Every day on DICE we list the best gigs, clubs and festivals. But there are a few events nestled in our London list that might take you by surprise. Check out the below for something a little different.
Morgen Und Abend
This is the first ever opera we’ve listed on DICE, and we think it’s going to be stunning. A collaboration between Jon Fosse, Europe’s most performed playwright who lives in a cottage in the grounds of the Norwegian Royal family, and acclaimed Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, it tells the story of man as he grows old and eventually finds himself talking to loved ones long dead.
Not only is this the closing night of the world premiere, but these are very special orchestra stall seats. And a pretty special venue too. If you haven’t been to the main room of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden before, get ready to have your breath taken away. Book now.
Panic! With Darkstar, Richard Dawson and more.
Hosted by Barbican as part of a campaign called Panic! that’s running in conjunction with Create and The Guardian focussing on access to the arts and how opportunities in the UK are rapidly disappearing for young people, this evening brings together socially aware performers from across the board.
Headliners Darkstar’s recent album Foam Island, released on Warp, takes in samples from interviews with young people in Huddersfield, painting a cultural snapshot of Northern England over their glitching and glistening electronic spliced experimental pop.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards work experience and training placements, helping fund the future of music. Book now.
Fluffer Pit Parties
Cult underground label Fluffer Records have been ripping up the capital for the last couple of years introducing us to the likes of Slaves, Cerebral Ballzy, Hooton Tennis Club and Kagoule. The London based label supports the best in psych, punk and garage.
They’ve launched a series of Pit Parties to heat up this winter, all taking place in secret warehouses across East London. The full line up will be announced on the day and is guaranteed to feature essential and electrifying new acts. There’s no stage, instead bands play in the middle of the room as 150 bodies crush up close and sweaty around them. Book now.
Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards
BBC 6 Music presenter, globally renowned DJ, and all round legend Gilles Peterson is hosting this night at KOKO celebrating music made by some of the world’s greatest artist.
With a stellar line up picked by the tastemaker himself, already on the bill there’s Henry Wu presenting Yussef Kamaal, Kamasi Washington, Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchesta, plus this year’s DICE Live Award winner, the incendiary Little Simz.
The first two waves of tickets for this sold straight out, and we don’t expect this final batch to last much longer. Book now.
Roundhouse Presents - In The Round
Early next year Camden’s Roundhouse presents a series of events where musicians play in the round, allowing the audience a unique chance to get up close to some of the most exciting, innovative, and influential artists in the world.
From Velvet Underground co-founder and accomplished solo artist John Cale, to the heartstopping musician and poet Keaton Henson who plays live rarely, and critically acclaimed Americana troubadour Matthew E White, these shows excel as much in diversity as they do in excellence. Book now.
Keith Buckley - Scale, A Novel
Every Time I Die Frontman Keith Buckley has written a debut novel, Scale - the fictional memoirs of a struggling and hopeless indie rock musician. Unveiling the book at London’s The Brewhouse, Buckley will take part in a live discussion with journalist Paul Brannigan, followed by an audience Q&A.
From Buffalo, New York, Buckley has lived the life of a performer for nearly two decades fronting the highly revered Every Time I Die and as a member of supergroup The Damned Things. Expect this talk to be an illuminating, revealing, and pretty enthralling experience. Book now.