Musicity x Low Line, LFA Building Sounds, Architecture Acoustic Design, Artists Technology

Musicity x Low Line London

Music, architecture and technology by Nick Luscombe, part of London Festival of Architecture

9 Sep 2019
London Design Festival 2019 Events

‘Musicity x Low Line’, the Fora design talks, the Africa Centre event and the Bankside late night on 18th Sept.

London Design Festival 2019 Events

21 May 2019

Musicity x Low Line London Architecture



  • Musicity x Low Line is launching as part of London Festival of Architecture in June 2019.
  • Fifteen new tracks created for the Low Line, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, encouraging the exploration of urban spaces through music.
  • Celebrating the heritage of the railway arches, the Low Line will be a new walking destination for south London, creating hubs of creativity, entertainment and industry along its course and shaping places of interest.
  • Musicity x Low Line will be available to listen to on from 1 June 2019.
  • Old Union Yard Arches, Borough Market, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, London Bridge Station, Vinegar Yard, and The Biscuit Factory are among the locations on the Low Line inspiring new music.
  • Free Musicity app encourages people to seek out music by geo-tagging tracks to the locations that inspired them
  • Artists include Erland Cooper, Suitman Jungle, Nabihah Iqbal, Lola de la Mata and more
  • Free public event at The Underdog gallery on 4 June, featuring live music and talks

Bankside – Union Yard Arches:
Bankside - Union Yard Arches London
photo : Adam Parker

21/5/19 — Launching as part of London Festival of Architecture, Musicity x Low Line will see fifteen sites along the mighty Victorian railway viaduct, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, come alive with new music created especially for each site.

Musicity, launched by Nick Luscombe, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s greatly-loved Late Junction music show, is collaborating with the Low Line in the latest instalment of a project which gives buildings and spaces their own new soundtrack and invites musicians and recording artists to compose tracks for cities around the world.

Vinegar Yard:
Vinegar Yard London
photo : @vinegaryardLDN

Fifteen musicians and recording artists have created fifteen audio tracks responding to fifteen locations in and around the railways arches which form the Low Line. Each composition can be streamed and downloaded free of charge but only by visiting each location with a smartphone. Once there, people can listen to the new music on while taking in the architecture and neighbourhood that inspired it.

Low Line London


Vinegar Yard event:
Vinegar Yard London event
photo courtesy Musicity

The Low Line will be a new walking destination for London along the length of the Victorian rail viaducts spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey. It will connect diverse neighbourhoods and communities in south London, creating new hubs of creativity, entertainment, and industry along its course. The Low Line celebrates the heritage of the railway arches which have been a part of the area for over 150 years, shaping places of interest along the way and unlocking their potential.

Among the buildings, streets and spaces along the Low Line being given their own soundtrack are Old Union Yard Arches (a new stretch of the Low Line, featuring the Union Theatre, the Spanish Theatre Company’s Cervantes Theatre and the Africa Centre), Ewer Street (a secret part of Bankside just a stone’s throw from Tate Modern), Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, Vinegar Yard, The Biscuit Factory, Underdog Gallery and London Bridge Station.

Vinegar Yard:
Vinegar Yard in London
photo courtesy Musicity

Participating artists include multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper; London-based French composer, artist and musician Lola de la Mata; electro-acoustic composer Thomas Stone; ethereal vocalist Szjerdene; live Jungle and Drum & Bass mash-up artist Suitman Jungle; and Japanese-born, classically trained violinist and composer Chihiro Ono.

Full list of artists and their chosen Low Line locations:

Lola de la Mata – Old Union Yard Arches

Thomas Stone – Ewer Street

Szjerdene – Wardens Grove

The Memory Band – Flat Iron Square

Nabihah Iqbal aka Throwing Shade – Borough Market

Lossy – Southwark Cathedral

Suitman Jungle – London Bridge Station

William Doyle – The Shard

Gestalt – Vinegar Yard

Chihiro Ono – Bermondsey Street Tunnel

Tom Szirtes – Holyrood Street

Erland Cooper – Underdog Gallery

James Alec Hardy – Druid Street Wildflower Meadow

Frog Morris – Blue Bermondsey

Cunning Folk – Biscuit Factory

Musicity 2019:
Musicity 2019 London UK
picture courtesy Musicity


Special free public event hosted by BBC Radio 3 Late Junction’s Nick Luscombe

Date: Tuesday 4 June 2019 at The Underdog Gallery. From 5pm til late.

An evening of music and conversation, featuring London-based French composer and musician Lola de la Mata; live Jungle and Drum & Bass mash-up artist Suitman Jungle; deep house producer, composer, digital artist and jazz pianist Tom Szirties; musician, storyteller and supremo of the Southeast London Folklore Society, Cunning Folk; experimental soundscape creators and visual artists Gestalt; Japanese-born violinist Chihiro Ono; electro-acoustic composer Thomas Stone; audio-visual performance artist James Alec Hardy; and artist, curator, comedian, designer, stage manager, magic lanternist and bingo caller, Frog Morris.

