Beirut & Beyond, December 7-10 2017

Beirut & Beyond, December 7-10 2017

This festival dedicated to promoting the most exciting independent music of the Arab region celebrated its fifth edition this year with a line-up curated by Egyptian musician and composer Maurice Louca (whose Lekhfa album was a Top of the World in #134). It was clear from the ten bands on offer that Louca’s tastes are … Continue reading

WOMAD Las Palmas, November 10-11 2017

WOMAD Las Palmas, November 10-11 2017

It has been a few years since this capital city in the Canary Islands has hosted WOMAD; the festival has been on a six-year break in neighbouring Fuerteventura. But with an estimated audience of 40,000 at the concerts this year, there was a genuine sense of joy as Las Palmas welcomed its return. The line-up … Continue reading

Shambala, August 24-27 2017

Shambala, August 24-27 2017

It’s hard not to think that the sun came out specifically for this festival of dreamers and colour fiends. Forecast to be grey and dreary, the weekend was instead warm and bright, echoing Shambala’s vibe with the sun reflecting brilliantly off the endless sparkles that clothed the punters. As always, the festival offered a veritable … Continue reading