This Little London Square Is Hosting Its Own Summer Music Festival

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Live in the Square

Live in the Square is Mayfair’s answer to Glasto.

It’s becoming a truth universally acknowledged that any self-respecting London park must host a cracking summer festival. Victoria Park has All Points East. Peckham Rye has Jam on Rye. Brockwell Park has Field Day. Clearly feeling a little left out, Mayfair has decided that it wants a festival of its own, and their prayers have been answered.

Live in the Square is a new festival for 2018, and it promises to bring all things artistic to the leafy surroundings of Grosvenor Square.

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The organisers of Live in the Square clearly debated whether they wanted dance, music, theatre, or circus to be the major focus of their festival. In the end, they decided not to decide, and instead will showcase all four of them. The festival runs across four weeks from July 27th until August 19th, with each week having a different theme.

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Kicking off the season is Ballet in the Square, on July 27th-29th. Live in the Square have a policy of “only the best”, and have consequently rounded up English National Ballet for a series of performances featuring both classical and contemporary work. Taking over for the next two weekends is Theatre in the Square. From August 1st-5th, The Exploded Circus will dazzle and delight punters, as this all-female circus brings acrobatics, aerial tricks, and juggling to Grosvenor Square.

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August 8th-12th sees Theatre in the Square return to more traditional fare. Wondrous Strange was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, but makes a return appearance at Live in the Square. Expect an immersive romp through many of the Bard’s best-loved plays when this one arrives.

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Completing the season is Live in the Square itself, where music is king. Ronnie Scott’s have curated an eclectic programme of acts, running from August 15th-18th. Featuring in the lineup are the likes of Sister Sledge, St Germain, Submotion Orchestra, and Craig Charles. The festival will close with a rollicking performance from the Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band, supported by Ronnie Scott’s Big Band.

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That’s a whole lotta culture to stuff into Grosvenor Square, but Live in the Square look well set to pull it off. Check their website for more information and tickets, and get hype in the meantime.

Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to Clapham and fell in love with it. However, this has put him dangerously close to Infernos... You'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.

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