The Blur and Gorillaz star — who grew up in Leytonstone — will perform an extravaganza called Togetherness with his band from 25-29 March next year, as part of London's first ever Borough of Culture celebrations. Musicians from across Africa, Europe, Britain and Waltham Forest will be involved, culminating in a five-hour headline show, taking place on the day that the UK leaves the EU.
The Borough of Culture celebrations kick off on 11 January, with a three-day celebration of art, music and local culture, entitled Welcome to the Forest. It features a collaboration between Mercury Award-winning musician Talvin Singh, digital artists Greenaway and Greenaway, and students of Leyton Sixth Form College.
Other events taking place in the borough throughout 2019 include:
- Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: in which the stage director takes up residency at Roger Ascham Primary School, culminating in a performance by pupils at Walthamstow Assembly Hall (January-March)
- Waltham Forest Jazz Festival, featuring Cream drummer Ginger Baker, Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth (16 February)
- A Chingford Forest May Day Fayre, in which a procession of bicycles will parade through the borough to Chingford Plain — celebrating Walthamstow-born John Kemp Starley, inventor of the modern day cycle (6 May)
- Duckie Loves Fanny, a late-night al fresco feast from Duckie, celebrating Leytonstone native Fanny Craddock (Summer)
- Molecules on the Marshes, a large-scale outdoor illumination by Zarah Hussain, in which 50,000 'water molecules' made from recycled plastic and LED lights will be suspended in the borough's marshes, gently changing colour (October-November)
- Bauhaus Centenary, a year-long celebration at the William Morris Gallery, about how the Victorian designer influenced the Bauhaus movement.
Plenty more is happening. More information can be found on the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture website.