Kings Place, which mixes offices with state-of-the-art performance spaces, cafes and galleries, was the brainchild of commercial property developer Peter Millican, and has become a cornerstone of the development of the King’s Cross redevelopment. Its 400-seat concert hall has arguably the finest acoustics of any classical music space in the city, while its galleries, atrium and other spaces have played host to every kind of musical and artistic venture from around the globe – as the festival programme reflects.
With 100 performances over four days, it includes classical recitals of Beethoven, Bach and Purcell, folk and jazz concerts, spoken word, even a “junk band” using instruments made of found bits of scrap. Combine the good value with the venue’s restaurants and galleries – currently hosting an exhibition of David Bailey photographs – and you can make a weekend of it.
“It’s trying to give people a taste of what the place is about all the year round,” says Millican. “You can go to many concerts throughout the weekend for very little money and experiment with things that you might not be used to.”
Until Sun, all tickets £4.50. www.kingsplace.co.uk