Record Label/ Artist Management / Festival Stage
Wriggling up from Underground since 2007
Wormfood was founded in 2007 to unify audiences for African music, jazz and electronic music, with a focus on quality musicianship, personal decency and positive attitude. Fast forward 10 years and we have become one of the UK’s most respected labels, curators and management companies.
Initially working as promoters,we have run over 500 events for more than 350k people, running festivals, takeovers, clubnights and concerts across the UK, including Shambala Festival, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, London Southbank Centre and the Big Chill, as well as 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 futuristic world music from the UK and beyond (roster). Our acts have performed across the world, with representation at every major UK festival and venue and a solid network of international partners.
In October 2014 we set up Wormfood Records Ltd to release some of the amazing music artists on the agency were bringing out, and have released well-reviewed albums and EPs by Afriquoi, Nubiyan Twist, Onipa, plus remixes from artists including Simbad, LV, Werkha and Dubmatix. with lots more in the pipeline. Full catalogue here
In 2018, Wormfood Director André Marmot joined Earth Agency as an agent – reach by email here – and Wormfood is no longer trading as a booking agency, but continues to release music as Wormfood, manage artists, and run festival stages and takeovers, running regular stages at Shambala Festival, Camberwell Fair and Jam on Rye.
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!