As July approaches there is a fast growing feeling of anticipation in the capital for what is sure to be remembered as London’s unforgettable summer – whether for the wealth of events or transport chaos.
While there will be more displays of athletic agility than my lazy self can handle, the bounty of cultural events is due to make a bigger splash in London than all the Olympic divers combined. BT River of Music, a two-day free event jam-packed with artistic superstars and musical debutants, is one of those events.
Today, BT River of Music released tickets for the Oceania Stage at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The stage will feature iconic artists including Frank Yamma, Gurrumul and Narasirato, all recent Songlines Top of the World artists. The Australian underground heroes The Barons of Tang will be making their first UK performance and The Black Arm Band Company, an indigenous Australian group, will be presenting a specially commissioned collaboration with the alternative Welsh folk band 9Bach.
Also to feature on the Oceania stage is David Bridie’s Wantok Musik Sing Sing, where 24 artists from 18 island nations will grace the stage to explore shared traditions. You can read more about David Bridie and Sing Sing in our current issue (p42-43).
Tickets are free, though there is a small booking fee of £3. Tickets for the Americas, Asia and Africa stages have already been released. For more details on the line-up or how to book your ticket, please visit the BT River of Music website: www.btriverofmusic.com.