MEDIA RELEASE
27 January 2012


The Brand New Heavies to perform at Canary Wharf

Thursday 15 March 2012

East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London

The Brand New Heavies will bring their unique blend of jazz, funk and soul to the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf in March 2012. Announced by Canary Wharf Arts & Events, the concert will mark the first time that the venue has hosted a standing only gig, perfect for this group who are bound to get their audience moving. The group’s vocalist for the evening will be the ‘Urban Honey Bee’, Honey Larochelle.

The Brand New Heavies have been lighting up the dance scene for two decades and show no signs of stopping. The founding and ever-present trio of Jan Kincaid, Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy on drums/keyboards, guitar and bass respectively were influential in creating what became known as the acid jazz scene. They have since steered The Brand New Heavies into the current millennium, where they remain as influential and respected as ever.

The Brand New Heavies celebrated their 20th anniversary in late 2011 as they released a 2-CD compilation entitled The Best of 20 Years. The group’s name is in homage to soul godfather James Brown, who was once billed as the ‘Minister of New Super Heavy Funk’. As guitarist, Simon Bartholomew has revealed, “we supported him at Wembley once…And we jammed in front of him. He was like “you guys sound great”. It was mind-blowing for us because he basically invented funk.”

The ‘After Hours with…’ series is a perennial favourite on the Canary Wharf Arts & Events calendar, with concerts by top-quality established and new artists in the spectacular East Wintergarden.

Sian Astrop, Canary Wharf Group’s Arts & Events Manager commented “We have evolved our ‘After Hours with …’ music series by hosting our first ‘all standing’ concert at the East Wintergarden. What a way to start the series in 2012, with The Brand New Heavies and their energetic take on jazz, funk and soul. This is a must see concert in a unique setting with a new format”

Canary Wharf continues to grow its reputation as a leisure destination, attracting visitors to its world-class arts, events, shops, bars and restaurants.

ENDS

Event Details:
After Hours with… Brand New Heavies (support TBC)
Venue: East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NX
Date: Thursday 15th March 2012
Time: 7.45pm (Doors 7pm)
Tickets: £20 (Maximum 6 tickets per order), Tickets on the door are subject to availability
Tickets on Sale from 3 January 2012.
Ticketweb – 0844 847 2268 (24hrs) / ticketweb.co.uk
Further info: canarywharf.com
Transport: Take Jubilee Line or Docklands Light Railway to Canary Wharf or Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf in 23 minutes

For further event information/photographs etc. please contact:
Dorothy Howe, Freelance Press & Publicity
Tel: 020 8995 3920 Email: press@dorothyhowe.co.uk

For further Canary Wharf information etc. please contact:
Hamish McDougall, Communication Manager, Canary Wharf Group plc
Tel: 020 7418 2326 Email: hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com


About Canary Wharf Arts & Events
The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors. Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

Canary Wharf Arts & Events is part of Canary Wharf Group plc.

For more information visit www.canarywharf.com or contact arts&events@canarywharf.com

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year. 20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group is backing Tower Hamlets bid to become the UK’s next city, as part of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. www.cityoftowerhamlets.com

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
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