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 17 to 28 and there’s a typically high-quality bill featuring everything from Portuguese fado to Brazilian hip hop. Warning: this music is hot.
Who’s playing La Linea 2016?
This rapper and singer has risen from a poor upbringing in the São Paolo favelas to become one of the most important new artists in Brazil. Drawing on samba, hip hop and reggae, his switched-on songs tackle the big social problems that you probably won’t see during this summer’s Olympics.
South American cumbia isn’t always high-energy music, but in the hands of Chilean nine-piece Chico Trujillo it gets a real kick up the colo. That’s no surprise when you find out they started out as an offshoot of a ska-punk band. Their Camden show for La Linea will be a real brass fiesta.
Adán Jodorowsky has carved out an idiosyncratic career as a director and musician as well as starring in his dad Alejandro’s bizarre films. He’s joined by regular collaborator Xavi Polycarpe and his band Los Imanes for some singer-songwriterly business to round off La Linea.
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Enfolded within Camden Market, this building may have been a horse hospital at one point in its lifetime, but it certainly ain't an animal refuge any more. The cobbled floors remain, as do the stables, but they've been spruced up and turned into booths. The roof terrace has also been revamped with bright colours and twee bunting. The main space is usually decked with artwork on the walls and also has a stage for live bands. There's a cabaret room on the other side of the venue and, of course, a bar serving up the usual tipples. Club nights here usually feature indie-electro, synth-pop, R&B, hip hop and funk.
Venue says: “From Drizzy to Dizzee, we play you the best in hip hop, trap and grime every Wednesday at Proud Camden.”