Wysing Polyphonic returns for its tenth year of boundary-pushing music with a new collaboration for the arts centre with guest curators Somerset House Studios. The studio, a former Inland Revenue building in London, can host up to 100 artists in residence at any time, so the artists are in an ideal position to put their stamp on Wysing’s latest big event, which is on 7 September (1pm to 1am).
Music and performance is across four covered stages, plus a film and talks programme. Johannesburg queer art collective FAKA have been in residence in the weeks before the festival to develop a new work for the event, as has Cairo producer and multi-instrumentalist, Zuli.
Returning Wysing festival performers include Jennifer Walshe, Valentina Magaletti and Beatrice Dillon (above). The latter will perform a back-to-back set with Somerset House Studios’ curator-in-residence Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura. Working with local singers, Wysing studio artist Emma Smith presents 5Hz, a project that imagines an evolution of voice for social bonding, based on research into vocal rhythm.
And to keep you going into the small hours, there’s food from Cafe Abantu, Mobi Pizzeria and Spit & Sawdust, with the bar run by Cambridge Junction, who are partners in producing the event.
Tickets from £30 plus booking fee, with camping available too.