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October 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on October 1st, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

With post-summer blues setting in, here’s our guide to the top 10 gigs in October to reinvigorate you with a list of the best concerts happening this month!



Faustus will tour the entire breadth of the country this October on a mammoth 16-date tour. The trio – consisting of melodeon player and singer Saul Rose, and Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) – released their sophomore album Broken Down Gentlemen last year to great acclaim, and are a strong force in the British folk scene, with an impetus on bringing freshness and vigour to the idiom.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 2-29 More info


While and Matthews


This October sees Chris While and Julie Matthews set off on their 20th anniversary tour to celebrate their illustrious career, which has seen them release ten albums and tour across the world.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 3-November 26 More info


Anoushka Shankar with Tanmoy Bose, Pirashanna Thevarajah, Sanjeev Shankar, & Kenji Ota

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Following the wonderful news that Anoushka Shankar will be expecting her second born in the next few months, this is now her only remaining UK date this autumn, so be sure not to miss out! She is joined by a star-studded line-up including tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose, multi-percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah, shehnai player Sanjeev Shankar, and sitar player Kenji Ota.

Where & When: Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, October 4 More info.


Dobet Gnahoré


The Grammy-winning songstress from the Ivory Coast will grace our shores for seven dates this October. As part of the Na Dre Dance Tour she will be joined by a full band and a cast of contemporary African dancers. The Rich Mix event – October 10 – will also play host to a DJ set from African Night Fever.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 8-15 More info.


Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra


One of the busiest and hard-working Afrobeat ambassadors will take the stage for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room as part of Songlines Presents this October. Dele was a co-founder of Postive Force with Femi Kuti, and was also one of the youngest players in Fela Kuti’Egypt 80. He is renowned for his marathon-length shows that he delivers every few months at the New Empowering Church in Hackney, and expect the energy levels to be just as high in this intimate setting. 

Where & When: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, October 11 More info


Musicport Festival


An all-star cast will once again descend upon Whitby for a weekend of fantastic music at the Whitby Pavilion. The winner of the 2013 Fatea award for Best Indoor Festival in has a stellar line-up stretched across the three days. Friday sees an upbeat showing with Yaaba Funk headlining and support from Idlewild and Leeds based power-klezmer group Tantz. Saturday’s bill is topped by Lo’Jo, while Sunday’s impressive cast – including performances from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and O’Hooley and Tidow – is headed up by the wonderful duo of Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (pictured).

Where & When: Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, October 17-19 More info


Balkan Beat Box & Dub Inc


New-York natives Balkan Beat Box take their exhilarating live show to London’s KOKO this October. Their combination of hip-hop, klezmer, reggae and Middle Eastern music is underpinned by a frenetic energy, propelled by their inimitable front man Tomer Yosef. They have support from the equally unrelenting Dub Inc.

Where & When: KOKO, London, October 22 More info


Mohammad-Reza Shajarian with the Shahnaz Ensemble

The incredibly talented Persian classical singer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian will play the Hammersmith Apollo at the end of October in what promises to be an incredible show. An esteemed performer in his own right, Shajarian has also collaborated with Kayhan Kalhor on the exquisite Night, Silence, Desert. He will also play Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on October 22.

Where & When: Edinburgh, October 22 More info & Hammersmith Apollo, London, October 26 More info


Hugh Masekela & Somi


It’s been 55 years since Masekela formed the Jazz Epistles, along with Abdullah Ibrahim, and he’s still going strong. As one of the foremost proponents of South Africa’s jazz heritage, it’s always a big occasion when Masekela comes to town. He’ll be supported by jazz vocalist Somi, who has recently collaborated with Ibrahim Maalouf.

Where & When: Barbican Centre, London, October 27 More info


LIFEM 2014


Following last year’s focus upon Finnish music, this autumn LIFEM (The London International Festival of Exploratory Music) turns its head to music from South America and Africa. Across the week there will be performances from Brazilian musicians Badi AssadGaio de Lima, Malian singer Ami Koita (read more about her in the new issue, #104 on sale Oct 10), and the acclaimed musicians Amira Kheir (Sudan) and Amadou Diagne (Senegal) [both pictured]. The final night of the festival will see the official launch of Carmen Souza’s live album Live at the Lagny Jazz Festival.

