La Clave Fest
Saturday 3 August, 12 noon to 9pm.
La Clave Fest, named after the founding beat of afro-latin music, is a free festival celebrates London's vibrant Latin culture by showcasing the very best of UK-based Latin and Spanish music and dance, including emerging talent from the city's home-grown bi-cultural generation.
Since its launch four years ago, under the umbrella of the Crouch End Festival, La Clave Fest has developed a reputation for creating unique experiences in stunning locations with quality artists representing the culture of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, and their African origins. It prides itself on the breadth and depth of its entertainment - from Salsa, Samba and the tropical beats of the Latin Caribbean to Tango, Flamenco and Urban Latin sounds making the global hits of today.
This year, as part of Finsbury Park's 150th anniversary, we'll inviting all the park's nearby residents and beyond to join us in the wonderful celebration of Latin culture, not least of Haringey's own vibrant Latin American community.
Headlining this year is the incredible 18-piece outfit Rene Alvarez and his Cuban Combination, Europe's most explosive salsa band and voted LUKAS Tropical Act 2018. Representing Colombia is the popular Angelica Lopez y su Papayera considered one of Europe's most unique Colombian Folk acts, led by the talented Cartagena-born singer and The LUKAS's first female Vocalist of the Year. Also from Colombia is Nazari Sound, formed by three brothers, Ces, Juán and Nené Nazari, who fuse Jazz, Blues, Funk, Colombian Folk, Salsa and R&B.
La Raza: The Urban Latin Showcase returns with this year's batch of UK-Latin talent fresh out of the London boroughs: Camden's Desta French, who accumulated over 1 million plays on Spotify with her debut single 'Shame', Tottenham boy Guala, whose first ever grime song in Spanish 'You're not there,' recently featured on BBC1 Xtra and Valenciz, West London's very own Reggaetón poster boy.
The divine voices of hugely talented troubadors Beto Caletti and Mishka Adams ease us into the day at 1pm with their Candombe-infused Jazz, followed by the much loved UK-Brazilian artist Nina Miranda whose Bossa Nova, Trip hop, Folk has earned her collaborations with the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Bebel Gilberto, Baaba Maal, Arto Lindsay and Seu Jorge.
We'll be featuring a full tango orchestra in the form of London Tango Orchestra - a real 'orquesta tipica' uniting leading UK and Argentine tango musicians. Flamenco will be in the house, with rising star Abraham Carmona who fuses palo rhythms, acoustic flamenco guitar, voice and percussion with fretless bass, electric guitar, keyboards and loop station.
You'll be wowed by exuberant dance shows from the UK's best Latin dancers: Salsa from Kat and Eddie, London School of Samba's troupe of Brazilian drummers and sambistas and Latin dance group Los Rumberos.
With the crowd inevitably be itching to dance, we're bringing back the amazing Latin Fun Machine, whose easy-to-follow routines ensured last year's non-stop fiesta. providing the sounds will be DJ Fernando KBson and DJ Gamba.
Food and drink:
- 20 Latin Street Food Traders
- Bars with Latin cocktails
The London Copa America - a football tournament for girls and boys aged 7 -18 will run adjacent to the festival. Team captains invited to submit their 5-a-side teams.
- Tube: Finsbury Park (Piccadilly, Victoria lines) and Manor House (Piccadilly line)
- Train: Finsbury Park (Great Northern - Thameslink)
- Buses: 4, 19, 29, 106, 141, 153, 210, 236, 253, 254, 259, 279, 341, W3, W729