Sound Unbound 2019

Illustration of an explosion of sound and instruments

Join us for a free music festival of unexpected sounds in unexpected places.

Music will burst from the concert hall and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems with a line-up of artists for whom the boundaries between classical and contemporary, experimental and jazz are blurred – or never even existed in the first place.

Kick back to the music of Steve Reich on the Barbican Lakeside. Soak up ambient sounds in Farringdon’s super-club fabric. Embark on a musical walking trail around the historic backstreets of Smithfield. And let the soothing sounds of Gregorian chant wash over you in the intimate chapel of The Charterhouse.

From authentic medieval sounds to hypnotic minimalist masterpieces, there are over 100 sessions, installations and more to explore – and you can tap into any of them for free.

Some sessions have limited capacity, and access is on a first-come, first-served basis

A detailed schedule will be released in May. Family events start in the morning on both days, with main programme running from 12 noon onwards.

Architecture Tours

See the Barbican from a new perspective

Explore the programme

A Culture Mile Event

Sound Unbound is a joint project between the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Thanks to The Charterhouse, St Bartholomew the Great, St Bartholomew the Less, City Music Foundation, St Giles’ Cripplegate, LSO St Luke’s, fabric, Dutch Performing Arts and Classical Futures Europe for their kind support.

The Artist is screened by kind permission of Entertainment Film Distributors Ltd.  

Wilton Diptych video reproduced by permission of Smarthistory.


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Listen: Sound Unbound playlist

A teaser of the music you could hear at this year’s Sound Unbound

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Barbican Sessions #5: Christoph Sietzen


For our latest Barbican Session, percussionist Christoph Sietzen performs in an empty Cinema 1.

Collection: Architecture

Brutal or beautiful? One of London's best examples of Brutalist architecture and a Grade II listed building, explore the fascinating architecture of the Barbican and the surrounding estate through photography, film and features.

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Barbican Sessions #15: Bartosz Glowacki


Accordionist Bartosz Glowacki performs the animated third movement ‘Thieves’ from Five views on the Archipelago Gulag by Ukrainian composer Victor Vlasov in the entrance to the Exhibition Halls.

Barbican and Culture Mile