The band’s singer Dan Smith is handpicking classic films and new bands for Cinejam, a collaboration with BFI, Zig-Zag and the Rooftop Film Club
Bastille’s Dan Smith is combining his love for music and film by curating NME’s new big screen event Cinejam – in collaboration with BFI, Zig-Zag and the Rooftop Film Club.
The band’s love for cinema goes way back. Their 2012 ‘Other People’s Heartache’ mixtape was a fictional soundtrack for a dreamt-up film. And the artwork for latest album ‘Wild World’ is designed like an old-school movie poster. They’re film geeks who also happen to write massive pop songs.
Cinejam sees the band’s motion picture obsession go one step further. This summer, a carefully curated selection of films – from undisputed classics to modern-day triumphs, all handpicked by the band – will be screened on the roof of Peckham’s Bussey Building. South London’s music and arts space is also being taken over by a line-up of must-see bands, including fast-rising Scandipop star Dagny and future superstars Sundara Karma. Nowhere else will you be able to watch Ryan Gosling’s signature dreamy stares in Drive and catch some of the fastest-rising new bands all in the same space.
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Where is it?
Rooftop Film Club, Bussey Building, Peckham
When is it?
July 5-August 30, 2017
How do I get tickets?
How much are tickets?
£15 general admission; £50 for a two-person Love Seat (£25pp)
What’s showing and who’s playing?
Wednesday July 5
Film: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The artist: Jagara
Who: ‘80s-infused synth-pop from London trio
Wednesday July 12
The film: The Big Lebowski
The artist: Sundara Karma
Who: Back-to-basics indie with angular riffs and soaring choruses
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Sunday July 23
The film: Whiplash
The artist: The Indien
Who: Mystical lo-fi rock perfect for lazy afternoons
Wednesday July 26
The film: High Fidelity
The artist: Willow Robinson
Who: Rootsy Americana given a modern-folk makeover
Sunday July 30
The film: Trainspotting
The artist: Dagny
Who: Joyous Scandi-pop with an indie twist from the Norwegian star
Wednesday August 2
The film: This Is Spinal Tap
The artist: Little Cub
Who: London electro trio who use vibey-pop as therapy
Wednesday August 9
The film: Drive
The artist: Georgie
Who: The latest contender in a line of astonishing female British singer/songwriters
Wednesday August 16
The film: Pulp Fiction
The artist: Artificial Pleasure
Who: If David Bowie fronted Talking Heads, it’d sound a little bit like the London quartet’s mind-melting funk
Sunday August 27
The film: Goodfellas
The artist: Lao Ra
Who: Visceral pop bangers with a Latin twist from the Columbian provocateur
Wednesday August 30
The film: True Romance
The artist: Tom Grennan
Who: Chase & Status collaborator making heart-rending folk-pop