In probably the most off-the-beaten track music event to be associated with the Olympics, the Brunel Museum is hosting five global music gigs in a ‘secret’ underground chamber later this month.
The chance to hear everything from Latin American and North American folk to Romanian Gypsy and Serbian accordion music 50 feet below the streets of Rotherhithe doesn’t come along too frequently, and tickets for each concert are just a tenner.
Running from 18 to 26 July, the mini-series culminates in the ‘Bowlympics’ on the day before the Games’ opening ceremony, a Vaudeville-style show performed by a string quartet.
Of the other gigs, AccordDuo on 25 July is perhaps the most enticing. Serbian accordion virtuosos Miloš Milivojevic and Živorad Nikolic play tango and Eastern European music, and their sound bouncing off the walls of the Thames Tunnel should be pretty powerful.
The Brunel Musem sits on the entrance to the Thames Tunnel, the world’s first under-river tunnel built by Marc Isambard Brunel and son Isambard Kingdom (read our report on the museum from last year). “The tunnel was used as a funfair venue after it opened [in the mid-19th century], so this is all in keeping with the Brunelian tradition,” says organiser Eleanor Thorn.
Dates for the Brunel Museum’s Pre-Olympics Musical Run-Up are 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 July. Full details here.
Accompanying image by McTumshie via the Londonist Flickr pool.