Songlines Encounters Festival 2016
Kings Place, London

Celebrating its sixth year Songlines Encounters Festival champions adventurous and groundbreaking artists we feel passionate about. This year's programme of concerts features music from South Africa, Mali, Hungary, Ghana, Finland and the UK.

Thursday, June 2 (Hall 1, 8pm)


The three singers from Finland's best-known folk group - Mari Kaasinen, Susan Aho and Karoliina Kantelinen - will perform the UK premiere of their new album Viena. 'The three singers are on fire,' wrote Fiona Talkington in the review of the album. Inspired by the remote territory of Viena Karelia and its runo singers, these are powerful songs about legend, landscape and ancestral lore and will be accompanied on flute, accordion and kantele (zither).

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John Williams and Derek Gripper (two performances)
Friday, June 3 (Hall 1, 8pm) SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 4 (Hall 1, 2pm)

John Williams & Derek Gripper

An evening featuring two acclaimed guitarists, John Williams and Derek Gripper. As well as playing solo, they will also play a selection of kora music arranged by Gripper.

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Vula Viel
Friday, June 3 (Hall 2, 9.45pm)

Vula Viel

Led by Bex Burch, the London-based quintet Vula Viel (Good is Good) have been impressing audiences with their exciting mix of electronica and Ghanaian Dagaare xylophone music.

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Roby Lakatos Ensemble
Saturday, June 4 (Hall 1, 8pm)

Roby Lakatos Ensemble

For this performance, the hugely charismatic, Stradivarius-playing Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos will be revisiting some of the Gypsy repertoire of his illustrious ancestor János Bihari.

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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 #1116 subscribers' carrier sheet or email
  • Offers subject to availability
  • Deadline for booking June 1 2016
  • Book online at or call 020 7520 1490