Jagara steal the show on the opening night of NME and BFI present: CineJam supported by Zig-Zag

Our summer-long festival of live music and film kicked off on a beautiful evening in south London

The opening night of NME and BFI present: CineJam supported by Zig-Zag got off to a scorcher on a glorious summer’s evening last Wednesday (July 5).

A sold-out crowd of music fans and film buffs were treated to a night of live music, cinema and drinks at Rooftop Film Club’s stunning location on the top floor of the illustrious Bussey Building in south London, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the capital.

With the feel-good atmosphere positively humming from the off, the sun-kissed guests drank in the views and awaited the first act of the evening: an intimate live performance from the hotly-tipped London three-piece Jagara, who recently supported CineJam curators Bastille on their arena tour.

Speaking to the band before they took to the stage, Jagara’s synth player Cat enthused about this rather unique gigging opportunity. “It’s amazing – the venue looks incredible,” she said. “I think there’s a really strong relationship between music and film, and it’s really nice to put the two together like this. It’s something different, which is exciting.”

Jagara then proceeded to deliver an arresting set that was worthy of the growing hype surrounding the sibling trio, with the band showcasing the recent synth-inclined singles ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘Real Love’ as well as a spine-tingling cover of James Blake’s ‘Retrograde’.

With the live music over, the punters continued to be mesmerised by the magnificent views of London – with many taking the opportunity to take an entire phone memory’s worth of selfies, too – before making their way to Rooftop Film Club’s hugely-impressive outdoor cinema for part two of the evening’s entertainment.

And CineJam’s choice of film for its opening night, the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-nominated masterpiece O Brother, Where Art Thou?, certainly set the bar high. As people settled into their deck chairs, the George Clooney-starring comedy became the perfect backdrop to a beautiful London night.

A thoroughly-successful first night for this year’s CineJam series, then – and if the opening night is anything to go by, it’s an event that’s only going to get better as the weeks go on.

NME and BFI present: CineJam supported by Zig-Zag is hosted at the Rooftop Film Club, Bussey Building, Peckham. The big screen event runs from July 5 to August 30, 2017 – find more information here.