What on earth is Panarmonium all about?

A quirky outdoor performance stage and bar is landing in King’s Cross for three weeks

A bandstand-cum-music-hall-cum-bar: Panarmonium. Photo: PR
Only another free summer hangout in KX, that’s what. This atmospheric temporary pavilion – with a slightly unpronounceable name, right? – is located in the new Lewis Cubitt Square, and boasts a bespoke-built bar and a programme of performances, all happening inside and outside a circular canopy. It will host intimate shows and also be transformed into a bandstand for the whole of the square for major acts.

A sizable 12-metres in diameter, it draws inspiration, we hear, from “the pleasure gardens that sprung up around King’s Cross in the 1830s”. So expect sumptuous draped curtains and, er, an inflatable canopy, allowing the audience to escape the hustle and bustle of London’s streets to enjoy some unpredictable (and perhaps bawdy?) fare – with a sea of creative cocktails and craft beers to boot.

The first events have been curated by Anthony Whitworth-Jones and include Paco Peña on Friday 31 July, Natalie Williams on Saturday 1 August and She’Koyokh on Tuesday 18 August.

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Panarmonion will be open 4-11pm Monday – Friday, 12pm-11pm Saturday and 12pm-8pm on Sunday, 31 July –21 August. Full programme here

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