globalFEST’s flagship festival takes place every January and is North America’s most important world music industry event. It sells out in advance consistently each year, attracting over 1,500 music industry professionals, members of the press and music fans! Following their participation in gF, artists have gone on to tour North America at venues such as Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Bonnaroo, Coachella, The Kennedy Center, SXSW, the Apollo Theater and hundreds of other theaters and festivals. Tours and cultural exchanges that result from gF showcases have helped to build an ever-widening audience for global music and by extension, an increase in international cooperation and collaboration.

globalFEST 2018 will take place on January 14, 2018 in the crossroads of the world, Times Square! The festival events will take place a few steps from each other on 42nd Street, from B.B. King’s Blues Club and its sister venue Lucille’s to the Liberty (directly across the street), turning the crosswalk into a link between musical continents. Check out the full lineup and get your tickets here.

Read the full press release here.  

BB King Blues Club

7:45p - 8:30p: Thornetta Davis
9:00p - 9:45p: Jupiter Okwess
10:15p – 11:00p: La Dame Blanche
11:30p - 12:15a: Flor de Toloache


7:30p – 8:30p: Ava Rocha
9:00p - 10:00p: Delgres
10:30p – 11:30p: Eva Salina & Peter Stan
12:00a – 1:00a: Grand Tapestry

Liberty Theater

7:00p - 7:45p: Mohsen Namjoo
8:15p – 9:00p: Jarlath Henderson Band
9:30p - 10:15p: Iberi Choir
10:45p – 11:30p: Miramar 

Check out 2017's New York Time's review, NPR's top discoveries and recap, and Paste Magazine's review

Interested in volunteering at globalFEST 2018?
Email Rana at rana(at)globalfest(dot)org!
"The importance of a buzzed-about show at globalFEST should not be underestimated"
- Billboard Magazine 
2017 globalfest LINEUP