. So much more than just a venue, the Roundhouse is a talent incubator and creative hub, offering much needed facilities, inspiration and guidance for aspiring young creatives. This year, the pricing structure has been changed to make shows across the festival more accessible for young people, enabling a wider audience to experience more, great, new music.

 The Roundhouse has been home to the very best that live music has to offer, whilst constantly inspiring and championing the new sounds of tomorrow. Roundhouse Rising welcomes everyone to be part of this perpetual journey.


Current line-up:

 Tuesday 15th October 2019
Roundhouse Rising Festival & BBC Introducing in London Presents
+ guest TBA
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Wednesday 16th October 2019
Roundhouse Rising Festival presents Rising Sounds Launch
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Thursday 17th October 2019
Roundhouse Rising Festival & Bucks Music Group presents
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Friday 18th October 2019
Roundhouse Rising Festival & Transmission presents: Deeper Cuts
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Saturday 19th October 2019
Roundhouse Rising Festival & Future Bubblers presents
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Tuesday 22nd October
Roundhouse Rising Festival & 13 Artists Presents
Line up to be announced end of summer
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Wednesday 23rd October
Roundhouse Rising Festival & The F Word Presents
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Thursday 24th October
Roundhouse Rising Festival & Paradigm Presents
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Friday 25th October
Roundhouse Rising Festival & Transmission presents: Green Room Live
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Saturday 26th October
Roundhouse Rising Festival & The Great Escape Presents
Roundhouse Sackler Space

Tuesday 29th October
Roundhouse Rising Festival & Serious Presents
Plus guests TBA
Roundhouse Main Space



About The Roundhouse

The Roundhouse is a hub of inspiration where artists and emerging talent create extraordinary work and where young people can grow creatively as individuals.  Each year, thousands of 11-25-year-olds come to the Roundhouse to take part in our youth programme, developing their skills in music, media or the performing arts. The Roundhouse is one of the most incredible live performance spaces in the world, where many iconic artists have taken to the stage. In the 1960s, some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll took to the stage, including The Doors, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. In the 70s, the Roundhouse was the home of the British Punk movement, with The Ramones, The Damned, The Stranglers and The Clash all playing legendary shows. Today, the Roundhouse continues to be loved by audiences and artists as one of the most incredible live music venues in the world, playing host to performances from an impressive list of artists – from Bob Dylan and Jay-Z to Gorillaz, Janelle Monae, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and many more. Widely recognised as one of the best places to experience live music and performance in the UK, the space has also been home to some of the most important festivals in the music calendar, such as the iTunes Festival, the MTV VMA’s and BBC Electric Proms. But it’s not just about the biggest names – Roundhouse is also a home for emerging artists and a place to discover tomorrow’s headliners. Every year, Roundhouse Rising festival celebrates and showcases the best in new music.

About Giant Steps

Giant Steps is a talent development programme run by Serious that enables, supports, and funds established artists to develop a new element in their creative practice. It started in 2018 with Anthony Joseph curating an event series celebrating the culture of the Windrush Generation and has continued with Alice Zawadzki, Soweto Kinch, and now GAIKA, whose participation in Giant Steps is enabling him to work with saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde and a 10-piece band comprised of some of the most promising young musicians from the vibrant British jazz scene. The musical collaboration will explore, arrange and expand GAIKA’s music – which is mostly created through electronic instruments – into a live instrumental ensemble. Until now, GAIKA’s musical output has been his own exploration of electronic instruments and software. This project represents a giant step into new musical territory for GAIKA. Giant Steps is funded by Help Musicians UK with additional support from Arts Council England and the Serious Trust.

About Sight and Sound

The Roundhouse has embarked on a series of creative programmes with young people exploring audio-visual practice. Entitled “Sight and Sound” the programme begins this spring with a series of collaborative workshops facilitated by a team of audio and video artists, including the Light Surgeons’ Christopher Thomas-Allen. The programme will culminate in a series of workshops in the summer and autumn of 2019.



Sackler Space shows:
General On Sale £10
Main Space show: 
General On Sale £15
A limited number of student priced tickets are also available through the GET IN scheme:


Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road,
London, NW1 8EH