Penguin Cafe Orchestra


27 Nov 2014


We are excited to be playing the brand new shiny SAFFRON HALL, on Saturday 7th February 2015.

Tickets are on sale now:

01 Oct 2014


Exclusively available through the Penguin Cafe Shop, we currently have the most beautiful and covetable vinyl LP of the new album The Red Book.

This vinyl collectable edition of THE RED BOOK is a strictly Limited Edition pressing of 750 individually numbered discs.

Each LP comes with a unique code to download the mp3 album.

Snap them up while they last.


19 Aug 2014

Japan is calling

We have so many special memories from our tours of Japan, and we cannot wait to get back in september for more dates.

21.Sep | Kyoto Music Festival
23.Sep | Sankei Hall BREEZE, Osaka
24.Sep | Kyoto Concert Hall *acoustic set
27.Sep | Meguro Persimmon Hall, Tokyo
28.Sep | Yokosuka Arts Theatre, Kanagawa

21 Jul 2014

Summer at the ROUNDHOUSE and FULL JAPAN DATES announced

Listen to our exclusive Roundhouse radio interview ahead of our gig as part of the Roundhouse Summer Sessions.

Penguin Cafe + Sam Semple
Sunday 10th August 7.30pm

Also this summer, catch our festival shows:
Tuesday 22 July | VERUCCHIO Biglietti - ITALY
Saturday 9 August | BRECON Jazz
Saturday 16 August | SNAPE Proms

21.Sep | Kyoto Music Festival
23.Sep | Sankei Hall BREEZE, Osaka
24.Sep | Kyoto Concert Hall *acoustic set
27.Sep | Meguro Persimmon Hall, Tokyo
28.Sep | Yokosuka Arts Theatre, Kanagawa

28 Apr 2014


We are excited to announce we are back in London for one night in August, as part of the Roundhouse Summer Sessions.

Penguin Cafe + Sam Semple
Sunday 10th August 7.30pm

Also this summer, catch our festival shows:
Friday 11 July | LICHFIELD Festival
Tuesday 22 July | VERUCCHIO Biglietti - ITALY
Saturday 9 August | BRECON Jazz
Saturday 16 August | SNAPE Proms (on sale May 20)


17 Feb 2014

THE RED BOOK - Out now!

Our new critically acclaimed album THE RED BOOK is out now!

its available at our shop, and on iTunes and all the usual outlets.


We have just completed the UK tour, and we are beginning to announce more dates for this summer. Here are the first three we have for you, tickets on sale now....

DUBLIN - National Concert Hall on 25th April 2014
Penguin Cafe + Lisa O'Neill

BURY ST EDMUNDS Festival - The Apex on 21 May 2014

BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL on Saturday 9th August 2014


12 Dec 2013

THE RED BOOK - Pre order now!

Our new album THE RED BOOK is released on 17th Feb 2014, but you can pre-order now here and through iTunes


THE RED BOOK with special guest TOM BAXTER

Wed 12 Feb BRIDPORT Electric Palace
Thurs 13 Feb SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims
Fri 14 Feb LONDON Union Chapel
Sat 15 Feb LONDON Union Chapel
Sun 16 Feb LONDON Union Chapel
Thu 18 Feb BRIGHTON All Saints Church
Wed 19 Feb COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre
Sat 22 Feb LEEDS Howard Assembly Room
Sun 23 Feb GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead
Mon 24 Feb LIVERPOOL Epstein Theatre
Tues 25 Feb EDINBURGH Queens Hall
Wed 26 Feb SHEFFIELD City Hall Ballroom


29 Nov 2013

December 16th - Penguin Cafe pre-tour warm-up/Christmas party...

December 16th - Penguin Cafe pre-tour warm-up/Christmas party...

We're coming back to Cecil Sharp House in one last hurrah for 2013 ahead of next year's excitements - please come and join us for some music, drinks and experiments with lighting...

Tickets will go fast, so book now!


Date: 16th December 2013
At: Cecil Sharp House - London
Doors 7pm.

11 Nov 2013

Its all about February!

We are very very pleased to announce that the new album THE RED BOOK will be out on 17th February 2014.

