The month-long British cultural extravaganza that is the Cultura Inglesa Festival will be culminating in a free concert at the Memorial da América Latina. Last year saw heavy-hitters Franz Ferdinand headlining, while this year Kate Nash will be taking to the stage, making her first appearance in Brazil since 2011, presenting her new self-released album Girl Talk.
And with harmonies more evocative of summer days in San Francisco than of Ealing, West London, where they’re from, The Magic Numbers will be performing hits like ‘Forever Lost’ from their self-titled album.
Putting a bit of spin on the festival’s all-British theme, the Brazilian band Bonde do Rolê, known for their mix of rock and funk carioca – and incidentally, one of the best known contemporary Brazilian bands among UK hipsters, alongside CSS – take to the stage with a musical tribute to The Cure.
US indie rock band Mind the Gap, and homegrown blues band, Stay Johnny, formed by pupils from the Cultura Inglesa chain of language schools organising the festival, are also in the line-up.
Following trouble before last year's Franz Ferdinand show, when police used pepper spray to try and control the surging crowds trying to get into Parque da Independência, entry this year will be more organised. While the concert is free, you'll need to pick up a free ticket by 21 June – or until all the tickets are allocated – at one of the Livepass ticket booths aross the city, in shopping centres including Shopping Villa-Lobos, Market Place and Shopping Iguatemi. See more details on ticket booth opening times and locations at livepass.com.br/pontos-de-venda.
You can also reserve tickets online via livepass.com.br/cultura-inglesa-festival (with a R$5 admin fee) though you'll still need to pick up the tickets at one of the Livepass booths.