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La Linea festival 2015: the line-up

Get stuck in to London’s biggest Latin music festival

La Linea has built an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s most eclectic celebrations of Latin music, bringing a host of top-notch Latin artists to London every April. This year the festival runs from April 21 to 30 there’s a typically high-quality bill featuring everything from Mexican electronics to Brazilian hip hop. Just one warning: this music is hot.

Who’s playing La Linea 2015?

Jorge Drexler

Uruguayan songwriter Drexler first came to the attention of a wider audience when his song 'Al otro Lado del Rio' featured in the Che Guevara biopic 'The Motorcycle Diaries'. He mixes traditional song forms (milonga, candombe, murga) with gentle electronica.

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Union Chapel Tuesday April 21 2015


Moroccan singer and flamenco dancer Karen Ruimy collaborates with superstar producer and post-punk bassist Youth, for a performance of their project 'ZIK'R'. The central narrative is of the journey of flamenco dance from India to Spain and the roots of Sufi philosophy. As Ruimy dances, Youth and a host of musicians perform electronic, cross-cultural music and French artist Fabrice Hyber provides visuals.

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Leicester Square Theatre Tuesday April 21 2015

Plaza Francia

Featuring two members of acclaimed tango band Gotan Project, this new trio make their UK debut with a sound that aims to unite the traditional sounds of France and Argentina.

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Koko Thursday April 23 2015

Morgan Szymanski/Alejandro Escuer

Virtuoso guitarist Szymanski joins popular Mexican flautist Escuer for an evening of British and Mexican classical music, including pieces by Benjamin Britten, John Dowland, Gabriela Ortiz and Escuer himself.

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Purcell Room Thursday April 23 2015


The MC from São Paolo drops his politicised rhymes in London, with support from local duo Native Sun.

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Rich Mix Friday April 24 2015


Musicians from Tijuana, Monterrey and Mexico City come together for a night of beats, including the live debut of Toy Selectah’s new international project Compass.

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Village Underground Friday April 24 2015 - Saturday April 25 2015


Critics' choice

Do you like Morrissey? What about traditional Mexican music? If the answer to both is a big old ‘¡Sí, señor!’ then you're in luck tonight. At this concert as part of La Linea festival, a band of Mexican musicians (led by Camilo Lara and Sergio Mendoza) will be reinterpreting the Pope of Mope's songs – and translating his sacred lyrics into Spanish, of course. We can’t wait to hear ‘Este Hombre Encantador’.

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Barbican Centre Saturday April 25 2015


Mexican singers, musicians and songwriters – including Ceci Bastida, Jay de la Cueva, Alejandro Flores and Chetes – play stripped-back versions of their songs.

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Rich Mix Sunday April 26 2015


Critics' choice

Double Latin Grammy nominee Concha Buika, a huge star in her native Spain, returns for a UK show. Her affecting, uplifting soul-pop world fusion is a seamless blend of lilting vocals and snappy hip hop and funk grooves.

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Barbican Hall Monday April 27 2015

Ana Tijoux

Award-winning Chilean rapper Tijoux – who was born in exile in France after Pinochet’s coup, and first won acclaim for fronting the Mazika crew in the ’90s – comes to London to close La Linea festival. She’s picked up a whole lot of fans recently after her track ‘1977’ was featuring on ‘Breaking Bad’.

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Rich Mix Thursday April 30 2015

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