Additionally, we can now confirm the first dates of our UK tour. We will be in residency at London's iconic Union Chapel over the 14th / 15th / 16 February 2014, with our great friend and special guest for the tour, Tom Baxter.

More dates to be announced very soon.

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20 Oct 2013

Are you following us?

These are exciting times for the Penguin Cafe. The new album is imminent, and we will soon be announcing dates for the Spring and beyond.

There are now so many ways to keep updated with all our latest news, so make sure you are following us....






02 Oct 2013

WIN Tickets to see 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' Ballet at Sadler's Wells.

Birmingham Royal Ballet are bringing the much acclaimed 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' ballet to London's Sadler's Wells theatre next week as part of three short works by David Bintley, for two days, 15th and 16th October 2013.

We are are very excited to see this beautiful Ballet back on stage again, and to celebrate we are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets.

Prize: 2 tickets for the evening performance of the Ballet at Sadler's Wells, on tuesday 15th October.


*competition closes midnight on tuesday 9th october.


20 Sep 2013

"Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' at Sadler's Wells this October

Finally, another chance to see this fabulous Ballet 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' this time being performed by the Birmingham Royal Ballet as part of three short works from Artistic Director David Bintley.

Performances are at Sadlers Wells on 15th and 16th October.

tickets are selling fast, CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

09 Sep 2013

Finishing off the new album

After a great summer of gigs, we are now back putting the finishing touches to the new album, to be released in the new year.

We'll keep you posted of any gigs over christmas.

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22 Jul 2013

Happy Summer

A huge thank you to all who made our concerts in Tuscany so special. We are enjoying the sunshine and gearing up for Folk East at the end of August.

If you haven't got your tickets yet, we are performing on Sunday 25th, all details and ticket info here:


11 Jul 2013

Penguins Italian Weekend 12-14 July

We are living it up in Italy this week, performing a series of private concerts at a secret location in a beautiful tumbledown palazzo in the tuscan countryside, close to Grosseto.

If you'd like to be there, contact us message@penguincafe.com for details.

09 Jul 2013

Summer so far...

We've had a great few weeks - Glastonbury was great fun, Eindhoven was lovely and we're now setting up for a series of concerts out here in Southern Tuscany at a very beautiful old 14th century monastery...

If you're going to be in the area on the 12th, 13th or 14th and would be interested in coming along please email lucy@penguincafe.com and she'll be able to provide more details...

21 Jun 2013

Listen to our live performance on BBC Radio 3 In Tune - available until friday

Ahead of Glastonbury festival 2013, Penguin Cafe performed live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme, last friday, 21st June.

If you didn't catch it live, the programme is available on BBC iplayer until 29th June so make sure to catch us (1hr24m into the programme).

Listen to Radio 3 In Tune

29 Apr 2013

Penguin Cafe are coming to Eindhoven 3rd July 2013

We are excited to be coming to the Netherlands, to play at the Muziek Gebouw Fritz Philips, in Eindhoven, on July 3rd 2013.

Tickets are on sale now


19 Apr 2013

Penguin Cafe play the V&A Bowie weekend - fri 26th April 2013

Exciting news! Penguin Cafe will be playing at the Bowie weekender, on friday night, as part of the V&A's most popular exhibition ever, 'David Bowie is'.

The V&A Lates event begins at 6.30pm, and we will be performing in the garden at 8pm.

Come down and see us!

Its FREE entry, and there is all manner of brilliant Bowie inspired events happening around the museum including live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays and installations, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs, and late-night exhibition opening.

full details:
V&A website

04 Apr 2013

Penguin Cafe at Folk East this August!

Come and see us live at Folk East festival of Folk and World Music over the weekend of 23-25th August 2013, at Glemham Hall, Suffolk.

