Preview: Citadel Festival @ Victoria Park London (London, 16th July 2017)

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The team behind Wilderness Festival will be bringing its younger sibling Citadel Festival to Victoria Park on 16th July. Started last year, this is a one-day festival showcasing a diverse range of music alongside fashion boutiques, talks, debates and arts and crafts activities. Despite the event’s infancy, this is a large-scale music extravaganza with impressive world music artists to look out for.

The festival will be headlined by big names: Oxford Indie Rock band Foals, Mercury prize winning Wild Beasts, Brit favourite folk songwriter Laura Marling, and Gilles Peterson’s Award winner soul singer Michael Kiwanuka. In addition to these UK names, there are a range of worldwide artists offering African music, reggae, brass, Latin beats and gospel.

Two celebrated African artists will be bolstering the line-up. Malian songstress Oumou Sangaré is a voice to be reckoned with, known for her strong, feminist Wassoulou soul from the South-Western region of Mali. Her music is true to the roots and traditions of her home nation, whilst more recently she has experimented with the addition of contemporary electronic fringes. Also Omara Bombino Moctar is a renowned Tuareg singer from Tidene, Niger. Historically forced into exile twice and having battled a government that banned guitars, he now spreads his social and political messages via Hendrix style rock and blues.

NYC brass band Lucky Chops will be making an unmissable high energy appearance, a party of horn players that blow pop songs with the highest precision whilst simultaneously delivering coordinated dance moves to rival the very best. This ensemble will have you quickly infatuated with their unashamed desire to get up and have fun.

Cal Jader will be gracing the DJ decks to indulge us with lush sunshine from the tropics through uplifting Latin beats, carnival rhythms and the most current South American soundtracks. A regular on the London Latin scene, he is one of the well-respected brains behind promoters Movimentos and Love Carnival.

Reggae Roast, Subajah and Ennè will be dispensing their own flavours of reggae and dub. Ennè unifies African and Caribbean rhythms with jazz, R&B and blues whilst gently strumming her ukulele and permeating the crowd with softly delivered lyrics.

Other world music acts include House Gospel Choir, a barrage of strong voices mixing house music with gospel, and Oscar Jerome, a South London electronic songwriter who fuses worldwide influences to produce spiritual and socially conscious songs.

This is a city festival, so expect never-ending queues and bustling crowds, arrive early to battle your way to the front. However this is an opportunity to delight in the breadth of worldwide music supported in London as you samba, rock or conga along the edges of our much-loved but murky Regents Canal.

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