Slava’s Snowshow in photos! One week to go!

It’s only one week until Slava’s Snowshow returns to Royal Festival Hall by popular demand. Here’s a sneak peek of the snowstorm set to take over Southbank Centre this Christmas!


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Catch Slava’s Snowshow at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London,  from 17 December – 7 January 2012. Get tickets here. 

Slava’s Snowshow returns to Royal Festival Hall this Christmas. Watch the trailer here!

Due to popular demand, Slava’s Snowshow returns to Royal Festival Hall this Christmas. Experience a joyous, dream-like world which will touch both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breathtaking blizzard leaving you knee-deep in snow!

Catch Slava’s Snowshow at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from 17 December – 7 January. Get tickets here. 

Rolf Harris in a rare performance at Royal Festival Hall

Tickets went on sale this week to An Evening with Rolf Harris – a rare performance from the 82-year-old artist, musician, singer and TV presenter. You’ll get the chance to hear his classic songs accompanied by his seven-piece band, wobble board and possibly the world’s largest didgeridoo. Plus Rolf will be painting a special portrait live on stage.

The nation’s favourite Aussie, who in 2010 made his sixth appearing at Glastonbury before a record breaking 130,000 audience, will appear for one night only in February 2013. Snap up your tickets before they’re gone!

Rolf Harris

Catch Rolf Harris at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Friday 8 February 2013. Get tickets here. 

Unlimited Festival starts tomorrow! Watch the trailer here!

Cutting edge, brand new, large-scale: Deaf and disabled-led art has never been so good. LOCOG and Southbank Centre present 29 brand new commissions from Deaf and disabled artists to coincide with the Paralympics.



Catch Unlimited at Southbank Centre from 30 August – 9 September. Get more information on Assisted Performances, Access and tickets here. 

Hofesh Shechter and the first UK youth dance company

Hofesh Shechter

Hofesh Shechter

In July 2012, Southbank Centre will host the premier of U.Dance Ensemble with Hofesh Shechter as artistic director. This new company is the first UK-wide youth dance company and comprises of 20 dancers aged between 16 and 21 from all over the UK.

Rehearsals are now under way for the performances at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in July so we caught up with Hofesh to hear his thoughts on this exciting new project.

“It’s great that the project is now underway, it was a fascinating experience to see young dancers from throughout the UK during the audition process. I’m looking forward to getting into the studio for the intense creation period, teaching them as much as I can and in turn I’m sure I will be learning from their vibrant energy and humour, of which I’ve already had a taste over the last months.”

Tickets will be on sale soon so check back for more info.

George Gershwin reinvented by The Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson

This weekend, Southbank Centre welcomes The Beach Boys frontman and songwriter Brian Wilson to Royal Festival Hall. As well as performing the hits from his Beach Boy days, Brian will also showcase his critically acclaimed album ‘Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin’. Here’s what the critics have to say:

He turns ‘Summertime’ into a doo-wop ballad, tricks out ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ with brass and lush harmonies, and teleports ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ from Broadway to sun-splashed California. The result is Porgy and Bess-meets-Pet Sounds: lovely, weird, subtly psychedelic symphonic lounge music. By the time the album ends with a gorgeous, string-laden rendition of the main theme from ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ you can’t help but ask: Is Brian Wilson the baby-boomer George Gershwin? Or was Gershwin the first Beach Boy?

Rolling Stone

A winning collection of songs and arrangements done with great style.
It’s only right to be sceptical when approaching this album. Just how has Brian Wilson, former leading light of The Beach Boys, approached these songs that have, largely, been covered so many times since they were written back in the 1920s and 30s? But any qualms are soon dispelled by his engaging performances and the imaginative arrangements, ones that remain faithful to the spirit of their melodic and harmonic core values.

BBC Music

See Brian Wilson at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall 16 – 18 September 2011. Get tickets here.

Get to know… Flawless!

Flawless’ hit show Chase the Dream opens tonight at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. We caught up with the guys earlier to ask them our quick questions.

Flawless: Chase the Dream

Flawless: Chase the Dream

Nathan ‘Oddey’ Kabs

Paul ‘Breaker’ Samuels

Simon ‘Shock’ Smith


What do you fear the most?
Breaker: I fear losing my mum the most.
Shock: Messing up on stage in front of thousands of people!
Neo: The fear of losing the closest people to me.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
Oddey: I call my mum’s mobile number the most.
Breaker: My little brother’s.
Shock: 118 118!

What – or where – is perfection?
Oddey: Perfection to me is someone who doesn’t get too complacent in what he or she does. There’s always room for improvement and don’t settle down for nothing less.
Breaker: Whilst I’m training listening to music.
Neo: Perfection defines the journey of Flawless!

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
My favourite hero would have to be Batman, just because everything about him is dark and his car is the one thing that makes me like Batman ever more.
Breaker: Spawn because when I was little I always thought he was cool.
Shock: Spiderman because he saved lives because of his power and I feel my power is being an artist an inspiring the younger generation and it could save their lives if they chase their dreams and make it happen.
Neo: Peter Petrelli from Heroes because he had the ability to gain everyone’s power.

What’s your favourite ritual?
Living the dream, waking up with a smile knowing that I’m going to dance/perform/train.
Breaker: Getting home, chilling and playing PS3!
Shock: Waking up every morning and living my dream.
Neo: Our group prayer before every performance. It gets me focused and ready for the performance.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
The person I admire most is my dad, because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been the person who I am today in many ways, such as growing up on the correct path and having my future business plans sorted.
Breaker: Popping Pete because he has shown no matter how old you are or get, you can always chase your dreams by doing what you love.
Shock: Usher because he is inspires me to work hard.
Neo: My mother. She is a strong and determined person who has taught me to always be positive and do what I love.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
Speak other languages.
Shock: Sing, fashion designer and act.
Neo: I’ve always wanted to be able to sing!

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
The special memory which I have of the Southbank Centre is performing in front of a sold out Flawless show event.
Shock: Doing the National Movie Awards at Southbank for Streetdance 3D the movie.
Neo: Finding out that Flawless were going to have a show at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall!

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
My ideal Southbank Centre show would be to have Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Usher and Flawless all on the same stage and creating the biggest dance/singing show ever.
Shock: Flawless, Michael Jackson, Usher, Drake, N.E.R.D, JAY-Z, Beyonce, Cirque du Soleil, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Royal Ballet, China Olympics. Huge movie directors, huge fashion designers.

What’s your favourite website?
My favourite website would have to be Google! This site never fails to help me when I need it!
Breaker: YouTube
Neo: Well I’m always checking my Facebook!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Most important life has taught me is that, when you believe in yourself and want to achieve something GO FOR IT! Never let anyone tell you different. Chase your dream.
Shock: Learn from your mistakes and never give up.
Neo: That everything happens for a reason.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
The most played music is Michael Jackson ‘Smooth Criminal’ live on the Bad tour.
Breaker: Dwele – I think I love U
Shock: Cold Play
Neo: Alicia Keys feat. Drake – Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)

Flawless: Chase the Dream at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall 21 – 23 December, 2010. Book tickets here