Back2Black Festival UK 2012

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Friday 29 June 2012 Sunday 1 July 2012
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The event takes place each day from the following times:
Friday - 18.00 - 02.00
Sat - 13.00 - 02.00
Sun - 13.00 - Midnight

An unprecedented celebration of the African roots in music and culture, the acclaimed Back2Black festival travels from Rio de Janeiro to London this summer as part of London 2012 Festival – with a heady mix of funk, reggae, dub, hip hop, samba, and blues.

Featuring three stages of live music and an eclectic line-up of more than twenty Brazilian, UK and international artists, including host Gilberto Gil, the London festival will be held at Old Billingsgate Market in East London, transformed for the occasion by Brazilian visual artist and director Bia Lessa.

The festival will include talks, debates, exhibitions, drumming displays and workshops involving young musicians from East London and the Pracatum School from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.


29/06: Macy Gray, Official, Luiz Melodia, Marcelo D2, Linton Kwesi Johnson & Dennis Bovell, Emicida

30/06: Roots Manuva, Criolo, Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Fatoumata Diawara, Tono, Renegado

01/07: Gilberto Gil, A Curva da Cintura (Toumani Diabaté + Arnaldo Antunes + Edgard Scandurra), Mart’nália + Lura,
Natasha Llerena + Aline Frazão

+ Sany Pitbull e Dj Malboro!

£120 (3-day Weekend Tickets)
£70 (Under-16s 3-day Weekend Tickets*)
*Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Bookable by phone only.

Day Tickets:
Fri 29 Jun: £35 (£20 U16)**
Sat 30 Jun: £45 (£25 U16)**
Sun 1 Jul: £45 (£25 U16)**

**Day tickets will go on sale Fri 13 Apr
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