Sundance Film and Music Festival returns to London

An external shot of the London O2 ArenaThis year’s Sundance Film and Music Festival is set to take place at The 02, London. The Sundance Festival offers four sensational days of live music and the UK premieres of American independent films, fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

This year’s film festival boasts, amongst a variety of extraordinary films, Lake Bell’s award-winning “In a World….”, the story of an underachieving vocal coach, who is motivated by her father to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voice-over star, which sets her on a path to change the voice of a generation.

Musically, Sundance London presents a fantastic range of genres, including newcomer Alex Burey, a 17 year old soul singer from Croydon, and Lesley Pike who is known across Northern America and the UK for her engaging and comical live shows of electronic music that hold a hint of a 1980s influence.

Alongside film and music, Sundance London offers a range of special events that are designed to bring a unique experience to festival goers. One such event is the Filmmakers Hub Talk, an exciting opportunity to have a sit down talk with some of the festival’s filmmakers.

The bonus to this amazing experience is that it is affordable: individual screenings cost £14, which includes a booking fee. However, if you’re an avid film enthusiast, you might be more interested in the festival’s packages, such as the sky superscreen pass which is £280.

Just a 25 minute, no fuss train journey to the o2 Arena, DUKES London is a great place to stay while attending this remarkable festival. You can take the opportunity to wind down after the excitements of the day in our famous bar or alternatively you can relax in one of our luxurious suites.

Image courtesy of Hynek Moravec

Ready for the London Jazz Festival 2012?

A person playing jazz on a saxophoneNothing says sophistication quite like listening to some smooth jazz over a Martini. November offers the opportunity for you to indulge in both when the London Jazz Festival begins on Friday 9th November. At venues all across London, some of the biggest names in jazz will be strutting their stuff for nine days, giving you the perfect chance to take in some of the richest culture in London.

Whether it’s at the Koko Club, Hackney Empire, BBC Maida Vale studios or the 606 Club, there’s no excuse not to head out in to London and take in some quality music. The venues are sometimes as iconic as the music itself. For example, Maida Vale studios have seen many of the biggest artists in music record and perform there, including The Beatles, The Clash and The White Stripes.

If you’ve never heard of any of the jazz performers, don’t worry. Each one brings their own unique style to their performance. Whether they’re covering some classic hits or writing their own, each performance is different and provides a much more intimate feel than the average gig.

And at least one name that you will probably recognise will be performing, as Macy Gray will be here alongside the David Murray Big Band at the Barbican on the final day of the festival. As well as some of Macy’s hits they will also be performing a number of covers which you can listen to here: Macy Gray – Love Lockdown/Buck

With the Royal Academy of Arts and St. James Piccadilly just a short distance from DUKES London, you have no excuse not to go out and take in some of the finest jazz on offer anywhere in the world this November – all before heading back to DUKES Bar to sample one of our classic martinis.