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Woolwich Works announces new Woolwich Words & Sounds summer festival

Woolwich Works (c) Paul Gilbey
Woolwich Works (c) Paul Gilbey

Woolwich Works has announced the first ever Woolwich Words & Sounds festival.

Brand new for 2022, the festival will bring the riverside alive with an eclectic line-up spanning live music, stand-up comedy and spoken word from both established names and emerging artists.

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Highlights from the line up include comedy from television’s own Jamali Maddix (Taskmaster, Channel 4; Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Sky) who is bringing Fern Brady (The Russell Howard Hour, Sky) and Alfie Brown (Imagination, UK & European tour) along with other special guests for an unmissable night thisJuly.

Also bringing laughter to Woolwich Works is Jayde Adams (Snackmasters, Channel 4; Good  Omens, Amazon Prime), alongside Sindhu Vee (QI, BBC; Sex Education, Netflix) and a VERY special guest!

The music programme features an eclectic mix of styles and sounds. Audiences can enjoy the genre-defying Penguin Cafe as they celebrate the re-release of their first album A Matter of Life…, dreamy electronica from Laura Misch and soul from singer-songwriter Jake Isaac. 

Virtuoso Reuben James also brings his jazz techniques and soulful, evocative voice to the season  along with special guests, and Norman Jay MBE, of Rare Groove fame, teams up with Lovers Rock producer extraordinaire Dennis Bovell to bring the sounds of their finest grooves and deepest cuts to Woolwich Works’ dancefloor.

American jazz legend Bob Mintzer brings his big band compositions to life with the brilliant National  Youth Jazz Orchestra along with and Alice Russell (Here Lies Love, Todomundo/Nonesuch) takes to  the stage with her powerful soul voice. Sam Lee and Soumik Datta also co-headline a night of  music, bringing together Lee’s unique role in the British music scene and Datta’s skillset as a  composer, producer, bandleader and TV presenter.

Get swept away by the spoken word programme, including works from Sophia Thakur (Superheroes, Somebody Give This Heart a Pen) and Anthony Anaxagorou (After the Formalities,  How To…Write It) as they both host performance nights with some of the best and brightest  talents.

CEO of Woolwich Works James Heaton said: “Woolwich Works naturally lends itself to  festival-style programming with so many great spaces of all sorts of different shapes and  sizes. With a strong line-up for Woolwich Words & Sounds and loads of different things to see,  do, eat and drink, I hope we’ll persuade people from all over London to come down for the day  and discover what an exciting, creative destination Woolwich has become. It’s the place to be at  the moment – there’s a real buzz about it!”

For more information, including the full programme, and tickets visit www.woolwich.works/whats-on/category/woolwich-words-sounds-2022


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