This past year has left Londoners starved for live music and performance. As everything starts to open up again, audiences are hungry for live music, but with so many regulations and tickets booked out months in advance, it can be almost impossible to find something cultural to do this summer.
Luckily, one venue in London might have the solution. Overlooking Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields is one of the capital’s most beloved buildings, with a rich history in the heart of the city. In their stunning courtyard, St Martin’s is offering 8 weeks’ worth of free concerts for Londoners this summer as part of the Mayor of London’s Let’s Do London campaign. Featuring some of the UK’s best up-and-coming talent, the ‘Summer Stage’ will feature a range of genres including folk, jazz, R&B, country, soul and even more.
Up to six acts will play each day, many of whom are recently signed or early career artists who have been prevented from working over the past 16 months. This opportunity is vital for them to continue forging their careers in an industry that has suffered tremendously over the course of the pandemic.
Deckchairs will be scattered around the courtyard, with a range of cocktails, craft beers, wine and food available for audiences to purchase. The Summer Stage gives Londoners a much-needed opportunity to come together and enjoy live music again.
The Let’s Do London campaign has been designed to support the cultural and economic reopening of the capital. The Mayor of London is working directly with local businesses and initiatives to aid the city’s recovery through driving consumer spend and footfall across cultural and hospitality sectors. It aims to inspire audiences to get out and enjoy London, while also remaining safe and in line with the UK government guidelines.
The Summer Stage performances begin 22 July and will take place every Thursday and Friday from 4:30pm – 7:30pm, every Saturday from midday to 7pm and every Sunday from midday to 6pm. The line-up will be posted each week on St Martin’s website.
What: 32 free music gigs over 8 weeks this summer
When: From 22 July every Thursday and Friday from 4:30pm – 7:30pm, every Saturday from midday to 7pm and every Sunday from midday to 6pm