Erased Tapes 20・・---0: Penguin Cafe, Douglas Dare and Shards – SOLD OUT

Fri 2 July, 20:00

A very special evening with Erased Tapes headlined by the legendary Penguin Cafe, with Douglas Dare and Shards. 

Celebrating the magic of live performance once again, Erased Tapes presents an unmissable night of music featuring a cross section that displays the label’s sonic diversity.

Headlined by the iconic  Penguin Cafe, who’ll be performing tracks from their latest album, the widely acclaimed  Handfuls of Night as well as some pieces from the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra back catalogue. The band will be joined for the evening by the inimitable  Douglas Dare, playing songs from his latest album Milkteeth and experimental vocal group  Shards who will share tracks from their debut album Find Sound.

“Culturally omnivorous instrumentals of considerable elegance and ingenuity.”

Mojo (on Penguin Cafe)

“Very strange and wonderful… One to watch.”

Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music (on Douglas Dare)

Penguin Cafe 

The ever-enigmatic Penguin Cafe transcend popular and classical music whilst combining elements of both in their own uniquely beautiful soundworld. Founded in 2009 by Arthur Jeffes —inspired by the iconic Penguin Cafe Orchestra formed by his father Simon Jeffes — this talented array of musicians make use of a variety of instrumentation: gut-stringed violins, viola, cello, bass, percussion, upright and grand pianos, synthesiser, harmonium and more – to bring an effervescent and thoughtful sound to the stage.  

Arthur Jeffes studied archaeology and explored the Arctic before founding the group, and the prolonged periods of icy silence he experienced in the North have gone on to inspire a number of compositions, most recently on the latest album Handfuls of Night at the end of 2019.

Douglas Dare 

English songsmith Douglas Dare presents his third and most stripped back studio album to date, Milkteeth. It sees Douglas become confident and comfortable enough with his own identity to reflect on both the joys and pains of youth. In doing so, he has established himself as a serious 21st century singer-songwriter with an enduring lyrical poise and elegant minimalist sound.  

Dare was invited by Robert Smith to perform at Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre in 2018, followed by the David Lynch-curated Manchester International Festival alongside Anna Calvi in 2019. His music speaks of his own experiences of universal themes like love, loss, and childhood. Perhaps most importantly, his music gives a voice and a sanctuary to anyone who has ever felt unusual or out of place.

Date: Fri 2 July 2021

Start Time: 20:00 (Doors Open 19:00)

Length: TBC

Venue: This event is performed live at Grand Junction, St Mary Magdalene’s, W2

Covid-19 Update 

Summer Sessions performances have gone on sale at 50% of Grand Junction’s full capacity to allow for social-distancing between groups (a minimum of one metre). Up to four people from different households are permitted to be seated together indoors. 

We will update you as government guidance changes – this could mean that we offer the event with reduced social distancing. Click here to view further Covid-safety information. 




Shards is Kieran Brunt, Lucy Cronin, Sarah Latto, Bethany Horak-Hallett, Kate Huggett, Chris Huggon, Jack Lawrence-Jones, Rose Martin, Augustus Perkins Ray, Oli Martin-Smith, Josephine Stephenson and Héloïse Werner. After collaborating with Terry Riley in 2016, Brunt was asked by the Barbican to form a choral group for Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding festival that summer.   

Championed by BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs, Lauren Laverne and many more, their debut album Find Sound released in 2019 is an astonishing exploration of the human voice; using the concepts of sound and light as simple metaphors for gaining understanding. The album’s pieces are intended to be miniature sonic paintings, with each adding to an overall picture of the emotional confusion of early adulthood: the uncertainty, the excitement, the terror and relief.

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport