Now in its third year, Darbar Fringe is an urban, contemporary and classical festival that celebrates the cultural relationship between the UK and the Indian subcontinent, and explores the many creative influences generated by our shared and evolving history.

At Darbar, the team just want to celebrate music for what it is. They want to break away from pigeonholing and acknowledge our interconnectedness and interdependence as a community—to celebrate the ability of music to bring out the best in humanity.

Because sharing great music is like sharing food. It transcends all boundaries. Come to be thrilled, to discover and to explore.

Headline Acts

Nicki Wells: Afterglow

Fri 15 Jul, 7pm | Tickets £20 - £10

What do a singer/songwriter/composer, urban visual creative, a rap artist, Indian classical violinist and an urban hang drum player have in common?

Five innovative artists share a new piece of work following a five-day residency to connect urban, contemporary and classical forms and create a distinctive new sound. Featuring Nicki Wells (contemporary vocals), Eeshar Singh (Santoor), Helms DNV (rap artist), Daniel Waples (urban hang drum) and Sukhpal Bhogal (contemporary creative video editor).

Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no interval.


Sat 16 Jul, 7pm | Tickets £20 - £10

Colectiva explore the spaces between Afro-Latin music and Jazz while reflecting on themes of sisterhood and female empowerment.

Blending wild horn lines with Afro-Latin groove and experimental textures, Colectiva‘s thoughtful arrangements are rooted in the sounds of Africa, Latin America and the diaspora, creating a genre the group have affectionately dubbed jazz tropicaliente, or hot-tropical-jazz.

Running times: 1 hour with no interval.

Anomaly by Jasdeep Degun

Sun 17 Jul, 6.30pm | £20 - £10

Jasdeep Degun’s debut album Anomaly showcases an almost preternatural musicality, a way with technique, improvisation, composition and collaboration that will dazzle purists and newcomers alike. Mentored by Nitin Sawhney, the album’s tracks range from inspired sitar solos to orchestral cinematic journeying.

Anomaly is my way of shining a light on Indian classical music, on the music that comes naturally to me as a product of my surroundings as well as my training’ – Jasdeep Degun

Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 20-minute interval.

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