Songlines Encounters Festival 2016, Kings Place, London, June 2-4


Photography by Seppo Samuli

Songlines Encounters Festival returns to Kings Place, London, in June

Celebrating its sixth year, the upcoming Songlines Encounters Festival champions adventurous and groundbreaking artists we feel passionate about. This year’s programme of concerts features music from South Africa, Mali, Hungary, Ghana, Finland and the UK.

Book your tickets on the Kings Place website or call +44 (0)20 7520 1490.

Thursday June 2, Hall 1, 8:00pm

The trio from Finland’s Karelia region perform the UK premiere of their new album Viena, selected as a Top of the World choice in our latest issue (April, #116). 
 ”I’m delighted that we’ve been able add Varttina for the opening concert of Songlines Encounters this year. They are extraordinary singers and with Viena they have made music that is wonderfully fresh from deep traditions that go back years,” says editor-in-chief Simon Broughton.


Friday June 3, Hall 1, 8:00pm AND Saturday June 4, Hall 1, 2:00pm

John Williams & Derek Gripper
Acclaimed guitar virtuoso John Williams plays alongside South African guitarist Derek Gripper; as well as playing solo, the pair will play a selection of kora music of West Africa arranged by Gripper.

Due to popular demand, the duo will repeat Friday’s performance the following day at an earlier time of 2pm.


Friday June 3, Hall 2, 9:45pm

Vula Viel
London based five-piece Vula Viel, led by percussionist Bex Burch, showcase their versatile mix of electronica, minimalism, and Ghanaian Dagaare xylophone music.


Saturday June 4, Hall 1, 8:00pm

Roby Lakatos Ensemble
Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos revisits some of the Gypsy repertoire of ancestor János Bihari. The Stradivarius player will delve into rare pieces of music ingrained in the family tradition.