Wriggling up from Underground since 2007
Wormfood was founded in 2007 to unify audiences for African music, jazz and electronic music.
As promoter and festival stage, we have produced over 500 events for more than 350k people, running festival stages at Camberwell Fair, Shambala Festival, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, London Southbank Centre and the Big Chill, and being instrumental in the development of core London live music venues Passing Clouds, Hootananny Brixton, the Jazz Cafe, Rich Mix and POW Brixton through our regular shows there.
In 2009 we began working with Continental Drifts, curating the ‘African Rootmaster’ section of their Arts Council-funded Global Local programme, helping nurture and develop the UK’s homegrown African music talent. This grew into the Wormfood agency in 2013, representing a broad spectrum of afro, jazz and electronic music from the UK and beyond, both established legends and emerging talent. Acts who we have represented include: Tony Allen, The Comet is Coming, BCUC, United Vibrations, Nubiyan Twist, Nubya Garcia and many more.
In 2014 we launched the Wormfood label, releasing albums and EPs by Nubiyan Twist, Afriquoi, Onipa, KOG and more, with remixes from artists including Simbad, LV, Werkha and EVM128 Full catalogue here
We closed the agency side of the business in 2018, with Wormfood Director André Marmot joining Earth Agency as an agent – you can check roster here and reach by email here – and Wormfood is no longer running regular events, but we continue to release music through the label and run festival stages and takeovers.
We are happy to programme, curate and arrange music for any event: please get in touch with any proposals.
Finally: lots of people ask why the name Wormfood. The answer is: it’s a celebration of life + death and the cyclical nature of all being courtesy of the man like William Shakespeare.
“A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm” (Hamlet, IV.iii.17-29). We’re all going to be wormfood some day, so we might as well wriggle while we can!