Singing to an audience unaccompanied by music has to compete as being one of the tensest, most nerve-wracking and challenging feats you could put yourself through. This is exactly what’s in store for artists participating in the fifth showing of the London A Cappella Festival.
Taking place from January 23 – 25, 2014 at Kings Place, artists from around the globe will show off their singing voices unaided by any music. This thoroughly unique festival has certainly roused attention in the arts and culture sections of the broadsheet press.
“Few pick-me-ups dispel January blues better than the London A Cappella Festival. It is three days of workshops, concerts, booze, talk, humour, boisterous audiences, and exuberant performers, all dedicated to the ever-expanding world of unaccompanied vocal music”, said Richard Morrison of the Times.
The festival will be curated by the five times Grammy award-winning vocal group ‘The Swingle Singers’, along with Ikon Arts Management. You can expect a mind-blowing mix of Russian Orthodox chanting through to funk, beat box, folk and much more, as some of the world’s top a cappella voices let rip in London.
One band topped as being a big hit at next year’s event is the all American ‘The House Jacks’. This highly talented group has been described as a rock band without the backing music but don’t let the lack of drums, bass, keyboards and guitars put you off, because this group is extraordinary, compelling and supremely exciting. The House Jacks will hit the stage on Thursday 23 January.
The band have played with the likes of Ray Charles, The Temptations and The Four Tops and whilst perhaps not so well known in the UK they are certainly popular in the USA.
Vocal super-group The Real Group will also be wowing the Kings Place audience. This five-piece professional a cappella group from Sweden has performed more than 2000 concerts worldwide. In 2002 these incredibly gifted singers performed at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Seoul to an audience of more than 60,000, now that’s what we call having nerves of steel.
Being one of London’s leading hubs for art, music and dialogue, there could not be a more fitting venue than the Kings Cross for the London A Capella Festival to take place. For more information on this exhilarating show and to book tickets, visit the London A Capella Festival website at: http://www.londonacappellafestival.co.uk/