Glorious weather, roof-top panoramic views of the capital and a live music + film combo - what better way to spend a summer's evening?
This summer, NME and BFI’s CineJam supported by Zig-Zag is combining live music and cinema, all taking place on a sun-kissed south London rooftop.
Hosted by the Rooftop Film Club on the top floor of Peckham’s illustrious Bussey Building, the unique event has been curated by Bastille – with the band hand-picking both the live acts and the classic films on show.
CineJam got off to the perfect start on a glorious evening last week (Wednesday July 5) with a mesmerising performance from the hotly-tipped London three-piece Jagara, who wowed the sold-out crowd with their arresting, synth-driven sound. The night was then rounded off with a rooftop screening of the Coen Brothers’ excellent O Brother, Where Art Thou? as the sun set on the capital.
Week two saw indie heroes Sundara Karma stopping by for an intimate acoustic set – their next London show is at the colossal Brixton Academy. On the other side of the rooftop, film buffs were treated to a screening of another Coen Brothers classic – 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski.
Night three of CineJam delivered a double whammy of delight with a stripped-back set from the hotly-tipped Dutch outfit The Indien, whose performance was accompanied by a picturesque rainbow backdrop. The night was then topped off with a screening of the sublime Whiplash, which has already attained classic film status since its release in 2014.
And on July 26, night four treated CineJam attendees to an acoustic set from guitarist Willow Robinson, who brought out the sun ahead of the night’s screening of 2000’s cult music film High Fidelity.
Check out the best pictures from CineJam 2017 below, and be sure to get yourself along to a night of music and film at CineJam in the coming weeks – the full schedule of events can be found here.
Conditions were perfect for a night of outdoor live music and film – sunglasses were essential.
The London three-piece were the opening act at this year’s CineJam – here the sisters are, checking out the deckchairs prior to the screening of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’.
The atmosphere builds ahead of Jagara’s performance.
Punters soaked up the atmosphere as the evening progressed.
An added bonus of CineJam is its prime panoramic location – perfect for selfie aficionados.
The three-piece dazzled those in attendance, leaving everyone eager to hear more from the much-hyped outfit.
It was smiles all round as the band clearly enjoyed this rather unique gig.
The London quartet’s Kyle Simmons very much enjoyed Jagara’s stunning performance, too.
As well as soaring renditions of break-out singles ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘Real Love’, Jagara also delivered a beautiful cover of James Blake’s ‘Retrograde’.
And it’s fair to say that everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed Jagara’s show.
With the live music over, it was hard for punters not to drink in the magnificent views of the capital.
The late evening sun brought smiles – and kisses – out on the rooftop.
With the music over and the sun setting, punters began to file through to Rooftop Film Club’s unique outdoor cinema setting.
The prime viewing spots were snapped up quickly by those wanting the best seats in the house.
Rooftop Film Club give out headphones to every punter to ensure that your viewing experience isn’t disturbed – so you can just sit back and enjoy the film.
The Coen Brothers’ iconic ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ was a perfect viewing choice as the sun set on the capital.
Here’s to an awesome first night of CineJam – and special thanks to Zig-Zag, Estrella Gallicia and TAPE London for helping make it all possible. See you up on the rooftop soon, yeah?
After releasing their massive ‘Youth is Only Fun in Retrospect’ debut, Reading band Sundara Karma were handpicked to play CineJam by Bastille’s Dan Smith. Here’s frontman Oscar Pollock and drummer Haydn Evans hanging out ahead of their set on July 12.
These CineJam-goers got to soak up the sun and see one of their favourite bands. How much better does it get?
With Sundara Karma’s brilliant set underway, everyone in attendance was the picture of zen.
After Sundara Karma’s set, fans settled into their rooftop seats for a viewing of the Coen Brothers’ legendary The Big Lebowski.
Once the sun set, punters put their headphones on, settled in and watched an all-time classic.
Another glorious night of live music and cinema lay ahead for another sold-out crowd at the Bussey Building.
The Dynamic Dutch duo – Rianne Walther and Casper Talsma – relax before hitting the stage at CineJam.
Thanks to our friends at Rooftop Cinema Club and Zig Zag, everyone went home with a well-stocked goodie bag.
Even a little shower couldn’t dampen the spirits on the rooftop – especially when it produced such meteorological phenomenon as this.
The hotly-tipped band from The Hague delivered a spellbinding and stripped back set.
While the rain had dissipated by show time, some punters opted to continuing wearing their ponchos to take in the sounds of The Indien.
It was time to get comfy and cosy before the second act of the night.
And as the sun set on the capital, the punters were treated to a screening of the tense but thrilling 2014 movie. Roll on the next CineJam!
The fourth music-and-film double whammy is none other than Willow Robinson with the classic Nick Hornby adaptation, High Fidelity
The Hertfordshire-born, London-based songwriter was in full relax mode ahead of his 7pm slot.
It’s smiles all round as the crowd settles in on the Peckham rooftop for Willow Robinson’s set.
Robinson’s blustering music held the rain off as he delivered a beautiful seven-song set that included new single ‘In A Daze’ and noodling eco-jam ‘Deserve Us Of The Sun’. And then what happened? The sun came out!
Revellers took the time to soak up the sun before heading into the screening.
Time for 2000’s cult adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel High Fidelity. Until next time…