Blaze Festival’s 2011 Line-Up

Blaze Festival have announced another stellar line-up of artists this year with artists including Bomba Estéreo, Calle 13, Quantic, and a selection of bands from Pernambuco playing across a number of London venues in June and July.

Top of our list of things to do is the show subtitled New from Brazil: Sounds of Pernambuco at XOYO on Sunday 19th June. This is a real chance to enjoy the sounds swimming around Recife in Pernambuco, a city that has just as much musical depth as Rio, Sao Paulo or Salvador, even if it doesn’t always find it’s way to our eardrums. Representing Pernambuco will be Eta Carinae‘s mix of electronica, mangue bit and rock, Fim de Feira and their combination of spoken word poetry and north-eastern rhythms, and Rivotrill who like to take their Brazilian rhythms on a jazz tip. There really couldn’t be a better way for Blaze to start!

30th June will be a special treat as accordion-wielding Colombian juggernaut Anibal Velasquez will be bringing his fierce Colombian grooves to an evening at the Barbican Hall helmed by Malian songstress Oumou Sangare.

On the 8th July Calle 13 will be bringing their unique vision of reggaeton to Hackney Empire. This is one for the hips! They will be joined by London’s very-own Cuban funksters Wara and tropical DJ extraordinaire Quantic on the decks. Sounds like a sizzler.

Our other main highlight is Bomba Estéreo‘s appearance at Village Underground on Friday 29th July. Last year they were one of the sensations of the summer, ripping Hackney Empire to shreds in the process. I’m sure this year will be no different, especially of their ridiculously catchy version of “Pump Up The Jams”, re-titled “Ponte Bomb” is anything to go by.

Other interesting concerts include Shangaan Electro at Rich Mix on Saturday 25th June, Tara de Haidouks and Kocani Orkestar undoubtedly tearing the Hackney Empire down with their gypsy wizardry on Wednesday 6th July, an interesting take on Konono N°1’s Congotronics with an eclectic mix of artists joining in tribute to the Congo stats on Thursday 12th July, the Honduran Garifuna of Aurelio Martinez on Saturday 23rd July, and best of all, the highlife legend Ebo Taylor heading over to Hackney Empire on Thursday 14th July.

These are just the highlights so check out the Blaze festival website to see full listings. There are concerts taking place all over East London in June and July, at venues including the Barbican, Hackney Empire, Gillett Square, Wiltons Music Hall and Rich Mix.


Saturday 19 June 2011, 7pm, £12 adv
Eta Carinae + Fim de Feira + Rivotrill
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London EC2A 4AP

Tuesday 21 June 2011, 8pm, £15 adv
Bomba Estéreo + support
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London EC2A 4AP
This show has now been rescheduled for Friday July 29th at Village Underground – see listing below

Thursday 30 June, 7.30pm, £15/20/25
Oumou Sangare + Anibal Velasquez y Los Locos del Swing
Barbican Hall

Friday 8 July 2011, 8pm, £20
Calle 13 + special guests
Hackney Empire

Tuesday 12 July 2011, 7.30pm, £15-25
Congrotronics vs Rockers feat. Juana Molina
Plus: Owiny Sigoma Band will be playing the Freestage after this performance
Barbican Hall

Thursday 14 July 2011, 8pm, £15/20
Ebo Taylor & Fools Gold
Hackney Empire

Saturday 23 July 2011, 7.30pm, £12/15/18
Aurelio + special guests
Barbican Hall

Thursday 29 July 2011
Bomba Estéreo + support
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A 3PQ

Box Office: 0845 120 7550

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