Global Music Fest expands with world beats

Andrew Allen and En Karma headline the third annual Global Music Festival in Kelowna. After selling out last year, the festival is expanding to two nights this year, Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Laurel Packinghouse.

Vernon’s Andrew Allen brings his globe trotting experience and joyful pop songs to the stage as Friday night’s headliner. Andrew is joined by Vancouver’s experimental pop band, Behind Sapphire and Yukon rockers, Speed Control.

Saturday night has more of a world music bent to it with a bill topped by North America’s pre-eminent Bhangra group, En Karma. The Surrey band wowed crowds at Robson Square during the Vancouver Olympics, the 2009 Salmon Arms Roots and Blues Festival, Surrey’s Party for the Planet in 2011, and the Vancouver 125 celebrations. Warming the stage for En Karma is Radio 3 darlings, Rococode, who just released their first album. The baroque inspired indie band from Vancouver is no stranger to Kelowna, having played its debut show at BreakOut West 2010. Local celtic rock band Cod Gone Wild adds its world sound to Satuday night as the openers. The dance floor will be prepped for this energetic night of Canadian world music.

Friday’s event is all ages and Saturday’s event is 19+.

Tickets are on sale now. Advanced tickets are $15/night or $18 at the door (limited number) and available in Kelowna at Leo’s Video, 2680 Pandosy St. or here.

Global Music Fest is a Global Citizen Kelowna event and kickstarts Global Citizen Week 2012. The goals for the week are to entertain, education and inspire change.

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