Songlines Magazine Review 2019

Only in its second year, World on Our Doorstep Festival showcased an eclectic mix of music from around the world, all performed by local musicians. Whether you’re into Chilean folk, Eritrean love song or Irish trad, the festival had something to suit all palettes and also gave people an opportunity to gain hands on experience attending workshops including Klezmer and Bhangra classes.
One of the best kept secrets of the festival was Satnam Galsian and Luke Darlison’s performance of hypnotic Punjabi folk songs underpinned with serene jazz inflected guitar at the intimate venue of Alley cats. To witness such a delicate performance in a bar no bigger than a lounge felt like a real privilege.
The festival was curated by MEWL Music but also featured a PAYF event from Music:Leeds who offer support to emerging artists. Headlining this concert were Tempo Feliz, a fiery Brazilian outfit. Their seductive samba rhythms soon managed to get the crowd out of their seats and up on the dance floor. As a new band I’ll be excited to see where these guys go!
At the festival finale From East to East gave a vibrant set seamlessly moving between traditional eastern European songs and debuting their original material inspired by Balkan rhythms and melodies with their own distinctive twist.
With a line up reflecting the diversity of the Leeds music scene and the city as a whole I was spoilt for choice with top quality local music and I’m already looking forward to next year!