Tinariwen, Lau and Awesome Tapes From Africa

Songlines Present Lau's Best of the World


We are very sorry to announce that Omar Souleyman will not be appearing at Lau-Land as planned due to unforeseen problems entering the UK. We remained hopeful that the issues could be resolved this week, and apologise for any disappointment this causes.

The Saturday night gig will still be a roof-raiser, with a free pre-show DJ set from John Stapleton in the stalls bar, extended sets from Tinariwen and Lau in the main hall, and a free aftershow DJ set in the stalls bar from Awesome Tapes From Africa.

The Björk connections continue (see Plaid, Fri 29 May) as Syrian techno giant Omar Souleyman (who worked with the Icelandic icon on 2011’s The Crystalline Series) raises the roof with his “hookah bar synths, guitar-hero electric saz runs and blazing digitized hand percussion” (Rolling Stone). On the same night, Mali’s Tinariwen will perform their “distinctive desert blues” (The Queitus) following their relocation to California’s Joshua Tree. “Time in the Mojave hasn’t removed the Sahara from them, though – this music still moves like a sandstorm,” says Pitchfork. Joining them are the band of the hour, Scotland’s contemporary folk trio Lau, who will prove why the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards have named them Best Group four times.

Lau are one of the most intriguing and adventurous live bands in Britain

– The Guardian

The night is rounded off with a DJ set in the Stalls Bar by Ben Shimkovitz – otherwise known as Awesome Tapes From Africa – the innovative blog-turned-record-label which has been introducing the Western world to a treasure trove of undiscovered African and highlife music since 2006.

This is a 16+ show.

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