halfsies: WAKE UP GIGS - sunday 16 DECEMBER 2018 - ace hotel, E1, 13:00 - 15:00


We're thrilled to be pairing up with Ace Hotel Shoreditch and HOOP to bring you a taste of what Wake Up Gigs are all about - enjoying live music with an audience of all ages.

Wake Up Gigs showcase new artists for parents to enjoy the best live bands and artists and the gig experience with their families.

We’re delighted sister duo Xylaroo will be headlining bringing their uniquely fresh take on acoustic folk, with a further support act to be announced. Each artist will play 30-40 minute sets in the stunning surroundings of the Ace Hotel rooftop venue. 

Child friendly stuff: buggy parking space, soft play area, colouring in classic album covers, balloons, glitter painting, fully stocked baby changing facilities

Parent friendly stuff: amazing live music, friendly people, licensed bar, food available, easily accessible venue with lifts

Our Ace Hotel shows are the mini version of what a full Wake Up Gig would entail but feedback from parents is that they really enjoy the calm vibes and stunning views from the venue and the live music is the perfect accompaniment on a Sunday afternoon. The gig will take place at the Ace Hotel in their fantastic event space with skyline views of London. This is smaller than our previous venues, so tickets are limited. Tickets are £5 for parents and free for children.



Xylaroo are a sister duo act with a refreshing take on folk music. Having travelled the world in their youth, starting in Papua New Guinea and ending in London via Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Azerbaijan, Switzerland and Kent, it is fair to say they have seen a lot. These experiences are vocalised in beautiful harmonies that drapse over familiarly folk-y vibes but in a way we haven’t heard before.

The girls have been championed by Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio 6 with playlists, sessions and spot plays from Steve and Lauren Laverne and spot plays from BBC Radio 2, Radio X, Amazing Radio as well as a performance on BBC Radio 4 on Loose Ends and another Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2. Their latest single has been playlisted twice by Virgin Radio and Amazing Radio with an interview and session with Edith Bowman on Virgin Radio in August.

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