UnampliFire Festival #2

4pm to 11pm @ St Mark's

from £22.50 online or Various on the door

Nest Collective Presents Special Events Unamplified
Join us from 4pm onwards for a full day of unamplified music back to back accross 3 different rooms – There will be tickets available on the door.
Address & Directions: St Mark’s Church, Colvestone Crescent, Dalston, London E8 2LJ
Nearest stations are Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction on the Overground (both 10 minutes walk). The entrance to St Mark’s Church sits on Colvestone Crescent just east of St Mark’s Rise, postcode E8 2LJ.

Programme: There will be no printed programme available on the day. Save paper and download the online program HERE


Join us for our second celebration of everything The Nest Collective is about – amazing music from across the globe in beautiful, characterful settings.

Featuring some of the most exciting artists making folk, roots and acoustic music in the UK and beyond, from legendary guitarist/singer Martin Carthy, to the innovative new sounds of Cosmo Sheldrake.

UnampliFire brings together some the finest musicians around, with no amplification, no soundchecks, no waiting around – just pure, unadulterated music.


———– Line Up ———–

Seckou Keita
Griot, praise singer, composer, djembe master, virtuoso, kora player, and musical pioneer

Martin Carthy
The godfather of English traditional music, at the folk forefront for more than 40 years.

Green Gartside (of Scritti Politti)
“The brainiest man in pop (apart from Brian Eno)” – The Guardian

Cosmo Sheldrake
Cosmo Sheldrake is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer.

London Bulgarian Choir
London Bulgarian Choir takes us on a journey, exploring the landscapes of the voice and the creative traditions of this land.

Men Diamler
Dark, literate freak-folk from London singer-songwriter-catsitter Men Diamler

The Nightjar
Close harmonies, improvised electronics, re-imagined folk songs

Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath, Afro Celt Soundsystem)
Armagh born singer and flautist strongly rooted in a trad Sean-nós background, also stirs elements of Appalachia, Blues and Jazz.

Silky vocals jangle towards rousing harmonies between beautiful violin solos and finely mastered acoustic guitar from twisted neo-folk band

Samantha Whates
A Young Woman Who Takes The Popular Song Beyond The Boundaries

Flats & Sharps
Hailing from Cornwall, Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop

Fran Foote (Stick In The Wheel)
Best known for her harmony singing in Stick In The Wheel, Fran is a song collector and interpreter in her own right

Noémie Ducimetière
Experimental singer and composer with roots lieing predominantly in blues, world folk, classical, contemporary and heavy rock

Daudi Matsiko
Ugandan singer-songwriter and guitarist Daudi Matsiko carefully crafts modern albeit reverent folk; deft, melancholic picking reminiscent of Nick Drake is tempered by contemporary percussion and instrumentation.

Davies & Daughters
Family vocal trio, close, intense, expressive harmonies for Trad English, Serbian, Ladino, Georgian…….

Island Sisters
Mix of acoustic Taiwan aboriginal and Okinawan folksongs, with plenty of audience participation including a make-believe rice-growing ritual that works like a ‘sonic wash’ on stage, known as the Pasibutbut

Msafiri Zawose

One among the most prominent contemporary Gogo musicians; Tanzania innovator Msafiri Zawose breaks open the circle of tradition!


PLUS a few surprises on the day!


———– Location———–

St Mark’s Church, E8 2LG

———– Tickets ———–

Early Birds £22.50 SOLD OUT
Advanced £25.00 
General £30


———– Food & Drink ———–
There will be an onsite bar open all day serving a range of drinks (ale, meade, cider, wines etc) & food.

Artists will also be selling CDs & merchandise.

———– Other Info ———–
We are also on the lookout for volunteers to help out on the day of the festival. If you are able to offer your services, you will get free access to 2 of our Campfire events over the summer. Please email: captain@thenestcollective.co.uk

What to expect...

Seckou Keita

Cosmo Sheldrake

Martin Carthy

Men Diamler

The Nightjar

London Bulgarian Choir

Ríoghnach Connolly

Samantha Whates

Young Waters (previously Snufkin)

Green Gartside (ex Scritti Politti)

Flats & Sharps

Fran Foote (Stick In The Wheel)


Daudi Matsiko

Davies & Daughters

Venue Info:
St Mark’s

St Mark’s Church, St Marks Rise
Colvestone Crescent, Dalston, London E8 2LJ

Venue Notes:
Nearest stations are Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction on the Overground (both 10 minutes walk). The entrance to St Mark’s Church sits on Colverstone Crescent just east of St Mark’s Rise, postcode E8 2LJ.

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