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King’s Cross Summer Sounds: free 12-day music festival returns

Line-up includes Black Voices, Queer Britain Takeover and English National Opera

A free music festival sounds good for all our budgets right now – and happily, King’s Cross Summer Sounds is back to help out. Set against the characterful Coal Drops Yard, the 12-day event will run from 9th – 20th August. And every performance costs absolutely nada.

Visitors can enjoy a fairly eclectic programme which will bring together folk, jazz, classical and experimental musicians, alongside an array of dancers and North London talent.

This year, the focus is on community, with local businesses and organisations co-curating the programme. Headlining on opening night will be Black Voices, a Birmingham-based female a cappella quintet accompanied by a live band of talented musicians. They’ll be taking audiences through a musical journey of the icons of Black Britain, performing hit songs by Craig David, Mic Paris, Loose Ends and many more.

Other festival highlights include Granary Square’s own Queer Britain takeover on Tuesday 15th August, showcasing some of the best local LGBTQIA+ talent, partists from English National Opera on Saturday 19th August, an evening of jazz by the world famous Joe Stilgoe on Thursday 17th August, and the future of folk music performed by National Youth Folk Ensemble on Sunday 13 August.


And no booking is required: just turn up, and hope the sun shines.

King’s Cross Summer Sounds runs 9th-20th August. Live concerts every evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and from 1pm to 6pm on ‘Family Sundays’. Full listings here. Follow @kingscrossN1C for more.

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