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.
The fourth night on July 26 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.
And night five, on July 30, saw Norwegian pop star Dagny walking among the crowd as she led a singalong of her hit single ‘Backbeat’ before the film screening: 1996’s awesome Trainspotting.
Next up on August 16 was London glam group Artificial Pleasure, who pared back their bombastic synth tunes just a little to wow the audience prior to the screening of 1994’s cult classic Pulp Fiction.
A scorching late summer’s evening made for the perfect backdrop for yet another night of live music and cinema on August 27, with the hotly-tipped Colombian solo artist Lao Ra bringing the party vibes before a screening of Martin Scorsese’s mafia epic Goodfellas (1990) rounded off the evening.
The rain abated just in time for the final scheduled CineJam of the summer on August 30 – and it’s almost not too ridiculous to suggest that it was the prodigious talent of Tom Grennan which played a major part in bringing out the sun. The London-based artist showcased his sublime talent on the rooftop with a short acoustic set prior to a screening of the 1993 crime film True Romance, which was written by Quentin Tarantino.
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.
1CineJam is go – and the sun is out!
Conditions were perfect for a night of outdoor live music and film – sunglasses were essential.
2Jagara are here!
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?’.
3Good vibes only
The atmosphere builds ahead of Jagara’s performance.
4Drinks, chatter and plenty of views
Punters soaked up the atmosphere as the evening progressed.
5But seriously, those views…
An added bonus of CineJam is its prime panoramic location – perfect for selfie aficionados.
6Jagara hit the stage
The three-piece dazzled those in attendance, leaving everyone eager to hear more from the much-hyped outfit.
7Having a ball on stage
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.
9Jane Jagara leads proceedings
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’.
10The crowd show their appreciation
And it’s fair to say that everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed Jagara’s show.
11The view from the (very late) afternoon
With the live music over, it was hard for punters not to drink in the magnificent views of the capital.
12You can’t help but smile when you’re at CineJam
The late evening sun brought smiles – and kisses – out on the rooftop.
13It’s take to take your seats…
With the music over and the sun setting, punters began to file through to Rooftop Film Club’s unique outdoor cinema setting.
14Anticipation builds as dusk descends
The prime viewing spots were snapped up quickly by those wanting the best seats in the house.
15Headphones at the ready
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.
16It’s movie time!
The Coen Brothers’ iconic ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ was a perfect viewing choice as the sun set on the capital.
17And that’s a wrap!
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?
18Week two, and it’s over to Sundara Karma
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.
19Sundara Karma fans at the ready
These CineJam-goers got to soak up the sun and see one of their favourite bands. How much better does it get?
20The vibes are high
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.
22Lights, camera, action!
Once the sun set, punters put their headphones on, settled in and watched an all-time classic.
23Oh look, it’s The Indien!
The Dynamic Dutch duo – Rianne Walther and Casper Talsma – relax before hitting the stage at CineJam.
24No-one leaves without a party bag
Thanks to our friends at Rooftop Cinema Club and Zig Zag, everyone went home with a well-stocked goodie bag.
25CineJam in rainbows
Even a little shower couldn’t dampen the spirits on the rooftop – especially when it produced such meteorological phenomenon as this.
26The Indien take to the stage
The hotly-tipped band from The Hague delivered a spellbinding and stripped back set.
27Rocking out in style
While the rain had dissipated by show time, some punters opted to continuing wearing their ponchos to take in the sounds of The Indien.
28It’s night #3 of CineJam!
Another glorious night of live music and cinema lay ahead for another sold-out crowd at the Bussey Building.
29Everyone take your seats…
It was time to get comfy and cosy before the second act of the night.
30The brilliant ‘Whiplash’ starts
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
32Say hello to Willow Robinson
The Hertfordshire-born, London-based songwriter was in full relax mode ahead of his 7pm slot.
33Soaking up the atmos
It’s smiles all round as the crowd settles in on the Peckham rooftop for Willow Robinson’s set.
34Willow’s set begins
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.
36And we’re off!
Time for 2000’s cult adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel High Fidelity.
It’s Norway’s wonderful Dagny, plus a screening of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, adapted from the novel by Irvine Welsh.
38Dagny is ready
Before storming the stage with a sparkling six-song set, Dagny had a little relax in one of Cinejam’s comfy deck chairs.
Beating back the overcast start to the evening, Dagny’s arrival signalled the re-emergence of the sun.
There was plenty of applause for Dagny’s set, which included ‘Wearing Nothing’, ‘Fool’s Gold’ and new song ‘The Night’.
41Dagny gets the crowd singing
The star got in among the crowd to lead them in a singalong of her massive single ‘Backbeat’.
42Time for Trainspotting
Here’s Ewan McGregor’s Renton in his iconic Trainspotting scene. Until next time…
Bowie-loving London band Artificial Pleasure were up next, bringing synthy gems like ‘I’ll Make It Worth Your While’ to the Peckham crowd before the night’s screening of Pulp Fiction.
The rooftop bar seemed to be giving the band a sly nod of approval with this lovely neon sign.
CineJam’s curator, Bastille’s Dan Smith himself, was in attendance for the night’s festivities.
Quentin Tarantino’s classic 1994 film Pulp Fiction was next up as the sold-out crowd settled into their deckchairs for the evening’s screening. And that’s all until next time…
47And we’re back
The end of summer may be sadly on the horizon, but there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had at CineJam!
48It’s Lao Ra!
Determined to carry the summer party on during a gloriously sunny evening, Colombian artist Lao Ra hit the CineJam stage to bring good vibes to the rooftop.
49Lao takes on Fiddy
A highlight of the 25-year-old’s set was an unexpected – but brilliant cover – of 50 Cent’s 2003 hit ‘P.I.M.P.’.
As well as ‘P.I.M.P’, Lao’s Latin-tinged banger ‘Body Bounce’ inspired some punters to show off their best moves.
51“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
With the live music over, attendees (or should that be wiseguys?) settled into their seats for a night of mafia action with Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic ‘Goodfellas’.
52The stage is set
Another night of live music and classic cinema lay ahead for punters on August 30.
53Hello, Tom Grennan!
The Bedford-born artist swung by CineJam for a quick acoustic set.
54Grennan on guitar
His set included recent single ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ and a version of ‘All Goes Wrong’ – his breakthrough collaboration with Chase & Status.
55Hot dog, jumping frog
Live music, classic cinema and hot dogs? It was quite the evening.
56The sun sets
Part two of the evening’s entertainment saw the good people of CineJam file through to the Rooftop Cinema.
57A cinematic classic
Tonight’s film: ‘True Romance’. Written by Quentin Tarantino, this 1993 masterpiece mixes crime, romance and black comedy – a perfect combination.