As the Olympics draws ever closer the London 2012 festival steps up its game and brings an incredible music festival to the capital – BT River of Music. Dotted all over town, the festival will stage a two-day musical assault from each continent of the world. The Pleasure Gardens plays host to the much hyped Africa Stage on July 21 and 22 and this is where we think the party is sure to be.
Baaba Maal, influential Senegalese musician and the man given the task of closing the festival, believes that the 3rd millennium “is the beginning of a Renaissance for Africa and its culture” and the lineup certainly looks intriguing and exciting to us. The diversity of music from across the continent is represented and will illustrate the breadth of influence African music has had across the world. The legendary Angelique Kidjo will be there as well as indie rockers The Noisettes, collaborating on stage with other young African artists.
You may have heard the news that Pleasure Gardens venue suffered a massive blow recently with Bloc weekender festival cancelled due to overcrowding. All events are still very much going ahead so don’t let that stop you reserving your dancing spot down there. It is sure to be an incredible event! (Words: Laura Thornley)
Priority tickets are free (with a £3 processing fee) but for more info visit: www.btriverofmusic.com/stage/africa