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Sat 27th Jul
Open East Festival
@ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
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Open East Festival : The Waterboys + Amadou & Mariam + Vieux Farka Toure + Fatoumata Diawara + Cheick Tidiane Seck + Ondatropica + Soul Caribbean
The Barbican and CREATE are bringing the festival 'East' to the North Park on the 27 and 28 July, exactly one year after the Games. This anniversary celebration weekend will fill Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the flavours, style, creativity, sights and sounds of east London.
Exciting events featured in the weekend include: international music performances on the main stage; a Mini-Travelling Art Circus entitled The House of Fairy Tales which will present magic, stories, theatre and games; the Real Food Festival which will offer world-class cuisine from around the world presented by a number of London’s most famous street vendors and restaurants; the Art Car Boot Fair where East London artists will be signing their art pieces; and Caught By The River which will showcase their passion for music, literature, angling and beer in the Park as they host distinguished musical and literary performances. In addition, the London Legacy Corporation in conjunction with the Barbican and CREATE London will host musical performances on the promenade, family trails, pop up theatre as well as picnics along the river, plus many more activities still to be announced.
See noordinarypark.co.uk for further information.
With almost continual changes to their line-up since 1983, The Waterboys are still going strong under the leadership of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Scott, whose intense presence and lyrics are distinctive characteristics of the band.
The Waterboys tour dates
A duo from Mali who have had success in their homeland since the late eighties, and are now also finding recognition elsewhere. '...the fizziest Afro-pop blues ever bottled'- The Observer. Married for more than 25 years, Amadou & Mariam met in the orchestra of The Institute For The Young Blind in Bamako. Since then, their magical fusion of pop, blues and Malian music has won them fans and stellar collaborators around the world.
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Often referred to as 'The Hendrix of the Sahara', Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunke, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. A captivating brew of fervent melody, buzzing guitars and timeless Malian soul from one of today's most celebrated African guitarists, with a unique style incorporating rock, Latin music and African blues.
Vieux Farka Toure tour dates
Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, a recent signing to the World Circuit label, is a dynamic young artist and songwriter whose star is very quickly ascending.
Fatoumata Diawara tour dates
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Venue: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
→ Hackney Wick 9 min walk
→ Stratford 12 min walk