Panarmonion opens at King’s Cross

Posted: Friday 31st July 2015

Panarmonion, a new venue – bar and stage – is opening in King’s Cross today.

The atmospheric pavilion is open for three weeks and will host an array of exclusive performances from world-renowned performers, including Paco Peña, who will perform as the opening act tonight (Friday 31 July).

The bespoke-built bar and programme of free, eclectic and engaging performances will run until 21 August, creating an exciting summer hangout in Lewis Cubitt Square

The outdoor space will host intimate performances within its circular canopy, but will also act as a bandstand – creating a stage to host major shows, for audiences in Lewis Cubitt Square and Park to enjoy. The headline programme of large shows has been curated by Anthony Whitworth-Jones.

The bar itself will be serving up a selection of cocktails, summer ales and great wines – the perfect accompaniment to an evening of good music and dance.

Panarmonion is 12 metres in diameter and can seat up to 100 people in the internal area, with many more spilling out into Lewis Square. It has been commissioned by King’s Cross in collaboration with architects and designers Lyn Atelier.

The performance and entertainment space draws its inspiration from the King’s Cross pleasure gardens of the past and comes complete with a performance stage, draped curtains and an inflatable canopy, allowing its audience to escape the hustle and bustle of London’s streets to enjoy an evening of surprise and delight, with high quality al fresco entertainment, creative cocktails and delicious summer beers.

The full programme of live music and dance has now been announced and will include an opening performance from flamenco legend Paco Peña and performances from jazz and soul sensation Natalie Williams on Saturday 1 August, as well as award-winning klezmer band She’Koyokh, who are set to wow the crowd on Tuesday 18 August.
Visitors looking to explore their musical tastes can indulge in some pop-up opera, with bite-size performances from Tête à Tête, on Sun 2 and 9 Aug, or if classics don’t tickle your fancy, the hot new indie/electro band, Periscope View, will take to the stage in support Youth Music’s Give a Gig campaign.
For those who love to dance we have some tango lessons, with London tango sensations, Rojo y Negro on Thurs 6 August and Central St Martin’s will collaborate with BirdGang Dance Company, who will be allowing Londoners to lose themselves in a cabaret experience where Harlem Renaissance, hip hop and Victorian vaudeville collide ( 7 & 8 August).
Speaking about the commission, King’s Cross Asset Manager, Anna Strongman said,

“Panarmonion will offer up a new social and performance space for King’s Cross allowing visitors to enjoy alfresco drinks and intimate performances in a unique setting. The nature of the space will allow us to create larger performances, which will delight those on the Square, cementing Lewis Cubitt Square as one of London’s newest and most vibrant open spaces.”

Speaking about the social space, its architect Andrew Lock said

“Working on this project has allowed us to create a venue that will be both visually exciting and immersive as a social and performance space. The design is based on the original ‘Panarmonium’, a theatre and pleasure garden that was intended to be built in Kings Cross in 1832. Panarmonion has the core elements of a 1830s bandstand with a modern and surprising twist.”

Panarmonion will be open 4-11pm Monday – Friday, 12pm-11pm Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday, from Friday 31 July –21 August. Performances are free, but booking is required for some events.

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