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September 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on August 29th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

After a brief hiatus for our festival-packed summer, the Top 10 gig guide is back, with a list of ten of the best concerts happening this September, so you don’t miss out!

Swanage Folk Festival

O'Hooley & Tidow black and white

Set in the majestic surroundings of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Swanage Folk Festival is a three-day affair featuring both local artists, and acts from further afield. The incredibly infectious Blackbeard’s Tea Party will be performing twice over the weekend – including a Saturday night ceilidh – and Songlines favourites O’Hooley & Tidow (pictured) will play on the Sunday evening.

Where & When: Across Swanage, Dorset, September 5-7, More info.

Tashi Lhunpo Monks


The Tashi Lhunpo Monks started their mammoth European tour last month in Dorset, but return to the UK for a further 19 dates this September. The monastery which was forced out of Tibet following the national uprising in 1959 is now based in Karnataka, India. Cultural exchanges are occasionally organised by various trusts worldwide, and this is a great chance to see some wonderful performances by the Tibetans.

Where & When: Across The UK, September 6 – October 18, More info.



This September offers a rare opportunity to catch Celtic superstars Altan at an intimate venue in London. Cecil Sharp House will play host to the Irish group who have been a stalwart of the Irish traditional music scene for the past few decades.

Where & When: Cecil Sharp House, September 11, More info.

Africa Utopia


Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre celebrates the influence of the African diaspora upon ideas on how to improve our world through ways of thinking about culture, sustainability, technology and community. There are talks, debates and workshops across the weekend – including a bustling street market – and performances by the Kinshasa Symphony (pictured), and five-piece Simply Soweto Encha.

Where & When: Southbank Centre, London, September 12-14, More info.

Mulatu Astatke


With a glistening career spanning 50 years, Mulatu Astatke has established himself as one of the finest musicians and bandleaders in Ethiopia. Last year’s Sketches of Ethiopia was a Top of the World, not to mention a personal highlight, and he recently headlined the brilliant Shambala festival. Catch him at the Royal Festival Hall this September for what promises to be an outstanding show.

Where & When: Royal Festival Hall, London, September 13, More info.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo with members of the Royal Ballet in Inala


This unique collaboration at the fabulous Sadler’s Wells Theatre sees the award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin work with choral superstars Ladysmith Black Mambazo to produce a brand new production, which fuses South African and Western cultures on stage. Its combination of contemporary dance and choral mastery will prove to be a unique experience, so make sure you catch the show during its four-day residency this month.

Where & When: Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, September 17-20, More info.

Lulo Reinhardt


The grand-nephew of Gypsy-jazz legend, Django Reinhardt, takes to the stage this September for a tour across the UK. He combines a variety of different influences in his work, including flamenco, Latin, and Brazilian jazz.

Where & When: Across the UK, September 17-October 29, More info.

The London African Music Festival


This September sees the 12th London African Music Festival take place. Spread across 16 venues over ten days, the festival features some fantastic performances from world-famous acts including Niger’s Bombino, Guinea’s Sékouba Bambino, and Ghana’s King Ayisoba. There is a London debut for Malian songstress Mamani Keita, and the British-Ghanaian funk band Yaaba Funk (pictured) are set to tear up Rich Mix on September 19.

Where & When: Across London, September 19-28, More info.

Çiğdem Aslan


Following the success of last year’s Mortissa, Çiğdem will tour the UK this September and October. The ‘Making Tracks’ tour opens at the Brighton Dome, and finishes up at Cambridge’s Junction three weeks later.

Where & When: Across the UK, September 21 – October 7, More info.

Sahara Soul


Following last year’s sold-out event, Sahara Soul returns to the Barbican with a younger generation of artists set to take the stage. Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim (pictured) has been going from strength to strength recently, having released Soutak her first album for Glitterbeat Records – earlier this year. There will also be performances from Noura Mint SeymaliNabil Baly Othmani, and Touareg band Tartit. Read more about all these artists in this issue’s cover feature (#103, October issue).

Where & When: Barbican Centre, London, September 27, More info.


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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

afrikan boy

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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