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. 

Applications for globalFEST 2019 will open on March 26, 2018. See here for more information.

globalFEST 2018 took take place on January 14, 2018 in the crossroads of the world, Times Square! The festival events took 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.

Read the New York Times review here, NPR's top discoveries here and Afropop's photo essay here.

Read the full press release here.  

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


"The importance of a buzzed-about show at globalFEST should not be underestimated" - Billboard Magazine 
2018 globalfest LINEUP