Gigs & Festivals

Damon Albarn, Noisettes, Kano and Charli XCX to board Africa Express train tour

By | Published on Thursday 26 July 2012

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn, Charli XCX, Noisettes and Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara are amongst the Western and African musicians set to embark on an ensemble tour, under the Africa Express banner, and as part of the London 2012 cultural festival shenanigans.

For this project the Africa Express will be an actual train – with a “customised music carriage”, deluxe buffet car and everything – that will speed this lot and other artists including Amadou & Mariam, Kano and Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman across the UK, stopping off at various local schools, shopping centres, factories (?!) and even private homes for a series of ‘pop-up performances’.

Albarn et al have also listed six more official-looking live dates as part of the train tour, which are as follows:

3 Sep: Middlesbrough, Town Hall
4 Sep: Glasgow, The Arches
5 Sep: Manchester, The Ritz
6 Sep: Cardiff, Solus
7 Sep: Bristol, Creative Common
8 Sep: London, Granary Square

Further details here.