Acid Jazz & Other Illicit Grooves touring exhibition in Camden

Camden Hawley Wharf will host the exciting new Acid Jazz & Other Illicit Grooves touring exhibition from 5th until 26th April 2023.
The exhibition celebrates 35 years with a series of residencies from Birmingham, Leeds to London, Bristol and Luton featuring Q&As, live music, dj sets and and an exclusive documentary from the dance floor archives. Tickets available here.
At the exciting new London exhibition in London there will also be live performances at The Forge Camden featuring MF Robots with Jan Kincaid of Brand New Heavies & Dawn Joseph with support from Abi Farrell on 20 April 2023. 

Monday Michiru with support from Carmy Lovel on 22 April also at The Forge, Camden
Exclusive documentary to be shown at all venues featuring interviews with Gilles Peterson, Eddie Piller, Bluey, James Taylor, Femi (Young Disciples), Geoff Wilkinson (Us3), Paul Bradshaw, Janine Neye, Dean Rudland, Perry Louis, Dig! Family, John Stapleton and more discussing the acid jazz movement.
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London Mums magazine editor Monica Costa partying at the 2021 Acid Jazz party with Brand New Heavies guitarist Simon Bartholomew

Acid Jazz was first coined in 1987 as a term by DJs Chris Bangs & Gilles Peterson at an acid house night as an ironic reaction to the music policy of the night in question. 

Acid Jazz Records started as a simple bedroom operation established by Gilles Peterson and Eddie Piller, within three months of the first 45 release (Frederic Lies Still by Galliano), the label had grown rapidly and laid out a unique manifesto of alternative club sounds – jazz, street-soul, funk, Latin, reggae, hip hop and jazz poetry all put in an early appearance. 

Gilles Peterson formed Talkin’ Loud Records and Eddie Piller continued with the Acid Jazz Records label. Other labels followed in their footsteps such as Dorado, Mo’ Wax, Ubiquity Records, Giant Step, Boogie Back, Hotpie and Candy, Compost, IRMA and more.

Groundbreaking jazz themed nights appeared at London clubs like the WAG in Soho and Camden’s Dingwalls afternoon sessions in the late eighties. Into the 90s and there were nights all across the UK culminating in 1994 with the opening of the seminal Blue Note venue in the achingly-trendy Hoxton Square, across the road from the bases of Touch Magazine and along from Straight No Chaser.

The Acid Jazz & Other Illicit Grooves exhibition will encapsulate the musical momentum of this time through the magazine features, photography, radio stations, single and album artwork and of course the music and musicians that WERE the scene.




19-24 April : Exhibition at Hawley Wharf Camden, London

22nd April: The Forge Camden Monday Michiru (live) + Support


10-14 May: Exhibition at Lost Horizon, Bristol 

11th May: Lost Horizon Bristol Omar (live) + Support.

12th May: Lost Horizon Bristol  Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio + Support.


19 May-1 June: Exhibition at The Hat Factory, Luton


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