From August to November, CirKT is partnering with a wide range of venues and community spaces across the borough to showcase a dynamic, cross-genre mix of new talent and established acts.
This opportunity is open to a wide range of spaces – including pubs, community spaces/halls, churches, clubs and local businesses.
Four gigs have now been announced, with the first taking place at the Glasshouse on 8 August. Here are a few of Kingston’s finest venues – more to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Fighting Cocks
With a live music history dating back to the 1930s, The Fighting Cocks bar and Venue is a testament to grassroots artists. It prides itself on being fiercely independent since 2000. Its love for live music is its inspiration to keep pushing, putting on shows and doing everything it can to ensure that the Fighting Cocks remains one of the finest grassroots venues in Kingston.
The Lamb Surbiton
The Lamb Surbiton is a family-run, community-minded venue with live music at its core. It has music events every Wednesday and Sunday showcasing top artists on the folk, Americana and blues scenes, alongside foot stomping bands from brass, country and rock’n’roll. Its annual music festival, Lambstock, features some of the Lamb’s favourite acts alongside emerging artists from all the UK and beyond.
The Oak is a traditional pub based in Kingston, only a 5 min walk from Kingston Station, and an important part of Kingston music circuit. It has live performances every Tuesday with a brass band called Jon Bird’s Big Band, Open MIC every Thursday and live bands every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Glasshouse is a light and airy, contemporary pub, with traditional values, serving great ales and a broad range of wines from around the world. The pub has a huge sheltered garden with fire pits & beautiful lights. It regularly hosts an open mic night.
Find out more about CirKT’s venues
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Head over to our CirKT Music YouTube channel to see our artists performing live across Kingston, New Malden and Surbiton.
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