Illustration by Vesa Sammalisto
Thankfully the sun has finally had the courtesy to grace us with its presence, and so marks the start of an unforgettable British summer. With the thrills and spills of handball and modern pentathlon to look forward to, one can be forgiven for perhaps being unaware of the vast array of art and music from around the world that is arriving on our shores soon. BT River of Music is a prime example of what’s in store.
Held over the weekend of July 21-22, the two-day free event is jam-packed full of artistic superstars and musical debutants. Peppered across six iconic sites along the River Thames, each venue will possess its own continental flavour. The six sites are the Tower of London (Americas stage), London Pleasure Gardens (Africa stage), Trafalgar Square and Somerset House (Europe stage), Battersea Park (Asia stage) and Greenwich Royal Naval College (Oceania stage). Keep an eye out for our indepth look at each stage in the coming weeks.
The event will include sights and sounds from all 204 competing nations, from Khyam Allami to Penguin Cafe, Roberto Fonseca to The Barons of Tang; the extent of musical breadth is outstanding.
In the #85 issue, released June 8, we highlight three very different musical offerings playing at BT River of Music: Ondatropica, Mario Galeano and Will ‘Quantic’ Holland celebrate cumbia; Sing Sing, David Bridie project brings together 24 musicians from 18 different nations in the Australasian region; In Transit, a brand new collaboration featuring some of the most exciting artists from across the Gulf States.
Songlines HQ is very much looking forward to the summer ahead and we hope you all are too. For all the excuses being given to escape the capital, there are equally as many reasons to stay!
Sign up for your free* entry at Ticketmaster (*a £3 per ticket processing fee)
For the latest updates visit the BT River of Music website