Manu Chao brings his 'La Ventura' tour to London - Coronet to host exclusive UK date, October 2010

Posted: 28th September 2010

For a venue situated off the beaten-track (Elephant & Castle), the Coronet has attracted a fair assortment of big concerts over the past few months or so and here's another possible sell-out.

Manu Chao has a fevered and loyal following around the world, in particular France, Spain and Italy, having released a unique mixture of Latin, Middle-East and Portuguese rock n roll with Mano Negra and latterly as a solo artist. His 2000 album provided him with a breakthrough throughout Europe, especially with the singles "Me Gustas Tu" and "Mr Bobby" and last year's excellent live CD/DVD release, "Baionarena", only served to strengthen Chao's grip on the world-music scene.

He will soon be embarking on a North America and Japan tour during October. Entitled "La Ventura", the jaunt has been added to - yes, it's a London date. He is set to play the Coronet Theatre on 23rd October and tickets are now available. £15 plus fees is the asking price, a bargain for a man famed for his stunning shows, many of which last longer than your average gig. Whistles and panama-hats optional!

The night is a fund-raiser for Colombiage, a Brixton-based charity aiming to promote contemporary Colombian arts in the London area. Support on the night comes from Saravah Soul - an Anglo-Brazilian band who fuse Latin and Afro-beat rhythms with souls.

Don't forget that Faithless (1st Oct - Oxjam DJ set) and Grinderman (2nd Oct) are upcoming at the same venue, although they both have a very limited number of tickets available. The Faithless Oxjam gig costs £20, with Grinderman costin £27.50 - both plus fees.

Paul Pledger