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Our definitive guide to music festivals around the world
The June issue of Songlines (#92) – on sale April 26 – includes this year’s definitive festival guide featuring Songlines Top 10 UK Summer Festivals and Songlines 25 of the Best International Festivals.
Hearing great music in the comfort of your home is one thing, but nothing beats pulling on your mud-caked wellies, slapping on a generous helping of factor 50 and heading out into a field to really experience the music. Therefore we have handpicked the top festivals you should visit to experience the best the world and folk music scenes have to offer.
Here are the Songlines recommendations:
Cambridge Folk Festival
Larmer Tree Festival
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Shrewsbury Folk 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
FMM Sines, Portugal
Førde Traditional and World Music Folk Festival, Norway
Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia
Jeonju INT’L Sori Festival, South Korea
Jodhpur RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival), India
Kriol Jazz Festival, Cape Verde
La Grande Rencontre, Canada
Music Meeting, The Netherlands
Musiques Metisses, France
Oslo World Music Festival, Norway
Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo
Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar
Savannah Music Festival, USA
Sommelo Festival, Finland
Ulsan World Music Festival, South Korea
Warsaw Cross Culture Festival, Poland
For full profiles of each festival, pick up a copy of the June 2013 (#92), on sale April 26.
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Survey deadline: August 31 2012
Photos by Alexandra Petropoulos
There are few things more disappointing than a show that doesn’t live up to its hype, and nothing more satisfying than one that does.
The Manganiyar Seduction is one of the shows that not only lives up to its expectations, but surpasses them. Put together by theatre director Roysten Abel, the performance is one of the most stimulating shows I’ve ever seen.
The stage is set with 36 boxes stacked four stories high and fronted with lights and red velvet curtains. The show began slowly with a single musician throwing back his box curtain and playing. As each musician joins, their box is lit and the music intensifies.
As visually stunning as the music and as musically colourful as Rajasthan, this is a show not to miss.
For those of you here at WOMAD who missed this on Friday night, they will be performing in the Siam Tent again on Sunday at 8:25pm.
With a line-up that includes the likes of Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Jimmy Cliff, Carlou D and DubFX, there’s certainly no shortage of awe-inspiring music at WOMAD Charlton Park 2012. That said, here are just a few of the acts that the Songlines team are really looking forward to seeing.
Soul Rebels performing Thursday
Who doesn’t love a good brass band? Especially one that plays a cover of ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’.
Narasirato performing Friday
This group from the Solomon Islands, featured in issue #83 (April/May 2012), know how to rock the panpipes.
Nazaket Teymurova performing Friday
A Top of the World in issue #85 (July 2012), the Teymurova is one of the leading singers of Azeri mugham.
Seth Lakeman performing Friday
Recently featured in issue #83 (April/May 2012), the folk star will give us a history lesson from the barrel house.
Raghu Dixit performing Saturday
It seems like the Songlines favourite from India has played at nearly every UK festival these past few years, but there is a good reason why.
Batida performing Saturday
The Lisbon-based DJ is sure to make the crowd dance this weekend after his debut album received a Top of the World in issue #84 (June 2012).
The Alaev Family performing Sunday
The Central Asian Jewish band, featured in the current issue, make their UK debut this weekend.
Dizraeli and the Small Gods performing Sunday
The folk/hip-hop groovers made a giant splash at Larmer Tree Festival and are sure to get WOMAD boogying too.
Be sure to stay connected throughout the weekend for tweeting and blogging aplenty from site and for those of you who are lucky enough to attend this year’s festival, stop by the Songlines stand to say hello.