Bastille to curate new NME film festival – Cinejam

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.

Need to know

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

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