Preview: La Linea Festival 2018 (London; 20th to 30th April 2018)


It doesn’t matter that we’re still months away from its debut because the recently revealed line-up is already getting us pretty excited about the next La Linea Festival.

With its 2018 edition, the music series, organized by ¡Como No! will reach its coming of age: 18 years dedicated to supporting, celebrating and spreading Latin music around London.

It will keep on fulfilling its function from the 20th of April at the Barbican when Camilo Lara and his Mexican Institute of Sound (supported by special guests) will visit London to make known and pay tribute to the rich tradition of Mexican and South Californian composers enriching the US film and television industry.

On the 23rd of April, Ariwo one of the coolest and most up-and-coming projects, recently born in London – will perform, at Village Underground, their enveloping and other-worldly musical dream, merging together Afro-Cuban and Iranian traditions, electronic soundscapes, virtuosity, and spiritualism.

Cuba will also be the central dominant scene two nights later at the Royal Albert Hall, where legendary Eliades Ochoa with his guitar and Panama hat will revive Buena Vista Social Club and Cuarteto Patria’s memory and son repertoire.

The following night (Thursday 26th of April) will have an entirely different note because, from Chile, indomitable and blunt singer-songwriter and MC Ana Tijoux will perform her latest work Roja y Negro at the Jazz Café with its array of passionate lyrics (related to feelings and emotions but also to social and political causes) and sounds (adding Latin folkloric styles like bolero, tango and waltz).

West Africa meeting Cuba will be the theme of the fifth day of the festival (Friday the 27th), when Senegalese outfit Orchestra Baobab will bring their rhythmic fusion between Latin rumba and son with their Wolof griot roots to the Barbican.

Two days later, on Sunday the 29th of April, La Linea will let you travel back to Mexico, keeping intact the odour and taste (and sound) of its country of residence. Mexrissey are indeed the most British of Mexican bands, having Latinized the Smiths’ and Morrissey’s songbook. For the occasion, they will go through a reinterpretation of The Queen is Dead or better said, “La Reyna Is Dead”.

The last night of the festival will be also its most exhilarating and free-spirited one. All the energy of the Catalan rumba will pour out at Electric Brixton with La Pegatina. Expect an upbeat Catalan music invasion to the rhythms of Ska, reggae, and punk with distinctive patchanka.

Save the dates and don’t forget to spring out from the London’s long winter coldness because La Linea Festival with the warming embrace of its Latin character is ready to celebrate its 18th birthday.

Events By These Artists

Date Event name Artist City/Town Venue
20 Apr Sonorama: Latin American Composers In Hollywood / La Linea 18 Camilo Lara , Mexican Institute Of Sound London Barbican Centre

Content Related To These Artists

Review: Womad 2017 (Malmesbury, 30th July 2017)

This year, we only got a glimpse of the music bonanza offered by the Womad UK weekend. Our stay in Malmesbury consisted of a hit-and-run or a ‘toccata-and-fugue’, in-keeping with the musical topic, and saw us pay a visit to Charlton Park on the last day of the event. Still,…

Artists: Ariwo , Benjamin Zephaniah , Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds , Chico Trujillo , King Ayisoba , Msafiri Zawose , Noureddine Khourchid , Noureddine Khourchid & the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus

Album Review: Ariwo – Ariwo [Manana Records, June 2017]

Ariwo‘s eponymous EP may only be four tracks long, but the length of the tracks gives it more of an album feel and, indeed, one on an opus level. Bridging an extraordinary cultural and global gap, this quartet is one part Iranian and three parts Cuban and explores the rich…

Artists: Ariwo

Review: Manana//Cuba – A Night of Afro-Cuban Collaborations @ Barbican (London, 26th May 2017)

That euphoric swelling an artist feels when they connect with their audience is what rumba musicians describe as ‘Manana’. The purity of this Cuban chemistry was the motivation behind the 2016 Manana//Cuba Festival in Santiago de Cuba, the Manana record label, and subsequently this month’s Barbican gig. Three friends are…

Artists: Ariwo , Dj Tennis , Obbatuké , Plaid , Soundspecies , Yelfris Valdés

WOMAD 2016 Highlights: Saturday

They invited their fans singing “come see us play”. So we did it and enjoyed every single minute of it. Sidestepper brought their Afro-Colombian groove to WOMAD Festival and it was simply “chevere!”   A few minutes later, we witnessed the brilliant 30-year reunion of Songhai – kora king Toumani Diabate with flamenco guitarists…

Artists: Ana Tijoux , Anoushka Shankar , George Clinton , Parliament Funkadelic , Sidestepper , Toumani Diabaté

Review: Ariwo & A Guy Called Gerald @ The Pickle Factory (London, 16th April 2016)

Ariwo are a little-known, and newly-established, world fusion act. Led by sound designer, Pouya Ehsaei, they are a quartet of celebrated instrumentalists exploring Afro-Cuban, Iranian and electronic atmospheres. Their ever-growing list of accolades and projects is immense, including trumpeter Yelfris Valdes’ participation in the Buena Vista Social Club, and Latin…

Artists: A Guy Called Gerald , Ariwo

Preview: La Linea Festival (London, 17th – 28th April 2016)

As it’s happening since 2001, for ten days in April, London sounds and plays Latino. The responsibility rests on ¡COMO NO! which, 15 years ago, started to organise one of the most chéveres Festivals of the London music scene. La Linea has indeed brought to the British capital some of the finest,…

Artists: A Guy Called Gerald , Adanovsky & Xavi y Los Imanes , Ana Moura , Ariwo , Baloji , Calexico , Chico Trujillo , Criolo , Daymé Arocena , La Yegros

There are no comments

Add yours

Get an exclusive FREE compilation album each month compiled by us
Just sign up to our FREE monthly newsletter
Your e-mail address will not be passed on to anyone!
Never display this again