Roundhouse Rising 2012

Thursday 9th to Saturday 18th February 2012
Roundhouse Theatre, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8EH, England MAP
varies depending upon event
daily capacity: 5000
last updated: Tue 24th Jan 2012

Roundhouse Rising is return to take place at the Roundhouse in London between Thursday 9th and Saturday 18th February 2012. The event presents new music acts across a wide range of genres.

This festival now takes on a distinctly international feel for 2012, with a new Nordic music night, partnerships with the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Colombia as well as performances from Congolese and Ethiopian acts. Rising will also be hosting British Underground's global Bass Culture event before it travels to SXSW as well as the grassroots music and creative community of the Un-Convention.


Thursday 9 February: Rising Showcase - Mz Bratt, YGLU, Azekel, Lovelle, Dizzietron - price £6.

Friday 10 February: Sonic - Beaty Heart + Roundhouse Choir, CLOUT!, Sarah Leo, The Waylayers - price £6.

Saturday 11 February: Bass Culture - Natty, Lady Leshurr, RasItes - price £6

Wednesday 15 February @ Old Blue Last: Wicked Tongue - Labyrinth Ear, Jewellers, Hourglass Sea, Fragments - price FREE.

Friday 17 February @ Rich Mix: Roundhouse:Remixed: Krar Collective in collaboration with Roundhouse Experimental Choir, Tres B, Rubix Poetry Collective, Tempting Rosie, Dizzietron (DJ set) - price £5.

Friday 17 February: Incidentally Nordic: Sandra Kolstad, Bloodgroup, Torkelsen, + more to be announced - price £6.

Saturday 18 February: EKO presents Through the Glass Ceiling Expect a workshop on music production with Hannah Holland (co-founder of Batty Bass), a podcast masterclass with BBC 6Music's Ruth Barnes, a panel hosted by Wears the Trousers magazine, as well as an evening of live music from female-fronted bands with The History of Apple Pie, Drop Out Venus, Chapter 24, Skinny Girl Diet - price £6.


Ticket prices vary depending upon event. To buy tickets, click here.

Other activities

In addition, Rising will feature a whole range of projects, panels, talks and workshops to inspire the next generation of creative young musicians. Eyes on the Wall will also be creating unique visuals for each night of the festival. Programmed in partnership with Rich Mix, Un-Convention, British Underground, Wears the Trousers and EKO, special guests include John Robb, Bless Beats, Jagz Kooner, Jon McClure (Reverend and The Makers), Hannah Holland, journalist Chantelle Fiddy, Ruth Barnes (6Music) and Blak Twang.

Workshops are aimed at 14-25 year olds who are looking to gain a wealth of experience in the music industry whilst the panels will discuss a range of topics from 'The Influence of Reggae on British Music' to 'Creativity in Place of War' and 'The Politicisation of Music'.


Saturday 11 February: Un-Convention: 'Voices': This year Un-Convention have partnered with a variety of arts organisations in Colombia to focus on the effect of new technologies on local and global music making, hip hop culture and the politicisation of music both in the UK and in Latin America. Many of the panels will be live-streamed, giving you the chance to connect and interact with artists from the other side of the world.

Special guests include Damon Albarn's Africa Express, Giles Petersen, Riz MC, Kate Tempest, Soweto Kinch, Ian Birrell, Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Mark Antoinne Moreau, John Robb, Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers, Chantelle Fiddy and artist RoxXxan. There will also be a performance from Cassetteboy. Price - £10 (all day ticket)

There will be a simultaneous panel connecting the Roundhouse in London with The Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Colombia in real time. The whole day explores the sounds, ideas and projects that help change the world and society and make people think differently.

Panels include 'Art as Activism' with Mark Thomas and Tracey Moberly, 'Female Voices', with a panel of female MCs, 'Hip Hop' (live from Colombia), 'Politicisation of Music', 'Creativity and Social Media In Places Of Armed Conflict', 'Digital Innovation', 'Latin American Music In The UK' and a panel curated by Damon Albarn's African Express: 'The Rise of African Music', intermixed with spoken word and hip hop performance.

