Blaze Festival 2011

Sunday 19th June to Thursday 28th July 2011
various venues, central and east London, England MAP
varies depending upon event
Last updated: Fri 10th Jun 2011

East London's Blaze festival returns in 2011 from Sunday 19th June until Thursday 28th July 2011 with its usual eclectic mix of shows and artists from Basement Jaxx to gypsy brass bands and everything in between. Hosted by the Barbican, Blaze takes place across a range of venues including Canary Wharf and Hackney Empire, including the Barbican FreeStage.

Blaze is part of the CREATE festival, the fourth annual summer festival that celebrates Europe's largest cultural quarter (no really).


Sun 19 Jun 7pm, XOYO
Eta Carinae / Fim de Feira / Rivotrill

Sun 19 & Mon 20 Jun 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Ryan Adams

Friday 29 July 2011 7.30pm, Village Underground
Bomba Estéreo

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Jun 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Ludovico Einaudi: Taranta!

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Jun 3pm-7pm Barbican
Exploring the music of the Mediterranean

Sat 25 Jun 8pm, Rich Mix Arts Centre
Shangaan Electro + Secousse DJ Set

Mon 27 Jun 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Dennis Coffey with Alice Russell, Mayer Hawthorne & more special guests tba

Thu 30 Jun 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Oumou Sangare + Anibal Velasquez y Los Locos del Swing

Fri 1 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Gregg Allman The Low Country Blues Tour + Tift Merritt

Fri 1 Jul, Barbican FreeStage, FREE
Errol Linton

Sat 2 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Canadian Blast

Tue 5 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Sing the Truth: Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright

Wed 6 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings + Charles Bradley

Wed 6 Jul, doors open 7pm, Hackney Empire
Band of Gypsies: Taraf de Haïdouks & Kocani Orkestar

Thu 7 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Randy Brecker & Bill Evans – Soulbop featuring Medeski Martin and Wood + Terence Blanchard Quintet

Thu 7 Jul, doors open 7pm, Hackney Empire
Re:Definition 2011

Fri 8 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Madeleine Peyroux

Fri 8 Jul, doors open 8pm, Hackney Empire
Calle 13 + Wara + Quantic (Tru Thoughts – DJ Set)

Fri 8 Jul 7pm, Canary Wharf
World of Brass

Sat 9 Jul, doors 7pm, Hackney Empire
Penguin Cafe + Beth Jeans Houghton

Sat 9 Jul 2pm til late, Gillett Square & The Vortex
Dance Nations Dalston

Sun 10 & Mon 11 Jul, doors 7pm, Hackney Empire
Hugh Masekela: Celebrate Mama Afrika

Mon 11 Jul 8pm, Barbican Hall
Esperanza Spalding

Tue 12 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Congotronics vs Rockers

Wed 13 Jul 8pm, Barbican Hall
Rain Dogs Revisited

Thu 14 & Fri 15 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Metropole Orkest vs Basement Jaxx

Thu 14 Jul, doors open 7pm, Hackney Empire
Ebo Taylor / Fool's Gold

Sat 16 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band + special guests

Sat 16 & Sun 17 July 1-9pm, Regents Canal
Shoreditch Festival 2011

Mon 18 Jul 8pm, Rich Mix Arts Centre
Baloji / Fatoumata Diawara

Fri 22 Jul 8pm, Wilton's Music Hall
Faster Than Sound: Brainwaves, feat Mira Calix, Anna Meredith & the Aurora Quartet

Sat 23 Jul 7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Aurelio + Danyèl Waro + Carlou D

Sun 24 Jul 8pm, Barbican Hall
Irma Thomas + Soul Rebels Brass Band

Mon 25 Jul & Tue 26 Jul & Wed 27 Jul 8pm, Wilton's Music Hall
Alina Ibragimova, The Quay Brothers

Thu 28 Jul 7pm, Canary Wharf
Extraordinary Voices of the World


Ticket prices range from free up to £30/35 depending on the act and venue. To buy tickets, click here.


Barbican: Barbican Hall, Barbican Free Stage
Shoreditch: Village underground, XOYO, Rich Mix Arts Centre
Hackney: Hackney Empire, Gillett Square and the Vortex
Other: Regents Canal, Canary Wharf, Wilton's Music Hall.

More information will be here when available.

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Blaze Festival 2011
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last updated: Fri 10th Jun 2011