Venue: The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW.

Musicity x The Low Line is being launched as part of the London Festival of Architecture, the world’s largest architecture festival, which will see over 400 diverse, challenging and engaging events taking place across the capital.

Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction presenter and Musicity founder, said, “It’s a joy to be bringing new music to such a culturally rich part of the city. I’m particularly pleased that we’re celebrating world famous locations such as Borough Market, the Shard and London Bridge Station, alongside the intriguing, less well-known likes of Old Union Yard Arches, Wardens Grove, Bermondsey Street Tunnel and Underdog Gallery. Following the Low Line is a fascinating, surprising way of seeing an intriguing part of London. We’re encouraging audiences to venture out, explore architecture, neighbourhoods and the urban environment with a bespoke soundtrack.”

Ellie Beedham, Team London Bridge Director of Arts, said, “Musicity is a remarkably innovative way of introducing the Low Line with its many fascinating arches and curious corners to everybody with an interest in music, architecture, and history. This important link between Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey is to become a new walking destination for London, and what better way to connect the idiosyncratic places and spaces along the route than with 15 tracks inspired by these hand-picked locations.”

Musicity x Low Line has been commissioned by Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and Blue Bermondsey.

Musicity London


The Low Line has developed through a group of initial partners including Better Bankside, Team London Bridge, Blue Bermondsey, Southwark Council, The Arch Company, and Borough Market who are steering the initial scoping, planning and communication of the project.

About Musicity:

Founded in 2010 by Nick Luscombe, Musicity invites musicians and recording artists to compose tracks in response to buildings and locations in cities around the world. In an age when so much music is available in an instant via streaming services, Musicity wants to bring back the joy of seeking it out and collecting it, encouraging the audience to venture out, to be active listeners of contemporary music, to explore cities, and to experience the urban environment in new and unexpected ways.

To date Musicity Global has commissioned over 100 tracks from a diverse selection of international artists. It has taken its programme of events to Tokyo, Singapore, Oslo, Tallinn, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen and in London with many iterations of the project over the past 8 years – from large scale events across The City of London and Southwark as well as numerous talks and screening events, working with a variety of partners including Arts Council of England, The British Council, RIBA, LG, the PRSF and British Land.

Musicity has brought together a highly trained and multi-disciplinary team of music, architecture and cultural management professionals, exceptionally skilled in liaising with city officials and artists alike.

Musicity is: Nick Luscombe (Founder – BBC Radio 3 Late Junction host, DJ, broadcaster, sound collector), Paul Bavister (Researcher – Senior Associate Director R&D at Flanagan Lawrence Architects, member of sound art group Audialsense, PhD candidate at The Bartlett School of Architecture), Dr Cara Courage (Researcher – Head of Tate Exchange, author of Arts in Place: The Arts, the Urban and Social Practice, Routledge 2017), Solen Fluzin (Researcher – Architect, Artist and Label Management Assistant at nonclassical record label), Iram Quraishi (Programme Director – previously with Information is Beautiful and London Design Festival).

About Better Bankside

Better Bankside is a Business Improvement District (BID) which exists to make Bankside a better place to work, live and visit. It is a company owned, funded and led by employers in the Bankside area of London.


About Team London Bridge

Working with partners and 400+ business members, Team London Bridge’s vision is to ensure London Bridge excels as a leading place for global commerce and continues to develop as a pioneering local centre for enterprise, culture and entertainment.


About Blue Bermondsey

Blue Bermondsey BID is funded and led by local business for the benefit of local businesses. Activities are geared to address the issues that concern them and offer services to help reduce costs and represent businesses through a unified voice, to enable a better stake in the future of their trading environment.


London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. In June 2019 it will celebrate 15 years of innovation and design, through a programme that celebrates London as a global architectural hub and promotes positive change to its public realm. The theme for the 2019 event, which runs from 1-30 June across the capital, is ‘Boundaries’. London Bridge is a focus area for this year’s Festival and will be hosting over 60 events through the month.


Musicity London images / information received May 2018

Previously on e-architect:

Musicity London Event

Musicity London Event in July 2018

A special Musicity London launch event to mark the introduction of seven new songs to seven buildings, including Southwark Cathedral, the Hopton’s Almshouses, Tate Switch House and Faraday Memorial.

Musicity London Event in July 2018

Musicity London Architecture

Sooski – Siobhan Davies Studios, St George’s Road – at Musicity London 2018:
Sooski at Musicity London 2018

Langham Research Centre – The Switch House extension to the Tate Modern building at Bankside:
The Switch House extension to the Tate Modern building

Hatis Noit – White Cube, Bermondsey Street:
Hatis Noit - White Cube
photo by Özge Cöne

Musicity London Architecture information received May 2017

11 June 2020
Musicity at Home 2020

Free online festival on Sunday 21 June 2020:

A Day Of Live Music Celebrating Architecture, Neighbourhoods And Stamping Grounds – Streaming Live

Musicity at Home 2020

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