Encontro 2019

The Encontro Street Band Festival takes to the streets of Glasgow's Merchant City once more on the 27th-28th July 2019.


BACK in 2019 for a third year running, The Encontro Street Band Festival is an unabashed celebration of street band music – by street bands, for street bands. An exciting co-production between Oi Musica and Glasgow’s notorious SambaYaBamba, the festival celebrates street and carnival music of all persuasions. We invite a plethora of UK and international bands to descend on Glasgow’s Merchant City, featuring all flavours of street drumming, carnival brass, marching band, New Orleans jazz, Afro-Brazilian percussion, straight up samba and more – bringing the spirit of hot dusty streets at carnival time right into the heart of Glasgow! We are delighted to per part of Merchant City Festival in Glasgow, a UNESCO city of music.

View the after video from last year's festival:


Bands confirmed for this year:

Baque Luar (London), Bassface (Edinburgh), Baybeat Street Band (Morcambe), Brass, Aye? (Glasgow),Carnaval Transatlântico feat. Fabio Allman (UK & Brazil), DROM (Leuvan, Belgium), Encontro Pick-up Band (everywhere), Harbingers Drum Crew (Edinburgh), La Timbala presents La Tiñosa (Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh), La Tromba (Concepcion City, Chile), Orixá Bloco (Hebden Bridge), Runaway Samba (County Durham), SambaYaBamba (Glasgow), SambaYaBamba Youth Street Band (Glasgow), Tenth Avenue Band (Newcastle), Toeters en Bellen (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Streetorchestre Eigen Hulp (The Hague, Netherlands).

More info on the OiMusica website


Encontro Street Band Festival Facebook Page


Youth Band Crowdfunder

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Samba Ya Bamba is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), No. SC050632