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Field Day 2016 at Victoria Park, June 11-12

Posted on February 19th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


Field Day festival marks its tenth anniversary this June at London’s Victoria Park

One of the first musical events to look out for as the British festival season slowly approaches, Field Day has built a reputation for showcasing a host of great acts from home and around the world, most of whom rarely get the chance to play in the UK. On the year of its tenth anniversary, the festival will be held in London’s Victoria Park with its strongest lineup yet.

Saturday sees Senegalese Afro-Cuban group Orchestre Baobab, one of the dominant and iconic African bands of the 70s, Scottish folk trio Yorkston Thorne Khan, Ghanaian highlife artist Ata Kak whose work was brought to the public eye by Awesome Tapes from Africa, and Thai fusion group and former Top of the World selection Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band. Critically acclaimed Congolese band Mbongwana Star will be playing the following day. James Blake was recently announced as the headline act.

For tickets and more information, visit Field Day’s website.

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June 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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 KalhorÇiğdem 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.


Celebrating Sanctuary

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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.


Africa Oyé


One of Songlines’ Top 10 UK Summer Festivals, Africa O 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 KouyatéJupiter 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.

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Win a pair of tickets to Field Day, May 25

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Mulatu Astatke, Thomas Mapfumo and Ginger Baker all set to play London festival

The British festival season is rapidly creeping up on us, and Field Day in London’s Victoria Park is one of the first to look out for. Taking place on Saturday May 25, the one day event has built up a reputation over recent years for collating a whole host of rising and established music acts from both home and abroad.

This year is arguably the strongest yet, with Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke and the founder of Zimbabwean chimurenga Thomas Mapfumo joining Animal Collective, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion, Charanjit Singh, Everything Everything and Kurt Vile. 

We are excited to have a pair of tickets to give away for the festival. Click here to enter. Winners will be announced on May 13.


 Read our festival feature in the current issue of Songlines, including our top UK and international festival choices.

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