Saturday 11 February: The 'Art of Protest' Exhibition: This exhibition highlights the art of positive and peaceful protest with work from leading international artists including Banksy, Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing, lyrics from singer songwriter Billy Bragg, imagery from John and Yoko's 'Bed-In', fashion Designer Katherine Hamnett's '58% Don't Want Pershing' t-shirt, Stella Vine and leading German Artists Joseph Beuys and Thomas Peiter. The exhibition also includes’s positive response to last summers youth riots, with an international compilation of photos from young people in Berlin, Madrid, Valencia and Manchester that identify their protest issues. To accompany the exhibition, a free 'Art of Protest' newspaper provides insights into the work on display and contributions from politician Brian Paddick (former Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Met Police service) and Joshua Blackburn (founder of Provokateur, an ethical communication agency). Free and open to all.

Wednesday 15 February: Bass Culture - The Influence of Reggae on British Music: Following on from their showcase night, British Underground present a high profile panel discussion looking at the massive influence reggae has had on the current UK music scene from dubstep and grime to folk and electronica. Robbo Ranx (BBC 1Xtra), Curtis Lynch (Necessary Mayhem) and the artist Leanna. Graphic artist Swifty and journalist Paul Bradshaw will also preview their new exhibition of posters, photographs, art and reggae memorabilia during the panel discussion. Price £2

Saturday 18 February: Wears the Trousers: music industry panel at Rising including Viv Alvertine (The Slits), Ruth Daniel (UnConvention), Jen Long (Radio 1), Lucy Wood (Eat Your Own Ears) and Annette Lee (4AD). A music industry panel discussion that will give participants the chance to get up close and personal with the music industry. They are also holding one-to-one Clinic Sessions to listen to demos. Price - £2


At the Roundhouse include:

REMIX: Rising - 13-15 February
Remix tracks by artists performing at Roundhouse Rising 2012. Working alongside professional producers, this intensive project will focus on song structure, creative interpretations and how to make the most out of a remix using the latest music software. Age: 14-19. Price - £15

Rising: Rewind with Jagz Kooner and Bless Beats - Thursday 16 February
Working alongside producers Jagz Kooner (Oasis, Kasabian, Primal Scream) and Bless Beats (Wiley, Chipmunk) to look at what makes a song great, deconstructing tracks and building them up as a group. Age: 16-25 (Intermediate/Advanced). Price - £5

International Album In A Week - 13-17 February
Partnering with international colleagues to help create an international album in a week. Working alongside other musicians in a state of the art studio to create a series of new tracks inspired by the festival. Please note: you must have some experience of playing and writing your own music to take part. Ages 14-19 . Price - £20.

Music Production and Promotion Masterclass - Saturday 18 February
This workshop will provide an insight into the different aspects of working in dance music. Learn about DJing, music production, club promotion and starting a record label - and how all these skills can help promote your own work - from Hannah Holland and the Batty Bass team. Ages: 16-25. Price - £5.

The Penniless Podcaster Masterclass - Saturday 18 February
BBC 6Music's Ruth Barnes is hosting a masterclass on how to make your own podcast, post it online, promote it and make it unique. This includes a chance to interview artists appearing as part of Roundhouse Rising and is also a good opportunity for those who are already podcasting, but who are keen to fine tune their methods and make the finished product slick and professional. Age: 16-24. Price - £5.

Roundhouse Rising blog project - 13-17 February
Learn about video and photography or web and radio journalism as you work on the daily Other Side of the World music project blog. Work with professionals to create work for your showreel, cover gigs at Roundhouse Rising 2012, write for the festival site and spread the word using social media. Age: 14-18. Price £10.

On site

There will also be the café and several bars, as well as some events moving off-site to East London.


This event does not have camping but there are a number of hotels, hostels and guest houses in the area.

More information will be here when available.

Thursday 9th to Saturday 18th February 2012
Roundhouse Theatre, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8EH, England MAP
varies depending upon event
daily capacity: 5000
last updated: Tue 24th Jan 2012

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