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The House of St Barnabas is Launching a Member-curated 'Festival Embassy'

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Cassam Looch
Film Editor
Updated: 16 February 2017

London homeless charity and social enterprise members’ club The House of St Barnabas just announced its launch of Festival Embassy–a series of three micro-festivals curated by founding members of their not-for-profit club: Rob da Bank’s Bestival, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide and Tom Baker’s Eat Your Own Ears (Field Day).

Each of the one-day festivals, which will run from March–May 2017, will transform the House’s unique Georgian Soho setting to reflect the distinct character of each co-curator.

Guests can expect to hear rising stars (and a few surprise special appearances) perform intimate acoustic gigs in the atmospheric Chapel of St Barnabas, and to dance to sets from renowned and emerging DJs, as well as much more besides.

The events

The first event will be curated by Bestival, and will feature an intimate live gig set in the extraordinary chapel from emerging musicians including Will Varley, along with DJ sets from Rob da Bank, Felix from Basement Jaxx and DJ Shepdog & Serocee.

The Festival Embassy series continues with Eat Your Own Ears, which promises a special show from James Yorkston, a few exciting special live collaborations and a whole bunch of super-hot DJs.

This will be followed by the third micro-festival, Worldwide, which will feature a array of Brownswood Bubblers live including KidKatharsis, Yasmin Lacey, and Three Body Trio, as well as a live Worldwide Radio broadcast .

Festival-goers can purchase tickets for Festival Embassy through a ‘Pay it Forward’ scheme: for every ticket bought, one will be given to participants or graduates of the House’s Employment Academy.

Further tickets will be distributed via the referral agencies that work closely with the charity, and local Soho-based organisations that are also working to break the cycle of homelessness.

March 25, 2017: The House of St Barnabas presents Festival Embassy in partnership with Bestival

May 6, 2017: The House of St Barnabas presents Festival Embassy in partnership with Eat Your Own Ears  

May 20, 2017: The House of St Barnabas presents Festival Embassy in partnership with Worldwide 

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