Gregg Allman and John Paul White of The Civil Wars perform together for first time at Sundance London


WEBWIRE – Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Artists Among Many Featured in Muscle Shoals Documentary at the Festival

The O2 — Sundance Institute and The O2 announced that the second Sundance London film and music festival will host a musical performance by Gregg Allman and John Paul White of The Civil Wars, sharing a stage for the first time, on Saturday 27 April at indigO2 in The O2. The performance will take place in conjunction with the UK premiere of Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s acclaimed music documentary, Muscle Shoals. Tickets and a music-and-movie ticket package for The Music of Muscle Shoals: An Evening with Gregg Allman and John Paul White of The Civil Wars, with opening act to be announced, will be on sale from 9:00 a.m. GMT Friday 15 March at www.sundance-london.com.

Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman is a founding member of one of the biggest and most important American bands of all time, the still-active and thriving Allman Brothers Band, whose memorable signature hits include the classics “Whipping Post,” “Dreams,” “Please Call Home” and “Melissa.” A natural artist with a beautifully soulful and distinctive voice as well as brilliant keyboard and guitar expertise, Allman’s six solo albums include Laid Back, the live Gregg Allman Tour ’74, Playin’ Up A Storm and I’m No Angel.

John Paul White soothes the soul with his intensely poetic, highly inspired music. He was born and still lives in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A. White released the album The Long Goodbye in 2008 and joined Joy Williams the following year to form The Civil Wars. The duo won Grammy Awards in 2012 for best Folk Album, and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.

On his involvement with Sundance and working with Allman, John Paul White said, “For musicians raised in the heart of the South, the Allman Brothers are gods. Count me among the worshipers. I’m honoured immensely to be included in this project in any small way, and working with one of my heroes excites me to no end.”

With interviews from an incredible roster of musicians, Muscle Shoals unearths the rich musical history of a tiny Alabama town with the curious name of Muscle Shoals, an unheralded gold mine of American music. At the heart of Muscle Shoals is Rick Hall; overcoming crushing hardship, he managed to entice talent like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. As the word spread about the electrifying musical chemistry in this unexpected place, the likes of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Staples Singers, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Simon and Garfunkel magnetically followed suit.

The second Sundance London will take place from 25-28 April, 2013, and host the international and UK premieres of American independent films fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., as well as live music performances, panels and events. The 2013 film programme, announced on Monday 11 March, continues its 2012 focus on presenting new work by American filmmakers and music artists. Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A, selected the films and related programming. Individual film and panel tickets will also go on sale Friday.

In addition to the performance by Gregg Allman and John Paul White, Sundance London will host a previously announced performance by Peaches on Friday 26 April. Tickets for that performance are now on sale.

For more information visit www.sundance-london.com or follow @SundancefestUK on Twitter.

Note for Editors:

Sundance London
The Sundance London film and music festival is a partnership between Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe. The second Sundance London will take place from 25-28 April, 2013 at The O2 and will host the international and UK premieres of films fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., as well as live music performances, panels and events. All films will screen at Cineworld at The O2. Passes and ticket packages are now on sale, and individual film and panel tickets will be on sale from 15 March. For more information visit www.sundance-london.com or follow @SundancefestUK on Twitter.

Sundance London is supported by: Lead Partner – Sundance Channel Global; Supporting Partners — The Langham, London and Nokia; Media Partners — Fade to Black and Time Out; and Official Providers — ASCAP, Cineworld at The O2, Dolby, Gibson, and the US Embassy London. For partnership opportunities email sundancelondon@the02.co.uk.

Robert Redford
Robert Redford is an Academy Award-winning actor, director and producer, a passionate advocate for the arts and a leading environmentalist. He serves as President of the non-profit Sundance Institute, which he founded 30 years ago to foster independence, discovery and new voices in American film and theatre. Mr. Redford also founded the Sundance Channel, Sundance Resort, Sundance Catalog, and Sundance Cinemas and the non-profit Redford Center. Though very different in their activities and independent in their operations, all of Mr. Redford’s Sundance entities share the same core mission he has always held dear: a passionate connection to new artists, new voices and new perspectives. www.sundancegroup.net

Sundance Institute
The Sundance Film Festival is a program of Sundance Institute, a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

AEG Europe and The O2
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. It owns or operates some of the world’s best arenas and theatres, numerous sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and LA Galaxy (MLS), and a collection of companies dedicated to producing, promoting and presenting world-class live entertainment.

In May 2005, AEG Europe announced that it would transform the former Millennium Dome and the surrounding area into the UK’s most exciting and technically advanced music, sport and entertainment destination. It was renamed The O2 and opened in June 2007.

The centrepiece of the multi-million pound development is the 20,000 capacity indoor arena, the most popular and busiest arena in the world. There is also a live music venue – indigO2 – with a capacity of 2,900, The O2 bubble – a state of the art exhibition space that is host to the British Music Experience, a permanent, high-tech, interactive music museum, an 11 screen cinema complex, and a vibrant ‘Entertainment District’ featuring a variety of bars, restaurants and leisure facilities.

The O2 arena sold more tickets than any other arena in the world last year (breaking all previous records) – making it the most popular music venue in the world for the fifth year running.

AEG employs more than 3,000 staff in over 45 operating companies worldwide. Its international head office is in Los Angeles, and its European headquarters is based in London.



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