“It’s all about sharing our little corner of the world with you on a rainy afternoon” – comedienne Danielle Ward had Saturday’s Sundown Multimedia event down to a tee. There was music; there was dancing; there was even homemade cheesecake and hot bacon rolls. Quirky and engaging, this was a daytime gig to remember.
Set in the beautiful Union Chapel, Daylight Music is a new concept aimed at opening the gothic venue to a different crowd, giving up-and-coming artists of all shapes and sizes a chance to perform. Weekend events have been running since early this year, and, with a calendar currently booked up until the end of May, there are a whole host of surprises in store for those lazy Saturday afternoons.
“You can walk in off the street, have a warm bite to eat and listen to music you didn’t know you liked,” said Ben Eshmade, creator of Arctic Circle media group, who hosted the event. “It’s fun, unique, and it brings entertainment to people who wouldn’t otherwise hear it.
“We have all kinds of music on offer: electronic, folk, anything and everything. It’s something a little bit different, and all proceeds raised go to charity, so it’s for a good cause.”
Saturday’s Sundown Multimedia gig kicked off with some spoken word from Laura Dockrill and Liz Bentley, followed by a keyboard extravaganza from kooky musician Dave Woodcock. Next up was cutesy comedienne Danielle Ward, who won every heart in the room with her ‘true or false’ game and inappropriately dirty jokes.
Folk trio Deferred Success brought humour, harmonica-playing and some very impressive beards to the stage, before the headline act, the enchanting Langley Sisters, wowed with their Bugsy Malone inspired harmonies and matching red dresses.
Ray Morgan, co-producer of Sundown Multimedia, was pleased with the success of the gig. “We’ve hosted events like this in Southend-on-Sea and it’s always gone down well there,” she said. “Coming to London and playing the Union Chapel has always been a dream for us. We’ll definitely be back.
“Afternoon events like this are great for students because they’re free and you can just drop in. There’s always a little bit of something for everyone.”
Daylight Music runs at the Union Chapel every Saturday, 12-2pm, until 29 May. Admission is free.