There are hundreds of fantastic concerts going on all over the UK this October, but we at Songlines HQ have come up with ten top gigs you don’t want to miss!
Balkan Beat Box
Everyone’s favourite electro-Gypsy-punk outfit are in the UK for two dates this October. With their ever-charismatic frontman Tomer Yosef at the helm, expect a riotous show filled with cascading horn lines, hard hitting lyrics, and of course, plenty of Balkan beats from drummer and programmer Tamir Muskat.
Where & When: Scala, London October 3; Concorde 2, Brighton October 4
Coinciding with the release of his new album Sketches of Ethiopia, the Ethio-jazz maestro shall be playing two dates at London’s Village Underground. This release has been a mainstay in the office stereo for the past few weeks, and with Astatke still finding innovation in this unique form 43 years since its conception, these shows promise to be something very special.
Where & When: Village Underground, London October 8-9
The South-African dance group bring their breakneck rhythms and beats to the UK for four dates this October. Headed up by producer extraordinaire Nozinja, they have been pushing the limits for the last few years, and are at the forefront of the new wave of African dance music.
Where & When: The Exchange, Bristol October 23; WOMEX, Cardiff October 24; Bring to Light, Birmingham October 25 & 26
Transcender Weekend at the Barbican
The Barbican shall be opening its doors to a wide range of devotional, ecstatic and psychedelic music for a whole weekend this October. Some artists featuring include the Frisian fado singer Nynke, Matthew Herbert recreating Terry Riley’s ‘In C’, and Nicholas Jaar’s multi-sensory experience with psychedelic visual arts. Full information of the weekend’s events can be found here.
Where & When: The Barbican, London October 4-6
Hosted by legendary broadcaster and Reggae DJ David Rodigan MBE and the roots pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Subsonic promises to be the place to catch the best in bass culture this October. British reggae talents The Resonators will also be performing, and you can listen to their track ‘Sweet Love Affair’ below.
Where & When: The Garage, London October 10
Adriano Adewale & Benjamin Taubkin
The Brazilian pianist and composer Benjamin Taubkin is pairing up with London-based Adriano Adewale on percussion, for an exciting collaboration. Following the release of their brilliant work The Vortex Sessions in May, they will showcase some of this material. You can hear the album closer ‘Berimbau’ below:
Where & When: Across the UK, September 26-October 10.
Cigdem Aslan Album Launch
Having just released her debut album Mortissa, the incredibly versatile singer shall be taking up a three-night residency at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston. It will be a perfect chance to see her new work live, and there’ll be DJs playing Greek and Turkish traditional music late on into the night as well.
Where & When: Vortex Jazz Club, London October 11-13
The Touareg superstars have just released their third album, Chatma, to great acclaim, and are playing an eight-date tour across the UK (full details here).
Where & When: Across the UK, October 16-24
Värttinä at LIFEM
The Finnish close-harmony trio are part of the fifth annual LIFEM (London International Festival of Exploratory Music) line-up, and shall be celebrating their 30th anniversary. These artists have done so much for Finnish music on an international scale and this is a celebration we can raise a glass to.
Where & When: Kings Place, London October 30
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick
The veteran English folk duo embark on a tour of the south of England. Carthy remains one of folk music’s greatest innovators, and ex-Fairport Convention instrumentalist Swarbrick has long since etched his place in folk music history. An unmissable pairing. For full tour dates click here.
Where & When: Across the UK, October 2-November 2