Festival Embassy is our new series of feel-good micro-festivals at our House in the heart of Soho. The last in our trilogy of festivals comes up this Saturday 20th May, we’ll be bringing you an evening of entertainment curated with Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, transporting the globally minded musical get-together from the South of France to the heart of Soho for one evening only.

We caught up with Gilles, music-maestro, HoSB Founding Member and one-of-a-kind legend, to have a little chat before the festival fun begins later this week!

Gilles! You’re a great supporter of The House of St Barnabas; what drew you to become a founding member?
To be able to find a place in town where people can share those musical experiences they might not be getting elsewhere is important… I think it has magical powers.

We’re really excited to be teaming up with Worldwide Festival for our final Festival Embassy, what can we expect this Saturday?
This Saturday we draw together all my favourite things, Worldwide Festival, music from Brownswood Recordings and Future Bubblers, and delicious tastes from East-London restaurant Brawn …and we’ll be broadcasting the whole evening live on Worldwide FM!

Future Bubblers’ DJs Medikul and Munro will be kicking off the evening in the Garden Room to get spirits soaring. And make sure you bring your best dance moves; Worldwide Family DJ’s Simbad, Leanne Wright, Will LV and Sophie Callis will carry the party on into the night.

Live acts start at 7:30pm in the magical Chapel of St Barnabas where KidKatharsisMali Hayes, Yazmin Lacey and Three Body Trio will take you to places you’ve never been before with their music!

For all those food lovers out there we’ve created a French-seaside inspired menu in collaboration between Ed Wilson of Brawn and Nick Wyborn, Head Chef at The House of St Barnabas. Food will be served street-food style in the courtyard where you can expect incredible small-plates from Bouzigues oysters with pickled seaweed to Salt cod beignets with aioli.

It’s going to be an unforgettable evening!

For every ticket sold we’re giving one to someone who isn’t able to afford one themselves. Why do you think it’s important to open up access to culture?
It’s crucial to open up culture. Just as we have Future Bubblers opening up opportunities for people to be creative and make music, it is also essential to open up audience space and access to these experiences to everyone…the difference it can make to someone’s wellbeing is immeasurable.

Sète is a magical place, can you tell us a little about why you chose it as the setting for Worldwide Festival?
It’s the Theatre de La Mar, the most beautiful venue in the South of France to hear music and party to, I have been to so many of concert venues but never a more enchanting one than this…Imagine chilling out on the beach all day and then spending the evening looking out to the Mediterranean sea as the sun sets, surrounded by unforgettable music.

We both believe in supporting emerging talent, what excites you about shining a spotlight on up-and-coming artists? 
It’s exciting because it’s new. Future Bubblers embodies that excitement, we work with new and up and coming artists with no commercial pressure at all, giving us freedom to work on all creative levels for their benefit…a rare thing in the music industry these days. It’s the satisfaction of seeing massively talented young people that are making very innovative, out there music, being supported and uplifted. It comes from the ethos of the label, Brownswood Recordings.

We’re also helping local audiences to discover the hidden musical treasures buried deep in their city – putting together positive music experiences that leave behind vibrations for a scene that continues to support and value music from that city. ‘Future Bubblers’ is about mentoring and development for the long term across the country. It is a country-wide ‘movement’ of like-minds and vibes.

What do you think makes HoSB a special place to enjoy music?
Whether dancing the night away to DJs in the Garden Room or immersing yourself in live music in the Chapel, when you step foot into The House of St Barnabas you feel like you’re being transported to another world that just can’t wait to be discovered. HoSB really loves music, there are so many great sounds on their House playlists that really get you going…

…And the fact that by simply ordering a drink at the bar you’re supporting the work of their Employment Academy helping people affected by homelessness get into work, well, that just makes it all the more magical…it’s a real haven in the heart of Soho!

What song makes you happy at the moment? 
Thidius – Mention Nothing… absolutely making me happy at the moment.

If you love nothing more than dancing the night away to an evening of really good music then we’d love to see you at Festival Embassy where DJ sets and acoustic sounds will keep you dancing into the night. To find out more and book your tickets just click here!

We believe in paying it forward so for every ticket we sell, one will be given to someone who has been affected by homelessness, opening access to culture, live music and our home in Soho with social inclusion at its heart.