Blue Lab Beats
Fluid. Formidable. Fresh.
Groundbreaking producer NK-OK and formidable multi-instrumentalist Mr. DM make up Blue Lab Beats – one of the fastest-rising production duos in the world who seamlessly fuse Jazz, Hip-hop, Afrobeats, Soul and Electronica genres.
They started out as bedroom producers, remixing tracks from the likes of Dua Lipa and Rag’N’Bone Man. Now they’re crafting a sound inspired by pioneers of Jazz and Hip-hop, and the music of the African diaspora, while staying true to their London roots.
The pair recently won Best Global Music Album at the GRAMMYs for their production on Angelique Kidjo’s track ‘Fired Up’ on her Mother Nature LP. They’ve got a Jazz FM Innovation Award and a MOBO nomination too.
Need to know
This is an all-standing show in Sage Two.
Updated Stage Times:
7:45pm – Doors
8:15pm – Knats
9pm – Interval
9:30- 10:45pm – Blue Lab Beats
Please note times are subject to change.
Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
What's the live show like?
2022 was a landmark year of live shows for the duo. Including their sellout of the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, with 12 string players, a full band and guest vocalists. They also supported Robert Glasper.
In the last two years, BLB have dominated the festival circuit appearing at Jazz A Vienne, Montreux and Montreal Jazz Festivals respectively, Love Supreme and Blue Note Tokyo, Glastonbury, We Out Here and Donostiako Jazzaldia.
Catch Blue Lab Beats before they become a household name with NK-OK and Mr. DM joined at this show by Natalie Lindi on vocals, Poppy Daniels on Trumpet and Ben Vize on sax.
Supported by Knats
Knats are a quintet led by two lifelong best mates from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Stan Woodward (Bass) and King David Ike Elechi (Drums), making dance music which derives from their respective roots of Jazz, Drum and Bass, House and Gospel. Within their short arrival onto the scene they have already been recognised and broadcasted by major radio stations ’Soho Radio’, BBC Newcastle and WDR 3, play-listed twice by Spotify on their ‘All New Jazz’ playlist, also being on the cover of ‘Jazz Fresh Finds’. They’re quickly building a fierce live reputation whilst gigging around the North East and the country supporting the likes of Vels Trio and Tom Ford.
In Partnership with Jazz re:freshed
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023, pioneering grassroots jazz organisation Jazz re:freshed are partnering with The Glasshouse on October 19th and 20th 2023. Jazz re:freshed has been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene for the last 20 years, elevating, amplifying and spotlighting the breadth of talented young artists from across the musical spectrum to reach new audiences.
As a non-profit dedicated to creating fun, inclusive and affordable spaces for the advancement of the music, the organisation has provided crucial early career support for the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia and many more now making waves on the world stage.
Built on the foundations of its weekly residency, Jazz re:freshed has grown into a multi-faceted arts organisation and cultural institution, comprised of band development programs, DJ Club nights, multiple partnerships, an award-winning record label and a paradigm shifting international showcasing initiative.