Published: February 11, 2019

A free music festival where over 800 years of music and architecture collide


18 & 19 May

Barbican and Culture Mile



For its third edition, Sound Unbound is all about unexpected sounds in unexpected places, as classical music bursts from the concert hall and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems: hear the strains of Steve Reich on the Barbican Lakeside, soak up ambient sounds in Farringdon’s super-club Fabric and discover Renaissance choral music alongside terrapins in our Conservatory. And this year, you can tap into any of the 100 sessions, interactive installations and more for free.

The weekend features artists for whom the boundaries between classical music and contemporary, experimental music and jazz have been blurred – or never even existed in the first place. This year’s line-up will be announced in the Spring, but as a flavour previous Sound Unbounds have featured the likes of Max Richter, Chilly Gonzales and twelve helium-powered harmonicas.

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

To see the line up so far and keep up to date visit the Barbican website:   Sound Unbound


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.