The Encontro Street Band Festival celebrates the music of carnival in all its exciting and extravagant forms — bringing a multitude of bands to the streets for a riotous opening weekend to the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow, a UNESCO City of Music.
The Encontro Festival boasts a packed programme of street gigs, artistic collaborations, showcase performances and more. A fantastic, diverse and inspiring selection of groups from all over the UK and beyond will gather for a 2-day celebration of contemporary UK carnival music. Featuring all flavours of street drumming, carnival brass, New Orleans marching band, Afro-brazilian percussion and more, the Encontro festival brings the sound of hot dusty streets at carnival time right into the heart of Glasgow!
Merchant City Street Takeover
Sat 22 July & Sun 23 July 1-6pm
FREE & family friendly!
Bringing a riot of colour and sound to the Merchant City, a multitude of bands descend for a weekend celebration — carnival music at its best!
Full programme coming soon — lineup includes:
Carnaval Transatlântico (UK/Brazil), Sambox (São Paolo), Juba do Leão (Manchester), Katumba (Liverpool), Rhythms of the City (London), Orkestra del Sol (Edinburgh), Outra Vez (Netherlands), The Edinburgh Samba School (Edinburgh), Blast Furness (Ulverston),SambaYaBamba and SambaYaBamba Youth Street Band (Glasgow), Samba Résille Youth Band (France), Bloco Fogo (Kent), Brass, Aye? (Glasgow), Olá Samba (Cheltenham), Brass Gumbo (Glasgow), Peace Artistes (Bradford).
Encontro Festival Showcase
Sat 22 July, 7pm-2am (Over 18's only)
Spectacular stage shows from 5 of the UK’s most exciting carnival bands! Drums,brass, song, dance, costume and extravagance, featuring Carnaval Transatlântico (UK/Brazil), Juba do Leão (Manchester), Orkestra del Sol (Edinburgh) and
Glasow’s own SambaYaBamba and SambaYaBamba Youth Street Band.
Old Fruitmarket. £12 / 8 conc. (Over 18's only).
Tickets available from merchantcityfestival.com or 0141 353 8000
(ALL Encontro bands will get access to the Showcase with performer wristbands)
Massed Band Extravaganza
FREE & family friendly!
Sun 23 July, 2pm, George Square
Over 300 musicians come together to form the biggest street band
Scotland has ever seen! Uniting players from all over the UK as well
as international guests, this will be a festival highlight! Original music
composed for the occasion!