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Drifting into Old Billingsgate market was like a dream / Financial Times

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Drifting into Old Billingsgate Market late on a Saturday night immediately felt like entering a dream. Hundreds of camp beds were positioned around the cavernous venue floor, before a small but prominent stage; the audience arriving with sleeping bags were here for German-born British composer and musician Max Richter's "eight-hour lullaby" Sleep, performed live in its entirety from 11pm to 7am. Sleep originally premiered in a BBC Radio 3 overnight broadcast in 2015. Tonight's sold-out London all-nighter followed concerts in Berlin and Sydney, but it still had an experimental air: a City of London landmark transformed into a kind of arthouse dosshouse, with masses of strangers brought into somnolent intimacy (and the weird distraction of fellow spectator Jarvis Cocker changing into his pyjamas on a nearby bed). Somehow, the experience never felt forced; everyone seemed to succumb easily to Sleep's spell.    PHOTO:  © Mark Allan

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