AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM announce major 17 date UK tour + festival appearances‏

With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrate their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’ (29th April / ECC Records).

This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. The new album’s characteristic energy has already translated brilliantly to Afro Celt Sound System’s latest live sets, which kicked off 2016 in style with sell-out shows at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival and Islington’s Assembly Halls in North London.

Afro Celt Sound System LIVE features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig,  Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. On some shows, the band will be joined by the hauntingly soulful Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and the devotional harmonies of the Guinean female quintet Les Griottes.

Summer Festivals


15 July – Larmer Tree Festival
18 July – Milton Keynes International Festival
24 July – Folk by the Oak
30 July – Cambridge Folk Festival
05 August – Dranouter Festival, Belgium
12 August – Boomtown Festival
13 August – Lakefest
19 August – Beautiful Days
02 September – Helsinki Festival, Finland

The Source Album Tour 2016


26        BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex
27        NORWICH The Open
28        BRISTOL Colston Hall
29        OXFORD o2 Academy
30        LONDON Barbican


02        NEWCASTLE Riverside
03        EDINBURGH Queens Hall
04        SHREWSBURY Walker Theatre
05        SHEFFIELD The Leadmill
07        BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
08        COLCHESTER Arts Centre
09        YEOVIL Octagon Theatre
10        PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
11        BUXTON Opera House
12        EXETER Phoenix
13        BRIGHTON Concorde 2 

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