Penguin Cafe is a band founded by Arthur Jeffes in 2009, working with world-class musicians from pioneering bands such as Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight. Honouring the legacy of his father, Simon Jeffes, ten years after his untimely death in 1997, Arthur, a renowned composer, established his band with a similar philosophy to the iconic Penguin Cafe Orchestra but a character of its own. They have released four albums so far.

The music made by Penguin Cafe is a continuation of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra project, well appreciated and loved by fans. It is a type of music that blurs all kinds of boundaries, exploring everything from classical music to rock and pop, Latin American rhythms, jazz, New Age and minimalism. Arthur Jeffes has accomplished something that seemed to be impossible: to form a band afresh while attracting fans of an older band. Jeffes and his musicians are coming to the Arriaga Theatre with a new album, which has been released in the autumn of 2019.

About Penguin Cafe

Arthur Jeffes is a musician, composer, producer and founder of Penguin Cafe.Before settling down to make music he studied archaeology at CambridgeUniversity and dabbled in Arctic exploring, which became the starting point for Arthur to become a composer in his own right, as the prolonged periods of icy silence inspired original compositions.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Simon Jeffes of the iconic Penguin Café Orchestra, Arthur formed Penguin Cafe with a brand new line-up, bringing together a talented and disparate group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight. Penguin Cafe’s music bears all the hallmarks of PCO that its disciples will know and love, continuing to transcend popular and classical music.

Three albums followed:  A Matter of Life… in 2008, The Red Book,  in 2014 and The Imperfect Sea released on Erased Tapes in 2017. The same year Arthur paid tribute to his late father by performing PCO’s seminal record Union Cafe live to a sold out Union Chapel, coinciding with the album’s re-issue on Erased Tapes.

 2018 saw the Penguins perform in Paris, Berlin and London with a special show to support Greenpeace at the new venue EartH in Hackney. Arthur and his group are back in the studio creating their forthcoming fifth studio album, due for release in autumn 2019.


7:00 pm.


from € 20 to €38 /discounts

Friends of the Arriaga: 20%
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% (in the proscenium, balcony and a companion)