Preview: Borderless Festival @ Battersea Arts Centre (London, 4th to 18th May 2017)


Last year, the first edition of Borderless festival, closed the London summer season in style with an amazing line-up throughout a two-month span.

2017 promises to be much the same. Even if it will all happen in Spring and will be less broad considering the number or shows (from 14 to 8), the Battersea Arts Centre will present a nonetheless remarkable and diverse calendar.

The first two shows will offer you soul and electro-soul with Jodie Abacus and Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra. Then, alt-jazz will blend itself with hip-hop through the saxophone wizardry and provocative lyrics of Soweto Kinch. Hip-Hop (blended with R&B) is also the trademark of Swedish Fatima and her smooth and velvety grooves.

While, Melt Yourself Down are surely going to destabilise part of the audience (in a good way, of course) with an unconventional mix of punk, post-rock and North African rhythms. Sam Lee will bring some harmony to South-West London with his latest folk project (Singing with Nightingales). However, don’t expect anything conventional in his performance: as the title suggests, he will be literally accompanied by a live-streamed soundtrack of nightingales.

The Borderless music menu will also present an upbeat binge thanks to Soothsayers. The London-based reggae outfit will present its new EP supported by special guests. The final day will be about the London soundscape when grime and the influential name of Trim will drop the curtain on the event.

Since we know that words are nice but music always sounds better, we also put together a video playlist with all the festival’s protagonists.

Events By These Artists

Date Event name Artist City/Town Venue
28 May KERB presents: Jam On Rye 2018 Soothsayers London Peckham Rye Park
25 Jul Gnawa Night: Maalem Hamid El Kasri & Friends Soweto Kinch London Nell's Jazz And Blues

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