Get Ready for a Brazilian Summer in London

By 12 June, 2018

We don’t know what it is but seemingly every few years it seems like half of Brazil passes through London as gig after gig of top quality Brazilian music gets confirmed for the capital. Maybe it’s a World Cup thing, maybe it’s because we all subconsciously need cheering up or at least shaking out of post-Brexit statis. Whatever the reason, we’re not complaining. Especially as this summer is looking very exciting indeed.

To start off with there are very special shows from two Brazilian legends, with Gilberto Gil performing his classic Refavela album (in a band featuring his son Bem Gil) and Caetano Veloso also playing the family card as he’ll be performing with all three of his sons for what looks to be a very intimate show. There will also be another Brazilian artist whose career goes back as far as Veloso’s and Gil’s with Ivan Lins playing a rare show at The Jazz Cafe. Brazilian soul singer Di Melo and MPB guitarist maestro João Bosco will also be in town.

The sounds of north-eastern Brazil will be on show in the shape of the incredible BaianaSystem – expect a booming, energy-filled show – and Renata Rosa, who has been making contemporary north-eastern Brazilian folk music for many years. There’s also two top hip-hop gigs with Marcelo D2 and Gabriel O Pensador both heading back to London after successful recent concerts. And, we should also say that Brazilian funk-pop sensation Anitta is in town too if that’s your bag.

Finally, our maximum kudos will be given to anyone who c0mpletes the week of Brazilian gigs from Friday 22nd until Saturday 30th June. That’s 7 gigs in 9 nights. Anyone game?


Fri 22nd Marcelo D2 @ The Jazz Cafe (More Info)
Sat 23rd Domenico Lancellotti @ Café OTO (More Info)
Sun 24th Tropicália Calling @ Total Refreshment Centre (More Info)
Mon 25th Gilberto Gil: Refavela 40 @ Barbican (More Info)
Tue 26th Ivan Lins @ The Jazz Cafe (More Info)
Thu 28th Anitta @ Royal Albert Hall (More Info)
Sat 30th Di Melo @ Total Refreshment Centre (More Info)


Tue 10th Caetano Moreno Zeca Tom Veloso @ Barbican (More Info)
Tue 17th Dona Onete @ Rich Mix (More Info)
Thu 26th Renata Rosa + Hyphae @ St Mary’s Music Hall (More Info)
Fri 27th João Bosco Quartet + Hamilton De Holanda @ Union Chapel (More Info)
Tue 31st BaianaSystem @ Village Underground (More Info)


Wed 8th Gabriel O Pensador @ The Jazz Cafe (More Info)
Thu 9th Vanessa da Mata @ KOKO (More Info)
Sat 18th Josue Ferreira Presents: The Complete João Gilberto @ The Jazz Cafe (More Info)


Tue 4th Maria Rita @ Union Chapel (More Info)
Sat 8th Azymuth and Marcos Valle @ Hideaway Streatham (More Info)

You can see all Latin events in London on our dedicated London page.

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