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Cerys Matthews to host On Mass at the Roundhouse


Cerys Matthews will be stage host when mass music making spectacle On Mass takes over The Roundhouse on Sunday, November 12th. Uniting young creative collectives from around the world, the event presented by the EFG London Jazz Festival will be headlined by three-time Grammy Award winning artist Angélique Kidjo.

On Mass will include music and circus talents such as acrobatics, juggling, fire manipulation and street dance. BBC World Service and BBC 6 music Cerys said: “When I heard about the On Mass project that the Roundhouse is producing with young artists from India, Palestine, Faroe, Brazil and Scotland I really wanted to get involved. It seems so important in these days of political turmoil to enjoy and encourage the idea that you can’t close cultural borders, especially in a digital age.

“I’m really looking forward to what promises to be an extraordinary evening of international collaboration and the fact that Angelique is performing as well is just the cherry on the cake”.

The Roundhouse has also teamed up with Brainchild for an intimate warm-up showcase on Thursday, November 9th at the Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston. The night will bring together young musicians, international beat-boxers, singers and instrumentalists such as Nubya Garcia, Wayne Francis, Nivedha Harijan, Bellatrix.

Ahead of On Mass at the Roundhouse, the team released a trailer showcasing some of the talent taking part:

Angélique Kidjo, Kinetika Bloco, Breaking Convention, Roundhouse Choir, Battersea Arts Centre’s Beatbox Academy, Roundhouse Street Circus Collective, Roundhouse Audio Collective, Roundhouse Music Collective and William Ellis School.

For tickets go to roundhouse.org.uk.

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