18 May 2012

Stellar Line up of DJs and bands confirmed for Brazilica charity gig at Nation

Brazilica charity gig

Stellar Line up of DJs and bands confirmed for Brazilica charity gig at Nation

Festinho are to bring the magic of their renowned fundraising music festival to Liverpool for one night only, kicking off this year’s Brazilica festival, the UK’s largest Brazilian Carnival event. Friday 13 July will see Liverpool’s legendary Nation (the home of Cream) rocking to Brazilian beats, the perfect way to kick off the carnival weekend to come. All the proceeds from the evening will go to the ABC (Action For Brazil’s Children) Trust.

A stellar line up of acts is confirmed for the event, including Norman Jay , DJ Marky and Stamina MC, Hexstatic with live 3D show Holotronica, Saravah Soul, The Fontanas, Tribo de Pasada, DJ Cal Jader and many more great acts to follow.

Norman Jay is arguably one of the finest and most respected DJs in the world today, who was awarded an MBE in 2002 for ‘DJing and services to music’. Norman began DJing in the 1970s and played most of the seminal New York venues that mattered back in the day including Dancetaria, World, Palladium, Zanzibar, The Shelter, The Sound Factory, Body & Soul, Giant Step and the legendary Paradise Garage. He is co-founder of London’s Kiss FM which began its life as a pirate radio station, one of the founders of the late 80s ‘rare groove’ scene and a pioneer of house music in the UK. Superstar DJ Judge Jules was Norman’s protégée and partner. Today Norman regularly tours the world to DJ at high profile clubs and events.  He has played for the likes of Mick Jagger at his exclusive 50th birthday party - Robert Di Nero, Michael Caine, George Michael, Will Smith, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Jamiroquai (who affectionately calls him the 'Godfather'), Paul Weller (who has been quoted as saying that Jay is his favourite dj), comedian Lenny Henry (who reputedly modelled his pirate radio DJ TV character on Jay).
DJ Marky is a London based Brazilian drum and bass DJ, one of the most popular in his field. He has headlined Lovebox festival, showcased his DJ skills on Radio 1 and had a long term residency at London’s The End club. He will be joined by Stamina MC, a drum and bass MC and vocalist who has enjoyed chart success on tracks such as LK by DJ Marky and XRS Land and Barcelona by D. Kay and Epsilon.

Great bands on the line up include innovative samba and jazz fusion quartet Tribo Da Pesada (who also play the Brazilica Williamson Square stage on Saturday 14 July) and Saravah Soul. From the cross-cultural melting-pot of London’s underground music scene comes this half-Brazilian, half-British band bring their own special blend of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, 60's soul and Afrobeat.

More acts are to be announced soon, so get ready to shake your bunda to Brazilian beats long into the night!

Brazilica, the vibrant festival of Brazilian culture which brought Latin fever to Liverpool last summer - attracting over 60,000 visitors to the city centre - is back for 2012! Organisers Liverpool Carnival Company and Orb Events promise that this year’s event will build on the success of the 2011 carnival, taking over the city in a massive 3 day event from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 July. 

The festival will include a 500-strong evening parade, outdoor music stages featuring top authentic Brazilian acts, a Carnival Ball, Latin American street food markets and much more.
Brazilica has become one of the flagship events of the year in Liverpool’s festival calendar - a colourful celebration of Brazilian music, dance, culture, food and football!

Festinho presents Brazilica Nation
Friday 13 July 2012, 10pm – 6am
Nation, Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool

Tickets are on sale very soon. Please check for updates.

A little about Festinho
Festinho grew out of celebration. It began with a birthday party, and quickly evolved into a fundraising music and arts festival hosted by the ABC Trust. A friend of the charity generously agreed to host a live music stage in the grounds of their country home. 450 people rocked up and it went down in history as one of the most kick-ass garden parties ever.
The event has since grown up into Festinho, a more inclusive event for all ages, celebrating some of the finest bands and DJs from the UK and Brazil whilst raising funds for a very worthwhile cause.

It's all put together by a hard-working team of volunteers. Many of them are friends and have been putting on events, DJing, VJing, and festivalling together for years and are all putting our experience to good use. Every single person on the team, and many of the artists, give their time for free so that as much money as possible goes straight to the ABC Trust.
Every year is different, and every year it gets better and better, thanks to a determined team, talented artists, and a truly fantastic crowd. It's still very small compared to most festivals, and we know exactly what we want for Festinho in the future: to stay intimate, friendly, magical and with its twist of Brazilian flavour. Small really is beautiful.

A little about Liverpool Carnival Company
Liverpool Carnival Company was created 6 years ago by husband and wife creative team, Roger & Maeve Morris. Roger’s career as a professional percussionist spans the last 40 years and includes accolades such as performing with The Real Thing, Jools Holland and Novo Balanço. Maeve, his wife of 30 years, produces almost single-handedly all of the exquisite costumes worn by the drummers and fabulous dancers from the Liverpool Samba School. They have delivered and participated in over 900 events in Brazil, Amsterdam, Ireland, and the UK. Liverpool Samba School holds the accolade for being one of the only non Brazilian samba schools to play in the Rio Carnival parade, with an ongoing partnership with Mangueira samba school -the oldest school in Brazil and a multiple Carnival winner.
Liverpool Carnival Company has delivered a Rio-style carnival in Liverpool since its European Capital of Culture year in 2008 with the focus on involving and engaging local communities in its preparation and performance as well as presenting a memorable spectacle for the people of Liverpool and visitors from further afield. 

A little about Orb Events
Hope Street based Orb Events are organisers of Brazilica 2011, Liverpool Pride Festival in 2010 and 2011 and Christmas on Hope Street. To view a selection of their other projects or to find out more about Orb events please browse Orb’s website  Or for more information please contact Debbie:
All profits from the night will go to the Action for Brazil Children's Trust.

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