ILLUMINATIONS - James Holden, Kimya Dawson, Owiny Sigoma Band and more announced.

19 Sep 2013

New events announced for Illuminations - a weeklong series of specially curated music and arts events taking place in London during November 3rd-November 10th 2013

Illuminations is delighted to today announce three further events alongside the previously announced names.

James Holden, Kimya Dawson, Aidan Moffat, Owiny Sigoma Band, John Wizards, Jacco Gardner, Dent May and more join Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Field Music (performing a Soundtrack to the film Drifters), MONEY and Mø.

Taking place over a week in November in a multitude of venues, Illuminations returns for 2013 to present London with a fresh, cross-genre and inspiring programme of creative acts in contemporary music.
Following the sell-out success of Illuminations’ debut last year, which featured a diverse bill of artists including Chromatics, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, How To Dress Well and an immersive theatre performance with all-female choir Gaggle, the Illuminations weeklong showcase is set to return, promising a unique combination of performances, bespoke visuals and exhibitions.


Kicking off the series, a number of unique and classic songwriters from around the world make up a Sunday ‘Songs and Readings’ all-day affair at Islington Assembly Hall, Nov 3rd. Topping the bill – a rare UK performance from ex-Moldy Peach Kimya Dawson, known widely for her solo work on the soundtrack to the Academy Award-winning Juno, amongst a rich catalogue of other material. Kimya will be joined by a newly constructed spoken word / solo performance from Arab Strap founder Aidan Moffat, alongside rising Dutch psych-pop talent Jacco Gardner, Mississippi’s Dent May, plus rising songwriters Monument Valley and Your Heart Breaks. The day will also feature select readings between acts, with further details still to be announced.


Following a number of support dates to Atoms For Peace, the Mobo-nominated Owiny Sigoma Band head up a one-off culture clash of global music at the Jazz Café, Nov 7th. A collaboration between Narobi and London musicians, OSB continue to redefine universal, artist and cultural exchange, blending traditional Kenya nyatiti and Luo music with Western songwriting and production techniques. Providing another potent mixture of modern Afrobeat and global influences from Cape Town, the highly talented John Wizards will also perform.


Closing the series, Illuminations is delighted to announce a unique event featuring one of the UK’s most talented electronica talents, James Holden. Following the release of one of the year’s most acclaimed releases - new album The Inheritors – Holden will perform two intimate and unmissable live shows, featuring drums and visuals, at The Roundhouse Studio, Chalk Farm, Sunday 10th November.

Tickets for all previously announced shows are on sale now, whilst tickets for the three new events will go on sale Thursday 29th August at 9am here: /

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