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Sound Connections: free live gigs at St Pancras

Wyles & Simpson launch a month of free live gigs on the train station concourse

Cleo T: haunting vocals, live at St Pancras International last night.  Photos: PR
Cleo T: haunting vocals, live at St Pancras International last night. Photos: PR

Last night, the cathedral-like dome of St Pancras International’s Barlow Shed returned to its innovative alternate use as a venue for intimate – and totally free – music gigs.

Sound Connections is the name of a series of such pop-up pop bops, and runs every Wednesday and Thursday evening through until May 14th.

Weekly commuter Rebecca Clements plays live
Weekly commuter Rebecca Clements plays live

Following previous gigs in the station from the likes of Jamie Cullum, Ed Sheeran, Brian May and Soul II Soul, the new series chugged into to life with rush hour sets from French arrival Cleo T, 20 year old singer-songwriter Rebecca Clements and Chase & Status’ hot MTA Records signing, Wyles and Simpson.

Cunningly, the gig series specifically focuses on showcasing talent from towns and cities situated on the various routes out of St Pancras International.


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Bristol-based lass Rebecca Clements passes through here weekly on the way to studio sessions. “I love listening to people playing the pianos that are dotted about when I grab a coffee,” she told us excitedly, before stepping onto the stage for her very own station debut.

Cleo T got all romantic about playing such a spot. “This show is a great gift for me as a performer,” she waxed. “To step into people’s lives, by accident, hoping to share faith, light – and groove – with complete strangers, music listeners or followers.”

Wyles & Simpson live at St Pancras International
Wyles & Simpson live at St Pancras International

And headliners Wyles & Simpson – who recorded their debut album featuring acclaimed new single Stormy Skies at York Way’s Tileyard Studios – also have an affinity with the station, having regularly met around the pianos (having an “occasional tinkle” themselves), before setting of to recording sessions.

Tonight sees Foals stable-mates Genghar, plus Londoner Kimberly Anne take to the Sound Connections stage from 5.30pm.

Then look out for these tasty intimate and free sessions in the coming weeks too:

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  • Wednesday 29th April – Eliza And The Bear, Cosmo Sheldrake
  • Thursday 30th April – Boxed In, Wyldest
  • Wednesday 6th May – Harleighblu, Natalie Duncan
  • Thursday 7th May – Admiral Fallow, Longfellow
  • Wednesday 13th May – Remi Miles, Get Inuit
  • Thursday 14th May – Slow Club, Rothwell

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More info and set times on the St Pancras website

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