The George Tavern

Grassroots Series

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    Photo: The George Tavern,  Stepney Green

Past Event

This event was on Thursday 7 September, 5-9pm

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Grassroots Series
The George Tavern

Live Radio Broadcast | 7 September | 5-9pm | Free

Join us in the Gallery and online for this special Whitechapel Radio Station (WRS) broadcast, as the the legendary George Tavern takes over the Gallery’s airwaves. Expect stories from landlady Pauline Forster on the venues rich history as well as the constant fight against property developers and their landmark ‘noise protection’ case, alongside live performances from Tapir!, Human Interest and Sophie Jamieson. 

This event is part of Whitechapel Gallery’s Grassroots series, which explores the rich history and diversity of music venues in East London. Grassroots sees us partner with three esteemed venues; each venue takes over the airwaves with live music, performances, and DJ sets alongside conversations with those closest to the venue to explore the histories, highlights and challenges each organisation has faced.

As well as online listening, these broadcasts will be open to the public.

Please note, tickets do not guarantee entry. Entry is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


17:00 – 17:30 | Sophie Jamieson

17:35 – 18:20 | Talk with Pauline Forster

18:35 – 19:05 | Human Interest

19:10 – 19:55 | Talk with Francis Albrecht & Katie Craik

20:10 – 21:00 | Tapir!

About the participants:

The George Tavern

Located on Commercial Road in Stepney Green The George Tavern is a music venue, public house and constant foundation for a thriving artistic community in the heart of London’s East End. The tavern is mentioned in the writings of Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys and Geoffrey Chaucer, and is a beacon for both emerging and established artists, musicians and creatives alike.


Employing the use of paintings, set design, soundscapes, costumes and short films in their live shows, ‘Tapir!’ invite the viewer into their exciting and mysterious world. Set in a fictional universe of green hills, choppy seas and red creatures, Tapir! tell the story of the Pilgrim, a creature embarking to unearth the lands history, meeting all sorts of strange characters along the way. Inspired by the storytelling theatrics of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and Spelling, Tapir!s tender songcraft glistens with folkish charm and ambrosial melodia – whilst twiddling guitars, drum-machines and vocal flights flutter your heartstrings all the merry while.

Recorded by the likes of Honeyglaze’s Yuri Shibuichi and having signed to Heavenly Recordings, their recently-released debut EP “Act 1 The Pilgrim” is set to complete in their upcoming album ‘The Pilgrim, Their God And The King Of My Decrepit Mountain’, alongside two further upcoming acts next year.

Human Interest

East London band Human Interest, formed in-between dreams and lockdowns, bringing to life songs penned by Cat Harrison. Between guitarist Harrison, and bassist Tyler Damara Kelly, there’s an infectious joy beating at the heart of moody rock ’n’ roll songs. After touring with Self Esteem and playing as main support to Hinds and Tribes at the tail-end of 2021, they released their acclaimed debut EP ‘Desire Paths’ in March 2022.

Sophie Jamieson

Sophie Jamieson is a London-based songwriter who delivers intimate, visceral and uncomfortably honest songs. She explores the dips and troughs of mental health, uncompromising examinations of loneliness and pain, but always with an underlying strength that promises hope, and growth. Her debut album, ‘Choosing’, came out in December 2022 on indie label Bella Union.