NOW INTO its sixth year – though, for reasons we need not dwell on now, not its sixth consecutive – the multivalent In The Round festival is back at The Roundhouse in London’s Camden from January 15th to the 24th next year, and will feature eight shows carefully chosen from across the musical spectrum.
There’ll be headline sets from Emeli Sandé, Richard Dawson, Goat Girl, Hak Baker, Balimaya Project and Camilla George, The Kingdom Choir and Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal. The festival will also host the UK B-Boy Championships for a breakdance battle.
The festival allows a chance for music lovers to see artists perform on a central, circular stage, in intimate shows.
It kicks off on Saturday, January 15th, when London G-folk artist Hak Baker will present ‘Bricks In The Wall’. The following Tuesday, January 18th, Goat Girl will bring their off-kilter indie grit to the venue, as featured on their most recent album for Rough Trade, On All Fours.
The 19th is given over to Emeli Sandé, MBE. Newly signed to Chrysalis Records, an artistic rebirth is on the cards for Emeli, the fruits of which will be showcased that night. Thursday, January 20th belongs to the Newcastle bard Richard Dawson; guaranteed to stop you dead.
On the 21st, the 16-piece Balimaya Project and Camilla George will weave a cloak of Afrobeat, jazz and rap in a joint headline show; and on the 22nd The Kingdom Choir will celebrate its 25th year.
The UK B-Boy Breakdance Championships hosts a lyrical Battle In The Round on the evening of the 23rd, while on Monday, January 24th, Ballaké Sissoko, one of Mali’s greatest exponents of the kora, will join forces with French cellist Vincent Ségal, performing selections from their album, Musique De Nuit.
General tickets will go on sale at 10am tomorrow, November 10th; to book yours, go to the Roundhouse website, here.