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Babel Med 2018 Cancelled

Posted on December 21st, 2017 in News, Recent posts by .


The annual world music and jazz expo in Marseille, Babel Med, has been forced to cancel its next and 14th edition, due to a 80% cut in funding from the Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur region.

The shock announcement was made following the withdrawal of support from its principal partner – just three months before the event was due to take place (March 15-17 2018). Over the last 13 years Babel Med has seen over 180,000 spectators and 26,000 music industry professionals who gather at the event every year to discover new bands, network and do business.

This is huge blow not just to the cultural sector of the region – 30% of the artists programmed at Babel Med are local – but to the wider world music community. Besides the immediate loss of jobs, the cancellation will also have a big economic and cultural impact on the city and the global world music industry.

Zone Franche, France’s world music professional network organisation has launched a petition, please sign and show your support:

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New issue preview: June (#108)

Posted on April 24th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


A Polar Storm; Canada’s most famous Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, has been stunning audiences since first collaborating with Björk. We talk to the controversial figure on her revolutionary ideals.

Other features include this year’s Songlines Music Awards winners, our annual guide to the best music festivals around the world, a Beginner’s Guide to Boubacar Traoré, plus nearly one hundred of the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba, Lau and Gisela João, plus a playlist from Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, who gets stuck into some rebetikacumbia and African disco.

On sale in the UK from May 1. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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The Songlines Annual Festival Guide 2015

Posted on March 24th, 2015 in Music Travel, News, Recent posts by .


Photography by Carolina Faruolo

Our definitive guide to the Top 10 UK Summer Festivals and 25 of the Best International Festivals

Whether you want to discover Rajasthan’s best-kept musical secrets inside a majestic fort, or soak up soothing beats in a beautiful English garden – there’s a wealth of festivals around the world. Every year we compile a list of our top festivals, so make a note of these in your diary.

You can read profiles on each of the festivals in our full festival guide in the June (#108) edition. Pick up your copy.

Here are the Songlines recommendations for 2015:



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The Songlines guide to the best festivals of 2014

Posted on March 17th, 2014 in Recent posts by .

Our definitive guide to Top 10 UK Summer Festivals and 25 of the Best International Festivals

Believe it or not, summer is fast approaching, so why not unplug your headphones, ditch your iPod and head outdoors to really experience the music you love. We’ve compiled a list of this year’s top festivals from the world and folk music scenes so take a look and make sure you fill your calendars.

You can read profiles on each of the festivals in our full festival guide in the upcoming special 100th issue (June 2014) – on sale April 25.

Here are the Songlines recommendations:


  • Africa Oyé
  • Cambridge Folk Festival
  • Glastonbury Festival
  • HebCelt Festival
  • Larmer Tree Festival
  • Norfolk & Norwich Festival
  • Shambala Festival
  • Shrewsbury Folk Festival
  • Towersey Festival
  • WOMAD Charlton Park


  • Africa Festival, Germany
  • Afrikafestival Hertme, The Netherlands
  • Afro-Pfingsten Festival, Switzerland
  • Druga Godba, Slovenia
  • Essaouira Gnawa & World Music Festival, Morocco
  • Ethno Port, Poland
  • Fes Festival of Sacred Music, Morocco
  • Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France
  • Fiesta Des Suds, France
  • FMM Sines, Portugal
  • Forde Traditional and World Music Festival, Norway
  • Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia
  • Jeonju Sori Festival, South Korea
  • Jodhpur RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival), India
  • Kriol Jazz Festival, Cape Verde
  • La Grande Rencontre, Canada
  • Oslo World Music Festival, Norway
  • Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo
  • Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar
  • Savannah Music Festival, USA
  • Sommelo Festival, Finland
  • Timitar Festival, Morocco
  • Ulsan World Music Festival, South Korea
  • Warsaw Cross Cultural, Poland
  • WOMAD: Australia & New Zealand


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