The Encontro Street Band Festival

The Encontro Street band Festival is an unabashed celebration of outdoor music - by street bands, for street bands. An exciting co-production between Oi Musica,  Glasgow's SambaYaBamba and Merchant City Festival, it celebrates street and carnival music of all persuasions - bringing the spirit of hot dusty streets at carnival time right into the heart of Glasgow - a UNESCO city of music.

The Encontro Festival filled the streets with music, colour and joy on three incredible weekends in 2017, 2018 and 2019. We hope to be back with a new iteration of the festival in the near future, as the bands and partners involved recover their previous resources and energy post pandemic. Follow our socials or sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date.