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Summer Sounds: 12 days of free gigs & performances in Coal Drops Yard

An eclectic programme of free music and shows hit the outdoor spaces of Coal Drops Yard

Remember the annual free music festival Cubitt Sessions? It returns to King’s Cross this August for 12 days of sights and sounds – with a new name, Summer Sounds.

The festival, which has ambitions “to democratise music and open the experience to all”, will bring together top folk, jazz, classical and experimental musicians alongside an array of dancers and performers for a series of early evening and daytime shows under the “kissing” roofs of Coal Drops Yard, pictured above.

This year’s theme, Connected Communities, embraces the local cultural diversity of King’s Cross with accessible performances from both local and global artists. The festival kicks off on Wednesday 10th August with celebrated Flamenco composer and guitarist, Paco Peña and Friends, who has performed everywhere from Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Albert Hall.

Family Sessions at Summer Sounds, Image: PR

Other highlights include folk quartet Tacla, who play traditional Welsh music in a unique gypsy jazz style; an Evening of Songs from the Shows featuring Danial Boys and guests; and the alternative pop duo APRE.


The finale of the festival, driven by “the power of the human voice”, say the organisers, is a celebration of the community choir and its unifying ability to represent cultural identities, featuring the world-famous London Community Gospel Choir.

August 10th- 22nd. Live concerts are free and take place every evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and from 1pm to 6pm on ‘Family Sundays’. Check the King’s Cross website for more details.

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