Songlines Encounters Festival
Kings Place, London

Songlines is holding the fifth Songlines Encounters Festival at London's Kings Place from June 4-6 2015. As before, it includes some UK premieres, some first-time collaborations and lots of supremely inspirational music. Songlines subscribers can get a discount on the whole series of concerts and once again they represent a thrilling range of sounds from around the world. The festival is co-curated by Songlines magazine and Ikon Arts Management.

Arts Council Englan Ikon

MarizaMonsieur DoumaniGisela Joao

Thursday June 4
Thursday evening, join us for a trip to the Mediterranean. There will be a film showing of Mariza & The Story of Fado, the perfect introduction to Portugal's most distinctive music. The evening will close with performances by Monsieur Doumani, a dynamic trio playing original and traditional Cypriot music with a twist, and Gisela João, a new fado singer who is making waves in Portugal.

Duncan ChisholmMahsa & Marjan VahdatAfriquoi

Friday June 5
This will be an evening of instrumental music and vocal harmony with a screening on the film about Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat, Sisters and performances from Scottish fiddler Duncan Chisholm and the Iranian Vahdat sisters. There will also be a special Encounters collaboration with Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat and Duncan Chisholm. The evening will close with the great African-electro dance band Afriquoi.

She'KoyokhShikor Bangladesh All StarsLokkhi Terra

Saturday June 6
For Saturday, Britain meets Bangladesh. The Shikor Bangladesh All Stars features six of the country's best traditional musicians and they will team up with the Anglo-Bangladeshi Afrobeat Latin group Lokkhi Terra for the second half. There’s a pre-concert talk with Kishon Khan and members of the Shikor Bangladesh All Stars in the St Pancras Room and a special afternoon kids concert by She'Koyokh in Hall 2.

Encounters Festival on Tour

Gisela João, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat and Monsieur Doumani will also perform at various venues across the UK. For more information visit Ikon Arts Management.

See our Festival line-up page for more details or visit the Kings Place website.

Buy ticketsSonglines Subscriber Offers

  • 10% off Festival Pass (telephone orders only)
  • 25% discount on single tickets (excluding online saver seats)
  • For discount code see issue #106 subscribers' carrier sheet or email
  • Offers subject to availability
  • Deadline for booking June 3 2015
  • Book online at or call 020 7520 1490