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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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October 2013: Top 10 UK live events not to be missed

Posted on September 26th, 2013 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

There are hundreds of fantastic concerts going on all over the UK this October, but we at Songlines HQ have come up with ten top gigs you don’t want to miss!

Balkan Beat Box


Everyone’s favourite electro-Gypsy-punk outfit are in the UK for two dates this October. With their ever-charismatic frontman Tomer Yosef at the helm, expect a riotous show filled with cascading horn lines, hard hitting lyrics, and of course, plenty of Balkan beats from drummer and programmer Tamir Muskat.

Where & When: Scala, London October 3; Concorde 2, Brighton October 4


Mulatu Astatke


Coinciding with the release of his new album Sketches of Ethiopia, the Ethio-jazz maestro shall be playing two dates at London’s Village Underground. This release has been a mainstay in the office stereo for the past few weeks, and with Astatke still finding innovation in this unique form 43 years since its conception, these shows promise to be something very special.

Where & When: Village Underground, London October 8-9


Shangaan Electro


The South-African dance group bring their breakneck rhythms and beats to the UK for four dates this October. Headed up by producer extraordinaire Nozinja, they have been pushing the limits for the last few years, and are at the forefront of the new wave of African dance music.

Where & When: The Exchange, Bristol October 23; WOMEX, Cardiff October 24; Bring to Light, Birmingham October 25 & 26


Transcender Weekend at the Barbican


The Barbican shall be opening its doors to a wide range of devotional, ecstatic and psychedelic music for a whole weekend this October. Some artists featuring include the Frisian fado singer NynkeMatthew Herbert recreating Terry Riley’s ‘In C’, and Nicholas Jaar’s multi-sensory experience with psychedelic visual arts. Full information of the weekend’s events can be found here.

Where & When: The Barbican, London October 4-6


Subsonic Live


Hosted by legendary broadcaster and Reggae DJ David Rodigan MBE and the roots pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Subsonic promises to be the place to catch the best in bass culture this October. British reggae talents The Resonators will also be performing, and you can listen to their track ‘Sweet Love Affair’ below.

Where & When: The Garage, London October 10


Adriano Adewale & Benjamin Taubkin


The Brazilian pianist and composer Benjamin Taubkin is pairing up with London-based Adriano Adewale on percussion, for an exciting collaboration. Following the release of their brilliant work The Vortex Sessions in May, they will showcase some of this material. You can hear the album closer ‘Berimbau’ below:

Where & When: Across the UK, September 26-October 10.


Cigdem Aslan Album Launch


Having just released her debut album Mortissa, the incredibly versatile singer shall be taking up a three-night residency at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston. It will be a perfect chance to see her new work live, and there’ll be DJs playing Greek and Turkish traditional music late on into the night as well.

Where & When: Vortex Jazz Club, London October 11-13




The Touareg superstars have just released their third album, Chatma, to great acclaim, and are playing an eight-date tour across the UK (full details here).

Where & When: Across the UK, October 16-24


Värttinä at LIFEM


The Finnish close-harmony trio are part of the fifth annual LIFEM (London International Festival of Exploratory Music) line-up, and shall be celebrating their 30th anniversary. These artists have done so much for Finnish music on an international scale and this is a celebration we can raise a glass to.

Where & When: Kings Place, London October 30


Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick

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The veteran English folk duo embark on a tour of the south of England. Carthy remains one of folk music’s greatest innovators, and ex-Fairport Convention instrumentalist Swarbrick has long since etched his place in folk music history. An unmissable pairing. For full tour dates click here.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 2-November 2


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