Friday Lunch: Archipelago

LONDON Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom
Belvedere Road


Tidal waves of sound bear chaos, freedom, joy and darkness in a free lunchtime gig from the genre-crossing trio, who take inspiration from jazz, experimental rock and alt-folk songwriters.

Fronted by composer, saxophonist, clarinetist and vocalist Faye MacCalman with John Pope on bass and Christian Alderson on percussion, Archipelago formed out of North East England’s fertile new music scene in 2016.

Supported by BBC Music Introducing and selected as a highlight from Latitude Festival 2019 for Tom Robinson’s Radio 6 Music show, they were described as a ‘truly remarkable unit’ by NARC Magazine.

Influenced by artists including Joni Mitchell, Don Cherry and PJ Harvey, Archipelago’s swells of sound move between instruments and electronic effects, creating illusions of several musicians before peeling back to their raw trio form.

Releasing their debut album Weightless in 2017, Archipelago have played extensively across the UK, demonstrating their boundary-pushing ethos on stages at jazz festivals, indie rock all-dayers and tiny DIY spaces.

In 2018, with the support of Help Musicians UK, they created and ran BETWEEN WAVES, a residency-gig series for female-identifying artists to make new music with Archipelago.