Southbank Centre

An aerial view of London's South Bank

Southbank Centre consists of the Royal Festival Hall (newly reopened after its two-year transformation), the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall (containing the Purcell Room), and the Saison Poetry Library. We also manage the Arts Council Collection and organises the National Touring Exhibition programme in venues throughout the UK.

Situated on the south bank of the River Thames next to the popular BA London Eye, Southbank Centre is at the heart of an arts quarter stretching from the Royal National Theatre and National Film Theatre to Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.

Venue Type:

Library, Gallery

Opening hours

Royal Festival Hall: 10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day. Free entry.

The Poetry library will remain open on all dates with access from the Artist’s Entrance.

Queen Elizabeth Hall: Open times vary but usually open 90 minutes before events start and open all day in the summer.

Hayward Gallery: Open daily Mondays 12 - 6pm, Tuesdays – Wednesdays 10am – 6pm, late nights Thursdays and Fridays until 8pm

Admission charges

Free access to building, events may be charged

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains

  • 25 August 2015 7:30-10:30pm

Indie pop band François & The Atlas Mountains perform their new record L'homme Tranquille.

The group is led by Brussels-based French musician François Marry. Burkinabé musicians Djiga Boubacar and Sanou Darra join them specially for this London premiere as part of Meltdown.

Combining French and English lyrics, Malian rhythms and high life, their music is as much new wave as it is pop.

In 2013 the band took a trip to Africa to tour and meet up with local musicians, with the intention of collaborating. What emerged became L'homme Tranquille, a four-track EP recorded across Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Benin.

'A band who so deftly combine African rhythms, French melodies, indie-pop jangle and new wave quirkiness' (The Sunday Times)

'gentle indie-pop jangle with echoes of Afropop' (The Independent)


From £12.50


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Young Marble Giants

  • 27 August 2015 7:30-10:30pm

A rare performance by cult post-punk band Young Marble Giants.

The trio perform songs from their 1980 album Colossal Youth, plus singles and rarities including B-sides from the early 80s. Their album was named by Kurt Cobain as one of his top 5 most influential albums.

'The Young Marble Giants record "Colossal Youth"... was quite a phenomenon. It’s the archetype of bedroom-made music. But because it has that lack of slickness it really draws you in.’ (David Byrne)

Formed in 1978 in Cardiff, their music is constructed around the powerful and minimal instrumentation of brothers Philip and Stuart Moxham on bass and guitar, supporting the naive untrained vocals of Alison Statton.

Active for just two years before splitting in 1980, they have only performed on a handful of occasions since. 35 years after its release, their LP Colossal Youth has been enough to earn them a cult status to this day. Self-confessed fans include R.E.M's Peter Buck, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, who named it one of his top five influential albums.

'Generations of indie aesthetes have heard their own secret heartbeats in this music - your turn.' (Rolling Stone)

'Their music is deceptive, it sounds simple but the weaving melodies and tight performance could out-math any modern noiserock band. What a change, and joy, to witness genuinely influential pioneers of whom Cardiff should feel very proud.' (Emma Daman,

Support comes from Leeds-based alternative indie quartet Adult Jazz, who released their debut album Gist Is in 2014. Their music is fragmented and labarynthine, taking pop and non-pop influences on compelling detours.

'Both texturally ravishing and textually fascinating' (The Quietus)

Suitable for

  • Any age


From £17.50


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Poetry Explorers

Join the band of intrepid Poetry Explorers every Wednesday at 16.00. Parents and children are welcome at this free reading club for families in the newly refurbished Poetry Library.

How to obtain

Email for more information.

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
Greater London





0871 663 2501

Ticket office

0871 663 2500

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.