For full information visit: folkeast.co.uk

Live Dates

07 Feb 2015 - SAFFRON HALL, Saffron Walden

More info / Buy Tickets »

Penguin Cafe

“My father, Simon Jeffes, was in the south of France in 1972-73, where he got terrible food poisoning from some bad shellfish and spent 3 or 4 days with a terrible fever. During this, he had very vivid waking dream - a nightmare vision of the near future - where everyone lived in big concrete blocks and spent their lives looking into screens. There was a big camera in the corner of everyone’s room, an eye looking down at them. In one room there was a couple making love lovelessly, while in another there was a musician sat at a vast array of equipment but with headphones on so there was no actual music in the room. This was a very disconnected de-humanising world that people had made for themselves...

However you could reject that and look further afield, and if you went down this dusty road you would eventually find a ramshackle old building with noise and light pouring out into the dark. It's a place you just fundamentally want to go into, and this is the Penguin Cafe. There are long tables and everyone sits together, and its very cheerfully chaotic. In the back there is always a band playing music that you are sure you've heard somewhere but you have no idea where - and that is the Penguin Cafe Orchestra - they play this music.

When my Dad woke up he decided that he would write the music that would be played by the band from his dream, and so with that as a criteria he then wrote for the next 25 years and that is the world that we now also inhabit...”

Arthur Jeffes, BBC London - February 8th 2014


The band

  • Tom CC
  • Darren Berry
  • Rebecca Waterworth
  • Vince Greene
  • Andy Waterworth
  • Cass Browne
  • Arthur Jeffes
  • Des Murphy
  • Neil Codling
  • Peter Radcliffe

Steve Gullick 2010


07 August 2014 Ham&High 'Arthur Jeffes picks up the baton..." (link)
08 March 2014 Daily Mail - 6Music Radio Review *** (pdf)
03 March 2014 The Scotsman - Edinburgh Concert Review
24 February 2014 Music OMH - Penguin Cafe Q & A (link)
21 February 2014 METRO Leeds
17 February 2014 The Telegraph - Penguins Live at Union Chapel 4* (link)
16 February 2014 Music OMH - Penguin Cafe @ Union Chapel - Review 4* (link)
16 February 2014 The Sunday Times - The Red Book album review
15 February 2014 The Times - Penguins Live at Union Chapel Review 4* (pdf)
13 February 2014 Evening Telegraph Peterborough -The Red Book Album 8/10 (link)
10 February 2014 Crack Music Newcastle
10 February 2014 The Big Issue North - Q&A Arthur Jeffes (link)
09 February 2014 Songlines - Top Five
07 February 2014 Q Magazine - The Red Book album review 4*
07 February 2014 Uncut Magazine - The Red Book album review 7/10
07 February 2014 Exposed Magazine - Interview
07 February 2014 Southampton Echo - Gig of the Week (pdf)
06 February 2014 MOJO Magazine - The Red Book album review 4*
14 February 2013 The Sun - The Red Book Album review 4*
23 July 2012 The Times (pdf)
23 July 2012 The Guardian (pdf)
16 July 2012 The Telegraph (link)
08 June 2012 Radio 3 (BBC) IN TUNE (link)
03 May 2012 The Arts Desk (link)
02 March 2012 The Australian (link)
09 July 2011 Hackney Empire (link)
24 May 2011 Salisbury May 2011 (pdf)
24 February 2011 The Scotsman... Edinburgh (link)
22 February 2011 Scottish Herald (link)
22 February 2011 The Arts Desk - review of Edinburgh (link)
21 February 2011 The Quietus (link)
17 February 2011 ThisIsLancashire.Co.Uk (link)
17 February 2011 The Jazz Man... Warwick (link)
12 February 2011 Classical Source (link)
11 February 2011 Allgigs.co.uk (link)
11 February 2011 AAA Music (link)
08 February 2011 Guardian (link)
06 February 2011 Times (pdf)
05 February 2011 Indie (pdf)
05 February 2011 Guardian (pdf)
31 January 2011 Basingstoke Gazette (pdf)
31 January 2011 Newbury Weekly News (pdf)
29 January 2011 FT review Matter of Life (link)
15 November 2010 Nihon Keizai Newspaper (Japan)
15 September 2010 Guardian Music review (link)
15 December 2009 Times from 2009 (link)
12 September 2009 The Arts Desk (link)
12 September 2009 Robert Sandall - 2009 - The Arts Desk (link)