Where & When: King’s Place, London, October 29-November 1 More info


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LIFEM 2014, October 29-November 1

Posted on September 18th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


The London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) returns to Kings Place with performances from Carmen Souza, Amira Kheir amd Amadou Diagne

This year LIFEM will be directing its attention towards the music of Africa and South America. Last year’s Finnish celebration brought the sounds of Värttinä, Tsuumi Sound System and Jimi Tenor to the capital, but now the heat has been turned up for a musical journey further south.

For detailed ticket information, you can visit the Kings Place website here, and to keep up to date with all things LIFEM, you can follow them on Twitter, @LIFEM, or visit their website.

Wednesday, October 29 – Badi Assad (Brazil) + Gaio de Lima (Brazil)


On the opening night LIFEM welcomes Brazilian musicians Badi Assad and Gaio de Lima to Kings Place. Assad possesses a diverse musical repertoire, having worked with musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma and Sarah McLaughlin. Ten-string mandolin and cavaquinho player de Lima is a current SOAS Masters student and director of A Oca, a project which explores the rhythms, melodies and dances from the Amazonian and northern Brazilian folk traditions. Buy tickets


Thursday, October 30 – Ami Koita (Mali) + Mosi Conde (Guinea)


LIFEM will introduce the sounds of West Africa in two rare UK performances. Ami Koita is the most famous female singer of Mali and combines the sounds of modern and traditional. Conde is a young griot, from one of Guinea’s leading families, and is known for his kora and djembé playing. Buy tickets


Friday, October 31 – Amira Kheir (Sudan) + Amadou Diagne (Senegal)


On Halloween, the Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir will perform her own unique style of ‘Sudani-jazz,’ which has seen her gain plenty of new fans in 2014. Amadou Diagne has spent years performing percussion in L’orchestre Nationale du Senegal and backing the likes of Youssou N’Dour on tour, yet his solo excursions have cemented his own musical prowess. Buy tickets


Saturday, November 1 – Carmen Souza (Cape Verde) + Maiuko (Mozambique)


Carmen Souza is perhaps Cape Verde’s answer to Esperanza Spalding, and the final night is the official UK launch of her new live album Live at Lagny Jazz Festival (reviewed in #103), showcasing original material composed with her long-time collaborator and virtuoso bassist, Theo Pas’cal. Mozambican-born singer-songwriter Maiuko began her career in the pop music, yet thanks to her powerful and versatile voice she has developed her own style, combining influences from jazz, blues and African rhythms. Buy tickets

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LIFEM 2013 – The Finnish Line

Posted on September 4th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .


Now in its fifth year, The London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) is focusing exclusively upon the sounds of Finnish musicians. Taking place from October 30 – November 2, at London’s Kings Place, you can hear the music of Värttinä (pictured), the most successful Finnish folk act ever, see the debut London concert of Timo Alakotila and Maria Kalaniemi and watch the premiere of accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen‘s film Soundbreaker. 

Värttinä, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, have just released a new single ‘Lasetus’.

The trailer for Soundbreaker can be viewed below. The showing will be on October 31 in the St Pancras Room, and you can register for tickets here.

To get a taste of what’s on offer, the current issue of Songlines (Oct 2013, #95) comes with a bonus CD, Arctic Paradise; an exclusive release of 19 tracks from many artists performing at LIFEM, including Tsuumi Sound SystemJimi Tenor, and Iiro Rantala. It also includes tracks from artists performing at this year’s WOMEX.

For detailed ticket information, you can visit the Kings Place website here, and to keep up to date with all things LIFEM, you can follow them on twitter @LIFEM, or visit their website.

In addition to our CD from issue, LIFEM have provided a 2013 Soundcloud playlist, compiled by Red Orange for your listening pleasure:

Words by Alex de Lacey

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London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM)

Posted on September 15th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The London International Festival of Exploratory Music (better known as LIFEM) is has rolled around again, and this year the theme is Sounds from the Arctic Cool.

Between the October 31 and November 3, six acts from across Scandinavia (as well as Yorkshire-based indie-folk band Tomorrow We Sail), will bring their sounds to King’s Place for LIFEM’s fourth celebration of international music.

With genres as far reaching as rock, jazz and traditional, the festival is set to provide a wide view of the Scandinavian music scene. Artists scheduled to perform include EF and Frida Hyvönen of Sweden, Deaf Centre and Biosphere of Norway and RinneRadio and Wimme Saari and Tapani Rinne from Finland. 

For more information, please visit or King’s Place website.

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