WELCOME TO HAVANA
For our third birthday, we welcome you to a weekend long celebration of tropical sounds spanning from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st of July. Converting Styx into a mirror image of the colourful & Rthmical streets found on the Carribeans biggest island; Cuba, Havana.
3 days / 3 line ups / 3rd birthday.
With Cuba now entering negotiations with the US, we thought it right to pay homage to the heritage of Cuba.
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine you are there. Guitars and voices harmonizing over a syncopated drum rhythm; sunlight slanting across rotten peeling paintwork; The smell of Cigars in the air; Rumba & tropical sounds form every corner; Rum cocktails, Mango, Pineapple, Guava and Orange bites, colourful decore, Cuban Cars, Exotic plants, Visual artists & all the ingredients which bring the vibrant city of Havana to life.
With Buena Vista Social Club officially signing out in April on thier 'Adios tour' / Gilles Peterson providing amazing insight to Cuba's musical influences / Cuba starting it's first electronic festival in Manana // Cuba, we felt it there's no time like ahorra to spice up Londons musical scene's with a tribute to one of the most exotic places on the planet.
Stay tuned for competitions, line up announcements, art, special treats we have for each day & more as we prepare for our biggest celebration yet.
DELE SOSIMI AFROBEAT (Live 5 Piece Show With Dancers & Backing Singers)
Friday night's headliner is none other than Afrobeat ambassador and former Egypt 80 band member alongisde Fela Kuti, Dele Sosimi. Expect an explosive performance of complex but highly danceable funk grooves, Nigerian traditional music (including hi-life), African percussion, underpinning the jazz horns and solos from other instruments, as well as rhythmical singing.
Werkha (DJ set with Live persussionist)
For the first time ever Werkha will be performing a DJ set alongside a live percussionist. Expect Tropical and Cuban sounds mixed with Werkha's signature weighty style. This is not to be missed.
Global Roots Soundsystem
Very special Guest (co-founder of Boiler Room and one of Gilles Peterson's most trusted liuetenants) and Cervo + JVC (of Sheffield's highly regarded Banana Hill crew) - these three know their beats and like us, are riding the future world dance.
Manu and Ando
Vibe connoisseurs and Tuckshop mainstays, Manu & Ando, will be bringing nothing but the best feel good and Tropical sounds to keep the dancefloor moving.