"London's premier spoken word and music night" - The Southbank Centre

Dedicated to showcasing unique new talent with established names we love

We have curated forward thinking and eclectic sellout shows at The Southbank Centre and The Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, and some seriously good times have been had at venues such as Proud Galleries, The Roundhouse and at festivals such as Bestival, Latitude and In The Woods. We have received two five-star reviews at Edinburgh Festival, been named Time Out Critic’s Choice several times and included in its list of 101 Things To Do Around London.

More importantly than what others say about us, is how we have featured many acts who have gone on to become mainstays in the spoken word and music scene, which just goes to show how creepily aligned our tastes are with yours! Poejazzi line up favourites include Ed Sheeran, Scroobius Pip, Polarbear, Kate Tempest, Fiona Bevan and Jamie Woon. Our sensory compass dictates that we only promote established acts that we feel are deserving of the extra recognition or new artists we feel need to urgently occupy a space in your life.

We curate events for institutions, organisations, and festivals. To contact us about curating an event for you please email us at Past clients include The Mayor's Thames Festival, Camp Bestival, The Southbank Centre, and The Roundhouse.


April 29, 2014

Poejazzi Presents The Comet Is Coming, Hollie McNish, Hugh, These Ghosts, Deanna Rodger

Tkts available here £5 Early Bird tickets are available from Thurs March 6 – Thurs March 27. Otherwise tickets are £7 online/student/concessions and £10 on the door.

The Comet is Coming features MOBO award winner and Melt Yourself Down member Shabaka Hutchings, Danalogue (Dan Leavers) and Betamax (Max Hallett). Some of the words that apply to their awe inspiring form of jazz include: “Futuristic”, “Cosmic”, “Sci-fi”, “Hipster”, “Punk.” Shabaka is back at it again: redefining popular notions of jazz and distorting genre lines but what else would you expect from this classically trained master improviser with a maverick attitude?

Hollie McNish - Her witty yet sensitive poems range in topic from immigration to the foibles of new motherhood and they have garnered her over a million views on YouTube. This viral poet and spoken word favourite warmly delivers biting social commentary that always gets under peoples’ skins and firmly lodges itself in their memories.

Hugh - Lush electro-R&B pop from blogosphere darlings Hugh who create poetic but seriously catchy lyrics against a sophisticated backdrop. “With the ethereal vocals of Izzy Brooks interwoven with the deeper-set vocals of Joshua Idehen (of Benin City)…(they) gain access to a unique depth.” Hilly Dilly

These Ghosts - Think Radiohead has a love child with a young Londoner with a penchant for electro. These Ghosts are one of our favourite artists to be featured on the new indie label NX Records “a collaboration between Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Records, and the students of Goldsmiths, University of London’s popular music course. Showcasing the best sounds from New Cross, London.”Dazed Digital

Deanna Rodger - Never afraid to tackle the important stuff, from love to feminism to race, armed with an animated style and some of the most beautiful, abstract and yet relatable metaphors you’ll probably ever come across. She even tackled that Lily Allen video for It’s Hard Out Here, and her response was so good Lily thanked her for being “brave” and “eloquent” and “for opening up a discussion” (yeah, that’s right): Deanna is one of the most promising young voices out there.

Start: April 29, 2014 7:30 pm
End: April 29, 2014 11:00 pm
Venue: Surya
156 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9JL, United Kingdom
Cost: £5 early bird/£7 online/£10 on the door


Poejazzi is one of the few music and spoken word organisations that manages to combine top quality live performances with innovative ideas and writing. Gareth Lewis - Tall Lighthouse


One of the UK's most important outposts for the future of the spoken word. Passionate, open to new talent, diverse, and above all authentically interested in substance rather than style, it's a London treasure. Tom Chatfield - Prospect Magazine


Poejazzi has supported and nurtured a wide range of artists in London and nationally. Sarah Ellis - The Royal Shakespeare Company