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 2017 took place on January 8th, 2017 at the historic Webster Hall in New York City. Explore the 2017 lineup below, enjoy our globalFEST 2017 playlist, and check out some photos here

Check out the 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
2017 globalfest LINEUP