Preview – La Linea Festival (London, 21st – 30th April 2015)

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It’s the best Latin music around! La Linea Festival, now in its fifteenth year, will once again gather a fine lineup. The event was born in 2001, emerging from an idea conceived by ¡Como No!’s. It has always displayed the finest and most intriguing sounds from the South American continent, and this year will be no exception.

Rich Mix, the Barbican, Southbank, Village Underground, Union Chapel and Koko will host some of the most renowned and cutting-edge artists with Latin American origins. They will show where the Latin sound is heading, and this year the focus is on Mexico, which will be showcased for three consecutive nights (23rd to 25th). The distinct features of the country’s musical prowess will be on disply. Acoustic musicians and songwriters plus a new wave of electronic DJs will lead the dances during Mexacustico and Mextronica, and there’s even a special Morrissey event entitled Mexrissey – yes! Strange as it may seem the ex-Smiths front man’s powerful songs are now an established part of Latin culture. Together these shows will unveil the country’s sounds in a state-of-the-art of the Mexican musical panorama.

Alongside this tribute to the Central American nation other remarkable solo artists will also entice the audience’s attention. Amongst them will be the straightforward and socially committed voice of the Chilean Ana Tijoux, the new Gotan Project members’ adventure named Plaza Francia and two rising stars of the Latin panorama; the flamenco expressiveness of Buika and Criolo’s sparring partner Emicida.

Well, there you have it – plenty of reasons to refresh your Portuõl and call off your late April appointments. ¡Que viva La Linea!




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