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Sound and moving images from the British Library

31 May 2024

Beyond the Bassline events at the British Library, June

Our events programme to coincide with the Beyond the Bassline exhibition continues into June. Many tickets include entry to the exhibition after hours. Here's what you can book for this month:

Sound System Culture DaySound System Culture Day

Sunday 2 June, 12:30 – 18:00
Piazza, British Library

Join us for an afternoon at the British Library hosted by Lin Kam Art, celebrating of the biggest contributions to UK music: sound system culture. With LIGWA sound system, Original Sounds Collective, Bass Tone Regeneration, talks, workshops and much more.

Curated by Linett Kamala from Notting Hill Carnival, this intergenerational day features two sound systems, talks, DJ sets, games, creative activities and installations.

Piazza and Pavilion activities are free to attend. Just turn up, no booking required. Last entry 5.30pm.



A Tribute to Sonny RobertsA Tribute to Sonny Roberts

Sunday 2 June, 13:30 – 14:30 

The story of a one of the most important figures in Black British music, studio founder and label owner Sonny Roberts. With Cleon Roberts in conversation with Linett Kamala. 








The Pioneers - The Trailblazers of British ReggaeThe Pioneers: Trailblazers of British Reggae   

Sunday 2 June, 15:00 – 16:15 
Pigott Theatre, British Library

Saluting the Pioneers with Daddy Ernie, Lady V (V Rocket International), Mad Professor and Carroll Thompson. Hosted by Seani B (Bruk Out / BBC Radio 1Xtra). 







0121 - Birmingham0121 – Birmingham’s Black Music Legacy 

Sunday 2 June, 16:30 – 18:00
Pigott Theatre, British Library

Celebrating the profound impact of Birmingham's Black musical legacy with Punch Records supremo Ammo Talwar, writer and poet Casey Bailey, film maker Daniel Alexander and artists Dapz On The Map and Roxxxan.






John BlankeJohn Blanke: the Black musician at the Tudor Court  

Tuesday 4 June, 19:00 – 20:00
Piazza Pavilion, British Library

An evening dedicated to the life and legacy of the first recorded Black British musician.







Generational WomenGenerational Women: Stars of music in conversation

Thursday 13 June, 19:00 – 20:30
Pigott Theatre, British Library and online

Talking music across the generations with Andi Oliver, Olivia Dean and Pauline Black. Hosted by Miquita Oliver.







Joan ArmatradingJoan Armatrading in conversation

Tuesday 18 June, 19:00
British Library

The legendary singer, songwriter and three times Grammy nominated musician, in conversation with Jacqueline Springer.







Queer Bruk - Title TreatmentQueer Bruk Presents. With special guest Tiana Major9 and DJ sets from Talia A Darling and Donnie Sunshine 

Friday 21 June, 18:30
British Library

Join Queer Bruk for an early evening party showcasing some of the best of black queer talent the UK has to offer and celebrating community and creativity. Special guests for the evening are RnB sensation Tiana Major9, the incredible Donnie Sunshine and the gifted Talia A Daaling.





Memoirs of Rikki SteinMoving Music: the Memoirs of Rikki Stein

Friday 21 June, 19:00 – 20:30
Pigott Theatre, British Library

An evening with powerhouse music manager Rikki Stein, sharing his incredible adventures on the road with, and managing some of the world’s most iconic musicians, from Jimi Hendrix to Fela Kuti.







Gateau Chocolat Title TreatmentDecus Ensemble featuring Le Gateau Chocolat 

Monday 24 June 2024, 19:00
Pigott Theatre, British Library

Join Decus Ensemble and Le Gateau Chocolate for a whistlestop exploration of historical Black classical composers in Britain up to the first half of the 20th century. Featured composers include Ignatius Sancho, Frederick Bridgetower, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Amanda Aldridge (aka Montague Ring).






WritersMosaic...When the Music HitsWritersMosaic: Music, When it hits.. You feel OK

Tuesday 25 June, 19:00 – 21:00 
Pigott Theatre, British Library and online

WritersMosaic host an evening of words and music with Julian Marley, Carol Leeming and An Alien Called Harmony. Hosted by Jeffrey Boakye.