GoGo Penguin

There’s a lot of pop in today’s jazz. That’s brought us fresh new faces like Kamasi Washington, BadBadNotGood (at Werchter in 2016) and Sons Of Kemet. And closer to home, an increasingly impressive cohort led by STUFF. One of the early successes is GoGo Penguin, a trio - double bass, drums, grand piano - from Manchester that has managed the leap from small jazz stages to big pop venues. They create puzzles out of jazz, rock, electronica, new classical and games soundtracks. Their debut ‘v2.0’ (2014) was nominated for the Mercury Prize, the most important British award for albums, alongside Damon Albarn, Jungle and Royal Blood. This earned them a long-term contract with the renowned jazz label Blue Note. Their sonic world has only expanded since then, and their live reputation is impeccable.   

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