MOBO Award-winning Brit-jazz four-piece Empirical are set to take their boundary-busting Pop-up Jazz Lounge to three locations around the UK this year, kicking off with a weeklong string of dates in Birmingham from 25-29 April. Launching the project at Old Street Tube station in February 2016, the band played to some 2,800 commuters over 24 performances, winning approval from many non-jazz fans in the process.
The Birmingham gigs will take place at a retail unit in the Great Western Arcade, located in the heart of Birmingham's Coleman Business district, with the aim of playing to workers, shoppers and commuters using nearby Snow Hill station. This year also marks Empirical's decade together with the band set to return to Old Street Underground station in June, before appearing in Liverpool in September.
The band's bassist Tom Farmer commented on the project: "It was great to see so many new people at our pop-up lounge at Old Street and to see them really engage with the music – it showed that there is an audience for jazz out there, and we can reach them! So we're really excited to be able to take our pop-up lounge to Birmingham this April and hope that we'll get the same enthusiastic reaction from people there."
– Mike Flynn
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Watch '6 days in Old Street' – a short documentary about the band's pilot Pop-up Jazz Lounge: