The Blackbyrds

The Blackbyrds

Scroll down for info on reserving a pre-show meal with Margins Cafe.
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The legendary jazz-funk and R&B band formed as the protégées of legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd. 

Following two sold out shows in our home last year, we're delighted to take this iconic group to Union Chapel with addition of Grammy award winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

Assembled from students at Howard University’s music department where the jazz legend was an instructor, they struck musical gold with their eponymous debut in 1973, which featured the stone cold rare groove classic "Do It Fluid".

Further hits followed with proto-disco hits "Walking in Rhythm" and "Rock Creek Park" taken from their albums Flying Start and City Life respectively, influencing icons Tupac, MF Doom and Nas in the old school US hip hop scene.

Their extensive catalogue of classic cuts and underground hits has seen them garner a new wave of admiration with a BBC Maida Vale session with Gilles Peterson airing this March.


Book For A Pre-Show Dinner

Make your free dinner reservation to eat at our Margins Café before the show!

You must have a general admission ticket for the show to gain entry for dinner.

Doors will open for early dinner ticket holders at 18:30. 

The Margins Café serves delicious, freshly prepared food at gigs and events.  All profits go towards The Margins Project, based here at the Chapel which works with people who face issues of homelessness and crisis.

Book Your Dinner Reservation HERE


More Information:

The venue is seating only. All seats are unreserved and are taken on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early before event door times if you have preferred seats. Due to the nature of our venue, please be prepared to queue for entry.

The venue is fully accessible, with use of ramps and the upstairs bar is accessible with use of a platform lift. Please email [email protected] with your accessibility requirements as soon as you purchase your ticket as requests are dealt with on a first come, first serve basis.

The bar is located on the first floor of the venue and will be open from the stated door time and remain open after the show.

Alcohol consumption will be limited to the bar area only, it is not permitted to take alcohol to the main chapel space.  An array of soft drinks and snacks will also be available and are permitted in the main space. (Please note, no food or drink may be brought from outside into the venue. Water bottles must be emptied before entering the venue, with refilling stations available inside).