If you are thinking that the festival season was well and truly over two months ago and you’ve packed your tent away until next year, then rest assured, this is not the kind of festival that requires the usual napsack of overnight paraphernalia. Housed in three venues in East London’s Shoreditch, and running on just one day, London Remixed Festival is a celebration of just how global the capital has become – channeled through the medium of music, naturally.
The locations of the venues – Rich Mix, Bedroom Bar and The Village Underground – promise to create the Bermuda triangle of festival mayhem as revellers journey between musical destinations. Rich Mix is playing host to Africa Rootmaster, an area dedicated to the African music scene that continues to develop in London. Performers include United Vibrations, and the mesmerising sounds of Moroccan Gnawa Master Simo Lagnawi alongside Soundspecies band under the moniker Electric Jalaba.
Bedroom Bar will become the Polka Tent presenting a wealth of Gypsy punk style music. Artists to watch out for include: Gypsy Hill (from Norwood!), The Monster Ceilidh Band (from Newcastle!) and The Turbans (an Egyptian Yemeni folk band). The Village Underground houses the Latin Quarter, celebrating the growing South American music culture in the capital. Interested in how Cuban music meets Ska? This is the place. Plus a chance to see Womad lovies Los Chinches, a Peruvian chicha band that blast out Peruvian psychedelic rock’n'roll from the ’60s and ’70s.
If you have had the pleasure of experiencing one of these party powerhouses at any of the UKs summer festivals, then you won’t need to be told this is not to be missed – and tickets are well priced, which makes it all the sweeter. A perfect party to chase away the winter blues, we thinks. (Words: Laura Thornley)
The London Remixed Festival takes place on November 24th. For more info visit: www.londonremixedfestival.com