Hillside Festival 2019

July 12 - 14

Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues

Sons of Mali, musical refugees, groundbreaking artists, virtuoso performers, survivors. Unforgettable & undeniable. ‪Songhoy Blues are the future of African rock n’ roll. 

Steeped in the deep traditions of classic Malian music & desert blues fused with a youthful & super-charged sound of today, these 4 young men from Timbuktu continue marching, playing & dancing their way into the hearts & minds of music fans everywhere with their electric, eclectic & kinetic songs. 

2019 sees the release of their new album and expectations are high, for good reason –  ‪Songhoy Blues make music that is unique, exciting, contagious & paradigm-shifting. The band already counts such luminaries as ‪Nile Rodgers, ‪Gary Clark Jr., ‪Run the Jewels, ‪Iggy Pop, Nick Zinner, Matt Sweeney & ‪Will Oldham as fans, and are poised to put their musical footprint down for years to come. 

The band are also proud spokespersons for the charity WaterAID, and have helped to raise money & awareness toward providing relief in their native Mali. They will be appearing in an upcoming documentary on climate change in the Sahara; and were featured in the award-winning documentary   “They Will Have to Kill Us First” , about the plight of musicians in war-torn Mali.

Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, July 13th at 11:00am

    Island Stage
  • Saturday, July 13th at 8:00pm

    Main Stage