The Encontro Street Band Festival

The Encontro Street Band Festival is a spectacular celebration of street & carnival music of all flavours, brought to you by Oi Musica & SambaYaBamba - the only event of its kind in Scotland!

The Encontro Street Band Festival

About The Encontro Street Band Festival

A spectacular weekend-long celebration of street band music, the Encontro Festival brings a plethora of UK and international bands to the streets of Glasgow, staging captivating outdoor performances in and around the Merchant City. Following a highly successful second year, featuring in the Cultural Programme of the European Championships (Festival 2018) , The Encontro Street Band Festival is BACK for a third year running!

Showcasing all flavours of street drumming, carnival brass, marching band, New Orleans jazz, Afro-Brazilian percussion, straight up samba and more – plus costumes, dancers and all kinds of revelry – the festival brings the spirit of hot dusty streets at carnival time right into the heart of Glasgow!

Festival Line-Up 2019:
Baybeat Street Band (Morecambe), Baque Luar (London), Brass, Aye? (Glasgow), Bassface (Edinburgh), Carnaval Transatlântico feat. Fabio Allman (UK / Brazil), DROM (Belgium), Harbingers Drum Crew (Edinburgh), La Timbala presents La Tiñosa (Scotland + Manchester), La Tromba (Chile), Orixa Bloco (Leeds), Runaway Samba (Durham), SambaYaBamba & SambaYaBamba Youth Street Band (Glasgow), Streetorchestre Eigen Hulp (Netherlands), Toeters en Bellen (Netherlands), Tenth Avenue Band (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and The Encontro Pick-up Band (from everywhere!!)

The festival is a co-production by Oi Musica and SambaYaBamba, funded by Glasgow Life and other partners.

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