We’ve compiled a list of the top ten concerts happening this June to help make sure you don’t miss out on this month’s best shows.
Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté – Tour
Toumani and Sidiki round off their UK and Europe wide tour this June with nine more dates, culminating with a main stage appearance at Glastonbury. Their new album takes a modern look at Mande classics from Mali and is a great document of these two kora masters. This tour is a rare opportunity to see the father and son duo performing together, so don’t miss out!
Across the UK and Europe, June 1-29. More info.
Songlines Encounters Festival
This year’s three-day festival features some wonderful performances from Songlines Newcomers Family Atlantica, Anna Phoebe, Iranian kamancheh maestro Kayhan Kalhor, Çiğdem Aslan, and a UK debut for Romanian singer Oana Cătălina Chiţu. Each day will also feature a free performance in the King’s Place foyer.
Where & When: Kings Place, London, June 5-7. More info.
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – Tour
The folk duo, who released the incredible Mynd at the tail-end of last year, will tour the UK this June.
Where & When: Across the UK, June 6-29. More info.
Martin & Eliza Carthy – Tour
The father and daughter of British folk will tour the UK this June in support of their first ever album together as a duo The Moral of the Elephant. A stripped back affair predominantly featuring Martin’s guitar and Eliza’s fiddle playing, it was released on June 2. The tour starts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Where & When: Across the UK, June 6-29.
Field Day 2014
This year’s affair at Victoria Park in East London is headlined by Metronomy on the Saturday and alt-rock band The Pixies on the Sunday. It’s all about the acts playing in the afternoon, though, with Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 (pictured) performing on the Eat Your Own Ears stage, and Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman set to perform, too (both Saturday).
Where & When: Victoria Park, London June 7-8. More info.
Doolin Folk Festival
Set in the grounds of Hotel Doolin in County Clare, the Doolin Folk Festival will play host to the best artists from Ireland’s incredibly rich folk scene. Headed up by Irish-American five-piece Solas (pictured), there will also be performances from Damien Dempsey and Kíla.
Where & When: Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland, June 13-15. More info.
As part of Refugee Week in London (June 15-22), Celebrating Sanctuary features arts, crafts, and music from refugees living in England and beyond. The free afternoon event features music from Polish-British singer Katy Carr and Ethio-jazz artist Haymanot Tesfa, and a performance from Afrikan Boy, whose album ABCD is out later this year.
Where & When: Bernie Spain Gardens, London June 15. More info.
Midsummer Terrace Party with Fatima
The Prince of Wales in Brixton plays host to Swedish songstress Fatima and the Eglo Live Band. The rooftop party also sees Kartel DJs Bagheera and Moyo bring Afro-electronic flavours to proceedings.
Where & When: Prince of Wales, Brixton, June 21. More info.
One of Songlines’ Top 10 UK Summer Festivals, Africa Oyé has an incredibly vibrant line-up, and is set in the beautiful surroundings of Sefton Park. The festival is headlined by MOBO award-winning artist Finley Quaye, and other acts appearing across the weekend include Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyaté, Jupiter and Okwess International (pictured), and reggae group Misty in Roots.
Where & When: Sefton Park, Liverpool, June 21-22. More info.
World City Music Village 2014
The 12-day celebration of London’s rich diaspora will see performances from artists hailing from Africa, South America, the Middle East and the Balkans. There are performances all over London including the festival weekend at Osterley House in Middlesex, which features performances from the fantastic Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra, Afghani tabla player Yusuf Mahmoud (pictured), and Guinean ensemble Wuntanra.
Where & When: Across London, June 25-July 6. More info.