Tinariwen – Live Acoustic Show + Lo’Jo (SOLD OUT)This is a past event. Click here to see our upcoming events »
Tickets: £19.75 Standard, £22.50 Late Buyers
New date added due to popular demand!
2011 saw the Touareg desert rock band eschew their electric guitars in favour of a more acoustic sound. The resulting LP “Tassili” won them a much coveted Grammy Award for best World Music album amongst a myriad other accolades. Now, fresh from supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers the band are ready to showcase their more intimate and profound live show to date in the magnificent setting that is Union Chapel. An unmissable opportunity to witness one of the most fascinating live bands in the world in an extraordinary setting.
You’ve got to be doing something right when you can count amongst your fans the likes of Thom Yorke, Brian Eno, Carlos Santana or TV On The Radio. Formed in rebel training camps in Libya, these exiled nomads-turned-rock-stars of the Sahara have become the soundtrack for Touareg independence and reconciliation, combining traditional Touareg melodies with Malian, Western, Berber and Arabic influences to create spare, evolving, hypnotic songs. As if Keith Richards, Santana, John Lee Hooker, various members of Primal Scream, Mogwai and the Grateful Dead had got lost in the Sahara for a decade and then returned as a fully-fledged desert band.
25 years on and Lo’Jo remain one of France’s most non-uniform and exceptional groups. Like a Tom Waits or their friend Robert Wyatt (who guests on the new album), the 6-piece Lo’Jo inhabit their own world, with their own sound, their ‘acoustic souk’. Their sound is full of melancholy, nostalgia, and empathy with the displaced, marginalised and lonely. The pride and strength of culture of some of these soulmates – the Touareg, Creole and Berber to name three – add further layers to Lo’Jo’s musical palette and instrumental line-up. Poet-in-chief Denis péan takes us on journeys, across the ocean, to inhospitable new places, sits with us on a café terrace, regards the displaced, engages with all those who speculate on what it means to be a human being in the 21st century, the limitations of choice and quest for liberty.
“The hypnotic pull of finely detailed yet, paradoxically, boldly sparse arrangements, seems to stop time. Exquisite.” The independent
We can’t recommend this show enough.
- Tinariwen – Live Acoustic Show
- Lo’Jo – Live