The rest is noise

The Rest Is NoiseThe Soundtrack of the 20th Century Packages


Coming Up

Saturday 7  – Sunday 8 December: New World Order No more rules

As the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989 and Presidents Bush and Gorbachev announced the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama announced the ‘End of History’. Communications technology and rapid globalisation made a truly worldwide musical scene that, like the capitalist marketplace, knew no boundaries, saw no divisions and obeyed no rules.


There are many ways that you can explore our year-long festival.

There’s never been a better opportunity to take your knowledge of the 20th century and its mind-blowing artistic achievements to a new level.

Create your own timetable and enjoy an all-day immersive experience with a Weekend or Day Pass for one of the 12 special weekends of over the year. 

Book the key concerts in the festival with the Concert Playlist, or make great savings with Choose Your Own Soundtrack, which gives you freedom to pick your concerts throughout the year.

Take on the whole festival and expand your brain with our exceptional ticket package, The Rest and More.

The festival is inspired by Alex Ross’ book The Rest Is NoiseBuy the book


Spend a weekend immersed in the culture, politics and art of the 20th century. 

With just one ticket you can enjoy a range of talks, debates, films and expertly guided listening sessions that each of the 12 focus weekends has to offer. Concerts are not included in the Day or Weekend Passes.

Passes for future weekends are available now from the Southbank Centre website

DAY PASS (Saturday or Sunday) - £15

New World Order Saturday Pass

New World Order Sunday Pass

WEEKEND PASS (both Saturday and Sunday) - £25

New World Order Weekend Pass


Choose your own journey throughout the year and save money.

Pick three or more events in Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall or The Purcell Room from either the first half or the second half of the festival to get great discount packages - from 10% for 3-4 events up to 30% for 15 or more events.

For more details and to purchase a Choose Your Own Soundtrack package, please visit the Southbank Centre website


Need some help in choosing which concerts to come to?  We have selected 12 pieces that feature in different concerts to help guide you through the story of the 20th century.
From the decadence of Vienna’s fin de siècle to the First World War, the rise of the skyscraper and 1990s club culture – let us take you through the music of this dramatic century.
The pieces feature in 12 different concerts. The first six concerts are in the first half of The Rest Is Noise (January – June 2013) and are on sale now.  The second-half concerts will go on sale in January 2013.  You don’t have to book all 12 concerts to get a great discount - book 3-4 concerts to get a 10% discount or 4-6 concerts for a 15% discount.
For more details and to purchase a Concert Playlist package, please visit the Southbank Centre website


Don’t want to miss a moment of The Rest is Noise? Well come with us every step of the way with The Rest And More for an exceptional price of £500.

This amazing-value package gives you a weekend pass to all 12 weekends and a ticket to every single concert in this year-long festival.

Not only that, but you’ll also receive Membership of Southbank Centre, with its exclusive Members’ Bar, for the whole of 2013. Southbank Centre Membership includes priority booking and information, special events and free entry to the Hayward Gallery. Plus, you’ll get a complimentary signed copy of Alex Ross’ book The Rest Is Noise.

*subject to availability. You must reserve a ticket for each event you wish to attend.

Find out more 



Click each of the "Find Out More' links on this page to be directed to online booking. 

Alternatively, see all concerts and events throughout 2013 at the Southbank Centre website

By telephone

Call 0844 847 9913, 9am – 8pm (daily).

Please note: Transaction fees apply. No transaction fees for Southbank Centre Members and Supporters Circles.

In person

Please visit the Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office 10am – 8pm (daily). The Ticket office is located at:

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. SE1 8XX


A limited allocation of half-price tickets is available for recipients of Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, those aged 16 and under and full-time students. Appropriate cards must be shown and discounts cannot be combined.